Bradford district based mental health volunteers are expanding their services.

Moving Forward was formed as a Men’s Mental Health Support Group five years ago by Alan Wilson of Keighley, West Yorkshire.

The group has become highly regarded by local mental health practitioners -often described as “gold standard”, “priceless”, “vital”. Similarly member’s use phrases such as “I’d be dead if it wasn’t for you”, “It’s my only family now”.

Moving Forward has expanded it’s activities throughout 2017. The group’s free community based approach with education & peer support is lifting people out of depression.

There is more of the same being prepared by the group’s volunteers. February 2018 is an important month for Moving Forward Group as there is to be an increase in the number of groups and services will extend from men only to all over 18 years old.

Insight based peer groups are the mainstay of Moving Forward. The insight based approach extends to the development of each member’s leadership skills within their mental health community.

In this way Moving Forward provides a pathway from poor mental health to supported wellbeing. Members are trained in the causes and effects of poor mental health, how to identify and cope with triggers, and much more. Members can progress their wellbeing by becoming knowledgable group Facilitators and play a part in better mental health for their community.

We aim to use good will to form productive relationships with other groups who share our mission to support poor mental health. To balance our overall efforts we will also challenge the sources of poor mental health.

There are also Moving Forward groups in Bingley and Keighley. Currently Moving Forward does not receive any funding for its services and is truly voluntary.

Last year, in a joint project, with Keighley Job Centre, Moving Forward began wellbeing appointments with claimants. Both men and women attended the services provided at the Job Centre which included a twelve week course on mental health. It is hoped to extend this scheme to Job Centres in Bradford too.

The group has identified a broader need for it’s services, and much more will be available from February 2018.

Mind in Bradford has been a generous host to our Bradford Men’s Group in recent years. As part of Moving Forward’s expansion we are creating more Bradford based groups and these will be based at the Bradford Deaf Centre, 25 Hallfield Road, Bradford, BD1 3RP. This includes the Men’s Group moving from Mind’s premises on the 3rd January.

From February 2018 we will be working in partnership with the NHS “Champions Show the Way” (CSTW) service to provide three new women’s mental health support groups. This partnership has allowed Moving Forward to extend it’s successful approach to women too.

The new Bradford groups will be named Moving Forward Manningham instead of the current Moving Forward Bradford. This is because further groups are intended for other parts of Bradford.

Can you help?

Can you help Moving Forward provide more support for Bradford district’s wellbeing? Further contributions to support our work, from individuals and organisations, will be very welcome.

This could be;

• Having a collection box at work,

• Holding a coffee morning,

• Your business sponsoring one of our groups.

Bradford Groups

From the first week of February 2018 we will be providing the following, free to use, Moving Forward services at our Manningham venue;

Wednesday’s: Bradford Deaf Centre

• 9:15am-11:15am Women’s Group. (NHS CSTW supported).

• 11:30am-1:30pm Mixed Group.

• 1:45am-3:45pm Men’s Group.

• 9:30am-3:30 1to1 Appointments.

These services will be expanded to provide mental health support throughout Bradford & Keighley districts. If you want to know more about Moving Forward;

• Email: contact@movingforwardgroup.org

• Visit: http://www.movingforwardgroup.org

• Twitter: @MovFwdGrp

• Call/text: 0776 250 8945

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