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Support Group


Through group settings at various community venues, the activities we offer are; educational, therapeutic, social, leisure, and cultural. Some of these activities include; arts and crafts, sports and leisure (tai chi), English Language Developmental Skills (ESOL) and cultural events (Eid, Diwali, Vaisakhi, Christmas). Often these activities provide the clients with the opportunity to experience feelings of security and belonging as part of a caring and nurturing environment. This group allows clients to build friendships, develop their skills and gain emotional support. The support groups are welcome to all English, Gujarati and Hindi speaking clients.


Groups are available for all adult clients (18+)


Who can refer:


- Social Worker


- Support Worker


-Self- referral


- GP


- Consultant Psychiatrist


- Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPN)


- Occupational Therapist (OT)


- Care Management Officers (CMO)















1-2-1 Support Group

01:00pm- 03:00pm

Women only Support Group


Men Only Support Group

Women only Support Group

Mixed Support Group

Women only Support Group


Men Only Support Group





For additional 1-2-1 support please contact us on 0116 2200070 or email our support workers


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For our services we take direct payments. For more information please call 0116 2200070




Adhar Advocacy Project:


The Advocacy Project aims to provide independent advocacy offering a client led, outcomes focused approach. This will include; supporting people transitioning towards increased self-management and more independent living but whose recovery is threatened by additional or unexpected external stress. Offering preventative early intervention to prevent additional external stresses precipitating or worsening mental health issues.


To Access our services, you need to:


-         Have a diagnoses of an enduring mental health issues


-         Be a member of a Black or Minority Ethnic community between the ages of 18 to 65 and a resident of Leicester or immediate vicinity


-         Not currently receiving, or on the waiting list for, advocacy from another agency


-         Have a specific issue affecting your life that requires help and support


-         A referral may be made by you yourself (self-referral) or, with permission, by another agency.


We will help you identify and clarify your problems by listening closely to what you have to say, respecting your decisions and exploring and evaluating all the options open to you. We will put together an agreed list of action and help you carry these out whilst keeping you informed of all developments.


An Advocate can:


-         Listen to your views and concerns


-         Help you explore your options and rights at a pace that suits you


-         Provide information to help you make informed decisions


-         Help you contact relevant people, or contact them on your behalf


-         Accompany you and support you on meetings or appointments


-         Help you raise your concerns about your care or experiences


-         Support you to deal with complex issues


-         Support you to communicate your views and be confident enough to speak up for yourself


-         Help you cover all the points you want to ask all the questions you want to ask


-         Explain your options to you


-         Keep you safe and supported in situations where you feel powerless, for example asking for a break in a meeting if you are becoming distressed


-         Signpost you to additional help and support


-         Help you access services that can support you with your health, wellbeing or independence


-         Agree an action plan and preferred outcomes and work in partnership with you to achieve this.


For help, please contact the Advocacy Coordinator on 0116 220 0073 or text 07739 349868 with your details and we will contact you to discuss your problem.




Recovery Project:


We recognise that people with mental health problems have experienced more difficulties for their recovery journey. Our project emphasises the process of learning, engaging, taking actions and connecting with others. It is about positive thinking, taking positive action and development participants’ sense of self-value and empowerment.




Our project focuses on ‘Learning to Recover’ which is broken down into four sub-sections; ‘Understanding your mental health’, ‘Taking care of you’, ‘Taking positive actions’ and ‘Meaningful contacts’.




-         Understanding your mental health: we empower our clients to learn more about their mental health problems, this could mean exploring their thoughts and feelings as well as understanding the (potential) side affects of medication. We help clients to foster a sense of optimism to increase their feelings of self-worth.




-         Taking care of you: The primary focus of the project is helping clients improve self-care. A way in which we this, is by prompting them to discover new things or recognising their previous interests and encouraging them to participate in meaningful activities. Another part of self-care is maintaining a healthy lifestyle and working towards self-appreciation. We have developed workshops to aid them with managing their wellbeing.




-         Taking positive action: we help our client so identify their goals and to take the positive steps towards their goal by breaking it down into smaller more achievable goals. We do this by creating and action plans which we regularly review with the client and adjust to support their needs.




-         Meaningful Contacts: As part of an individual’s wellbeing, it is important for them to be able to maintain meaningful relationships with others. We aid our clients in building and maintaining interpersonal relationships. We will help our clients to build their Peer Support Network.




The activities that we offer include 1-2-1 sessions, training workshops and community visits. Upon completion of the programme clients will be discharged and referred to the “Peer Support Network” which is a self-help and self-advocacy group put in place to provide continued support along the recovery journey.




This service can be accessed through six stages: 



-         Referral: The referral may come from a social worker, GP, Psychiatrists or psychiatric nurses, signposting from another organisation or by self-referral.



-         Intake Assessment: Clients will be invited for an initial assessment where they will have the opportunity to explore and communicate their problems and needs and learn more about the project. It is also assessed if the project is suitable in providing the right support for the client, if not other options can be explored to ensure that the client is being appropriately supported.




-          Attending training: During this stage emphasis is on aiding the client in the process of learning and engaging with the programme and positively taking action to empower themselves.




-         Monitoring: Clients will be monitored on their improvement in areas that the project aims to help individuals improve in, including:




·        Self-confidence


·        Engaging activities


·        Concentration


·        Positive thinking


·        Social networking


·        Managing ones own symptoms


·        Self-management


·        Accessing local community services, facilities and resources.




-         Review:  Once the programme is complete we work with the client to conduct a full review which aims to appraise improvements in all monitored areas, explore any unmet needs that the clients may have and to provide further support in addressing these needs as well as developing an individual recovery plan going forward.



-         Exit: We support the client in developing their “Peer Support Network “. If the client is experiencing immediate or serious unmet needs towards the end of the programme they would be considered to stay with the project longer where further support would be provided. 








Adhar Project (limited by guarantee). Registered Company Number: 5524 738 Registered Charity Number: 1121 499.
Registered address: Adhar Project, 79 St Peter's Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 1DH Tel: 0116 220 0070