ABOUT US

Who we are

Richmond Fellowship’s East Surrey Community Connections service provides support to individuals, living in Surrey, who would like support with their mental health and wellbeing.

Our Community Links Advisors can work with you on a one-to-one basis providing information, advice and guidance and informal short term support as required.

At your first appointment your Advisor will discuss your interests with you and any goals that you have. They will then work with you to develop a support plan, using the Recovery Star approach to help you to access community activities.

Your Advisor will encourage you to take practical steps to reach the goals you set and will support you to overcome any barriers you may encounter.

You will also have access to a range of wellbeing courses and peer support groups.

Who we help

Our service is available to anyone aged over 18 who lives in the Reigate and Banstead Borough Council or Tandridge District Council area and who has a mental health problem.

Getting referred

You can contact us directly or we accept referrals from community mental health teams, GPs, or any other agency currently supporting you.

Our History

At Richmond Fellowship we’re proud to have been making recovery reality for over 60 years. 

Richmond Fellowship was founded in 1959 and we’ve come a long way since those early days from the very first therapeutic community in Richmond, Surrey.  We are now one of the largest voluntary sector providers of mental health support services in England.

Our core founding belief in the concept of recovery has been the guiding light throughout our journey to the present day.

Our East Surrey Community Connections service seeks to support adults (18+) with their mental health and emotional wellbeing to connect or re-connect to their community through one-to-one support, wellbeing courses, peer support groups and activities.

We believe that recovery is a journey. We celebrate and build upon people’s successes, as well as supporting people in learning from their setbacks, to overcome any obstacles along the road to their recovery.

Ultimately, we believe in working with the people we support to empower them to take their next steps on their recovery journey.

Our Funders

Our work would not be possible without the support of our funders. The vast majority of our funding comes from the NHS Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group and Surrey County Council.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to work with the people that we support to design and deliver a service which enables people to:

  • Learn about mental and emotional wellbeing and increase self-awareness
  • Develop tools to manage their wellbeing more effectively
  • Connect or re-connect with their community and understand that they are not alone in what they are going through
  • Accept themselves for who they are
  • Feel valued and to gain or re-gain their sense of purpose and belonging

Our Values:

  • Hope: the belief that recovery is possible for every individual.

What that recovery journey looks like will be different for each person, which is why we tailor our support to meet people’s personal goals and provide support with those steps that feel a bit overwhelming.

  • Respect: valuing differences and all contributions.

Our service is designed around mutual respect. We value equality and diversity in all aspects of our work, and we hope that all the people that we support feel welcome and understood and that their contributions will be received with gratitude and appreciation.

  • Enabling: Giving people encouragement and support to achieve their goals.

We offer a service which is supportive and understanding whist also empowers people to take control of their recovery journey. Our team can offer encouragement and advise and explore options with people, but which path they take is ultimately their decision, and we will be led by them on that.

  • Inclusion: The belief that everyone has a right to participate fully in society.

We support people to identify the barriers which are preventing them from achieving their personal goals, and then take small steps towards overcoming those barriers, so that each person is able reach their goals.  Although it is important to focus on people as individuals, it is also important for us to address the wider, societal issues, which is why we are committed to educating people and challenging the stigma surrounding mental health in everything that we do.

There are three Community Connections providers in surrey, who each provide support, advice and activities for those needing help with their mental health and wellbeing.

To access our free services, you can self-refer or be referred to us by your GP, other health professional or organisation. To find out more, please follow the link below.

community connections

NHS Surrey Heartlands CCG and Surrey County Council fund and commission mental health services in Surrey – this is how Community Connections Surrey was created.

Helping people in Surrey live better and healthier lives. Surrey Heartlands Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is a GP-led organisation, responsible for planning and buying health services for the local population out of a budget of around £1.5 billion.

There are three Community Connections providers in Surrey, who each provide support, advice and activities for those needing help with their mental health and wellbeing.

Richmond Fellowship offers one-to-one support for anyone covered by East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group (Redhill, Reigate, Horley, Smallfield, Salfords, Tandridge). Our courses and events are open to anyone who is a resident of Surrey.

Our Community Connections partners cover the following areas:

Mary Frances Trust:  Surrey Downs CCG
Mole Valley, Banstead, Epsom & Ewell, East Elmbridge.

Catalyst: Guildford & Waverley CCG and North West Surrey CCG
Guildford, Waverley, Woking, Spelthorne, Surrey Heath, Runnymede, West Elmbridge.

To access our free services, you can self-refer or be referred to us by your GP, other health professional or organisation. To find out more, please follow the link in the button below.

All the online groups and activities for all the Community Connections partners are also listed on the Surrey Virtual Wellbeing Hub: www.healthysurrey.org.uk/ mental-wellbeing/adults/virtual

Our Community Connections Partners