This year Mental Health Awareness Week, 16-22 May, focuses on quality relationships or partnerships which are fundamental to our health and wellbeing. As individuals and communities we cannot flourish without them. In fact, they are as vital as other lifestyle factors, such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.
Tracey Wolff, Service Manager, tells us how partnerships are nurtured at Lovell Park Hub one of Leeds City Council’s mental health day centres along with Stocks Hill Hub and Vale Circles.
At Lovell Park we support adults with mental health needs through peer support, workshops, groups and one-to-one support. All of these take place in designated buildings and community venues such as cafes, leisure centres and cinemas.
Currently we are looking at ways to support people in improving their physical health because people with mental health needs are more likely to have poor physical health than other people. We have a ‘Feel Good with food’ session planned, head massages with Phoenix (a complementary therapy service) and are planning smoking cessation support at the Hub and some physical exercise sessions.
Over the last year we have developed a partnership with Leeds Autism Aim which provides advocacy, information and mentoring. Together we deliver the Autism Hub drop-ins within the building. This started at Lovell Park Hub with the Autism Hub drop in on Tuesdays 1.30-7pm and has just expanded to include a new Autism Hub on Thursdays
2-7pm at Vale Circles.
This partnership with Leeds Autism AIM has enabled our staff to increase their knowledge and skills in working with autistic adults. For example, understanding what is the best way to communicate with autistic adults and the importance of the physical environment. There is a wealth of information and support at the Hubs and we hope people will continue to make good use of them.
Other partnerships we have developed to enhance our service and make the best use of the Lovell Park Hub building include: Sign who support deaf adults with mental health needs; the LYPFT Recovery & Rehabilitation Service; Caring Together; Workers Education Association. In the evenings and weekends Mind Peer support deliver six week programmes, the Recovery group run by LYPFT Carers Team provide a regular group for anyone interested in mental health recovery, Making Space befriending service deliver training to volunteers, Refugee Youth meet regularly at Lovell Park Hub as do Community Links.
Currently we are looking at developing partnerships with Keyring to support vulnerable adults and a new self- harm self- help group. We also work with other agencies such as CAB, Housing Options and City Centre One-Stop Customer Services. We are planning an event (date to be confirmed) with our partners where people can come along and find out more about what all these different services do and to look at how we can build further on these partnerships.
Thanks for telling us about all this fantastic work Tracey.
Here are some things people who come to Lovell Park said about it?
Richard Germaine says “Since being well Lovell Park has been my perfect medicine. I love being a volunteer here”
Victoria Bell says “Lovell Park Hub helps me in lots of ways, socialising, getting involved in activities and the staff look after you and are there if you need them to sort out problems”
David Crozier says “The Hub helps get me out and socialise. I’m involved and arrange my own groups – theatre and photography”
At Lovell Park we are always looking out for new partnerships to increase and enhance the range of support we can offer. If you want to find out more about Lovell Park and the services on offer call 0113 3782275