Independence Trust

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Excellent wellbeing services in Gloucestershire

Mental Health & Wellbeing Services - Our trained teams provide a range of professional support services for people with mental health issues, often with complex needs. Our support for individuals who have just left hospital or long-term psychiatric care can be a lifeline. For example, our support can help with maintaining your tenancy, which otherwise might be at risk. We have extensive experience in delivering services to a range of vulnerable groups including:

  • Older people
  • Young families
  • The homeless
  • Individuals with drug or alcohol misuse issues
  • Individuals with mental health problems
  • Low level anti-social behaviour

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Who can access this service?

Gloucestershire County Council has commissioned us to provide a wellbeing service for people 18+ years of age with a mental health condition.

We provide support for individuals suffering from mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression. If the service user's difficulties worsen, we are able to refer them on to other organisations who can provide more appropriate care.

Our projects can also help adults on the higher end of the autistic spectrum to lead a fuller life within their community, promoting their independence.

What does the service offer?

We have two programmes designed to enable our clients to gain confidence and take back control of their lives:

Bridge Building - Over 6 months, individuals have 1-2-1 support with an assigned bridge builder who assists them to create their own programme of recovery. The plan is built around the strengths and interests or the individuals using goal orientated plans to track their progress. We try to combat feelings of isolation by focusing on the plan around the person's local community and the opportunities to explore the activities available.

Peer-to-Peer - If our colleagues don't think a bridge builder programme is suitable, our clients may be referred for our Peer Development Scheme. This is available for up to 2 years, and is available as individual or group support. As with the Bridge Building scheme, the focus is upon enabling people to help themselves and for them to work towards their own goals, charting their progress along the way.

What resources do you have avaliable to help?

We have a number of resources that help both programmes we offer. They all offer the best support for our clients in different ways. These resources include:

Colleagues & Volunteers - Our teams come from a range of backgrounds, from teaching to medical professionals and are all passionate about being able to support and provide people with the coping methods to deal with the pressures of every-day life.

Online Client Forum (OCF) - This is a private forum, an online community for our clients to connect with other people using the service. It is a space for sharing a range of information that everyone would find useful or relevant. Our colleagues also use this tool to communicate with service users, making them aware of current information or any up-coming changes. 

A-Z Activities brochure -  This brochure is full of forthcoming events. This is developed with our client group and anyone can access any of the listed activities. Information about registration and possible payment due for courses will be available in the prospectus. The A-Z follows Recovery College Principals and aims to support social inclusion, reducing isolation and bringing groups of individuals together to recognise, use and develop skills.

Safe Space - Safe space schemes enable our vulnerable clients to find places registered with us where they can meet and socialise with other people. They are not always in our offices but identified as safe by other service users - they could be coffee shops, book shops or supermarket cafes.

How can I be referred to the service?

We accept self-referrals and also from the following organisations:

-Your GP
-The Recovery Team
-The Primary Health Team
-Housing Providers
-Autistic Diagnostic Centre
-Occupational Therapists
-Other third sector organisations