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Moving Forward helps anyone in South Tyneside who has experienced mental health issues to get back on their feet.

For full information, please visit Moving Forward’s website at www.movingforward-northeast.co.uk.

Who is the service for?

We’re here for adults in South Tyneside who have experienced mental health issues.

The support we offer

We can help you to:

  • Rediscover your self-confidence.
  • Learn new skills, or rediscover old interests.
  • Build a stronger social network and have more people to spend time with.
  • Get back into education or training.
  • Find paid or voluntary work.

Our team can help you to find activities in the community that match your interests and aspirations. Your Link Worker will help you find the right activity at the right time and place for you. Our Link Workers all have a vast amount of knowledge of what’s out there!

We can also help you to set up your own interest group, if one does not already exist. The activities can be anything from spending a day walking in the countryside, to sharing a cup of coffee with a new group of friends, or joining a pub quiz team.

We have a variety of courses and support on offer if you would like to gain new skills, brush up on previous knowledge, or take steps to getting back to work.

We run our own courses, but can also give you advice and support to find the right starting point for activities in your community.

We can support you with everything from learning how to use a computer, to improving confidence and assertiveness, or starting a course at college.

How to access the service

If you live in South Tyneside, you can refer yourself using the contact details below.

Telephone: 0191 427 0011
Email: mfst@mentalhealthconcern.org
Text: 07594 154768

If you are a professional and would like to refer someone to us, the process is the same for people referring themselves. However, we will ask you for some additional information, including risk assessment, to start this process off.

Please just contact us either via telephone, or secure email at southtyneside.movingforward@nhs.net.

What happens next

You will be allocated a Link Worker, who will make contact with you as soon as possible. They will arrange to meet you either online or at a community venue near to where you live.

Your Link Worker will then work with you to create a plan to help you to achieve your goals and aspirations.

This could be one-to-one practical help, accompanying you to the first few sessions of a college course, or telephone advice about things in the community that you might like or find helpful.

  • I surprised myself with the ability to go, and how I wanted to keep going; it gave me a feeling of self-worth again.

  • I felt like I was making a contribution – not just to society, but to other people’s lives – and that I had a purpose again.

  • The other thing the volunteering gave: it gave me back hope. It gave me that belief that the future could be better than the present was.

  • I always walk out the door and feel like I’ve done something, I’ve accomplished something, and I’ve helped someone.