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    User Group Name Contact Details

    Action for Young Carers, Nottingham City

    Carers Federation logo

    Action for Young Carers (AYC) is a free and confidential service funded by Nottingham City Council and the Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group. AYC offers support to young carers living within Nottingham City. As part of the Carers Federation organisation, AYC provides young carers with the chance to get together, have fun and access the help they need. Best of all, young carers at AYC are encouraged to say what they like and dislike, meaning the service provides them with exactly what they need

    • Action for Young Carers
    • 0115 9629351 or 0115 9629349
    • Christopher Cargill House, 21- 23 Pelham Road, Nottingham, NG5 1AP
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Advocacy Plus (Formerly known as the Nottingham Advocacy Group)

    Advocacy Plus logo

    Advocacy Plus offers free advocacy (speaking on a person's behalf to a third party) for people with personality disorders in hospital and community settings. Meetings take place at the organisation's address, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm. Disabled facilities: Level access to ground floor services. No wheelchair-accessible toilet or hearing loop.

    • Advocacy Plus
    • 0115 845 6474
    • Foxhall Business Centre Foxhall Road Nottingham NG7 6LH
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Borderline Arts

    Borderline Arts are an awareness raising charity, who run awareness workshops, showcase art/theatre piece & use other creative ways to raise awareness of BPD. Through their work they aim to raise awareness of BPD to the general public to help reduce stigma to improve attitudes to individuals with the condition, encourage social inclusion for sufferers, educate carers & professionals, thereby improving the quality of care and relationships for those with BPD, and strengthen and enrich the local community through the arts. Their Creative Educational Workshops are run in partnership with Derbyshire MInd, enabling participants to express their personal thoughts and feelings about BPD, learn more about the condition, learn ways to sensitively relate to someone with BPD. At the moment they only operate on Tuesday and Thursdays, as they are run by a small group of volunteers. They are also active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    • Borderline Arts
    • 07754 806814
    • 119 Osmaston Road, Derby, Derbyshire DE1 2GD
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Chill and Chat Amber Valley

    An independently funded group of volunteers who meet once a week on a Thursday to offer isolated and mentally and physically disabled people the chance to meet and do activities. including crafts, fitness, reading and social activities plus fun games and sticky bingo. They also offer advice and support services, day outings and special evening events in a safe and friendly environment They have also enabled people previously unable to use public transport to now be able to travel alone or with company to attend our group, and helped people moving on into volunteering work . There are currently over 35 people attending from Mencap, nursing homes, and local mental health agencies. They accept all referrals from the mental health team and local homes and groups into the group. No email address please use the group's enquiry form: Use enquiry form at http://www.ambervalley.info/emailto.asp?type=mail1&id=7828

    • Miriam Slack
    • 01773 812395
    • The Community Hall Mansfield Road Alfreton Derbyshire DE55 7JJ
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Disability Direct Derby

    Disability Direct provide information and advice for disabled people in Derby, facilitating independent living opportunities and empowering disabled people to make personal decisions. They have set up a number of social enterprises which in Derby and across England, from the DD Payroll Service which supports over 4000 Direct Payments users, infrastructure and community support for community groups. They also provide a welfare rights service, a personal assistant register, and projects supporting young people with disabilities in Derby to take part in sports and activities, and skill sharing events.

    • Disability Direct Derby
    • 01332 299449
    • DD Enterprise Centre, 20 Royal Scot Rd, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8AJ
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Disability Direct Nottingham

    Disability Direct Nottingham

    Disability Direct prides itself in being able to make a difference to disabled people, older people and carers residing in Nottingham. They promote positive change in a non-political and non-campaigning way, empowering people to make their own choices and make positive decisions about independent living opportunities. Disability Direct was formed in response to a desperate need for a User Led Organisation (ULO) in Nottingham to provide a "one-stop shop" for information and advice. They now offer an information service, welfare advice and help with completing benefit forms, and volunteering opportunities.

