Andover Mind have been working in the local area since 1984, providing support, advice and information for anyone affected by mental health distress. We also deliver training and try to encourage local people to talk about mental health to help break down the stigma which surrounds the subject. We work in a number of community settings as well as in our well-being centres and our Ugly Duckling industrial unit on East Portway.
Located in Westbrook Close, Andover, at the Appletree Centre and Dr Peter Centre in Romsey, Vyne Road in Basingstoke and Victoria Road in Aldershot, our well-being centres house a number of projects and services. They provide a base from which care and support to increase self-esteem, manage mental distress, and promote self-management is provided. We not only support people in their recovery from serious mental health problems but also provide advice and information and services to help prevent the onset of mental health conditions. All of our centres offer a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The services we provide are personalised with individuals being supported to develop their own interests in the community.
The dementia advice service provides advice, information, signposting and support to people with dementia, their carers, families and friends. The service aims to provide the right information at the right time throughout the dementia journey and assists people to access appropriate services to enable them to live well with their diagnosis.
Counselling helps you to explore how you really feel about your life in the safety and confidence of the counselling relationship. Our counsellors are trained to deal with a variety of issues, including bereavement, depression, relationship issues, problems in the workplace, domestic violence, abuse, money worries and sleep problems.
If life is getting you down, or you’re just not feeling yourself, it can be hard trying to manage alone. Talking things through in a confidential and safe space with a qualified counsellor can help. We offer a no-cost service to young people aged between 11 and 23, living in the Andover and Winchester areas.
Ugly Duckling is our furniture repair and renovation service, located in East Portway Industrial estate, Andover. We “upcycle” furniture and other donated items to give them a new lease of life and in the process, help people with mental health problems to gain skills and experience and contribute to the community.
Springboard is a project run for our local community in Andover and Romsey. We deliver emotional resilience training sessions for children aged 9 to 11 years old. We also offer a variety of well-being workshops for parents and school staff.
Our Safe Haven in Aldershot provides out of hours help and support to people and their carers who are experiencing a mental health crisis or emotional distress. Safe Haven is staffed by a mental health practitioner from Surrey and Borders Partnership and two trained Safe Haven workers. Peer support from people with lived experience of mental health issues is also increasingly available.
We have been hosting the Andover repair café since it started in July 2017. It’s run by volunteers and takes place monthly on the third Saturday of the month. We are always looking for new volunteer fixers or greeters to join the team.