Community and voluntary organisations have a vital role in Improving community mental health care and support. So, grant funding is being provided, with organisations invited to apply for money to develop and deliver services for people with complex mental health needs in their communities.

So far, £500,000 has been awarded in grants. Find out more about this work and the organisations providing it.

Who was involved in the design of the new model of care?

The following organisations were either consulted on and/or are partners involved delivering the new model of community mental health care and support for Leeds. Click on the organisation to see more information about it.

We know that connection to your local community, activities, and social groups are absolutely key to managing mental health and improving quality of life. That’s why, as part of Community Mental Health Transformation in Leeds, around a third of the investment has gone to community organisations and groups, to strengthen the support and activities for people with complex mental health needs in your local communities. 

Connecting Communities: Community Wellbeing Connectors

The amount of information on groups and activities in Leeds can be overwhelming, and people have told us they can struggle to understand what support would be right for them. 

As well as the Social Prescribers working across the city, there are specialist workers called Community Wellbeing Connectors, who work with adults with complex mental health needs to identify activities, groups and resources in their local communities that could support their mental health, as well as providing one-to-one outreach care and support, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing. 

The Community Wellbeing Connectors can visit you in your home, GP surgery, or somewhere in your own local community, wherever you feel comfortable. The service is run by three third sector organisations in partnership, NorthpointBarca and Touchstone, each covering different areas of the city. 

The Community Wellbeing Connectors are currently working in the early implementer sites: covering Chapeltown, Burmantofts, Harehills, Richmond Hill, Pudsey, Bramley, Calverley, Rodley, Farsley, Swinnow and Stanningley. They’re also working with people registered at either Leeds Student Medical Practice or the Light GP Surgeries. 

The Community Wellbeing Connectors will scale up over time, covering more areas of the city – more details coming soon!

How can I access support? 

If you live in one of the areas listed as an early implementer site and think you could benefit from accessing a Community Wellbeing Connector, please contact your GP. 

Walking alongside you: Peer Support Service 

There is great power in healing through relationships with people who make us feel heard and understood. The Peer Support Service is built on lived experience and empathy, focusing on each of our individual strengths, and helping develop skills and strategies to maintain our health and wellbeing.

Anyone over 17, living in Leeds, who is currently receiving care through the GP or specialist services for ongoing mental health difficulties, could access up to 8 sessions of one-to-one peer support, offered flexibly within the community. Support is led by your needs and what is important to you. The service is a partnership between Leeds MindLeeds Survivor Led Crisis ServiceHealth for All and Yorkshire Mesmac. Mesmac hosts a role specifically designed to work with people who identify as LGBTQ+, and Health for All hosts a role specifically designed to work with people from diverse racial backgrounds. 

How can I access support? 

Ask a professional supporting you to refer you by emailing peersupport@leedsmind.org.uk, and the team will be in touch.

Activities and Groups: Transforming Mental Health Grantholders

On top of the offer from the Community Wellbeing Connectors and Peer Support Service, Transformation has funded a range of activities, support and groups from a wide range of community organisations to support wellbeing in your local area. 

Leeds Mindfulness Coop

Running 8 week mindfulness for stress courses, inclusive of neurodiverse and LGBT+ adults.

Oblong

A complex mental health needs worker based at Oblong (Woodhouse Community Centre) who works on grounding, support plans and advice/signposting for people presenting at the centre in acute distress.

Mafwa Theatre: Kuluhenna Drama

A women’s group that uses drama exercises and games to improve confidence, boost English skills and reduce social isolation. All women are welcome, but they particularly welcome female refugees and asylum seekers. A crèche is available, and a worker from Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service attends if people need further support.

Rolling weekly, term time, Thursdays 10.30am to 12pm at Anglers Club, Nippet Lane, LS9 7TB. 

Shore Up CIC

12 week Occupational Therapy programmes across the year. Each group member develops an individual plan, focused on what’s important to them to try and change in their lives. They then have the opportunity to put it into action before coming back together as a group to reflect on the process. Shore Up are also setting up a new follow-on group, as a way for course graduates to have the opportunity to continue to meet and reflect on implementing their plans.

Three lots of courses:

  • May to July 2024
  • September to November 2024
  • January to March 2025

Follow on groups

  • June to July 2024
  • October to November 2024
  • February to March 2025

Humans Being: Heads, Hearts & Hands

A seven week course for women, where participants meet for a full day.

  • Morning: Exploring personal strengths and opportunities for resilience and recovery.
  • After lunch: Using the morning’s explorations to express our emotions, values and hopes through arts, crafts and creativity.

Upcoming Courses in 2024:

  • 14 March to 23 April
  • 16 May to 24 June

Further 2024 to 2025 course dates coming soon

The Conservation Volunteers: Hollybush Conservation Centre

Helping connect people with complex mental health needs to access nature and the outdoors. Offering one on one support to help people engage with an activity best suited to their needs. 

COMING UP! The organisations in the following lists are setting up support in your area, which should be available from Spring to Summer 2024. 

Citywide Themed Offers:

Local Offers:

  • Battle ScarsGroup work and social activities in their new hub in South Leeds.
  • Black Health Initiative: Community Wellness and Peer Support Programme, Events & Support Groups in Chapeltown.
  • The Conservation Volunteers: Working with Older People in Alwoodley, Shadwell, Oakwood, Roundhay, Meanwood and Seacroft..
  • Caring TogetherMens work, targeting the Tower Blocks of Little London & Woodhouse.
  • Complete Woman CIC: Co-designed activities, support & mentoring for men, women and families, based in North Leeds. 
  • HamaraFollow-up care and support project for people in Beeston, Middleton, Hunslet and Holbeck, and those registered at Leeds Student Medical Practice & the Light, supporting them after discharge from an acute ward through activity-based social groups.
  • Shine Bright CICWellbeing Recovery Action Plan courses for 17 to 25 year olds.
  • The Apple Box CompanyTailored drop-ins/group work with African Caribbean people receiving services in Burmantofts, Harehills, Chapeltown & Richmond Hill.
  • Barca: Psychosocial activities for adults who have experienced childhood trauma – with a particular focus on parents in Bramley, Stanningley & Armley.
  • LATCH: mental health and wellbeing support to the formerly homeless tenants at LATCH, and people at risk of homelessness.
  • Living Potential Care Farming: therapeutic horticulture project in Wetherby.