Joining Healthy Friendships has made a huge difference to my life by getting me out and having people to talk to who understand the issues surrounding mental health. I particularly enjoy the monthly lunch meetings I am now offering my services as a volunteer.
Encouraging people who experience mental or emotional distress to live happier healthier more fulfilled lives
Healthy Friendships is a registered mental health charity which covers Radnorshire, Montgomeryshire, South Shropshire and Bridgnorth.
Our aim is to encourage people who experience emotional and mental distress to live, happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives.
Healthy Friendships is a registered Mental Health Charity covering Radnorshire, Montgomeryshire and South Shropshire. Originally set up as a Befriending Service, Healthy Friendships aims to work in partnership with people who endure emotional or mental distress supporting them to lead happier, healthier abd more fulfilled lives by encouraging people to participate in exercise (Boccia, New Age Kurling, Walking, Swimming and Seated Exercise Classes), to have a healthy diet and healthy social/emotional lives. One of our main aims is to enable people to live happier lives therefore having fun and laughing a great deal is very important to us and our members.
Most of our work is achieved via small groups with people using community resources such as village halls, cafes, pubs etc. to meet and socialise. In the past we have received Lottery funding to Befriend people on a one to one basis but unfortunately this has recently come to an end. We are now concentrating more on group work as it is much more cost effective. We do however endeavour to provide services whenever possible in rural communities to reduce travel expenses for our members and recognising the importance of utilising our town and village resources in a positive way.
Our members are adults (18 years and older) who experience emotional distress including people who have diagnoses of Depression, Anxiety, Memory problems, Dementia, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. Currently we have 370 members our youngest member is 19 years of age and our oldest is almost 101 years of age.