Building Bridges to Wellbeing

Our Building Bridges to Wellbeing service works with people with low to moderate mental health needs in Bath and NE Somerset.

Our aim is to enable clients to have more independent and fulfilling lives by developing peer support networks and groups. Our service provides:

  • Training - this includes recovery and recovery star, safeguarding, boundaries, self development, facilitation and mentoring skills. Wherever possible this is co-delivered with clients.See Free training information
  • Grants - Anyone affected by mental health issues can apply for funding to set up a group. The panel, made up of clients, staff and a commissioner, have to date allocated £4000 to four groups - Tiny Monuments, 12 O'Clock Club, Speaking Circles training and Creative Individuals.
  • Volunteering opportunities - These include planning and delivering World Mental Health day; Peer research; Designing and running a website and What's On guide; Peer mentoring (enabling people affected by mental health issues to access groups and services); Co-facilitation of groups, meetings and events. See Peer mentor training
  • Support for New Hope - The New Hope group meets monthly and is made up of people affected by mental health issues (inclusive of clients, carers and supporters) who are involved in improving local groups and services and reducing stigma surrounding mental health. Building Bridges to Well Being has helped this group to form and grow and continues to offer support to the group and its members.
  • Support - We offer one to one and group support to all clients setting up groups, activities and delivering training and all clients involved in New Hope.

Building Bridges to Wellbeing encourages clients to use their skills and talents to make a positive difference to those affected by mental health issues in B&NES; empowering those who get involved and inspiring others. The service uses a recovery orientated approach in its work.

Bridging the Gap report - this report examines what helps and what hinders people affected by mental health issues when accessing groups and support which would improve their overall wellbeing. The research was carried out in Bath and NE Somerset by peer researchers who are clients and carers affected by mental health issues themselves and trained by St Mungo's Bridges to Wellbeing project to do the research.

Read the Bridging the Gap Exec Summary or the Bridging the Gap full report autumn 2012 

To find out more see Building Bridges to Wellbeing in Bath and North East Somerset or contact:

Ralph Lillywhite, 07825 115 775, ralph.lillywhite@mungos.org