Advance support thousands of people - including disabled people, people with a mental health issue and people with a learning disability - at home, at work or in the community to live the life they choose, however varied or complex that life may be.

  • Tim Cooper
  • 0333 012 4307
  • 2 Witan Way Witney Oxon Oxfordshire OX28 6FH
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Art Beyond Belief

Art Beyond Belief works primarily in the areas of health, social care, education and diversity. They design, produce and deliver programmes that use a unique blend of art, study, computer-based graphics, photography and discussion to get people thinking and talking about their own and others’ perspectives.

  • Emel Soylu
  • n/a
  • 1st Floor, Kingsway Church Street Slough Berkshire SL1 1SZ
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Belmont Connect (formally Sutton Drop In Club)

Belmont Connect (formerly known as Sutton Drop-in or Belmont drop-in) is for people with mental health problems, who live independently in the London Borough of Sutton. It is a place to socialise, find friendship and support in a friendly, relaxed and unstructured atmosphere.

  • Carol Jacques
  • 020 8770 0172
  • Sutton Mental Health Foundation 63 Downs Road Sutton Surrey SM2 5NR
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Beverley Smith Associates

An independent national network of people developing health services by placing service user lived experiences as a primary focus for policy and service improvement. Beverley coaches and mentors others who wish to influence to make positive changes. NB: The website is currently being updated, please email using the contact form on the website

  • Beverley Smith
  • None given
  • 45 Tidy Street, Brighton, BN1 4EL United Kingdom
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Bruised UK

Bruised UK is a website that provides information to service users/carers & their families & friends.

  • Miranda Morland
  • None
  • 174 Sherwood Road Tunbridge Wells TN2 3LJ
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CAPITAL Project Trust

CAPITAL stands for Clients And Professionals In Training And Learning. The CAPITAL Project Trust is a mental health service user led organisation covering West Sussex. It is made up of people who have received, or are receiving, treatment for their mental health issues.

  • Clare Ockwell
  • 01243 869 662
  • March House 2 Sussex Street Bognor Regis PO21 1SF
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County Mental Health Action Group (Kent)

County Mental Health Action Group is an active platform to engage with the Mental Health Commissioners to inform commissioning and feedback from the ground up to improve the lives of people living with mental health issues and their carers, both locally and county wide. Information will be brought from the eight localities to identify county wide trends and signpost unresolved local issues. They meet regularly across the county, please see the website for a link to upcoming meetings or contact West Kent Mind for details.

East Sussex Community Voice

East Sussex Community Voice (ESCV) enables all the residents of East Sussex to engage in the services that provide for their health, social care, and broader public services in a coherent way.

  • East Sussex Community Voice
  • 01323 403 590
  • Greencoat House 32 St Leonard's Road Eastbourne East Sussex BN21 3UT
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Gig Buddies

The idea behind Gig Buddies is that we want to enable people with learning disabilities and/or autism to enjoy all the great things going on in their community, especially live music. Gig Buddies is a project that pairs up people with and without learning disabilities (and/or autism) to be friends and to go to events together. The Gig Buddies project aims to make volunteering easier for people in Sussex by enabling volunteers to go to gigs they’d already probably be going to anyway, but with someone with a learning disability.

Havant & East Hants Mind

Havant and East Hants Mind work to promote good mental health within their locality. They seek to support and empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community. They run a number of groups across the week, offering services from peer support to mindfulness and sports sessions. They also provide free Managing Mental Health at Work training for line managers as part of the Blue Light Programme and advocacy services.

  • Havant and East Hants Mind
  • 02392 498916
  • Leigh Park Community Centre, Dunsbury Way, Havant, Hants, PO9 5BG
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Healthwatch Buckinghamshire

Healthwatch Bucks works to give people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, local Healthwatch will work 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.

  • Healthwatch Bucks
  • 0845 260 6216 or 01844 348849
  • 6 Centre Parade,Place Farm Way,Monks Risborough, HP27 9JS
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Healthwatch Kent

Healthwatch Kent is an independent organisation set up to champion the views of patients and social care users across Kent. Whether it's improving them today or helping to shape them for tomorrow. Healthwatch Kent 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 Kent
  • 0808 801 0102
  • FREEPOST RTLG-UBZB-JUZA Seabrooke House Church RoadAshford Kent TN23 1RD
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Healthwatch Milton Keynes

Healthwatch Milton Keynes is an independent consumer champion of local users of health and social care services which works to help service users have a voice. They find out about service users’ experiences and share that information with organisations to help improve care where it is needed. Healthwatch Milton Keynes is part of a national network through Healthwatch England, and have direct links with regulatory bodies such as the Care Quality Commission and Monitor Healthwatch Milton Keynes is hosted by Age UK, and replaced MK: Link in April 2013.

  • Healthwatch Milton Keynes
  • 01908 698800
  • Suite 113, Milton Keynes Business Centre Foxhunter Drive Linford Wood Milton Keynes MK14 6GD
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Healthwatch Portsmouth

Healthwatch is the independent champion for health and social care in England. Working locally in Portsmouth they give children, young people and adults a powerful voice - making sure their views and experiences are heard by those who run, plan and watch over health and social care services in the city. The work they do is influenced by our members, the general public and local organisations and they want to hear from you about your experiences with local services that you use. They are committed to putting local people and their views at the heart of health and social care services in Portsmouth.

  • Healthwatch Portsmouth
  • 023 9397 7079
  • 3 St Georges Business Centre St Georges Square Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 3EY
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Healthwatch Reading

Healthwatch is the name of the independent ‘consumer champion for health and social care’ launched by the Government in April 2013. There are 152 local Healthwatch across England, set up in each local authority area, including Reading. Healthwatch gives people a powerful voice locally and nationally. At a local level, Healthwatch Reading 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. Healthwatch Reading 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 Reading
  • 0118 937 2295
  • 3rd Floor, Reading Central Library Abbey Square Reading Berkshire RG1 3BQ
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Healthwatch West Berkshire

Healthwatch West Berkshire has a seat on the Health and Wellbeing Board so can take your voice and information straight to the table of those who commission services. They work closely with Healthwatch England, NHS England and the CQC to raise issues, comments and any knowledge that is gathered that could improve health or social care services in West Berkshire.

  • Annette Arlow
  • 01635 886 210
  • Broadway House 4-8 The Broadway Northbrook Street Newbury Berkshire RG14 1BA
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Healthwatch Wokingham

Healthwatch Wokingham Borough is the independent consumer watchdog for health and social care services in Wokingham Borough. They support and enable all members of the public to influence local health and social care services by sharing their experiences – good or bad – with them.

  • Healthwatch Wokingham
  • 0118 418 1418
  • Wokingham Town Hall Market Place Wokingham Berkshire RG40 1AS
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LiVE project (Listening to the Voice of Experience)

The LiVE Service User Involvement Project works with service users by encouraging, supporting, empowering and enabling them to become involved in the health and social issues affecting their lives. The LiVE Project runs a Service User Consultancy Group which trains and supports its members to become Service User Consultants. Service User Consultants: attend meetings as experts by experience, train mental health staff, are involved in recruitment and selection, are consulted on their views about services (focus groups, surveys etc), and utilise their unique experiences in a way to improve mental health services for themselves and others. The group is facilitated by Mind staff with personal experience of mental health issues & the project members are very much a part of its development.

Love Me Love My Mind

Love Me Love My Mind is a small registered charity based in Epsom, Surrey, which aims to promote better understanding of mental health and to support the wellbeing of everyone in the community. Love Me Love My Mind is run entirely by volunteers and funded by grants and donations. The charity's main activities are The Monday Drop-In, Let's Talk Epsom, a weekly self help group, and Epsom Mental Health Week. There are also occasional workshops, courses, conferences and seminars. Love Me Love My Mind welcomes the involvement of everyone in the community who has an interest in its work. Formal membership of the charity is open to everyone who is involved in its activities: as a drop-in member, volunteer, or participant or visitor to Epsom Mental Health Week and other events.

  • Love Me Love My Mind
  • 01372 721518
  • St Barnabas Church, Temple Road, Epsom KT19 8HA
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MCCH support around 2000 people across London and the South East who suffer with a learning disability, autism or mental health. No email address please use the group's website.

  • MCCH
  • 0800 028 2815 / 01622 722 440
  • 1 Hermitage Court Hermitage Lane Maidstone Kent
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Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind

Maidstone & Mid-Kent Mind are passionate about supporting people with mental health issues. They believe in recognising people as unique individuals and not as a diagnosis or a label, and aim to equip people with the tools they need to work towards positive wellbeing. They offer a range of services that support recovery and wellbeing from a person centred approach, fincluding activity-based groups, social groups, wellbeing courses and counselling services.

  • Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind / Merryl Chesher
  • 01622 692 383
  • MMK Mind Recovery and Wellbeing Centre, 23 College Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6YH
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Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind Counselling Service

Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind offers a low cost counselling service, aimed at providing a counselling service which is also appropriate to the needs of people with significant mental health issues. The minimum age for clients is 15, and is charged at a rate dependent on the clients' income level or receipt of benefits. Clients can self refer or be referred by a professional. Their counsellors, both male and female, come from different walks of life and different cultural backgrounds, and they currently can offer counselling in English, French, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Marathi and British Sign Language. Most of their counsellors have been trained in a number of approaches to counselling and will adapt to the needs of the client. This service is separate from the counselling services and psychological therapies provided by Mind through NHS Kent and Medway. These services are provided free of charge for anyone aged 18 and over who is registered with a GP in Maidstone and the surrounding areas (

  • Maidstone Mind
  • 01622 692383
  • MMK Mind Recovery & Wellbeing Centre, 23 College Road, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6YH
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Mary Frances Trust

For over 20 years Mary Frances Trust has worked with people who are experiencing any kind of emotional or mental distress to help them get on with their lives again. Anxiety and depression are among the most common problems and can affect people of all ages and from all backgrounds. They provide services throughout the boroughs of Epsom and Ewell and Mole Valley from a variety of venues.

  • Mary Frances Trust
  • 01372 375 400 / 07929 024 722
  • Leatherhead Clubhouse 23 The Crescent Leatherhead Surrey KT22 8DY
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Medway Area Rethink Support Group

We are a weekly peer support group that's open to anyone living with mental illnes or struggling with social isolation issues. At our meetings, members discuss issues they're facing and share experiences, helping to prevent social isolation. We also arrange for speakers to regularly attend our meetings.

  • Simon Wyatt
  • 07378 300412
  • RBLI Chatham , 83 High Street, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4EE
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Medway Engagement Group & Network CIC (MEGAN CIC)

The Medway Engagement Group and Network, formerly known as the Mental Health Service User Engagement Project, is funded by NHS Medway and provides opportunities for mental health service users to share views about mental health issues and local services. They aim to collaboratively engage, empower and support people with mental health issues in Medway to build confidence and participation in the design and delivery of services, to have a voice and meet others in similar situations through provision of various groups.

  • Catherine Morgan or Tracey Jones
  • 01634 402077
  • MVA Building, 5A New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent, ME4 6BB
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Mental Health Service User and Carer Forum for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead

The Mental Health Service User and Carer Forum aims to: · promote positive mental health and wellbeing · encourage participation in local research and mental health initiatives · keep up to date with the local, regional and national mental health agendas · have guest speakers and presentations on local services, groups, activities · offer a regular meeting time and venue open to all service users, ex-service user, carers and mental health professionals They meet every last Wednesday of the month, from 2:15 to 3:45pm at St Josephs Church (bar meeting room), 36 Cookham Road, Maidenhead. Anyone is welcome to drop in and join the forum with no need for referral.

  • Community Development Lead or Family and Carer Co-ordinator
  • 01628 640 200
  • St Josephs Church, 36 Cookham Road, Maidenhead, SL6 7EG
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Mind BLMK stands for Mind in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes. They work across this area, offering a wide range of services that are tailored to meet the individual needs of people accessing support. This might include development of an action plan to work towards recovery using a range of options or simply enabling access to 1 to 1 support through counselling or mentoring. Their training department can offer bespoke options for organisations or offer places on a range of courses. They also provide Wellbeing Centres, whch are ‘hubs’ for a wide variety of activities from a range of partners and our services range from support for carers to Wellbeing for Later Life. The contact details listed to the right are for Mind BLMK HQ. The contact details for local groups and their services can be found on their website. The service also has a Facebook page:

  • MInd BLMK
  • 0300 330 0648
  • The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AH
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Mind in Brighton & Hove

Mind in Brighton and Hove works to promote good mental health in our city and across Sussex. It seeks to empower people to lead a full life as part of their local community.

  • Daniel Eichner
  • 01273 66 69 50
  • 51 New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GQ
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Mind Our Minds

Vision: to make sure UK citizens are provided with mental health services that give everyone that uses them a good quality service when they need them. Aims: • To campaign for better mental health services. • To work with people who care about NHS mental health services to make NHS better. • To hold NHS to account. • To represent Mental Health Users views and make sure these are expressed as much as possible. • To use experiences of NHS to show where there are issues with services and ensure that these experiences are learnt from and acted upon.

  • Jade Burrell
  • n/a
  • 14 Fir Cottage Road Wokingham Berkshire RG40 4ry
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Peer Support 4 Mental Health

Peer Support 4 Mental Health is a collaboration of peer support groups in Brighton, Hove and across Sussex


Porchlight are a charity working across Kent, they help vulnerable and isolated people get support with their mental health, housing, education and employment. They provide young people and adults with the advice, guidance and skills to live independently in the future, to play an active role in their local community and to fulfill their potential.

  • Porchlight
  • 01227 760 078
  • 2nd Floor, Watling Chambers 18-19 Watling Steet Canterbury Kent CT1 2UA
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Recovery Partners

Recovery Partners is a mental health recovery project working across East Sussex. A non-profit organisation that is 100% user-led and run by people who have lived experience of mental health challenges and have been trained as Peer Support Specialists to empower others in wellbeing, respect, recovery, hope and inspiration.Recovery Partners offer services to individuals and groups.

  • Lara Desai
  • 7960122525 / 7960122525
  • 2 The Graperies Brighton East Sussex BN2 0BW
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Restore is an Oxfordshire charity with extensive experience of providing innovative rehabilitation, employment and training support for people with mental health problems. They are a charity owned by the people who use our services, and the trustees are elected by the membership and run the organisation on their behalf. Our service users and staff organise community events to help tackle the stigma and discrimination around mental health issues. They run recovery groups, employment training and personal budget management support.

  • Restore
  • 0845 250 0518 or 01865 455823
  • Manzil Way, Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1YH
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Richmond Fellowship

Repton House Richmond Fellowship provide 24hr supported housing for adults who need support with daily living and social skills as the result of long term mental health problems.

  • Richmond Fellowship
  • 01908 562 139
  • Repton House 19 Wolverton Road Stony Stradford Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK11 1EA
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Seaview Project

Since 1985 Seaview has been providing an open access wellbeing centre at the heart of St Leonards-on-Sea Seaview was set up by Helene White and Barbara Silvester, with the help of Jane Amstad in February 1985. At the time of Care in the Community a number of people who had been used to institutional living due to mental health problems, unable to cope with the sudden change and inadequate support found themselves street-homeless. Seaview’s inception was an organic voluntary sector initiative, creating responsive local support. Today Seaview Centre and activities are funded from a mix of statutory funding, grants and charitable donations, and delivered with an open access approach to people experiencing a range of issues including: mental health, learning disabilities, substance misuse, physical disabilities and isolation, rough sleeping and homelessness.

