Waddington Street Centre
Waddington Street Centre
A Community Mental Health Resource
Mission Statement etc

Waddington Street Centre, an independent charity, was established 30 years ago in Durham City. The Centre's aims are to deliver effective support and meaningful opportunities to people with mental health needs. We aim to help people live fulfilling lives in the community by offering opportunities for personal development, social interaction, and by supporting recovery. We are also committed to countering stigma and discrimination. 

Mission Statement: Effective Mental Health support through LIFE SKILLS and OPPORTUNITIES

The Centre offers a wide range of informal learning based activities, supported by New College Durham and volunteer tutors. These activities including a Health Trainer service support personal development and recovery, and help to reduce isolation and social exclusion. There are over 30 activities/courses per week ranging from psychology to cookery, from football to glass workshops.

In addition the Centre has a Housing section offering accommodation and floating support services to mental health service users and a caravan that is available to let for low cost holidays to people using mental health services in County Durham.

The Centre's objectives from the Memorandum and Articles of Association are:

  1. Establishing and promoting any charitable purpose in order to support people with mental health needs
  2. This will be undertaken primarily through the provision and management of a resource centre and support for independent living
  3. The charity's beneficiaries are principally people living in County Durham

Our Values

  • A person centred approach - Everyone is important to us: those who work for us and use our services; people in the local community; supporters and carers.
  • Respecting individuality and diversity - We value difference and want everyone to be treated with personal dignity and respect, free from discrimination or harassment. We believe everyone has a positive contribution to make to wider society.
  • Quality driven, open, honest and transparent - We aim for high standards in all we do. This means that our business will be conducted with openness, honesty and accountability. We aim to be efficient and effective.
  • Positive about partnerships - We invest in genuine partnership working, striving to create new alliances and new opportunities to help us achieve our aims.

Our Vision for 2015/2018

Aims and Purpose

WSC's aims are to:

1. Enhance the potential of people with a mental illness to pursue a range of opportunities that are available to them at Waddington Street by:

  • offering effective support and meaningful opportunities through, in the main, non accredited learning based activities
  • encouraging people to use their abilities and strengths to fulfil their potential
  • providing a range of life skills, housing services and supported accommodation
  • providing a variety of supported physical health related activities, advice and information

2. Create a society where people who experience mental health problems enjoy the same rights and opportunities as other people by:

  • promoting inclusion; challenging discrimination; influencing policy
  • communicating to other agencies the views, needs and ambitions of people with experience of mental distress;
  • encouraging and skilling people through education to re-enter and participate in the community
  • undertaking the promotion of good health and wellbeing using the local media to counter stigma
  • helping people to access the full range of community services available to all citizens
  • promoting the work of the Centre with organisations from the private, statutory and third sectors 

3. Provide a quality service that is financially sustainable, well governed and staffed and able to respond to opportunities by:

  • undertaking a programme of training specifically designed to meet the needs of trustees, staff and volunteers
  • maintaining a level of reserves that enables the Centre to be resilient and quickly react to opportunities that may arise 
  • maintaining the Centre's income levels and expanding funding streams 
  • maintaining quality checks and audits through recognised assessment processes
  • maintaining a trustee board with a range of suitable skills and first hand experience of the issues met by people with mental health problems
  • actively seeking and maintaining funding relationships with statutory services including Durham County Council and the NHS, together with trusts and foundations   

4. Encourage people to become independent of the service by promoting recovery pathways in partnership with other service providers by:

  • (additional to the education courses) providing courses that assist and support people with 'moving on' from Waddington Street
  • engaging with partner organisations to ensure that people have the necessary information and services in place to improve their health and wellbeing and achieve their aspirations    
  • developing further partnerships with other organisations including the County Durham Recovery College so as to provide additional opportunities and choice for people who use Waddington Street 

5. Provide a service that is able to contribute to the mental health agenda at both a local and national level by:

  • engaging with agencies and networks responsible for health and wellbeing across County Durham
  • participating within the mental health agenda in the county at a strategic level through the County Durham Mental Health Partnership Board and its working groups
  • promoting the work of Waddington Street and other voluntary sector organisations through meetings with local politicians and corresponding with national government on issues affecting people with mental health problems
  • engaging with the local public health agenda and campaigning for the provision of free first step non accredited education for vulnerable people as a priority 
  • engaging with the local and national lifelong learning agenda and promoting the continued provision of free first step non accredited education for vulnerable people   

Action Plan Objectives 2015/18

There are 10 aims that have been identified by Trustees and Staff that are to be actioned during the period using SMART objectives i.e. Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time related. Further information is available in the Centre's annually reviewed Business Development Plan Action Plan.

  1. Resolution of the Centre's existing financial deficit position
    The Centre's trustee board are working on a number of ways in which to address the current management account financial deficit and to increase the amount of unrestricted income to bolster the Centre's reserves position
  2. Improve communication links between the Centre and its partner agencies whilst at the same time developing a coherent marketing strategy
    Improvement of the way the Centre communicates through both traditional and electronic means with its many stakeholders. A variety of marketing products and promotional literature both paper based and electronic will be developed
  3. Further development of the evidence base of the benefits of learning activities at WSC
    Increased use of review meetings with clients and a programme of service user surveys, focus meetings and research projects to further develop the evidence base
  4. Work more closely with younger people with mental health problems
    The Centre will work proactively with partner organisations to increase the number of younger people receiving support from the Centre either directly or indirectly
  5. The development of co-production principles within all parts of the Centre's operation
    There will be an increase in service user supported involvement at all levels in the Centre e.g. company membership, trustee board, supporting in all areas
  6. Development of a recovery focused approach with all the people who use all the Centre's services
    The Centre staff and volunteers will be more proactive in promoting recovery principles within the Centre with service users in line with other initiatives that are being developed and rolled out within the county 
  7. Extension into permanent Saturday opening (6 day working) on an  open access / self referral basis
    With the development of courses on a Saturday in 2014 there will be a drive to find funding to extend the Centre's weekend service provision
  8. Investment in the people who work in the business: staff, volunteers, trustees
    External training courses and visits with the intention of adding to an individual's personal development will be sourced for staff and volunteers, to be run concurrently with internal staff / volunteer informal development sessions
  9. The provision of an advocacy service for service users to decision makers
    Identified service user issues to be fed through by management to strategic group meetings and decision makers with responses being communicated back to Centre service users
  10. Engagement with the local community
    Increased Centre activity in the local community aimed towards promoting the work of the Centre and developing ties with businesses and faith groups

Mental Health Facts:

  • 1 in 4 people will suffer some form of mental health problem during the course of their lives - Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • 1 in 6 working age adults experience diagnosable mental health problems  (e.g. depression, anxiety etc.) at any given time - Royal College of Psychiatrists 
  • Around a quarter of all the drugs prescribed by the NHS are for mental health problems - Department of Health
  • Total NHS expenditure on healthcare for mental illness amounts to some 14 billion pounds a year - Centre for Economic Performance (2012)
  • Total non-NHS cost of adult mental illness to the Exchequer is around 28 billion pounds a year - Dame Carol Black (2008)
  • Good mental health is associated with good physical health and longevity - Chida & Steptoe (2008)
  • Mental illness adds to inequality - people with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than those without - Parks, Svendsen & Singer (2006) 
  • By 2020, depression will be second only to chronic heart disease as an international health burden - The World Health Organisation

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Course Timetable for Autumn 2017 Term now available
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