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My Employment Peer Support Journey

This inspirational story highlights how a blend of support can help people set a new course and how volunteering can bring new opportunities too. The peer support eco-system!

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This blog has been written by one of our Job Retention Service clients who went on to access our Employment Peer Support Service, here’s what she has to say about her expeiences:

“My journey with WorkPlace Leeds at Leeds Mind began at the end of August last year when I had been off work with work related stress for 5 months. I was anxious, fearful, I felt I was a failure and I had lost all my confidence and believed I was of very little worth. The thought of returning to work filled me with dread, even though it was the goal I set myself. My first meeting with my job retention worker, Rosana was emotional, but I immediately felt listened to and supported. Through my retention worker, I began to appreciate and understand my mental health, identify negative triggers and become aware of how I had reached my crisis…

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Volunteers with lived experience wanted in South Leeds

Hi,

My name is Michelle Wood, I work as the admin manager at Aire Court Community Unit in Middleton Leeds. My role is to ensure a good standard of admin support is provided to our clinical and medical team.

During my time here I have seen how the clinical and medical team’s involvement has made a difference to people who experience Mental Health difficulties; it’s great to see how people progress, recover and get on with their lives.

Part of people’s wellbeing and recovery can be having a purpose and activity in their lives. For some this is about working, education or training, for others it’s about getting involved in hobbies and interests, filling the day with things they enjoy doing. As part of this, we are looking at how we can involve volunteers at Aire Court.

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At present we have a large reception area that has lots of potential. We would like to see this area being used creatively, a place to provide information, where people can find out about some of the things that might support their wellbeing and recovery in their local area – for example leaflets on gardening groups, coffee mornings, fishing, walking groups, art groups. It would be great to hear more about people’s experience of the care, support and treatment they receive at Aire Court, we could gather this in a number of ways and respond in the way we deliver the service. , We would also like to offer tea and coffee to people coming to the unit for their appointment. Overall, we want to promote a community feel to the reception.

We are looking for people to volunteer some of their time to develop the reception area. Ideally, you would be able to provide some time regularly and together, with other volunteers, you would develop the reception area.

Who are we looking for? It’s important that you have or have had some lived experience of mental health difficulty. If this is you and you want to get involved in volunteering, then contact me by email michelle.wood7@nhs.net to express your interest and we can have a discussion about it.

Many thanks

 

 

 

Meeting

You are invited to attend a meeting on the 20th November to hear more about the Planning Care Network.

There are 2 venues:

Sycamore Suite at Bootham Park Hospital, York 10.00 – 12.00

Becklin Centre Training Room 3, Leeds 14.00 – 16.00

It would be great to see you there, but if you can’t attend that’s ok; just check back here to see whats going on.

Donna

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