Community Options is such a positive organisation that it’s hard to know exactly where to start telling people about them.
In 2015 they helped over 500 people with mental health problems across London and over 80% of those people say that they felt supported in achieving their goals.
They believe that everybody is unique and that their lives should be about value and hope despite the way that mental illness impacts on their life.
Community Options focusses on strengths and opportunities and provides a space for the people who use their services to use their imaginations and be creative. As people’s circumstances change then they are responsive and flexible and encourage those changes; for example, if they are residents in the supported living accommodation they can move out and into one of the shared houses if appropriate and make their way back to living independently.
Mutual respect, kindness and consideration is at the core of the work of Community Options and they both listen and respond to ideas and concerns with openness and honesty.
The community services on offer include gardening, a singing group and a creative arts project and play a vital part in strengthening the mental health of the people who attend the groups and help to develop a resilience against future problems.
The Peer Activity Network (PAN) in Bromley meet the first Monday of every month at The Crown public house on Bromley Common. The group enjoy a good old natter and catch up. During the summer they arrange trips and days out! If you would like to join them give Andrea the group organiser a call on: 0770 6817337
Community Options has a parent organisation called Heritage Care and they provide help and support for people with learning disabilities as well as older people and cover the whole of the UK.
If you’re curious to learn more about Community Options, would like to volunteer with them or make a donation then please visit their website. If you’d like to find out more about mental health then tweet them – they’re @@CommOptions. You can also find them on Facebook!