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Project information

The Safe Space Programme

To deliver an integrated responsive and flexible programme of peer and professional support for people living in Tyne and Wear with mental health problems.

January 2019 - December 2020

Charity information: Tyneside And Northumberland Mind

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  • Need


    Living with mental health problems and diagnosis can be challenging and many of the people we work with with suffer multiple discrimination due to the stigma of mental health. They can feel isolated and alone with their problems in their community and feel there is no where to turn and no one that understands their needs.


    Through a programme of tailored support starting with a guided conversation, one to one counselling and access to a responsive peer support programme we will provide people with skills, knowledge, new social networks and improved confidence and self esteem to help them live well in their community and enjoy positive mental health.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    People will gain new skills and knowledge about how to cope and improve their mental health


    » Co-produced programme of training and support with professionals and peers
    » One to one guidance including therapeutic counselling
    » Support with a self-directed programme of self help materials and resources

    What success will look like

    By recording the number and quality experience of people enabled to make changes and improvements to their lives

    Aim 2

    People will increase their social networks, develop friendships, improve confidence and self esteem


    » Participation in a regular peer support discussion and co-produced activity programme
    » Participation in social prescribing and a community bank of relevant and accessible choices and activities

    What success will look like

    By recording the number and quality experience people who have improved confidence and self esteem and developed new social networks and accessed community activity

    Aim 3

    People will make a contribution to their local community and share their experience of what works


    » Development and recruitment of volunteer buddies
    » Development of a lived experience blog where people can share their challenges and successes with others

    What success will look like

    By recording the number of people and quality experience of people who are working in a volunteer role and have posted a blog about their experience

  • Impact


    We aim to make a step change for the people we support to enable them to build the resilience and know how to live well in their communities. We will record the number of people benefiting and the number achieving positive outcomes against each of the aims. Case Studies and blogs will provide qualitative evidence. The project will aim to substantially improve the lives of up to 50 people with substantial mental health problems over a 12 month period.


    The demand for the programme could exceed the capacity we have to deliver it. If so we will fund raise further to develop an additional programme.
    The training and quality of the professionals support the programme is vital to achieve success. We have access to a pool of trained and experienced workers should there be staff turnover.
    Some people may not settle or be ready for a peer group experience. If so we will offer them 121 support.
    The project may go over budget. We will monitor monthly.


    We will send regular reports to donors through a regular newsletter and bulletin and encourage them to access the blogs from people benefiting from the programme.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,600 Sessions Safe Space wellbeing worker 40 sessions @ £40
      £2,340 Staff Safe Space Co-ordinator (3 hours*£15 x52)
      £250 Promotion Website and resources
      £600 Location Room hire
      £210 Volunteers Volunteers supporting the group
  • Background


    The project will roll out across Tyne and Wear which is a large conurbation with an industrial history and heritage and substantial pockets of disadvantage and need caused by poverty, unemployment and poor health. It also has a vibrant cultural history and heritage and is Newcastle/Gateshead is proud to be currently curating the Great Exhibition of the North.


    People aged over 18 years old living in Tyne and Wear with mental health problems

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    For over 30 years we have successfully delivered mental health support and services to people in the target localities.
    We’ve completed or exceeded all our contracted obligations and established ourselves as one of the most respected and valued mental health service providers with an excellent track record of project management and achievement. We pride ourselves on being a learning organisation who delivers quality services and support.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Lee Walker

    Community Fundraiser and Relationship Manager

    Lisa Taylor

    Co-ordinator of the Safe Space Programme and development

    Julie Defoort

    Website and Social Media Manager

    Alex Wilson

    CEO and project sponsor