Together is a national charity working alongside people with mental health issues on their journey to leading fulfilling and independent lives.
We aspire to a world where each individual can play their part in breaking down the barriers that exist around mental health through ignorance and lack of understanding
We believe that people with mental health issues benefit from leading their own lives and shaping the services they receive
We promote our conviction that the best mental health services are delivered in partnership with the people we work alongside
By working intensively with each and every person, focusing on their hopes and needs, we can support them in building a positive and meaningful future for themselves – however long it takes.
Who we are:
Today we work with around 4,000 adults a month, the majority of whom are building a positive future for themselves whilst living with complex and recurring mental health issues. Together has around 100 different projects providing a variety of services.
We remain true to the principles of our founder in 1879, whilst constantly adapting to meet changing needs and aspirations.
We support people on their own journey towards mental wellbeing – helping them with aspects of life getting a place to live, finding work, making friends, building self-esteem and playing an active role in their community.
Together does this through providing a range of services to meet the different needs of people with mental health issues. This includes residential support, day services, advocacy and work in courts and probation services.
How we do it:
The people who use our services are at the heart of everything we do. They contribute to every aspect of our work because we believe the best services are influenced and delivered in partnership with those who use them. This approach, which we call Service User Involvement, is what makes Together unique.
- Service User Involvement Directorate: Made of up staff with personal experience of the mental health system who develop roles in the planning, delivery and leadership of our services
- Day services for over 1,000 people a month, including drop-in services, social and befriending networks
- One to one support for people living in the community; helping them to live independent lives and linking them into local community, volunteering, training and employment initiatives
- Advocacy services in local communities, and also in specialist and secure hospitals
- Work with the courts and probation services to make sure people in the criminal justice system with mental health problems are appropriately supported – reducing the harmful impact of being locked up and breaking the cycle of re-offending
- Accommodation: finding people places to live, helping them keep their homes and offering 24-hour residential support with the aim of encouraging increased independence.