  • Dominique McKenzie
  • 01424 717981
  • Southwater Centre, Hatherley Road, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex TN37 6LB
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Speak Up CIC

SpeakUpCIC has a broad range of Peer Support activities and services to offer the many individuals with lived experience of mental ill health in our region. Their work as an organisation is supported, informed, developed and delivered by people who have a real understanding of what it is like to live with mental distress. Through different SpeakUpCIC activities people can share their experiences and views of mental health services in a safe and confidential environment, either individually or within a group. They run a number of different groups and forums where service users can give their views and discuss issues relating to mental health, as well as give and receive peer support.

  • Speak Up CIC
  • 01843 448 384
  • The Media Centre, 11-13 King Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1DA
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Sport in Mind

Sport in Mind is passionate about raising awareness of mental health problems. There are still many common misconceptions about mental illness in society today, but we use sport and physical activity as a vehicle to bring people together to talk about mental health problems.

  • Neil Harris
  • 07341 267 740
  • Rivermead Leisure Centre Richfield Avenue Reading Berkshire RG1 8EQ
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Surrey Coalition of Disabled People

The aim of the Surrey Coalition is to campaign and promote the rights of disabled people to have equality of opportunity and to live independently. This means influencing the policies, strategies and services which impact on the lives of disabled people to make them better and more accessible for everyone. They work closely with the Disability Alliance Network Surrey (formerly Empowerment Boards) which aim to empower people with physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities, and those with HIV and Carers too, to participate, shape and influence decisions about the development of new services and service strategies - locally and county-wide.

  • Surrey Coalition of Disabled People
  • 01483 456558 or text 07780 933 053
  • Astolat, Coniers Way, Burpham, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7HL
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Surrey Independent Living Council

Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC) is a voluntary organisation led and run by disabled people. They believe that every disabled adult, child, older person and carer should be able to live independently with the same choices, opportunities and control over their lives as anyone else.

  • Surrey Independent Living Council
  • 01483 458 111 / 07919 418 099
  • Astolat Coniers Way Burpham Guildford Surrey GU4 7HL
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Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Our mental health services provide care and treatment for people with conditions such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, dementia and personality disorder. Our specialist learning disability services provide community and inpatient care for people with complex health needs which can’t be met by other services. We have a number of services that provide very specialist care for people with complex health conditions and social care needs. 

  • Sam Robertson, Lead Service User and Carer Involvement
  • 07738 757713
  • Research & Development Sussex Education Centre, Mill View Hospital, Nevill Avenue, Hove BN3 7HZ

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Synergy Creative Community

Synergy Creative Community is a not-for-profit community organisation led and run by people with an interest in and experience of mental health care. The group’s mission is to develop a community network of peer support and creative exchange. Through peer support and building links within the community Synergy aims to break down barriers, stigma and discrimination, working to promote a sense of individual and collective identity.

  • Synergy Creative Community / Brighdelynne Stewart
  • 07785 328 765
  • c/o Community Base 113 Queens Road Brighton East Sussex BN1 3XG
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Works for Us (formally MK Women & Work)

Works for Us has been delivering services to the jobseekers and businesses of the greater Milton Keynes area for fast-approaching 40 years. They are a charity dedicated to helping people on their journey to economic independence and do that by looking at every individual in the round - their skills and abilities, their interests and achievements, and their work histories whether paid or unpaid.

  • Works for Us (formally MK Women & Work)
  • 01908 200 186 / 07983 467 438
  • 1st Floor, Norfolk House West 433 Silbury Boulevard Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire MK9 2AH
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