Hunslet mental health group moves home

The mental health peer support group is pleased to be moving home. From 9 January we move into the Involve Community Centre, in Hunslet.

We have enjoyed our time and the hospitality of the Salvation Army on Hunslet Hall Road and would like to take this opportunity to thank Major Cliff Allchin and his team for making us welcome.

We are pleased to take up the opportunity to offer support to a different demographic and a different community.
Involve learning centre was a special provision and has recently taken the decision to give the local community of Hunslet, a place to call home and become a community centre.

The opportunity came about to Move venues and offer a different part of Hunslet our help and support. The group and facilitators sat and discussed, and together decided that we would give a different area of Hunslet a try.

We figure it’s a good time isn’t to move home and support Involve with their new venture and hopefully we could grow as a group at the same time.

Claire, Involve Manager, comments,

“Involve are very happy to welcome the mental health peer support group to the centre. Involve wants to be a welcoming and safe space for all community groups and individuals and support groups making a positive difference to the lives of local residents.

“Access to services is a barrier for many people, especially when feeling vulnerable, anxious, alone so to have a peer support service locally helps breaks barriers, enables those with lived experience to support each other and challenges the stigma associated with poor mental health.”

The venue is an ideal place for us as a group. Claire, has been so accommodating and we have been able to choose a room that is away to the side and is nice and snug, whilst being a safe and confidential place to have many discussions.

Since restarting the group last year, we have been able to train up two more fellow facilitators, bringing it to four, also bringing a wealth of personal knowledge and experience.

While we have our additional facilitators on board, we also maintain that this is a peer-led group, run by our participants. We do hope you can come and join us.

Every Tuesday from 9 January 2024, 3:45-6pm, Involve Community Centre, Whitfield Avenue, Hunslet, LS10 2QE


This post was written by Stewart Walton

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