    • Charlotte Throssel (Services Manager)
    • 0115 9583 948
    • 6 - 7 Church Square, Maxwell Close, Nottingham, NG7 1SL
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    • Email


    Based in Chesterfield, dora is an umbrella organization for mental-health self-help groups in Derbyshire. We are fundamentally run by volunteers to provide support, guidance and funding for self-help groups to start, develop and maintain levels of working for the best interests of their members. They also work as a sign posting organisation to relevant groups, services and other organizations that might fit your required needs. On their site you can find information on a variety of mental health conditions, self help guides, information regarding the groups we currently assist and further information on volunteering and getting involved with dora.

    • dora
    • 01246 540 750
    • The Annex, Holywell Health Centre, Holywell Street, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7SH
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Healthwatch Derbyshire

    Healthwatch group (small)

    Healthwatch is an independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch plays a role at both national and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use services are taken into account. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.

    • Healthwatch Derbyshire
    • 01773 880786 or (Text): 07943 505255
    • (FREEPOST RTEE-RGYU-EUCK) Suite 14 Riverside Business Centre, Foundry Lane, Milford, Derbyshire, DE56 0RN
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Healthwatch Leicester

    Healthwatch group (small)

    Healthwatch Leicester is the consumer champion for health and social care services within the city. Its aim is to give the people and communities of Leicester a stronger voice to influence and challenge how health and social care are provided locally. Healthwatch Leicester works on behalf of the people of Leicester to make sure that their views on services such as a visit to a dentist, doctors, hospital, day care centre or care home are heard and acted on.

    • Healthwatch Leicester
    • Helpline: 0116 251 8313 or General Enquiries: 0116 251 0601
    • Clarence House, Humberstone Gate, Leicester LE1 3PJ
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Healthwatch Lincolnshire

    Healthwatch group (small)

    Healthwatch Lincolnshire is the independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the view of the public. Healthwatch Lincolnshire represents the views of both health and social care for children and adults living in Lincolnshire. Healthwatch Lincolnshire plays a role at both local and national level and makes sure that the views of the public and the people who use the services are taken into account. Healthwatch Lincolnshire has a countywide network of local groups for you to get involved in. These groups are there to support your local community in having a say and influencing services. If you wish to get in touch with this local Healthwatch via Facebook, please visit www.facebook.com/healthwatchlincolnshire, you can also connect on Twitter @HealthwatchLinc

    • Healthwatch Lincolnshire
    • 01205 820 892
    • Unit 12, 1-2 North End, Swineshead Lincs PE20 3LR
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    Lincolnshire Partnership logo

    Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist health services for people with a learning disability, mental health, and drug or alcohol problem. The address on the right is for their head office, they also have separate contact details for the Single Point of Access Contact Centre, for those who wish to access mental health and learning disability services in Lincolnshire, which can be contacted on 0303 123 4000.

    • Linconshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
    • 01529 222200
    • Units 8 & 9, The Point, Lions Way, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 8GG
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Living with Pyschiatric Medication

    Living with Psychiatric Medication - Newtork for Change logo

    Living with Psychiatric Medication hold free, informal, friendly meetings, open to all people who use psychiatric medication to gain knowledge, ask questions and get answers in a supportive relaxed atmosphere. A speaker is invited to some sessions to talk about their own perspective on psychiatric medication, and attendees also share their own experiences of using psychiatric drugs, work on group projects (such as a debate on psychiatric medication for children) and presentations, as well as sometimes going to conferences.

