The Easington Floating Support service started their first Road to Recovery course in January 2019. The 11 week programme is aimed at people with a mental health need who want to socialise and make new friends, improve their confidence and self esteem, learn new things and be introduced to other local organisations who can offer ongoing advice and support.

The penultimate session is a market place event which invites local organisations and providers to come together and provide information to the group members, allowing them to discover additional sources of support.

The first marketplace event took place on 20th March 2019 at Healthworks Easington and was attended by a number of providers including; Acumen, the Wellbeing for Life service (including support groups), Macmillan Join the Dots and the North East Befriending service.  A number of other organisations including Blackhall Community Centre, St Margaret’s Day Centre, Macrea House, Horden Hub, Horden Community Centre, Greenhills Wheatley Hill, East Durham Partnership and Eastlea Community Centre also provided information for the event.

The event was attended by five MHM clients, two of whom had attended the Road to Recovery service.  Although they have one session remaining, they have enjoyed the programme immensely and have seen a marked improvement in their confidence, self-esteem and overall wellbeing.  So much so that both clients have expressed an interest in volunteering for MHM so that they can support their peers in subsequent groups.

Emma Blue, Practice Lead at Easington Floating Support praised the team who have worked incredibly hard over the last couple of months, developing the resources, facilitating the group sessions and organising the marketplace event.

Find out more about the Easington Floating Support Service