The Reading Community Outreach Service will focus on providing mental health support in the community within Reading to improve the wellbeing of people and help build resilience and independence to help combat issues with poverty and inequality.
We look to support people in their recovery of mental health but also have a specific aim of providing preventative mental support to reach people from ethnically diverse communities to ensure that they have access to the right support at the right time. Our service specifically looks to work alongside people who are refugees and asylum seekers, those who may have experienced discrimination or injustice, as well and looking to ensure they are integrated into communities and supported to achieve self-sufficiency.
We provide personalised support delivered by Peer Outreach Workers, who have a lived experience of mental health themselves, who bring a genuine understanding and empathetic approach in supporting you to work towards your goals. The service will be providing 1-2-1 support of up to 9 weeks whilst meeting people in the community or providing phone and online sessions. There will also be a group programme themed around wellbeing, developing coping strategies, self-management and facilitating peer support. You can choose how you access support – whether that’s in person, online via video chat, or on the phone.
Please note this does not extend to meeting people in their homes. Our staff will meet people in the community in public places such as libraries or coffee shops. It should also be noted that the meetings our staff conduct will be specifically to provide one to one support.
Part of our support is specifically for people in Reading from the refugee and asylum seeker community. We offer specialist one to one and group support from a Peer Outreach Worker who has first-hand experience of being a refugee.
The service will have a place-based community focus. That means rather than having a set location, the Reading Community Outreach Service will be dynamic and flexible in reaching communities.
If you are a member of the public looking to access Reading Community support service for support or are a professional looking to refer a person to the service you can contact us directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on freephone 0203 962 8201. Alternatively you can fill out the referral form below: