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Broad support for those with mental health issues

Broad support for those with mental health issues

For Adullam Homes’ project Foundations in Sheffield, every week is a mental health awareness and support week.

Foundations provides support to people who have mental health issues alongside housing needs. 

The project works with the aim of helping individuals to live independently in their community   applying an asset-based approach.  

The work covers everything from accessing suitable accommodation, maintaining a tenancy, dealing with debt and maximising income to providing a programme of group events or activities. These have included coffee afternoons, visits to urban farms, allotment gardening, walking with alpacas and a very popular art group which usually stages an exhibition in October each year.

Often the people supported have complex needs, and many come to Foundations at the point of crisis. 

Support is short-term, normally up to six months – but in exceptional cases can be longer. The city-wide project is available to anyone aged 18-plus who is normally a Sheffield resident. Referrals come from a variety of organisations including GP surgeries, NHS mental health wards, Sheffield City Council and through self-referral.

Up to 75 people are supported at any one time by a team of nine, led by an operational manager.  From time to time social work students on placement boost staff numbers and Foundations tries to recruit volunteers to add to its resources. 

Usually, much of the work is carried out on a one-to-one basis, either at the person’s own home or in the community. The pandemic means face-to-face support is being managed safely with reduced home visits taking place; instead, where appropriate, people are being supported via the phone and/or platforms such as zoom.

Other ways of working remotely have also been put in place. Members of the Friday art club have been offered art materials delivered to them so that they can get creative in their own home and a new newsletter has been created to keep everyone up-to-date and involved.

Anyone interested in volunteering with Sheffield Foundations or who can donate goods such as art materials should call 0800 254 5248 or email RBenson@adullam.org.uk