Friday, 21 July 2017
On Thursday, 20 July, SWLSTG joined Hestia to celebrate the innovative new mental health service in the heart of Tooting – The Recovery Café. Since opening the doors in April, the cafe has served 135 people across South West London,.
SWLSTG Head of Operations Mark Cleneghan said: "This service has been a great co-production that helps people feeling isolated and vulnerable across SW London".
A service user spoke at the launch of the impact the cafe had on his own journey: "Ongoing support allows a mental health crisis to be prevented and helps to fight off the affliction of mental health".
This innovative new service - commissioned by South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust - complements the diverse portfolio of mental health services provided, supporting individuals in mental health crisis to reduce their immediate anxiety, formulating individual plans to support their mental health and thereby reducing the likelihood of requiring assistance from local accident and emergency services.
Based at their venue in Garratt Lane (3mins from Tooting Broadway tube station) the service opened its doors on Friday 7th April 2017.
The Café provides a safe space for people to gain assistance if they feel they may be moving towards, or are currently experiencing a mental health crisis.
People aged 18 and over from South West London (Kingston, Merton, Sutton, Richmond and Wandsworth) can self-present to the Café. The service is free and there is no requirement to pre-book an appointment.
The Café empowers people by enabling them to discuss the nature of the crisis they are experiencing. Focussing them to utilise their strengths and their personal coping mechanisms, which in turn will enable them to decrease their distress and promote their personal well-being. Additionally the café aims to assist attendees in making practical plans with the ultimate goal of preventing a reoccurrence of such mental health crises.
The Recovery Café is a welcoming, friendly and non-stigmatising environment offering food, activities and quiet spaces to cater for each individual need.
Hestia staff will be supported on site by The Listening Place, the local Home Treatment Teams, volunteers and peer champions.
The Café will be open 365 days, from 6pm – 11pm (Mon-Fri) and 12 noon – 11pm (Sat / Sun & bank holidays). Find out more about the support provided at the Recovery Café HERE.
A second Recovery Café has also been commissioned in South London and is run by CDARS at 296a Kingston Road, Wimbledon Chase.