Who we are
Since Together was formed in 1879, we have believed that people who experience mental distress have the right and the abilities to lead independent, fulfilling lives as part of their communities.
Our people and governance
Our people make us who we are, from those who use our services to our staff, volunteers and trustees.
Our core principle at Together is Service User Leadership.
Our principles of support
We work alongside people with mental distress to develop their insights, skills and potential.
Together is the UK’s oldest community mental health charity. We were formed in 1879 by Reverend Henry Hawkins, who was the hospital chaplain at an asylum in Middlesex.
Find out more about Service User Leadership
Service user leadership and valuing lived experience has been a long-standing ethos of Together as an organisation.
Equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging at Together
Together is committed to and celebrates equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging across our services.
The people who use our services are at the heart of everything we do. They influence and shape the support they receive from us, and the way our services are run.
These core beliefs underpin the vision, mission and values we aspire to.
Valuing lived experience in your support
We understand that everyone who seeks our support is different and their needs are individual to them. We believe in enabling people to use their lived experiences to lead the support and care they can expect to receive from us. We call this Service User Leadership.
A wide range of mental health services
We offer a wide variety of support to help people deal with the personal and practical impacts of mental health issues. The services we provide range from one-to-one support in the community to supported accommodation and making sure people understand and are able to express their needs in their dealings with official bodies.
We now work with nearly 4000 adults every month at 70 services throughout England. You can find your nearest service using our service finder.
People make us what we are
At Together, it’s our people who make us what we are. From the people who use our services to our workforce all over the country through to our board of trustees and our leadership and management teams. Focusing on the people who use our services and working alongside them to achieve fulfilling and independent lives is everyone’s priority. We value their lived experience of mental distress and empower them to lead decisions about their care and support.
The majority of our funding comes from local authorities and the NHS who commission our services (discuss commissioning a service with us). But we also welcome individual donations and encourage fundraising activities. We’re completely open about our finances – please feel free to read our financial reports.