Guildford & Waverley Mental Health Forum

A member of the Ash & Tongham, Surrey Business, Cranleigh, Farnham, Surrey Heath, Guildford and Surrey communities

About Guildford & Waverley Mental Health Forum

Guildford and Waverley Mental Health Forum was previously known as the Guildford Mental Health Consortium, the group was formed in 1997 as a local organisation for anybody who has an interest in mental health.

Meets bimonthly in Guildford town centre as a forum for members to discuss topics of interest. Most meetings include a presentation from a guest speaker

While the Group has about 100 members, meetings are usually attended by 25 to 30 people.

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Invitation from Surrey County Council - a workshop on Social Prescribing in Waverley

9 July, 1.30pm at Godalming Baptist Church

Surrey County Council is working with partners to develop social prescribing pathways across Surrey and as part of this piece of work it is holding a series of workshops in each of the boroughs and districts to engage with citizens.

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing is a way of helping people with social, emotional and everyday needs with sources of relevant support in their local community. Sometimes referred to as a community referral, social prescribing is a means of enabling GPs,nurses and other primary care professions to refer people to local,non-clinical services which are typically provided by voluntary organisations and local Councils, such as volunteering at a community centre, attending a class at a leisure centre or joining a singing group.

Surrey have made a short video about social prescribing, click here;

Workshop details

The workshop planned for the Waverley area :

9th July 1.30-3pm, Godalming Baptist Church, 15 Queen St, Godalming GU7 1BA

Targeted Workshops,

Older People, 19th Sept 1.30-3pm TBC, Guildford Baptist Church

Guildford Baptist Church, Millmead, Guildford GU2 4BE

Disabled People, 18th Sept 1.30-3pm TBC, Leatherhead Leisure Centre

BME Communities, 18th Sept 6.30-8.00pm TBC, Maybury Centre Woking Board School Rd, Woking GU21 5HD

To book your place

· email

· ring or text with your name and contact details (07985 441304)

This way Surrey can then confirm your attendance and identify any additional needs that they can support in the workshop.

Complete a survey

After watching the video, have your say by completing the 5-10 minutes survey.

Surrey are working with Ottaway Strategic Management as part of this consultation. If you have any queries or require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Martin King on 07985 441304 or email Alternatively, please contact Charlotte Pavitt (Public Health Surrey County Council) on email

Around half of Surrey patients not involved in their mental health care plan

The local independent watchdog for health and care has found around half of those using mental health services in Surrey or their carers have not been involved in planning their mental health care, despite this being a standard requirement in England1.

After hearing mental health care was a key priority for local people, Healthwatch Surrey spoke to 70 individuals with recent personal experience of mental health care to help NHS and social care organisations better understand the needs of people living with mental ill-health.

The report also found that more problems stem from mental health services being unavailable, or not known about, than being ineffective. Patients and carers wish to understand the full range of help available, rather than simply being told by the NHS that ‘this is what we’ll do’.

Kate Scribbins, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Surrey said:

“We heard that when people and their carers are involved in care planning, people feel more satisfied with the support they receive and feel more confident in their long-term recovery from mental illness.

“As well as involvement in care plans, we heard how it’s the individuals providing care that have the biggest impact on how people feel about the care they receive. Continuity of care was extremely important to people receiving support. Many had experienced loss of trust and sense of wellbeing as a result of staff turnover.”

Other issues highlighted include:

  • a lack of integration between mental health services and services focussed on physical health issues or impairments. (e.g. hearing loss has a mental health impact but treatment is predominantly on the physical aspects)
  • carers can feel excluded from interactions between those they care for and care professionals
  • poor experience of the ‘crisis line’, a helpline set up to assist those experiencing mental distress.

Ms Scribbins continued: “It is essential that service providers and commissioners now review their policies and strategies around how people are involved in care planning and crucially, how perceptions of this involvement are measured.

“When people feel involved in their care, they are more likely to get the best from the support they receive, helping them to feel stronger and be less likely to need more intensive help in the future, which is not only good for patients and carers but for the NHS too.”

Healthwatch Surrey will seek a response to the report and its recommendations from commissioners and providers for an Impact Report to be published later this year.

A copy of the report is available at

Anyone who would like to share their experience of an NHS or social care service can contact Healthwatch Surrey on 0303 303 0023 or email

Disability Empowerment Network

The Disability Empowerment Network Surrey enables disabled people to keep in contact with their local communities and encourages all to have a say in local health, social care and other public services.

Made up of four local groups who meet quarterly, the network is run by disabled people and carers in close partnership with Surrey Coalition of Disabled People.

