Mental Wealth Academy
The Mental Wealth Academy is an innovative new project supporting 16-25 year olds, who are falling through gaps created by transition pathways from CAMHS to Adult Mental Health services. As part of this innovative project, families will also be supported to enable them to work with their children and young people to recover from mild – moderate mental health issues. The Mental Wealth Academy model includes partners; Ark T, Oxfordshire MIND, Oxfordshire Youth, SOFEA and BYHP and the work is characterised by an aspirational, co-productive approach with the aim of reducing health inequalities, increasing resilience and improving life chances.
SOFEA’s Transition Wellbeing Practitioner Niki Smith delivers 1:1 support to young people using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques and Solution Focused Approaches; tailoring each session specifically to the differentiated needs of each young person. The aim of these sessions are to support and encourage young people to overcome barriers created by mental health issues.
At SOFEA we have recognised that for many people entering or re-entering the labour market can be very challenging. We understands that the barriers people face are sometimes deep rooted psychological issues that need to be managed before progress into employment can be successful. We have the skills and expertise to provide and end to end service, our approach is to provide wellbeing and psychological support alongside access to work experience and skill building. Our partnership with health agencies and our internal expertise will ensure that the right support is available.
Our employability programmes offer work experience opportunities in our warehouse to develop skills and build confidence, the addition of vocational training alongside an individual and personalised support plan to meet need, provides a comprehensive package to ensure each participant is able to gain skills and progress.
We have a number of different referral routes, to discuss the programmes in more detail or to make a referral please contact us below.
Social prescribing, also sometimes known as community referral, is a growing movement connecting people with a wide range of non-clinical programmes, services and support in their local community. This service is offered by SOFEA’s Link Workers Selina and Theresa who work with the Didcot PCN.
Social Prescribing offers huge advantages to both patients and health professionals by freeing up more time for them to spend with other patients whose problems are more specifically medical, whilst the Social Prescriber Link Worker takes the time to get to know and understand the needs of their patient with a view to offering the support they need.
Social prescribing improves outcomes for people by giving more choice and control over their lives and an improved sense of belonging.