Re-launch of Reading Your Way

Article date
22 August 2016
Primary interest

Reading Your Way has moved to a new home at 1A Rupert Square. At their re-launch party on Friday, Deputy Mayor Councillor Rose Williams commented:

“We know that around 1 in 4 people will experience problems with their mental health in their lifetime. Personally, I think the number could even be higher than this and that most of us will struggle at some point. So I wish Reading Your Way all the best as it provides such a valuable service to the local community. And I hope to keep in touch to hear how they get on in their new home.”

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The service is one of eleven Your Way services that national charity Together runs across England. It works alongside individuals to improve their mental wellbeing by tackling things like loneliness, debt, getting active and contributing to the local community. The service puts particular emphasis on making sure people choose how they are supported and what goals they want to work towards. It offers one-to-one support, daily activity groups, and peer support, where people use their own experiences of mental health problems to help others.

The re-launch event was very well-attended with current and prospective service users and numerous local agencies and organisations. Tina Kislingbury, Project Manager of Reading Your Way, said:

“Reading Your Way has had a huge amount of success supporting people to build the confidence, skills and networks they need to stay well. We look forward to going from strength to strength in our new location. We have been focusing on making the service a truly flexible one – people can choose from one-to-one support, peer support, activities and group support, or a combination of all three. Our fantastic team of Peer Supporters are trained to draw on their own experiences of mental health problems to support others, and we are particularly keen to make people aware of this element of what we offer”.

The service is holding a Peer Support open morning on Friday 26 August for people to find out how they could benefit from Peer Support, and for those interested in becoming a Peer Supporter. Anyone interested in attending should contact Carole Connolly on 0118 9660240. There will also be a training course for peer supporters starting in September.

If you would like to know more about the service, refer someone or access support yourself, contact Tina Kislingbury on 0118 9660240.

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Sarah Morland

As RVA's Partnership Manager, I seek and develop cross-sector partnership opportunities, facilitating communications between the voluntary sector and statutory agencies. I give advice and support on: planning, developing and promoting services and measuring impact.