We campaign to make your mental wellbeing a local priority.
We work across Lancashire for people at every level of mental health.
Through organised actions to bring about changes in policy, behaviour and culture we will achieve our vision of mental wellbeing for all. By providing training as part of workforce and student development, we will embed the challenging of misconceptions and promote mental health from a positive standpoint. We work collaboratively within communities utilising peer support and asset based approaches to overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, impacting behaviour change and achieving self care by promoting resilience skills.
We are building resilience from an early age and work with children across the county through our Bounce Forward and Wellbeing Challenge programmes. With your support we aim to see similar programmes delivered to every child in Lancashire and embed the resilience model as an integral part of a school life.
Bounce Forward is our resilience programme for children aged 9-11 years. Delivered in the classroom as a 12-week programme or on an individual basis, the programme has been delivered to over 400 9-11 year olds. Over 85% of pupils report increased resilience and mental wellbeing and 100% of students enjoy the course.
Grounded in asset based approaches and coproduction, the Wellbeing Challenge works with young people to help them identify the health and wellbeing needs of their school and wider community and supplies them with the training, skills and support they need to build and deliver initiatives delivered by young people for young people.
To ensure people and communities can overcome barriers to mental wellbeing, we work with businesses to provide cost effective workforce training to improve resilience and mental wellbeing and prevent the impact of stress and mental health conditions. We also deliver open access training courses to promote practical resilience skills and ensure everyone experiencing a mental health condition is treated as an equal.
We have over 25 years of experience delivering innovative services to support and improve mental wellbeing across Lancashire ensuring our training is relevant and up to date.
Our workforce training is available to all businesses in Lancashire and courses are tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. Training can be arranged at a number of venues across the county or at your place of work should your prefer it.
Life can be challenging for everyone at times; for those of us living with poor mental wellbeing, life can be even tougher. Feeling good and functioning well is not set in stone. We sometimes need a little support to improve our happiness. As much as 40% of our happiness is accounted for by our daily actions and the conscious choices we make.
If you are aged 10 and over our Wellbeing Coaches can work with you, teaching you to make different choices to improve your mental wellbeing. Life should be more than just getting by, everyone should have the opportunity to live a healthy, happy lifestyle.
Our team of coaches work in a range of different settings, including GP’s surgeries, job centres and workplaces to help people feel happier and healthier by identifying lifestyle goals and the barriers that are preventing them from being reached. If you or someone you know is struggling, get in contact with us to see how we can help.
With the right support, everybody in Lancashire living with a mental health condition can have control of their own life. This includes support from the community and society as a whole, and may not necessarily mean a medical or clinical intervention. It is an individual’s responsibility not to define themselves by their mental health condition or to allow others to. It is society’s responsibility to ensure everyone experiencing a mental health condition gets support and respect.
Our tenancy management service provides access to accommodation and support to maintain a tenancy. To qualify for this service you must be over 18, however under 16’s can be taken on a licensing agreement. Currently available in Chorley, South Ribble and Preston, the service is run in partnership with housing associations and provides accommodation to people with a low level mental health condition. We welcome referrals from professionals, as well as individuals.
“We’re not right good at talking us blokes. Stress, money, job issues, fed up, alone, angry, break-ups and the rest. The ‘Facing Up’ project is here to give you the time and the tools to get stuff sorted and get back on track. Being silent isn’t being strong. Face Up!”.
Facing Up gives men in Blackburn with Darwen the time and tools to get back on track. It gives men the chance to meet up, offload and share tips and tools to boost their mental wellbeing via Offload Groups.
The service is currently supporting the men of Blackburn with Darwen and has reached out to over 1000 individuals. With your help we would like to expand the project across Lancashire and give every man the chance to offload and get back to their best.
Drop In / Info point – Men only
Your Support Your Choice, Blackburn, BB2 1AG (across from the library main entrance).
Tuesday afternoons, 13:00-15:00 (to be extended soon)
General drop in where men can access info about Facing Up. Can get busy, so if you would like an appointment please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopwood Court Activity Group – Free open to all
Age UK, 1 William Hopwood Street, Blackburn, BB1 1LX
Thursdays, 13:00-15:00 (Snooker, Darts, Board games, brews).
Manxman Road Group – Free
116A Manxman Road (Above Spar), Blackburn, BB2 3EP
Wednesday evenings 18:00-20:00 (brews, chatting, but no activities).
Foodbank Group – Free
Blackburn Foodbank, Oakenhurst Rd, Blackburn, BB2 1SN
Thursdays 13:00-15:00 (Cooking and growing activities).
Roman Road Library Group – Free
Roman Road Library, Fishmoor Dr, Blackburn BB2 3UY
Tuesday mornings 10:00 – 12:00 (Chatting and brews).
Library facilities available to search volunteering opportunities and help job seekers.
Get Set to Go
The Get Set to Go programme offers you the chance to be more active to improve your mental wellbeing, sessions are built around your needs with support to keep you motivated and build confidence. We’ll help you find a sport or activity that’s works best for you and help you stick at it for long enough so you can feel the physical, social and mental benefits of being active. If you’re active already you can get involved by supporting others. We’re also providing training for the sport and leisure sector so they can make their services more welcoming to everyone living with a mental health condition.
The programme is supported by Sport England and the National Lottery. And is currently funded across Lancashire until October 2017.
Accrington Inclusive Football – £2 per session
Hyndburn Leisure Centre, BB5 4EP
Wednesdays, 13:30-14:30pm (potentially changing to Thursday’s).
Delivered in partnership with Lancashire FA and Accrington Stanley Community Trust.
Blackpool Bowling Groups – £2 per game
MFA Bowl, Blackpool, FY1 1EX
Wednesday’s and Friday’s, 10:30am.
Blackpool Inclusive Football – £2 per session
Stanley Park, Astroturf Sports Pitches, FY3 9HU
Delivered in partnership with Lancashire FA and Blackpool FC Community Trust.
Blackpool Walking Group – Free
Meet at Stanley Park gates.
Chorley Learn2Run – Free
Meet at Hallgate Car Park at the back of Astley Park.
Colne Learn2Run – Free
Meet at Alkincoats Park Cafe
Delivered in partnership with Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.