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.
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 sessions – Tuesdays 4pm (link sent out the day before)
LEAF Panel Meeting – Tuesday 15th February 2pm
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)
A Space 2B Online
Wednesday 24th November 2-3pm
Wednesday 19th January 2-3pm
The Zoom link will be sent out the day before via email
Next Year’s Mental Health Week (2022), dates, theme and what we will be running to mark this to follow.
Developing Self Awareness 8th December 6pm
Self Esteem & SLB’s 11th January 6pm
Personal Empowerment 9th February 6pm
Autumn Wander @ Carlton Marshes 25th November 11am
YOUR WELLBEING MATTERS – Drop-in’s
If you have noticed a change in your emotional wellbeing, maybe the last 18 months have left you feeling isolated. Perhaps you’re unsure where to go for support or would like to connect with the local community?
You might simply like a cuppa and a chat, then visit one of our monthly drop-in sessions and our friendly team will be happy to help.
Every 2nd Monday of the month @ Boston Lodge, Boston Rd, Lowestoft NR32 1UG
Every 3rd Monday of the month @ The Garden Room, Hungate Methodist Church, Hungate, Beccles
Every 4th Monday of the month @ The Recycled Weasel, 48 St Mary’s Street, Bungay, NR35 1AX
For more information on any of the events and workshops, book your space, or to find out more about the LEAF contact:
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.
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