Our work in the community

We work closely with a number of local and national organisations and groups to support people in our communities to live life well.

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​North West Boroughs Healthcare has strong links with a number of local community groups and charitable organisations. We work in partnership with these organisations in a number of ways but always with a shared aim to support the people living in our communities to live their lives well.

Below you can find out more about some of the organisations we work in partnership with and how we work with them.

Compassion in Action
Leigh-based charity Compassion in Action aims to meet the needs of people in crisis with provision of furniture, food and clothes, accommodation, skills training, education and advocacy. The organisation has a holistic approach to life in crisis, helping people to live independently.

Compassion in Action runs the on-site cafe at Atherleigh Park, our brand new mental health hospital in Leigh.

Web: www.compassioninaction.info

Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative
The Positive Practice in Mental Health Collaborative is a user-led collaborative of 75 organisations, including NHS trusts, clinical commissioning groups, police, third sector organisations, frontline charities and service user groups. 

One of the collaborative's key aims is to identify, and disseminate positive practice in mental health services by working together across organisations and sectors to facilitate shared learning and to raise the profile of mental health on a national level. 

Web: www.positivepracticemh.com 

Saints Community Development Foundation
In partnership with St Helens Rugby League Club, the independent charitable trust Saints Community Development Foundation works in the local community and beyond.

The foundation address such topics as social inclusion, health promotion, sports coaching, anti-racism, anti-bullying, player development, local heritage and raising educational attainment by using rugby league as a tool to improving personal and social skills.

Web: www.saintsrlfc.com

The Sanctuary (Self Help Services)
Operating all night every night from 8pm to 6am, The Sanctuary provides a place of safety and support out of hours for people in Wigan and Leigh, welcoming people experiencing anxiety, panic attacks, depression and suicidal thoughts. It provides an important alternative for people who, in the past, may have gone to accident and emergency services when experiencing a mental health crisis during the night.

Wigan and Leigh residents or those registered with a GP in the boroughs can access the service by calling The Sanctuary on either 01942 410 522 or 0300 003 7029. Following a conversation with trained staff, you will then either be offered telephone support or invited to come to The Sanctuary for one-to-one support.

Alongside this, The Sanctuary offers a calm room and staff ensure people are signposted to other appropriate local mental health services after their visit so they can continue accessing support.

The Sanctuary is run by Self Help Services, a user-led mental health charity based in the north of England.

Web: www.selfhelpservices.org.uk   

State of Mind 
State of Mind is a mental health initiative which was established to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst the rugby league community. It was co-founded in 2012 by Trust nurse consultant Dr Phil Cooper, who works with adults with mental health and substance misuse problems.

We have hosted a number of State of Mind educational sessions for Trust staff and our staff also go out into the local community to deliver sessions to other organisations around mental health awareness.

Web: www.stateofmindsport.org   

The Vikings Sports Foundation
The Vikings Sports Foundation has been set up as the affiliated charity of Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club. Alongside key partners from the public, private and third sector, the goal of the charity is to engage, educate and inspire the local community to bring about positive change and new opportunities for all through rugby league.

We deliver a project in partnership with the Vikings Sports Foundation and Halton Clinical Commissioning Group for local adults with mental health problems to encourage participation in physical activity. The free sessions run every Friday from 5pm to 6pm at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes. The programme aims to use sport to develop mental resilience in participants.

Web: www.widnesvikings.co.uk 

Warrington Disability Partnership
Warrington Disability Partnership is an internationally acclaimed user-led charity. With over 24 years’ experience of developing and delivering mobility and independent living services, its aim is to support disabled people and people living with long term health conditions.

We are proud to sponsor Disability Awareness Day - the world's largest not-for-profit disability exhibition, held annually in Walton Hall and Gardens in Warrington and exhibit at the event each year to raise awareness of our services and the support we offer.

Web: www.disabilitypartnership.org.uk 

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