Address: 15 Old Ford Road, London E2 9PJ, UK
A voice for women’s mental health
Established in 1987, Wish is the only national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community. It provides independent advocacy, emotional support and practical guidance at all stages of a woman's journey through the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems. Wish acts to increase women's participation in the services they receive, and campaigns to get their voice heard at a policy level. It is unique in its long-term commitment to each individual, as they move through hospitals, prison and the community.
Wish is a national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs in prison, hospital and the community.
Independent Mental Health Advocacy
Wish’s proactive model of Gender Specific Advocacy makes sure that all treatment, care and personal issues are addressed appropriately and sensitively. It is designed specifically to engage women who do not feel they have a voice, or find it difficult to assert their needs and views. The service works through building trust and consistent relationships. The ultimate aim is to equip and empower women to self-advocate. Wish works to give the level of support each individual needs, whilst maximising their opportunities to speak for themselves.
We provide Gender Specific Advocacy in the following locations: Cygnet Hospital Bury (Women’s Service and Young People’s Service), Cygnet Hospital Sheffield, Waterloo Manor and MerseyCare Whalley Site.
Community Link provides extended support to women in Greater London as they move from prison or secure hospital into the community. Its wraparound services equip women with the skills, security and self-esteem necessary for successful resettlement, through:
- Pathways tailored to each individual’s needs and aims, to ensure long-term and meaningful change
- Support to engage with services and attend court dates
- Links into statutory and voluntary services
- Support with housing and accommodation issues
- Financial assistance and benefits guidance
- One-to-one support whenever and as often as each woman needs
- Social contact and peer support
The project runs a drop-in once a week from our office in Bethnal Green, East London, and Wish staff also visit women with mental health needs in HMP Bronzefield to provide emotional and practical support.
We offer a self-referral counselling service with fees on a sliding scale from our office in Bethnal Green.