To find out more about the network and to join:


Phone/SMS/text: 07970 749933


Write to:

Information and Engagement Team, Surrey County Council, Room 34, County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DA

Football for Mental Wellbeing

Free Session every Thursday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, starting 7th June.

Phone 07341 267740

Email -

Website -

Canterbury Care - June 2018 programme

The Canterbury Care Centre, Church House, 23 Waterden Road Guildford GU1 2AZ

Telephone (Centre opening hours only): 01483 577020 Email:

Local Valuing People Groups

Surrey County Council operate four Local Valuing People Groups in Surrey to ensure that people at a local level are involved and informed. These groups meet quarterly and enable everyone to have a say at a local level on what can be done and how we can support those people with a learning disability. More specifically they ensure people with a learning disability and their families have a voice and can contribute to improving their local communities. Each of the Local Valuing People Groups feed into Surrey’s Learning Disability Partnership Board.

Sarah Linington

Engagement and Partnership Officer,

Surrey County Council


Telephone: 01483 518880

Mobile: 0781 6077122

Creative Response Launch Event - Identity

Saturday 2nd June, 11am - 5pm - Launch event

Please join us to celebrate the exhibition, all welcome Music from Eden Blacklist, 1-2pm

2nd June - 20th July 2018

2-16 June, 11am to 5pm (Monday to Saturday) number 115 as part of Surrey Artists' Open Studios, then

18 June - 20 July, 10am to 3pm (Monday to Friday) Vernon House, 28 West Street, Farnham, GU9 7DR

Telephone - 01252 716876

Email -

Webiste -

Aldershot Futures in Mind Get Together's

Do you care for a child or young person with challenging behaviours, anxiety, special educational needs and / or disabilities?

Are you attending CAMHS or waiting to attend?


Aldershot Specialist CAMHS

Aldershot Centre for Health

Hospital Hill


GU11 1AY

All meetings are from 10am – 12pm

Each meeting has a special speaker from CAHMS.

Your HPCN regional representative for Basingstoke CAMHS is Mary Baldwin

Contact Mary at

Guildford Wellbeing Cafe

Guildford Wellbeing Cafe is a cafe with a difference; providing a friendly welcome and a nutritious home cooked reasonably priced meal.

The cafe is OPEN - Every Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Beverley Hall in Guildford

Come along if you want some company, to try our some new activities or need somewhere to go for a chat.


Address - Guildford Action, Beverley Hall, Hayden Place, Guildford, GU1 4LR

For more information contact Oakleaf- Enterprise;

Phone - 01483 303649


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Alison -


Spark your imagination with our series of free creative taster events atSparky’s Café Guildford.

Creative Writing Workshops, cookery and craftsessions … Bright, contemporary setting, central location and freeparking on Saturdays.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPSThree creative writing workshops by Melanie Whipman, writer, editor andteacher, specialising in the short story form. Her work has been broadcast onRadio 4 and published in numerous literary and commercial magazines.Melanie’s debut short story collection, ‘Llama Sutra’ published in 2016, wasthe winner of the Rubery International Book Award short story category in2017.

SATURDAY MARCH 17TH‘Re-writing the Self’Have you ever considered writing a blog or a memoir? Or perhaps you’dsimply like to pull on some of your personal experiences and turn them intofiction. In this one day course we’ll be experimenting with using real life eventsand personal history as inspiration for writing. You’ll learn how to collate, editand transform your memories into engaging prose.

SATURDAY APRIL 28thCHARACTERISATION WORKSHOP‘The power to create and develop character is at the heart of all fiction’Malcolm BradburyA fun and informal workshop examining the importance of characterisation infiction. Through a series of exercises we will be creating and developingcomplex and credible characters your reader can identify with.

SATURDAY MAY 19thBANISH THE BLANK PAGE – a workshop with local author and lecturer,Melanie Whipman.This is a morning of inspiration. In this fun, informal workshop we’ll be doingexercises that stimulate creativity and that introduce you to key aspects of plotdevelopment.

SATURDAY JUNE 16th AND JULY 21stDelicious clean eating boot camp with food and beverage manager SalvatoreGaias. Learn to cook healthy, nourishing meals in this fun, hands- on BootCamp! Salvatore will show you how to make tasty, filling and delicious mealquickly from whole food ingredients.

SATURDAY AUGUST 18th AND SEPTEMBER 22ndCrafts and arts workshop with specialised craft maker Elena Oliver. Learn tocreate beautiful key chains or toys from scratch and surprise your family andfriends with beautiful presents.

Info and bookings to: