Community Mental Health Transformation Programme – Innovation Fund
The Community Mental Health Transformation (CMHT) programme has provided an Innovation Fund worth £300,000 and distributed to 14 local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise partners across Coventry and Warwickshire.
Community mental health services play a crucial role in delivering mental health care for adults and older adults with severe mental health needs as close to home as possible. The CMHT Programme is bringing together experience and support from all sectors across Coventry and Warwickshire and recognises how well placed the passion and influence of local organisations are to drive forward new community-based services.
These groups are already providing invaluable support in our communities. By working in partnership, and collaborating across organisations, we can ensure that more people who need support can be reached, and that improved mental health services offer more choice and control for people living with mental health challenges.
Cruse bereavement Support
Cruse Bereavement Support is the leading bereavement charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We help people through one of the most painful times in life– with bereavement support, information and campaigning. Our national services include a helpline, website and online chat support.
“Men in Grief” provides an all-age outreach bereavement service to men across Coventry and Warwickshire. Working in partnership with the construction industry, local men’s sports clubs, and other men’s groups, Cruse delivers targeted early intervention and bereavement awareness sessions co-delivered with 12 male bereavement volunteers.
For more information, visit: Cruse Bereavement Support
Inini Initiative Ltd
Inini focuses on tackling the issues of health and wellbeing, poverty and/inequalities in BAME communities living in Coventry. Inini was set up to increase awareness of mental health, reduce mental health stigma, social exclusion and promote mental health help seeking behaviour.
Inini provides a safe space for BAME communities to meet and connect while engaging in conversation on issues they find challenging in a weekly peer support group. They also provide advocacy, 1-to-1 psychological coaching, welfare checks, and creative sessions such as painting and drumming.
For more information, visit: Inini Initiative Ltd
Coventry Cyrenians help people in Coventry and Warwickshire who are homeless, or at risk of being so.
For more information, visit: Coventry Cyrenians
Cohort 4 is a peer support organisation for women based in North Warwickshire who are survivors of abuse, who have previous convictions, and experience mental health issues.
“Together We Can” is a peer mentoring project for women with multiple and complex disadvantage, offered to support clients improve their own health and wellbeing, attend appointments, and to provide practical or emotional support.
For more information, visit: Cohort 4
Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (CRASAC)
CRASAC supports survivors of sexual abuse. Their services include professional counselling/psychotherapy, Crisis and Advocacy Support, specialist Outreach and Prevention work developed to meet the needs of victims and survivors.
“Women's Circle” is a support group for women who have been affected by sexual violence and abuse. The group provides an opportunity to connect with other survivors, to reinforce or build a toolkit of coping strategies and to find out about other sources of support in the local community.
For more information, visit CRASAC
Good Neighbours Coventry
Good Neighbours connect over 50s to befrienders, building positive relationships across the city. Following the success of Good Neighbours in Coventry, they have now begun a new Good Neighbours project in Bedworth.
In 2021 alone, Good Neighbours connected 609 over 50s to befrienders.Good Neighbours was developed in conjunction with local churches determined to tackle loneliness in older generations. It connects volunteer befrienders with a spare half hour to telephone or visit an older person.
For more information, visit Good Neighbours Coventry
Achieving Results in Communities (ARC)
ARC supports people in improving their mental and physical health and wellbeing by helping them to engage with the great outdoors.
For more information, visit ARC
Home-Start South Warwickshire (HSSW) recruits, trains and manages community volunteers who support struggling families with children under the age of 5. Volunteers provide emotional and practical support for vulnerable and isolated families in South Warwickshire, improving their physical and mental well-being and reducing isolation.
HSSW provide trauma counselling to parents with children under 5 years who are unable to access statutory mental health support in a timely manner. Counsellors provide 12 sessions of counselling for each parent while volunteers provide childcare to allow for focused, uninterrupted sessions.
For more information, visit Home Start
Aspire in Arts
Aspire in Arts is a not for profit youth organisation that delivers inspirational arts activities, workshops and generic youth sessions to young people across the Midlands, reaching ages 18-25 from underrepresented groups and challenging circumstances.
For more information, visit Aspire in Arts
RoSA provides a trauma informed, holistic approach and offers support through: Counselling, Support Groups, Children and Young People Service, Art & Drama Therapy, Independent Sexual Violence Advisors service, Pre-Trial Therapy, Online Counselling Support, Helpline, Drop-ins, Training & Workshops, Early Intervention initiatives.
For more information, visit RoSA
Creative Kindness supports anyone suffering from loneliness or poor mental health through regular events and crafts that are designed to promote positive wellbeing and kindness.
Meetings usually take place on Tuesdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm at the Coundon Library in Coventry CV6 1HT and on Thursdays from 10am to 12pm at the Coventry Central Library, CV1 1FY.
For more information, visit Creative Kindness
Sycamore Counselling Service
Sycamore Counselling Service offers therapeutic interventions to both adults and children and young people, including one to one counselling sessions, therapeutic groups and creative therapies in their agency or educational establishments.
A sessional counsellor provides 18 hours a week of trauma informed person-centred counselling to individuals struggling with their mental health who have been signposted from their GP, IAPT, the mental health team or the crisis team. There is a specific focus on supporting men who do not fit the criteria for NHS services but are struggling with their mental health and need to access support before their mental health declines further and they require more specialist or long term intervention from the CMHT and other NHS services.
For more information, visit Sycamore Counselling Service
The Horse and People Project CIC
The Horse and People Project facilitate horse assisted therapeutic learning programmes for adults over the age of 18, individually or in small groups. Working with horses 'on the ground' (no riding), provides opportunities for people to become more self-aware as horses are finely attuned to their environment, including human behaviour.
The way horses respond to us helps to identify thought/behavioural patterns that we may be unaware of, that can be changed or adapted through the activities and challenges with the horses. The project provides a different, effective intervention for people experiencing mental health issues in Coventry and Warwickshire.
For more information, visit The Horse and People Project
Central England Law Centre
Central England Law Centre is a Community Law Centre, who use their legal knowledge and expertise to help to build a more equal society. CELC seek to reduce poverty, inequality, and discrimination. Their approach aims to provide early intervention and solutions that prevent people reaching a point of crisis.
An advisor experienced in working with individuals with severe mental illness is employed by CELC to work alongside solicitors and caseworkers providing free specialist legal advice and to coordinate the help the client is receiving.
For more information, visit Central England Law Centre