    • Living with Psychiatric Medication
    • 07410 410 935 / 07539755711
    • LWPM c/o 50 New Walk, Leicester LE1 6TF
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Making Waves

    Making Waves logo

    Making Waves is a social firm, founded in 2003. All the members have experience of mental distress who aim to use their skills and experience to challenge the prejudice against people with experience of mental distress, and to promote new and innovative ways of supporting people and understanding what it is ‘to be mad’. They are involved in service evaluation, research, training and involvement. They work with primary care and secondary care with local universities and the voluntary sector. You can email Making Waves using the address on the right or info@makingwaves.org. Their current work includes The Open Futures Network, a local Nottingham initiative, which seeks to promote mental health, resilience and wellbeing through exploring the Open Dialogue Approach in the field of mental health and also wider society. The network is service user led, bringing together local groups and local services, artists, activists, healthcare professionals and academics within collaborative and dynamic partnerships for well-being.

    • Torsten Shaw
    • 01159 505 996 or 07853 309 724
    • McMurphy Suite, Wedgwood House, 70 Carlton Rd, Nottingham, NG3 2AP
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Mental Health Action Group (MHAG)

    The Mental Health Action Group (MHAG) is led by people who are current or ex-users of mental health services in Derby City, Amber Valley, Erewash Valley & South Derbyshire. The group are dedicated to improving the lives of people who have mental health. MHAG are independent of any other organisation. They work with groups and organisations to maintain and improve mental health services across Derbyshire. Sometimes this means campaigning and lobbying to get our message across, but we work in partnership across the board. They also work to end the stigma and discrimination around mental illness.

    • Phil or Niki
    • 01332 345966 ext. 1
    • Derby West Business Centre, Ashbourne Road, Derby DE22 4NB
    • Website URL
    • Email


    MINDSET is a charity based at Middle Street Resource Centre, Beeston in a building provided and cared for by Nottinghamshire County Council for the welfare of persons with mental health problems. MindSet seek to run a variety of social and activity groups for the benefit of socially excluded people, drawn on the skills, experience and knowledge of socially excluded people themselves. They aim to provide opportunities for people in Nottingham and the surrounding area and to improve their mental health through musical, creative and gardening activities. .

    • Mindset
    • 0115 925 2516
    • Middle Street Resource Centre, 74 Middle Street, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2AR
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Nottinghamshire Depression Support Group

    Informal group for people in or around Nottingham struggling with anxiety or depression to provide mutual support to each other. They meet every third Thursday of the month at the Self Help Offices (next to Pit & Pendulum) in Hockley, Nottingham. They have a Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NottinghamDSG/timeline They also have a group on Meetup.com, where people can receive support online if they are unable to attend in person. This group is a member of the national charity Depression UK.

    • None
    • None
    • C/o Ormiston House, 32-36 Pelham Street, Nottingham, NG1 2EG
    • Website URL
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    One East Midlands

    One Nottingham - Voluntary Action Centre

    One East Midlands was the regional network for the voluntary and community sector for the East Midlands. They ceased trading at the end of December 2015, but their website contains a useful social enterprise directory for the East Midlands (see the link to the right), and a source of information, tools and resources.

    • Claire Chapman
    • 0115 934 8471
    • 7 Mansfield Road Nottingham NG1 3FB
    • Website URL
    • Email


    RECOVERY was set up in 2004 by survivors of mental health problems. They campaign against complusion - people being forced onto drugs - and instead find the best way to help each indivdual. They do this through: encouraging people to talk about their experiences with mental health, teaching centering therapy and creative therapy, blogging, learning and trying to remove the stigma. They also go to many different events and places to raise money for the charity, and go into the community and hospitals to act as advocates for and support people suffering from wellbeing issues.

    • RECOVERY Charity for Mental Health / Lizzie Maitland
    • 07581 282 899 / 0116 253 2073
    • Floor 5 Suite 7, Humberstone House 81-83 Humberstone Gate Leicester LE1 1WB
    • Website URL
    • Email


    Voice of SU logo

    VOICE of Service Users is a group which aims to promote service user involvement in local mental health services. They aim to be a real VOICE for people who use mental health services in North Lincolnshire. VOICE is a group for anyone with experience of mental health services to talk about related issues. Its members get involved in a wide range of mental health-driven projects to help improve the services offered in the local community. In the past this has included training and recruitment, monitoring of existing services, and even the design and development of the Great Oaks Mental Health Unit. They hold weekly meetings at the Scunthorpe and District Mind Peer Support centre, on Tuesdays between10.30am and 12pm. Scunthorpe and District Mind also holds weekly peer support sessions

