Independence Trust

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Mental Health and wellbeing services in Gloucestershire

Independence Trust has a long history of providing services in the local communities of Gloucestershire. The Mental Health & Wellbeing Service is funded by Gloucestershire County Council.

This service has it's own microsite, to access this click here.

Who can access this service?

We provide support for individuals (18+) 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 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 you think the bridge builder programme is not suitable, you 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, 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, some have experience of their own mental ill health, all are passionate about being able to support and provide people with the coping methods to deal with the pressures of every-day life.

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 enable our clients to find places registered with us where they can meet and socialise with other people. They're not always in our Wellbeing Centres but identified as safe space by service users - they could be coffee shops, book shops or supermarket cafes we have an eclectic and extensive list well worth a look.

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