Welcome to Imagine
Imagine is a charity with a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life.
Imagine has spent the last four decades working within the mental health sector to improve the lives of its service users.
The organisation has expanded in recent times and today more than 1000 people use its services in Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Cumbria, London and Greater Manchester.
Imagine is fortunate to have the support of many volunteers in addition to over 200 staff members.
Have you got time to spare?......
Volunteer Minibus Driver
Have you got a few hours to spare during the week?
Can you drive a minibus?
Would you like to help blind and visually impaired people in Merseyside?
If you can answer “yes” to all of these questions, then you are the person we want!
Bradbury Fields services for blind and partially sighted people urgently needs volunteer drivers to help transport our service users from their homes to our daily Active Vision Clubs, and then returning them home.
Our Active Vision Clubs help to break isolation for people who would otherwise be socially isolated. By attending our clubs, blind and visually impaired people have the opportunity to make friends, enjoy various activities, enjoy the benefit of a delicious freshly made lunch, and just have something to look forward to.
If you would like to help us, please contact
Maria Schofield on 0151 221 0888 ext 203
or email Maria on firstname.lastname@example.org
Imagine's latest service has now opened in the London borough of Redbridge. The range of services comprises:
Recovery Support Planning – one to one support in managing mental health, physical health, living skills and signposting through working on a recovery star model
Social inclusion – one to one support in expanding community opportunities and expanding friendships, whether cultural, education, leisure, arts activities
User-led groups – empowering service users to run their own groups for leisure and recovery purposes
Peer support groups – Groups run by your peers within the wider community, such as bingo, art and lunch clubs
Drop-in Service – a two hour drop in service is open 6 days a week for people to attend. Groups and social activities can take place during this time
If you would like to find out more about the service, please download the information pack and referral forms at the bottom of this page.
The Imagine Blog
As we increase our online presence, we now have a Blog, which you can follow and comment on.
We're now also on Twitter. Follow us @ImagineIndep01
Our Merton team in London has just produced its latest newsletter, including Anastasia's story.
You can read and download the VISION newsletter from our downloads section at the bottom of the page.
How to get to our Head office
Merseytravel has created a new widget that allows travellers on public transport to plan their routes to reach our offices in cental Liverpool. Our address is 25 Hope Street, Liverpool L1 9BQ.
Health Information Centre
Liverpool's Health Information Centre (56/58 Hanover Street Liverpool) is running a series of Roadshows - What's Your Wonderland - throughout August focusing on young addiction. For further information call 0151 285 4564 or call in the Health Information Centre is open Mon-Fri 10am-4 pm. You can download the flyer below HEALTH INFORMATION CENTRE ROADSHOW - AUG 14.
Wellbeing Liverpool online
The user-friendly site has been developed to help people to access clear information about mental health and wellbeing issues, and where to find support. The initiative is funded by NHS Liverpool CCG as part of their primary care mental health strategy and has been developed by Laridae C.I.C. (the team behind Healthwatch Liverpool Information) and local service user groups.
The site provides up-to-date information and choices about services that aim to help people keep well as well as helping people recover from mental ill-health.
If you require further information, or help to use the directory, please contact Healthwatch Information on 0300 7777 007 or email@example.com
Liverpool Mental Health Consortium's recent consultation with local LGBT people has led to a further survey in communities within the Liverpool area. To take part in the survey please download the LGBT Community Connections Survey at the bottom of this page.
Art for Art's Sake
Art Tree is a group set up to discuss, explore and share the different Merseyside art projects, opportunities and exhibition spaces. The group meets every two weeks, and anyone is welcome. It's a friendly and creative atmosphere and there's free tea, coffee and biscuits too!
So, why not come along to 140 Salisbury Road (off Smithdown Road), L15 2HU. For more information, go to:
Imagine - Award Winners
Imagine has been recognised for its work in the Women Only and Befriending services.
Our Women Only Services has won in the category for "Best Practice in High Intensity Services" at the Mental Health Providers Forum Awards, and the Liverpool Befriending Service received accreditation as an Approved Provider for safe and effective practice from the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation.
Mersey Care Recovery College & FACT cinema in Liverpool present the second in their Journeys Through Film promotion that includes a discussion on how the movie makes you feel. The presentation is at FACT, 88 Wood Street from 1000-1400 on Monday 1st September and features FRIED GREEN TOMATOES. See the poster in our downloads section for more information. The screening is free to all.
Samantha Dentith is a young woman who has written a book about her own personal experience of mental health problems. It's a very honest account about what she has been through and the effect upon others close to her.
Samantha is very kindly donating 50% of her profits to Imagine from sales of this book, for which we are extremely grateful. This inspirational read is currently available in Kindle format only, price £3.08, is available from:
The Mental Health Providers Forum
The MHPF – the Mental Health Providers Forum is the representative body for voluntary sector mental health provider organisations operating across England. The aim of the MHPF is to improve the range and quality of mental health services by working to increase the involvement of the voluntary and community sectors in service delivery.
The Mental Health Providers Forum’s Mindful Forum is an interactive website for providers and users of mental health services. It’s a platform which aims to engage directly with all mental health stakeholders to generate discussion as well as promoting and profiling new ideas for practical improvement to services across the mental health sector.
Imagine's staff and service users can access the forum by clicking on the link below - or via the Service User tabs.
The MHPF promotes the Recovery Star, of which you can download sample versions at the foot of this page.
The MHPF is also active in promoting the Lightbox campaign which focuses on the ability and contribution of voluntary sector organisations to support and deliver a broad range of mental health services.
Lightbox provides information to commissioners and GP Leads that will support them to meet the needs of their local population, ensuring that when it comes to mental health services, those in leadership roles are properly informed to commission services that make a difference.
You can watch a video about the campaign and get involved at: www.lightbox-mhpf.org.uk
For more information, contact Onye Imonioro at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the MHPF in general and view a list of its members go to: www.mhpf.org.uk
Personal Health Budgets
Imagine have been working in collaboration with MerseyCare on personal health budgets. Read more about them and the positive impact this can have on day to day living by following the link:
- Connect with others - Social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing, and even small changes make a difference.
So why not speak to someone face to face instead of sending an email, phone a family member who you haven’t spoken to in a while, or look up an old friend?
- Be active - Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age group, and it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good either.
So why not go for a walk with colleagues in your lunchbreak, get off the bus one stop earlier, or organise a kick-about or cycle ride in your local park?
- Take notice - Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your wellbeing, and savouring ‘the moment’ can have a reaffirming affect.
Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you, or visit somewhere new.
- Learn - Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.
So why not learn something new? Sign up for a class, read a book, take up a new hobby or research something you’ve always wondered about.
- Give - Research has shown that those who have a greater interest in helping others are more likely to report being happy themselves.
So why not try volunteering in your local community, or do a random act of kindness for someone else?
For more information contact:
The Health Information Centre,(HIC)
Liverpool City Centre.