Waveney LEAF

Waveney Lived Experience Advisory Forum

Do you know what it’s like to face difficulties with your mental health or do you support somebody who does?

Perhaps you feel like there’s no help for someone like you.

Do you know how it feels when it seems nobody cares?

Perhaps you don’t talk about it because you think nobody is listening.

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Welcome to the Waveney Lived Experience Advisory Forum (LEAF), a service co produced between Access Community Trust and the lived experience community across Waveney.

Our forum has been set up in response to the need highlighted by local people for a safe, supportive environment to share their lived experiences of mental ill-health, either their own or as a support to another. We capture the voices of these individuals and create opportunities for their stories to be used to inform and influence positive change.

Launched in August 2020, our forum primarily meets online each monthly, with the opportunity for a limited number to join the group face to face, in line with current government guidelines. We offer a non-judgemental space to meet other people who have similar experiences and understand the challenges you may be facing. We encourage conversation and feedback around experiences of local mental health service providers and use a variety of digital platforms to share these stories with decision-makers and commissioners. We then feedback to you on how your stories have been used to make a difference.

Our fully trained team understand that it is often difficult to know where to go for support, and sometimes a point in the right direction is really helpful. We host regular drop-in sessions across Waveney where you can access information, advice, guidance and signposting to appropriate services. You can also feedback your experiences of mental health services and support organisations on a 1-1 basis at these sessions.

By registering with the forum, you will also receive free access to a range of material including:

Upcoming diary dates:

Weekly relaxation sessionsTuesdays 4pm (link sent out the day before)

LEAF Panel MeetingWednesday 12th May 1pm / Wednesday 16th June 1pm           

Our monthly online meet up that brings mental health service users, and/or their supportive others together and focuses around the sharing of lived experiences. These are then captured and fed back to the relevant services and organisations)

This years Mental Health Week is 10th-16th May and the theme is connect with nature. To mark this we will be running an online Nature Connection workshop on Thursday 13th May 11am-1pm  MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW (you don’t need to have an outside space to be able to take part)

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Introduction to Mindfulness for Wellbeing  workshop Wednesday 19th May 1pm – 3pm (more details to follow)

Gathering in the Great Outdoors (this may be in the usual wood if it is available for use, otherwise venue tbc but transport will be available)

Tuesday 8th June time tbc 

Building Self Esteem and Self Confidence Workshop – Thursday 17th June 11am – 1pm (more details to follow)

 Empowered Personal Presentation Workshop  Wednesday 30th June 11am – 1pm (more details to follow)

To register and for more info contact Beth Stephens (email waveneyleaf@accessct.org or call 07817 313593).

The Waveney LEAF looks forward to welcoming you to the forum, where people with experience likes yours are helping to change things for the better.


We are working with the lived experience community to bring your voice to those that need to hear it. We would really like to hear your recent experiences of wellbeing and mental health support you have received across Waveney.

Whether this is from a primary care service like your GP or the hospital, specialist mental health support provider or a local voluntary organisation, your views and experiences will be fed back to commissioners and service providers to help them develop, improve and deliver future care that meets the needs of their service users.

Your feedback will be submitted completely anonymously, however if you would like to be part of our advisory forum and have the opportunity to speak directly to decision makers then please provide your contact details.

Thank you for sharing your views – with your support we can make change happen.

Take some time to let us know what you think of LEAF?

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