Many thanks to Eli Beckett, Fundraising & Partnership Executive, and Clive Stone, CEO, for a fascinating introduction to ‘Making Life Work with Mental Illness’. The well-equipped centre in Walnut Tree Close (just past the train station in Guildford centre) is certainly a place of calm, quiet and obvious welcome; but at the same time a hive of activity. The upholstery workshop, run by Steve, Master Upholsterer, and his team (above), was a revelation and produces work of the highest quality.
The 30 staff and 60 volunteers at Oakleaf also run workshops in IT and music, as well as numerous interactive sessions such as pilates – all whilst maintaining a Safe Haven and even providing food and refreshments. Lynne and volunteer David provide excellent coffee, as you can see! Watch out for photos of the presentation of IT Certificates to the proud graduates of the IT course – coming soon courtesy of Eli’s impressive photographic abilities. Outreach activity is also thriving and delivers socially inclusive events and opportunities for around 2,000 clients across Surrey. Great impact!