Positive Pathways to celebrate anniversary

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People with mental health needs are set to celebrate the anniversary of Positive Pathways, which has been helping 500 people across the city.

The scheme for helping people live independent lives and take up employment and training started in April 2013 and is delivered by Community Links, who lead a partnership of five voluntary sector organisations - Leeds MIND, Touchstone, Leeds Irish Health and Homes, St Annes Community Services and Leeds Federated Housing Association.

Coun Peter Gruen, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for neighbourhoods, planning and support services, said: “The service shows the benefits of joint working between the council and voluntary sector organisations. We’re seeing improved outcomes for vulnerable people living in Leeds by making access to support streamlined with a single point of contact.”

Coun Lisa Mulherin, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The new ways of working are a perfect example of the way the city is increasingly coming together to deliver better health and social care. Over the past year people with mental health problems have been helped to obtain and manage safe and stable housing and resolve housing problems; take up training, employment and volunteering opportunities and develop support networks, through befriending and peer support to overcome isolation and feel more involved.”

On Tuesday July 15 service users and workers will gather at the St George’s Crypt Centre to celebrate the successes achieved over the past year and people helped by the service will be sharing their experiences of the service.

Jon Woolmore, Chief Executive, Community Links, said:“Community Links is extremely proud of what has been achieved by the Positive Pathways Service so far. We know from our experience that housing needs can be a crucial factor for people recovering from issues connected to their mental health. Positive Pathways Support Workers and Volunteers make a difference to peoples lives by helping them achieve independence through working with our partners in Leeds City Council and the Voluntary sector.”

One Positive Pathways service user said: “Positive Pathways has helped me become the person I need to be in order to like my life now that mental illness is a large part of it. I’ve got the ability to recover from setbacks and move forward with my life.”