Active Choices

Description of Service:
The service offers one to one support to access social, educational, health and exercise activities in the local community. The team also delivers a range of group activities in both mental health and mainstream settings. It is a recovery-based service with an emphasis on enabling people to explore their choices and opportunities.

Description of Service Users:
People of 16 years and upwards who experience mental health difficulties and want support to make changes in their lives.

Referral procedure:
By care co-ordinator only.

Assessment description:
We have an occupational therapist who will make an initial assessment following a discussion with the service user.  Plans to develop a self-assessment process are underway.

Admission procedure:
Following assessment, identification of areas of interest and agreement of support needs, a keyworker is allocated and service start date arranged.

Treatment description:
A key worker will support the service user to establish and work towards their personal goals, promoting recovery and social inclusion.

Discharge procedure:
Discharge is planned with the service user and will occur when personal goals are achieved and support is no longer needed.

Group activities provide opportunities for learning, ranging from the development of skills in gardening to anxiety management techniques or basic cookery.

Support arrangements are flexible and can be carried out in locations that best meet the needs of the service user.

Developing services:
Current developments include self-referral and self-assessment along with increasing time dedicated to supporting people to become involved in their local communities.