Coventry & Warwickshire Mind is a local mental health charity affiliated to MIND: the leading mental health charity in England & Wales. For over 50 years they have been developing and delivering quality services with, and for, people with mental health problems.
They want to make sure that everyone with a mental health problem gets the support they need and the respect they deserve. This could mean having access to information, a listening ear, or more specialist support and services to help someone to live and recover from their mental health problem.
They have a variety of things on offer.
The MIND Vibes
The MIND Vibes service is a children’s and young people’s service developed to meet the emotional and mental health needs of young people between the ages of 7-19 years.
Coventry MIND Reach
Reach is a community based children and young people’s service for 5-18 year olds delivered by MIND and Relate.
Reach offers a range of services and self help tools supporting children and young people to manage their emotional well-being.
Counselling – Face to face or on-line
Therapeutic Group Work
Peer Support Groups
On line self help tools and activities
The Buddy Service
The MIND Buddy Service website empowers young people to take ownership and look at ways to reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.The support provided can be on a 1-1 or small group basis within the community. The young person will be matched with a buddy based on their likes and similar interests.
Coventry Resource Centre for the Blind (CRCB) is a registered charity that provides support, information, resources, training and social activities for people with a visual impairment in the Coventry area.
The Resource Centre is open during the following times and you are welcome to telephone for an appointment or simply drop in: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00am until 4.00pm.
It's based at 33 Earlsdon Avenue South, Coventry, CV5 6TH.
Mencap work in partnership with people with a learning disability, and all their services support people to live life as they choose.
Mencap's work includes:
providing high-quality, flexible services that allow people to live as independently as possible in a place they choose
providing advice through helplines and websites
campaigning for the changes that people with a learning disability want.
Mencap has strong relations with a local network of more than 500 affiliated groups. Local groups are individual charities in their own right, but Mencap works closely with them to ensure people with a learning disability and their families have support locally as well as nationally.
There is a variety of local groups that are a part of Mencap and who work to support people with learning disabilities in Coventry and the local area.
VoiceAbility supports people who face disadvantage or discrimination to have a voice that counts.
VoiceAbility supports people in Warwickshire and Coventry to have their voice heard and their rights respected. They provide free, independent and confidential advocacy
VoiceAbility has led work to ensure that people are supported to have control over their lives.
They have pioneered new ways of enabling people to be heard and have rights, ranging from the creation of local Parliaments run by people with learning disabilities to new statutory services supporting people with the highest support needs facing the most critical decisions.
They have developed excellent services and as a result have become one of the largest advocacy providers in the UK.
Volunteering can help a young person gain confidence and develop skills that will support them towards their career and learning goals. Some volunteering opportunities can be used as accreditation towards qualifications and awards.
Community based options
Community based options can be considered if a young person’s support needs are such that a college or employment-related options would not be appropriate.
Coventry’s Adult Education Service offers some courses for adults with learning disabilities (over 19 years old), it is called Active Learning. These are usually run from 3 community venues. There are 3 levels of courses available. These programmes are usually 2 days a week. Students can choose either Independent Living Skills or Learning for Work or courses for Learners with Complex needs.
The Adult Education Service also offers a wide range of day and evening classes in venues across the city. These include basic skills classes and leisure and vocational courses. These courses are open to everyone. Fees may be applied and are means tested, which means that how much you pay can depend on how much money you have.
There is also day provision available via Coventry’s Social Care All Age Disability Service. An assessment would need to be undertaken to determine eligibility for adult social care services before day opportunities could be accessed.