A confidence boost from The Amigo Project

We are delighted with the success of our Amigo project and wanted to share with you the story of one client who has had a positive experience.  

'We received a referral for an individual who was suffering from anxiety and seeking support to go out and attend community activities. This person felt isolated during the day as she does not work. Overall, this lady has a good support network but needed extra help to boost her confidence and increase her motivation to leave the house.  We matched this client with a volunteer who agreed to accompany her to attend a weekly support group.  As this individual was not comfortable travelling independently, the volunteer buddy arranged to meet her at the end of the road and accompany her to the group.  We matched the individual with a volunteer who had had a similar experience and had attended the same support group.  The client’s increased confidence encouraged her to try a different social group and enabled her to travel there by bus.  “The best thing about Amigo was being able to find a group where I felt I fitted in.  This has helped me to feel less isolated”.

If you know of anyone who might benefit from an Amigo buddy or alternatively if you would like to volunteer to become a buddy, then please get in touch with Laura or Lynnette on 01276 707565 or email buddy@voluntarysupport.org.uk.


On Wednesday 10th October, World Mental Health day, our football projects hosted their first joint tournament.

The day was a huge success, we have received lots of positive feedback.

It was great to see so many people having a great time on a beautiful sunny day. Everyone involved played with great sportsmanship with one referee saying,

‘the attitudes on the day were admirable.'

A total of 15 teams participated, that's approximately 120 people playing and having fun which is a massive increase from the 6 teams that played last year!

Our teams, The Welcome Wizards and Real Elnbridge Eagles did a fantastic job at representing the great work we do. It is incredible watching the guys grow in confidence when on the pitch. The Real Elmbridge Eagles even won their first trophy by winning the Plate which is a fantastic achievement - well done.

We are super proud to all involved in making this day a great success.We are grateful to our funders Community Foundation for Surrey and Walton Charity for making it possible and a special mention to Victor, out volunteer football coach for all your hard work and commitment.

We are planning on holding the same event event next year on World Mental Health day again, so please put Thursday 10th October 2019 in your diaries if you wish to attend - further information will come out in Spring next year.

Save the date – Joint Community Connections and Independent Mental Health Network

We are delighted to announce the date for the first joint Community Connections and Independent Mental Health Network event.

We plan to bring together all the partner organisations, people who use the services, commissioners and decision makers, the public and a range of other organisations to explore mental health and emotional wellbeing support in Surrey and celebrate the work that Community Connections deliver.

Community Connections is formed of three main providers : Catalyst – The Welcome Project, Mary Frances Trust and Richmond Fellowship who work together to deliver first class mental health and wellbeing support in Surrey.  Funded by Surrey County Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Please add the date to your diaries and more details will be available shortly.

To download the ‘Save the Date’ flyer, please click the link below:

Save the Date – Celebrating Community Connections

World Suicide Prevention Day – #WSPD2018

World Suicide Prevention Day is 10 September,  an annual awareness raising event organised by International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

We will be supporting the day through raising awareness on social media, discussing suicide prevention in our drop in services this week and letting people know about the services we offer for those who are struggling to cope.

Suicidal thoughts are far more common than people realise but we just don’t talk about them. There are certain factors that should be considered if you suspect someone to be having suicidal thoughts. It’s important to know the signs; it could make the difference at saving a life.

Certain factors are known to be associated with increased risk of suicide. These include:

  • Drug and alcohol misuse

  • History of trauma or abuse

  • Unemployment

  • Social isolation

  • Poverty

  • Poor social conditions

  • Imprisonment

  • Violence

  • Family breakdown.

If you are feeling suicidal or are concerned for someone else, please remember there is help available in Surrey:

In Surrey and Aldershot we have 5 Safe Havens are places where people can go when feeling suicidal or experiencing a mental health crisis. They are open 365 days a year, open evenings and weekends. To find out more https://www.catalystsupport.org.uk/how-we-help-you/safe-havens/

The Welcome Project offer 1-1 support and group activities for those who are struggling to cope with their emotional wellbeing. If you need support or would like some more information, give us a call on 01483 590150 or email welcomeprojectsurrey@catalystsupport.org.uk

Other help and support available

  • Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support service. Call them FREE on 116 123.

  • Papyrus is a dedicated service for young people up to the age of 35 who are worried about how they are feeling or anyone concerned about a young person. You can call the HOPElineUK number on 0800 068 4141, you can text 07786 209697

  • NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline providing health advice and information. Call them free on 111.

  • C.A.L.M.: National helpline for men to talk about any issues they are feeling. Call 0800 58 58 58.