    • VOICE
    • 01724 279500
    • Scunthorpe and District Mind Printer's Yard Fenton Street Scunthorpe DN15 6QX
    • Website URL
    • Email

    M E M P H A S I S

    Memphasis logo

    The Emancipation of people with direct experience of mental ill-health is the main objective of M E M P H A S I S. We seek to remove mis-directed and mis-construed negativity as factors in the lives of our people and bring an end to the discrimination which is widely experienced by us in this society. A rolling surge of concerted action by all interested parties will make these objectives achievable and liberate the oppressed from our night-mare of mis-representation by this society. Your continued support is greatly needed and appreciated! NB: virtual only.

    • Rodney Yates
    • 0115 975 3605
    • 7 Ventura Drive Nottingham NG6 8NJ
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Leicestershire Time to Change

    Leicestershire Time to Change speak out against stigma and discrimination in relation to mental health service users and people with lived experience. They try to act as a self-help and mutual support group for our members, who may be mental health problem sufferers, their carers or others interested in helping us to achieve these aims. They are keen to engage with service providers to improve service, and to challenge new laws which appear unjust. They do NOT offer counselling or any therapeutic services. No street address given, except for the monthly meet up, 3rd Monday of each month, Exchange Bar opposite the Curve Theatre.

    Mosaic: Shaping Disability Services

    Mosaic: Shaping Disability Services provide a number of services such as a range of day options, Information and Advice Service, Supported Living, Care Agency, Self Directed Support Services in Leicester City, Leicestershire, Rutland, Wandsworth and Nottingham (City). In addition they provide Counselling, Social Groups and Meet and Eat (new service).

    • Geoffrey Hames
    • 0116 231 8720
    • 2 Oak Spinney Park Ratby Lane Leicester Forest East Leicester LE3 3AW
    • Website URL
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    Network for Change

    Based in Leicester, and operating across the county, Network for Change provides Supported Housing, Floating Support, Community Outreach and Resource Centre groups and activities. Their values and working practice focus on Recovery and person-centred approaches to enable wellbeing and potential.No email address only a contact us page on the group/s website

    • Gaby Briner
    • (0116) 247 0335
    • 15 Wellington Street Leicester LE1 6HH
    • Website URL
    • Email

    Northamptonshire Centre for Independent Living

    The Northamptonshire Centre for Independent LivingSupporting disabled people and their families across Northamptonshire. They provide support for disabled and older people across Northamptonshire and provides a range of services to help people to remain independent in their own communities. It is run by a user-led organisation. No email address please use the contact page on the group's website.

    • Northamptonshire Centre for Independent Living
    • 01604 588 501
    • Gladstone Resource Centre Gladstone Road Northampton NN5 7EJ
    • Website URL
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    The Leicester Counselling Centre

    The Leicester Counselling Centre is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1981 and its ethos is to provide an affordable, long-term, confidential counselling service for individuals aged 18 and over. They offer long-term counselling of up to two years should you need it. Some people take the full two years, while others find they only need a few weeks, or months. The length of time you stay in counselling is entirely up to you and will be regularly reviewed with your counsellor. Long-term counselling gives you the opportunity to work through your problems at your own pace and gives you the chance to build up a trusting relationship with your counsellor. This will enable you to talk in a safe and confidential environment in a way you can’t always talk to other people.

    • The Leicester Counselling Centre
    • 0116 255 8801
    • No 1 Lodge Victoria Park London Road Leicester LE1 7RY
    • Website URL
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    The Race Equality centre (TREC)

    The Race Equality Centre in Leicester and Leicestershire (TREC) - is a voluntary organisation that was established under the name of the Leicester Racial Equality Council in 1991. They exist to challenge discrimination as defined by the Equality Act 2010 and further strengthened by the Human Rights Act 1998. No email address please use the group's website's contact page.

