Welcome to the Young Adult Advice & Support Project (YASP for short) bit of Manchester Mind's website.
You can check out our new video of he YASP Cafe by clicking here.
There are lots of things going on within the YASP project.
Befriending and mentoring:
Would you like to get out more or try new things but aren’t sure how? Perhaps you want to go back to college, meet new friends, try an activity, be a volunteer or find out what is going on in your area.
Manchester Mind has befrienders and mentors who can help you get out more and find activities you would enjoy. You would be matched with a befriender or mentor who will help you work towards your goals. Your first appointment will be at YASP so you can meet and get to know the volunteer who will be helping you. Appointments after this are in public places anywhere in Manchester (local cafés, community centres etc). All volunteers are aged 15-25 and have been CRB checked and fully trained. You can make a referral using our referral pack which you can find in our "About us" page.
We offer an advice service to help you sort out any difficulties with housing, benefits and debts. These can all be really stressful and difficult problems to sort out by yourself, so if you want advice or some help with any of these issues, drop-in on a Wednesday afternoon (see groups and drop-ins) or give us a ring and ask to be referred to a caseworker. Alternativly, you can make a referal using our referral pack which you can find in our "About us" page.
If you think talking to someone might help you try and sort your head out, you can refer yourself to the YASP counsellor. You can arrange a session just to see whether you think counselling might help. If you think it might, further sessions can then be arranged. Alternativly, you can make a referal using our referral pack which you can find in our "About us" page.
If you are at a loose end, want to make friends, learn new skills or just have a coffee and a healthy meal then come and see what is going on in the cafe.It is somewhere that you can come and hangout. You can use our computers for free (£0.00!); word processing or surfing the web all for nought.You can also get some tasty nutritious grub for cheap (£3 for those with jobs, £1.50 for those who haven't).
On top of that there are opportunities for people to volunteer in the kitchen to increase their skills and confidence. (Referals to volunteering can also me made using the referral pack).
If you're not already sitting in our lovely café you can find us on Stockport Road in Levenshulme, in easy reach from the city centre (on the 192 bus route). Want to know more? Check out our other web pages by following the links on the left.
We run regular volunteer and befriender induction training courses. Training takes place over 3 sessions. This fun training is free and lunch is provided.
The training is fun and requires little writing. The course will train you on how to be a befriender at YASP. However, the training would be of interest to anyone wanting to volunteer for a charity or to find out more about health and social care.
The topics to be covered include: boundaries, communication skills, basic mental health awareness, diversity and confidentiality. If you attend all 3 sessions then you will receive a certificate.
For further information or to book a place, contact us on 0161 221 3054 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th February 2013 (10am-4pm).
Monday 8th, Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April 2013 (10am-4pm).
Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th May (10am-4pm).
YASP works in partnership with service users to promote skills, improve service delivery and to guide future development. There is a service user group, Raising Our Voice, which meets monthly with the Manchester Mind Inclusion & Development Worker. This ensures that the whole Charity benefits from the knowledge, skills, experience and input of the people who use the services. A quarterly newsletter publicises the work of Raising Our Voice and includes contributions and views of the people who use Manchester Mind services.
As you can see there is a lot going on at YASP and all aimed at supporting and promoting good mental health - important for all of us.