WHO WE ARE

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 individuals aged 16+ 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 Vision, Mission & Values

Our vision us that EVERYONE can achieve a life they value

Our Mission

We work TOGETHER to achieve recovery goals

Our community-based services support the recovery and resilience of people with mental health needs, delaying or reducing the need to access more intensive services.

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

Our values capture what we stand for and believe in

We are resilient

We don’t give up; we look after our wellbeing, and we are open to adapting and changing.

We are inclusive

We recognise that people experience disadvantage and discrimination, and we strive to create an organisation
that prioritises equity of outcomes.

We are collaborative

We get alongside people to support their goals and we forge alliances in the pursuit of shared goals.

We are hopeful

We believe that everyone can achieve a life they value.​​​​​​​

Our Priorities

Quality Services

We’ll deliver and develop quality services everyone can be proud of Working Together: We’ll put people at the heart of everything we do Reach:

We’ll strengthen our presence and partnerships in the places we operate Sustainability: We’ll ensure the sustainability of the Recovery Focus Group Impact: We’ll ensure our services provide personal and social impact

Community Connections

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

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