Place Category: Health & Social Care
Midlands Psychology offers tried and tested mental health and support services which are values-based and benefit from a strong focus on local services and partnerships with service users.
Through the social enterprise model, we are able to take an efficient, cost effective and flexible approach to delivering services, whilst retaining the values and principles of providing a public service. Our profits are re-invested for the benefits of our service users.
We are an independent group with a wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise from decades of high level work in Health, Education and Social Care. We also have a long and successful track record of working with service users to develop services and facilities that offer improved choice, greater diversity and a genuine focus on them and the communities in which they live.
As a social enterprise, we have a big commitment to localism – that means having local providers for goods and services, creating jobs within the community and reinvesting surplus moneys in ways that benefit local people.
Our core business is improving the psychological health and emotional well-being of those with whom we work and, by doing so, contribute to the development of healthier communities. We offer a range of assessment, therapeutic and support services to meet the needs of children, young people and adults.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_Midlands-Psychology.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Providing services to support children and young people with autism
Over the past 12 months we have provided a range of services to over 1,200 children and young people who have autism (and their families). We are committed to providing services in local settings and have continued to open new community facilities this year to enable families to be seen within their own neighbourhoods, or as close as possible to where they live.
We have an ‘open access’ policy for all families whose children have a diagnosis of autism, enabling them to have direct access to a clinician. This has a positive impact not only on them but also on hard-pressed primary care practitioners who no longer need to write referral letters every time a child who has autism is in need of help.
We also offer social activities and group opportunities for our young people, as well as training and support to their parents or carers.
Our policy of empowerment and supporting children, young people and parents to manage their own autism contrasts with ‘illness’ models of autism, and aims to give people with autism a positive view of themselves and what they can achieve. It also makes a huge difference to how others view them.
We are actively involved in raising awareness about autism by training others, including local volunteer support workers and mentors, thus also providing them with an opportunity to gain valuable work experience.
2) Delivering programmes of training and support
This year we have begun to offer programmes of training and support to young adults who have learning disabilities and/ or autism to develop their independent living skills.
This year, four young adults completed courses in independent living and completed specially developed programmes to facilitate their transition into independent living. These included skills such as shopping, cooking, money management and using public transport, as well as participating in ‘short breaks’ with Midlands Psychology.
All were successful and are now happily settled in their new homes, with continuing support from our support workers. We are now preparing to welcome the next 4 young people to our Supported Living facility at Avon Rise, Stafford.
We have worked hard to involve other residents in the neighbourhood, though a series of consultation events, and are proud to have achieved a huge turnaround in attitude towards people who have disabilities or other ‘differences’.
We are also using Avon Rise to support the local NAS Social Programme for adults with autism.
3)Providing mental health and well-being services for young offenders
We were delighted to have our contract renewed for the Ten-19 Service for young offenders that we have successfully run since 2012. This means that we have been able to continue to provide community mental health and well-being services to young offenders and their families and carers.
Peer mentoring offered young offenders the opportunity to engage in pro-social friendships and activities – critical in preventing re-offending.
Programme evaluation shows that local volunteer mentors have benefited as much as the offenders, in terms of confidence and sense of competency. Furthermore, whilst the youngsters benefit from having improved emotional health, the whole community benefits from reduced rates of anti-social and criminal behaviour, making the social impact of this service deceptively broad.