Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Resource Ltd (MHR), a registered
charity, based in the heart of Tunbridge Wells, was founded in 1993
to provide practical and emotional support
in a safe and caring environment, for people suffering from
mental ill health.
Figures show that in the region of 160,000 people in Kent
require support for their mental health illnesses.
Despite living in what is popularly thought to be an affluent
area, many of these people find themselves in financial hardship
and social isolation as a result of their illness, sometimes losing
their job, home and family.
MHR seeks to empower people with mental illness, so they are
able to re-take control of their lives, increase their
self-confidence and feel a full and valued member of society.
Today,MHR is one of the feworganisations providing comprehensive
services and support delivered through our Centre, Advocacy and
Reachout projects in the Weald of Kent area,
Advocacy and Reachout projects in the Weald of Kent area, which
includes the major towns of Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks
and the rural surrounding areas.
Our services are funded through both statutory and fundraised
income and are delivered by paid staff with the support of
Pottery Adult Education provides the setting for this skills
based course. Friendly,
helpful tutors will teach you how to transform a piece of clay
into a piece of pottery of your
choice. This can be included in one of our exhibitions.
Yoga Learn how to relax whilst helping to tone your body in our
group at the Camden
Centre. Our tutor will instruct you so that the sessions take
into account your own safe
level of exercise.
Ten pin bowling Join us on the last Friday of each month for
this fun packed social activity.
Bowling equipment is available for people who cannot bowl
Weekend service Monthly outings, weather permitting, to places
of interest using public
transport or mini bus.
Our Centre & Activities
Our friendly qualified team of staff are here to help by
listening to you, identify your needs and support you to deal with
your difficulties. We have a variety of supportive options and
will do all we can to help you, we recognise that sometimes
specialist help is needed and we will therefore put you in touch
with the relevant organisations.
Attending our centre would enable you to access meaningful
activities that help to raise confidence and self esteem
encouraging positive emotional and physical well being. Workshops
in community based settings with members of the public can help to
break down the barrier associated with mental health. We work
alongside individuals to identify short and long term goals thus
gaining a sense of achievement and enhancing the quality of life.
Recovery is achievable; we support people to gain new skills and
improve on existing ones at their own pace in order to reach their
full potential and move on to voluntary or paid work. Ongoing
support helps to maintain positive outcomes as people face new
Our Centre is based at the heart of the community and is easy to
access by local transport. Qualified, friendly staff offer
practical and emotional support and provide information to helpyou
find other services that you may need, in order to improve your
quality of life.
There are activities every day that you can join, and these are
facilitated within and outside of, the centre. Our aim is to work
alongside you to achieve long and short term goals. You will have
the opportunity to learn new skills and refresh existing ones, at
your own pace, and socialise in a safe environment, thus helping to
maintain your mental and physical well being. A free counselling
service is also available.
Well being group - Focussing on everything that helps to
maintain a healthy lifestyle, in line with the live it well
initiative, including diet, relationships, family issues and
physical, social and leisure activity. Speakers, on a wide variety
of subjects, are employed on a monthly basis.
Cooking for health Work as a team member to learn basic cooking
skills and build the confidence to try new recipes. People can
achieve a basic food and hygiene certificate.
Computer tuition Our Volunteer will teach you how to get to know
your computer and help you practice new skills.
Needlecraft Enjoy being with other people whilst learning how to
create a beautiful piece of work which you can include in our
Badminton Physical activity is proven to lift mood and since it
is played at St Johns leisure centre, you may learn to be less
OMens group Peer support in a safe setting with planned social
outings. Womens group Focussing on womens issues and mutual support
with monthly outings to local facilities.Creative writing What
better place could there be than the Library for this
relaxing and therapeutic activity. People can put thoughts to
paper and gain the confi-dence to share their writing with the
Art workshop Based at Trinity Art Gallery, providing an
opportunity to explore your crea-tive side and gain the confidence
to use a variety of methods and materials.
Assert Project & Reachout
Assert Advocacy is independent of NHS and Social Services and
separate from other parts of the Charity. Advocates help the client
to express their own views and needs to the people who make
about their lives. We aim to protect peoples rights, improve
their access to information, and promote informed choice.
Our general advocacy work includes obtaining professional advice
on debt, housing problems or benefits,
supporting parents in dealing with Social Services procedures,
and helping patients understand and contribute to Care Programme
At our first visit, which may be at the persons home or anywhere
they feel comfortable, we will talk through the problems and
discuss how we might help. The advocate will then work in
partnership with the client until the issue is resolved or the
person feels able to progress it on their own. We also provide
Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) for South West Kent and
for Priority House in Maidstone.
Anyone subject to the Mental Health Act 83 (apart from emergency
sections) including people who are living in the community under
Guardianship or Community Treatment Order,
has the right to an advocate to help them understand the law,
exercise their right to appeal, and to support them in questioning
any restrictions placed on them.
Reachout provides friendly and confidential peer support groups
for people with mental health difficulties based in the community.
Our aim is to reduce isolation and encourage people to be
pro-active in managing their own recovery.
Those who attend the groups are encouraged to share their
personal experiences and coping strategies, and in addition, they
have the opportunity to feedback their experiences and views of
treatment and care.
Groups meet to make friends and share personal experiences in an
environment where members find they can understand one another. Our
groups offer friendly, confidential self-help support groups in a
caring and non-judgemental environment, facilitated by a paid
member of staff.
Group members are given the opportunity to provide anonymous
feedback, which we hope will improve mental health services within
the local area. On occasions our groups organise guest speakers and
Reachout currently meets in the following areas on a fortnightly
basis. Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Hawkhurst and
Partners & Links
Rethink Sevenoaks 01732 742351 www.rethink.org.uk
Reachout Invicta Advocacy Service01322 285234
Medway & Swale Advocacy Service 01634 713739
Services for residents in East Sussex
South East Advocacy Project 0330 4409000 www.seap.org.uk
Crossways Community Care Home 01892 529321
Carers First 01732 357555 www.carersfirst.org.uk
Town & Country Housing 01892 501702 www.tchg.org.uk
Tunbridge Wells Counselling Service 01892 548750
Porchlight Homeless Charity 0800 5677699
Gateway Tunbridge Wells 01892 526121
Citizens Advice Bureau 01892 617256 www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Moat Housing 01892 544127 www.moat.co.uk
Mental Health Matters Helpline 0800 107 0160 (5pm 9am 24hrs
weekends & bank holidays)
Sevenoaks Area Mind 01732 459558
Samaritans 08457 90 90 90 www.samaritans.org
Live it Well (steps to wellbeing) www.liveitwell.org.ukPRooms
for HireWe are delighted to be able to assist other organisations
two days a week by hiring out our rooms at very reasonable rates.If
you or your organisation would be interested in hiring rooms in our
Centre and would like more information or arrange a visit to look
at our premises please contact Audrey Thomson Tel 01892 539422
mhr 2a Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2BDTel: 01892
615552Fax: 01892 554729Email:
[email protected] 2011 twmhr Registered
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