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Together wins contract to provide mental health support in Hampshire

Posted on 03, May 2016

Together is now supporting more people with mental health issues to work towards improved wellbeing in West Hampshire.

Two people talking whilst sitting on a benchFollowing a competitive tender process to re-commission services across the borough, Hampshire County Council awarded Together with the contract to deliver mental health support across four locations – Winchester, Eastleigh, Test Valley and New Forest.

Sanctuary Supported Living has also selected Together as a partner to deliver intensive and supported accommodation services in North Hampshire, across Alton, Fleet and Aldershot.

In West Hampshire we designed the new services to suit individual needs. They provide varying levels of support, depending on where each person currently is in their journey to recovering from mental distress.

The levels of support we will provide are:

Collectively these services offer a complete pathway of support that at each stage builds people’s strengths, skills and confidence so that they can take steps towards living independently in the community. Within these services, we will offer:

  • Support to manage mental health and improve wellbeing
  • Peer Support and peer support training
  • A program of activities based on things people find useful and enjoy doing. This could include mindfulness and managing anxiety sessions or physical activity groups
  • Help finding appropriate housing, and managing a tenancy
  • Support to develop practical daily living skills

Liz Felton, CEO of Together said: “People’s needs differ greatly depending on where they are in their journey to recovering from mental distress. Some people will initially need intensive support to build up the skills they need to manage their mental health, or do day-to-day things such as cooking or cleaning. Others might just want a bit of support to help them reach their goal, which could be finding a job or getting more involved in their community.

“In Hampshire the people we support will be able to choose the level of support that is right for them. By giving people choice and control over their recovery we hope people can go onto leading independent and fulfilling lives, no matter what their starting point is.”

To find out more and to either refer yourself or someone you are supporting, please contact Elveta Bailey.