Pentreath's new 'Roads to Health' project
offers a whole life approach to mental health in Cornwall
Cornish charity Pentreath's new 'Roads to Health' project
will offer a 'whole life' approach to people who
are recovering from mental health difficulties, specifically
targeting some of the most disadvantaged wards in Cornwall,
including: Bodmin St Petrocs, Bodmin St Marys, Gannel, Launceston,
Mount Charles, St Blaise and Rock.
The project has been set up with investment from Objective
One's European Social Fund and Jobcentre Plus and will
run from 1 March 2006 to December 2007.
Project leader Gina Price, said: "People recovering
from mental health difficulties often have a range of issues
which exacerbate their problems. These can include a lack
of confidence and self-esteem, unhealthy lifestyles, unemployment,
financial insecurity and social isolation. We recognise the
important part that work has to play in helping recovery.
The focus of all our projects is on giving people confidence,
together with the skills and training that will help them
start the important journey back towards employment.
"The whole life approach offered by this project
will be a wonderful opportunity for those people who are furthest
away from the job market to remove barriers to employment,
identify realistic goals - and achieve them. We will offer
mental health education to all participants. This will raise
their awareness of their illness, their treatment and triggers
Four members of staff, called 'community bridge builders'
will provide support to people taking part in a variety of
recreational activities and will also provide personal development
training through the 'roads to recovery' course.
People joining this course will attend one day a week for
eight weeks, addressing issues such as: raising self esteem,
self-motivation, communication skills, anxiety management,
stress management, presentation skills, positive thinking
and goal setting.
Once people feel that they are ready, they will be able
to work with the community bridge builders to identify their
chosen goals, moving on to employment-focussed activities
such as job search, interview techniques, cv writing, application
forms and supported work placements.
For further information please contact Gina Price on 01579
349389 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in Pentreath Success 1, 2 and
3 through the European Social Fund (ESF).
Pentreath was formed in 1990 through an initiative of the
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Health Authority. They recognised
the need for strategies that would meet both the 'Care
in the Community' initiative and the future rationalisation
of St Lawrence's Psychiatric Hospital.
The Health Authority took the courageous and forward-looking
step of creating Pentreath as an independent charity, to take
over and expand into the community what was then known as
'Industrial Therapy'. The organisation was named
after Dolly Pentreath, who was believed to have been the last
person to speak Cornish as her only language.
The Cornwall Healthcare NHS Trust (now the Cornwall Partnership
NHS Trust) was formed in 1992, and has enthusiastically supported
us ever since, helping us to grow, and to remain at the cutting
edge of learning based work rehabilitation.
We employ 35 people, and run 14 projects spread throughout
Cornwall. Last year we provided a service to 870 people, and
of these, 70 moved into employment, 260 into further education,
and 237 attended work placements with employers throughout
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Heathlands Road Industrial Estate
Tel: 01579 349389
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