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BrightSparks – Bradgate Writers Group

BrightSparks is a formally constituted arts in mental health group. It’s central principles are: to use the arts to promote positive images of mental health; social inclusion; and service user and carer involvement.

An informal writers group dedicated to creative writing and poetry. Open to in and out patients, and all levels of ability, including please who struggle to read and write. Feel free to drop in and check us out.

VCS
07795 475 806
The Recreational Hall, Bradgate Mental Health Unit, Leicester
LE3 9DZ
Tuesdays 10.30 – 12.00
Self referral
Free
Brightsparks: Arts Cafe

BrightSparks is a formally constituted arts in mental health group. It’s central principles are: to use the arts to promote positive images of mental health; social inclusion; and service user and carer involvement.

Come along to the Arts Cafe, do some artwork, have a game of pool or table tennis and view The Glenvale Gallery. Open to in-patients, out-patients, family and friends.

 

VCS
07795475806
The Recreational Hall,
Bradgate Mental Health Unit, Leicester
LE3 9EJ
Every Tuesday 1.00 – 3.00pm
Self-referral
Free
Carers Health and Wellbeing Service Leicestershire
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The Carers Health and Wellbeing Service is a free and confidential service for carers throughout Leicestershire. Our aim is to help carers look after their own health and wellbeing, as we know your caring responsibilities can sometimes leave you feeling tired, overwhelmed or frustrated, which can lead to physical, mental or emotional ill-health. The service is run by VASL, a community based organisation with a long and very successful history of supporting carers.

VCS
01858 411380
The Settling Rooms, St Marys Place, Market Harborough, Leics
LE16 7DR
Monday-Thursday 8am-6pm, Friday 8am-4.30pm
Call, email or website
Free
Focusline Leicestershire

Focusline is a helpline for people experiencing mental health difficulties.  People living mental health conditions, their support network, or mental health professionals can all call to get a supportive, non-judgmental, listening respone in a crisis situation or for information on other services available to them locally or nationally.

VCS
http://www.rethink.org.uk
08000272127
Helpline is open from 5pm untill 1am weekdays, weekends and bank holidays.
Self-referral
Free
Leicester Bipolar Self Help Group

 

An informal and friendly self help group for people that suffer with bipolar disorder, and also their friends and carers. The group is part of a MDF The BiPolar Organisation self help group. Provides a safe space for mutual support with others in a similar situation. New members are welcome to join and gain more confidence, make new friends, get practical advice and learn how to manage mood swings. Aims to help those who are needing to be heard, feeling isolated, or needing information or advice. Also aims to help those who are feeling angry about their diagnosis or unsure what to do and feel unable to to share their situation with friends or colleagues. Meets at The City Hall, Charles Street, Leicester LE1 1FZ.

VCS
07970 905634 / 0207 931 6480
The City Hall, Charles Street, Leicester
LE1 1FZ.
2nd Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm
Telephone in first instance
Free
Leicestershire Recovery College

We have developed a Recovery College. The college provides a range of recovery focused courses, seminars and workshops for people accessing adult mental health services and for their relatives, friends and loved ones – and for our own Trust staff.

The courses are free and aimed at supporting people to recognise and develop their personal resourcefulness, resilience and talents in order to become experts in their own self care, make informed choices and help them achieve their aspirations and goals in life.

The Leicestershire Recovery College has been co-produced and co-developed with people who use mental health services and with a range of external organisations and services.  We offer a range of courses and our Spring 2016 Prospectus is available to download now!

A great new partnership formed with Phoenix Therapies who will be delivering a couple of new courses for us at a satellite venue – The Mett Centre. Also – courses now more accessible for people living in the Narborough/Enderby areas as satellite venues at Blaby District Council Offices and A Place To Grow in Enderby.

There are no entry requirements to enrol. We have an online enrolment form or you can can complete a paper form, to post to the college, alternatively you can enrol by phone on 0116 295 1196.  The college is based on the Glenfield Hospital site (see map) for more information. The college is normally open 9.30am-3.00pm (although some courses may run past this time).
 

NHS Service
0116 295 1196
Glenfield Hospital,
Groby Road Leicester
LE3 9EJ
9.30am-3.00pm
Online enrollment or paper form
Free
Living With Psychiatric Medication

Who are we?
Free, informal and friendly meetings open to all who have an interest in discussing issues about psychiatric medication. This independent group offers a space to share and gain knowledge and experiences in a supportive and relaxed atmosphere. Speakers are invited (eg pharmacists) and time is spent on group projects. The group meets at Soft Touch Arts, 69 Wellington St, Leicester (opposite Leicester Crown Court buildings).

Not-for-Profit
07539755711
Soft Touch Arts
50 New Walk, Leicester
LE1 6TF
Free