The Social Hub is a face-to-face social support network, set up and run by a charity called Starfish Services Limited, registration number 1146237, who run projects nationwide to help people improve their mental health. This is a project with a difference, a fresh way to address mental health by actually instead focusing on social health. There is more and more evidence emerging that improving your social health, i.e. getting out of the house, socialising and engaging in simple enjoyable activities, improves your mental health too so we offer a simple programme of activities where socialising is the focus, as we know this builds confidence, self-esteem and social skills, whilst at the same time reducing feelings of anxiety and improving mood.
The activities you engage in are suggested and chosen by you. This could be as simple as having a cuppa and a chat - the main aim is to get out and socialise. Also don’t worry if you don’t feel you are very good at socialising as this is why we are here. This is a safe space to be sociable with others who find the whole socialising thing difficult. You can take it at your own speed knowing that there are trained peer mentors and Recovery Practitioners on hand who know what it feels like, because they’ve been there themselves- they know the kind of struggles, fears and anxieties socialising and getting “out there” causes and that’s why they are ready to help if you need that extra bit of support. You can even have some one-to-ones and our small “welcome” group to help get you to the stage of attending groups so you feel safe and secure making those first few steps back into the social world.
The Social Hub is here to help you feel comfortable and confident in social situations so you can go out and lead the kind of life you’ve always wanted to. So, if you feel lonely, isolated, anxious, low in mood or lack confidence in socialising then make that first step today by getting in contact with us. Make that change today and get the social life you deserve. You won’t regret it. Read on to find out more about what the Social Hub can offer you.