Our Policy and Member Support Adviser, Carey Bamber, has continued visiting our members with her most recent visit being to Bridge Support in Greenwich, London. Carey spent the day with Raymond Sheehy, Chief Executive of Bridge, a small to medium-sized charity providing a unique range of mental health services and support to people.
In its current portfolio, Bridge offers an innovative forensic mental health support project called TILT, which has achieved extraordinary successes in supporting people moving on from forensic in-patient services, with a re-offending rate of less than 5% since 2003. With an average length of stay of 18 months, 75% of people coming through Tilt move on to independence or lesser support. People staying at Tilt are encouraged to participate in the Recovery College, also delivered by Bridge for Greenwich, with healthy eating and exercise being a part of each person’s plan.
The Recovery College Greenwich, commissioned by Greenwich CCG since 2013, has over 1000 students enrolled, with a 60% self-referral rate. The College operates from a central base, and works with 28 partners who deliver courses across the curriculum. 80% of course tutors and leaders have lived-experience of mental health conditions. The College’s most recent evaluation estimated that the cost per student per week is approximately £14.
In addition to the above-mentioned services, Bridge also provides flexible community support and medium support for people, and is currently thinking about new community Hub models and employment opportunities. For more information about Bridge Support, please click here.