    • Iris Lightfoote
    • 0116 204 2790
    • 2nd Floor Phoenix Yard 5-9 Upper Brown Street Leicester LE1 5TE
    • Website URL
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    The Adhar Project

    The Adhar Project empowers people to take control of, and manage their own mental health difficulties. They achieve this by using a holistic approach and delivering services in a culturally relevant and personalised way. They work primarily with the BAME community in Leicester and the surrounding area. No email address please use the group's website.

    • Vijaya Groubla
    • 79 St Peters Road Leicester LE2 1DH
    • 0116 220 0070 / 0116 220 0074
    • Website URL
    • Email

    APP (Action on Postpartum Psychosis)

    APP's Peer Support network helps women and families affected by PP feel understood, supported and less isolated. With the support of world-leading academic and clinical experts, an amazing, supportive, peer-led, lived experience community has been developed. The Peer Support community has been described as “life changing”, “lifting me from the shadows of a life half-lived” and a “good and precious resource to all who have been affected by PP”. Their evaluation shows that the service saves lives and improves recovery outcomes. It is the only PP support network in the UK, and the largest in the world with over 900 members.

    • Andrea Lambert
    • 020 3322 9900
    • University of Birmingham Dept. of Psychiatry School of Clinical & Experimental Medicine The Barberry 25 Vincent Drive Birmingham B15 2FG
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    Akwaaba Ayeh Mental Health Advocacy Project

    Akwaaba Ayeh Mental Health Advocacy Project offer Advocacy support for African, African Caribbean and South Asian people experiencing mental health difficulties and for their carers who are living in the city of Leicester. The service operates both in the community and in the hospital settings. They also have an Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) service for people who are looking to get back into education or employment. no website.

    • Pamela Campbell
    • 0116 247 1525
    • 40 Chandos Street Leicester LE2 1BL
    • Website URL
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    Healthwatch Northamptonshire

    Healthwatch Northamptonshire works to help local people get the best out of their local health and social care services. Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Local Healthwatch is all about local voices being able to influence the delivery and design of local services. Not just people who use them, but anyone who might need to in future.

    • Hannah Fairweather
    • 0300 002 0010
    • 3rd Floor Lakeside House Bedford Road Northampton NN4 7HD
    • Website URL
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    Healthwatch Nottinghamshire

    Healthwatch Nottinghamshire is an independent organisation that helps people get the best from their local health and social care services.

    • Healthwatch Nottinghamshire
    • 0115 963 5179
    • Unit 2 Byron Business Centre Duke Street Hucknall Nottingham NG15 7HP
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    ImROC (Implementing Recovery through Organisational Change)

    ImROC rely on and embrace the expertise, experience and collective wisdom of everyone they work with, and encourage communities to develop as a result. Their job is about using their expert knowledge to inspire others to believe that change is possible; pursue their dreams, and most importantly to act: changing attitudes and behaviours.

    • Julie Repper
    • 0115 9691300 ext 12485
    • c/o Learning and Development Department Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Duncan Macmillan House Porchester Road Mapperley NG3 6AA
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    Action for Asperger's

    Action for Asperger’s works by offering the following:~ Regular confidential counselling sessions on a short or long-term basis according to individual needs. Advocacy and general advice on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome per-se. A one-off emotional support service for ‘flare-up’ situations and experiences. Text facility: 0777 380 1506 Private messaging via our Facebook page ‘Action for Asperger’s’. A confidential email support service. Write to: info@actionforaspergers.org Where the client is unable to attend face-to-face with a counsellor, SKYPE or Apple Facetime is available.

    • Elaine Nicholson
    • 1536266681
    • Autism-Specialist Counselling Ctre 9 Darwin House Priors Haw Road Corby Northamptonshire NN17 5JG
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