A new ‘one-stop shop’ Drop-in Centre in Dundee aims to support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
Feeling Strong charity was awarded £18,000 from NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund and the charity used the funds to create a welcoming Drop-in Centre’ for young people.
This is an exciting new Dundee-based charity with the ambition to improve the lives of young people aged between 8 and 26 years who are living with mental health challenges by fostering the skills, confidence and aspirations they need to flourish.
Drop-in Centre’s volunteers and staff are all young people, most of whom have experienced mental health challenges. The centre at 161 Albert Street in Dundee is open every Tuesday and Thursday between 3-6pm. It provides information on mental health services in Dundee and young people can also receive peer support, talk to one of the volunteers about mental health recovery and self care in a safe welcoming environment.
The Drop-in also provides a place for young people to chill out and escape pressures of day-to-day life as well as meet others who have lived experience of mental health and wellbeing challenges.
NHS Tayside Community Capacity Building Officer Richard McIntosh, said, “Feeling Strong listened to Young People and current services providers regarding the issues of mental health in Dundee. Their work focuses on improving mental wellness and bringing together communities of young people with experience of mental health challenges to provide peer-support.
“By putting young people at the heart of this approach, there is a strong emphasis on co-design and co-delivery to remain responsive to the holistic needs of their service users. This new and innovative ‘Drop-in Centre’ is located in Stobswell and I am very pleased that NHS Tayside’s Community Innovation Fund was able to supported project.”
Brook Marshall, CEO of Feeling Strong added, “We’re very grateful to have the support from NHS Tayside for the pilot of this new project, and already we’ve experienced significant demand for the service.
“We believe there’s power in sharing lived experience and that’s why this peer-led project has so much potential to do good for some of Dundee’s most vulnerable young people.”
The Community Innovation Fund aims to support new, innovative projects which will work in partnership with communities in disadvantaged areas, promoting quality of life, overall health and wellbeing and creating a stronger sense of community and social relationships. Community groups can apply for any amount between £500 and £25,000 over a three-year period to establish new and innovative projects.
Anyone interested in applying or finding out more information should visit the website www.communityinnovationfundtayside.scot.nhs.uk