Breathing Space is a community engagement project that primarily supports Orbit residents who are experiencing mental health issues. The focus is on mental well-being via support from recovery workers, and, where appropriate, fully-trained volunteers to enable people to build connections and enhance their own sense of well-being. Breathing Space’s ultimate goal is to support individuals to take control of their own lives and feel empowered to contribute to their community and society.
Who is eligible to access Breathing Space?
Orbit residents aged 18 years+ and living in the borough of Bexley
Any other resident 18+ living in the borough of Bexley
Who can we help?
Orbit residents experiencing low mood, anxiety or ‘just not feeling quite right’
Individuals who are experiencing loss of any kind
People whose mental health concerns affect their day-to-day living
Anyone experiencing social isolation with limited contact with friends, family or neighbours
How we help:
Space and time to talk
Advice and referrals to specialist services
Volunteer mentors for personal goal setting and weekly support
Individualised coaching sessions
Breathing Space at Mind in Bexley is following government guidelines and advice, and will return to face-to-face support once deemed safe to do so.
Mind in Bexley, in conjunction with and funded by Orbit Housing, run a project called ‘Breathing Space’. The original Breathing Space Project began in 2017 with Mind in Bexley supporting local Orbit residents and others with various mental health issues through a mentoring programme ably supported by a group of local volunteers.
Since the beginning of March 2020, a new Breathing Space Project has been running with Mind in Bexley being the central point of administration and management of referrals from across the country including Bexley and also Warwickshire, Thanet, Coventry, Kettering, Northampton, Rugby, Stratford-upon-Avon, Norfolk, Hastings and Rother. We are working in partnership with Orbit and with our colleagues across various branches of Mind in those areas, including East Kent Mind, Springfield Mind, Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Kettering Mind, Northampton and District Mind, Norfolk and Waveney Mind, and Mind in Brighton and Hove.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, clients are currently being assessed and then supported via regular telephone calls, signposting to appropriate specialist services and, where available and appropriate, via digital workshops. Referrals have increased exponentially during this difficult and challenging time for everyone, however, our colleagues across the Mind Partnership are working hard to ensure that Orbit’s residents and other clients receive the support they need.
For further information about Orbit’s ‘Better Days’ Health and Wellbeing advice and support please click here and the referral form is here
If you are referring on behalf of someone else, please ensure you have their consent.