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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Community Links South West provide services for families and individuals.

We have experienced, friendly practitioners who work alongside families and individuals in flexible ways to deliver skilled interventions which are focused and time-limited.

We also facilitate support groups which provide safe spaces to connect with others experiencing similar challenges, helping reduce feelings of isolation. In addition, we run various events throughout the year including parenting courses, and training opportunities.

You can access our Referral Form below.

Referral Form 2021 (1460 downloads ) [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_toggle title=”Families and Individuals” open=”true” el_id=”help-for-families-and-individuals”]The support offered varies greatly depending on each client’s individual need, which will be determined as part of the initial assessment process.

Typical interventions can include helping a client getting back to work after an illness or family break, or working on confidence and assertiveness skills.

Support for families can include how child development impacts on behaviour, as well as exploring strategies, tools and techniques to help families meet their challenges.

Often, we find that families experience very similar parenting issues, which we can help address with 1:1 support; alternatively, we can organise group sessions where families can explore specific challenges together. Realising that you are not the only one having difficulties can be very reassuring.

Our practitioners are also experienced in helping families through the maze of emotions experienced when parents realise that their child has additional needs. We can help them access specialist service, liaise with schools regarding any changes that may need to be made, and provide support in navigating the diagnosis process and statutory assessments.

Our services are subsidised and you may be asked to make a donation.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Counselling” open=”true” el_id=”counselling”]

Our services are subsidised but not free. You will be asked to make a contribution.

Alternatively, contact us and see whether we can help you access funding that will cover the cost of our services.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Neurodiverse Parenting Support Group” open=”true” el_id=”autism-adhd-support”]We recognise the huge value which peer support groups provide in reducing isolation, increasing awareness, and providing information for families and individuals with neuro-divergent children.

Your child does not have to have a formal diagnosis in place in order to benefit from the support on offer; in fact, since there are still considerable delays in getting a diagnosis in the area, we urge parents and carers to seek support as soon as they can.

We currently meet in Okehampton on the second Thursday of the month from 10am. We ask for a suggested donation of £2 per session to help cover cost of room hire and refreshments.

Neurodiverse-Parenting-Support-Group-Leaflet.pdf (627 downloads ) [/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Mental Health Group” open=”true” el_id=”mental-health-group”]We recognise the huge value which peer support groups provide in reducing isolation, increasing awareness, and providing strategies which can help individuals struggling with Mental Health Illness. Members of the Mental Health Peer Support Group are all currently living with, or recovering from, mental health illness.

We provide the structure and facilitator for groups, ensuring that conversations are managed in a helpful way and offering strategies which can help people manage their situation more effectively.

On occasion, we also organise for relevant organisations to come to speak to the group, such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau or the Depression and Anxiety Service. We also co-ordinate outings such as trips to the local woodlands or theatre.

Due to the nature of this group, it is not a drop in facility. Please contact us prior to attending the group, so that we can discuss your needs. We ask for a suggested donation of £2 per week to help cover the costs of room hire and refreshments.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”Befriending” open=”true” el_id=”befriending”]Loneliness is one of the biggest health concerns faced in the UK, with implications for both physical and mental health. The Befriending and Inclusion Service aims to reduce the impact that loneliness has in Okehampton and the surrounding areas. Our volunteers help vulnerable and lonely residents re-engage with the community.

Volunteers will receive comprehensive training before visiting clients in their homes.

If clients require more in-depth support, volunteers will be able to refer them into Community Links’ other services or relevant specialist services.

Community Links SW CIC is keen to hear from people who are interested in becoming a Befriender. We will ensure that you are well trained and supported in your role.[/vc_toggle][vc_toggle title=”” open=”true”][/vc_toggle][/vc_column][/vc_row]