The Geoff Ashcroft Community
We started our work in February 2006. The project was named after a local young man who took his own life after failing to find support for his mental and emotional distress. His story reflects the experience of the isolation and loneliness of many in our community struggling with emotional and mental health difficulties.
Since that time a community of members has been established, The Geoff Ashcroft Community offers a place of belonging and safety in which members can be empowered to improve their emotional and mental well-being and connect with the wider community.
Our members are people who have struggled with emotional and mental health difficulties and until engaging with the project, were isolated in their distress, struggling to find a safe, supportive structure and relationships. Many felt unable to, or did not want to engage with other services.
Through their involvement in the community, members have become less isolated and more able to connect with others. Members have been helped to re-engage with the wider community and make a positive contribution to themselves and others such as: returning to work after long-term unemployment; entering into higher education; passing their first exams; engaging in courses to learn new skills and exhibiting and selling personal artwork.
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