Last Thursday the RDU took part in our team Away Day! We wanted our Away Day to focus on giving back to our local community, so the RDU contacted The Hub who put us in touch with The Richmond Fellowship, which is a non-profit organisation that encourages, supports and challenges people with mental health problems.
Our task for the day was to add life and colour to Bailey’s Cafe, which is attached to Richmond Fellowship and provides a selection of hot food, snacks, and drinks for all – at present, they have 9 trainees in Bailey’s Cafe who have a support plan that is targeted at getting them back to paid or voluntary work.
Our community’s local Richmond Fellowship (East Dorset Community Services) is located in Christchurch and it provides a variety of recovery focused activities, training and one-to-one support for people with Mental Health problems. The Service is based on an ethos of social inclusion, service user involvement and individual support. Activities include peer supprt, healthy living, horticultural groups, Bailey’s Frames, Bailey’s Cafe, groups and groupwork. East Dorset Community Services is part of one of the largest specialist mental health service provider in England. The Service enables people to undertake training and education and to access other support within their areas thus reducing social isolation.