Waddington Street Centre, an independent charity, was established 30 years ago in Durham City. The Centre's aims are to deliver effective support and meaningful opportunities to people with mental health needs. We aim to help people live fulfilling lives in the community by offering opportunities for personal development, social interaction, and by supporting recovery. We are also committed to countering stigma and discrimination.
Mission Statement: Effective Mental Health support through LIFE SKILLS and OPPORTUNITIES
The Centre offers a wide range of informal learning based activities, supported by New College Durham and volunteer tutors. These activities including a Health Trainer service support personal development and recovery, and help to reduce isolation and social exclusion. There are over 30 activities/courses per week ranging from psychology to cookery, from football to glass workshops.
In addition the Centre has a Housing section offering accommodation and floating support services to mental health service users and a caravan that is available to let for low cost holidays to people using mental health services in County Durham.
The Centre's objectives are:
Establishing and promoting any charitable purpose in order to support people with mental health needs This will be undertaken primarily through the provision and management of a resource centre and support for independent living The charity's beneficiaries are principally people living in County Durham Our Values
A person centred approach - Everyone is important to us: those who work for us and use our services; people in the local community; supporters and carers. Respecting individuality and diversity - We value difference and want everyone to be treated with personal dignity and respect, free from discrimination or harassment. We believe everyone has a positive contribution to make to wider society. Quality driven, open, honest and transparent - We aim for high standards in all we do. This means that our business will be conducted with openness, honesty and accountability. We aim to be efficient and effective. Positive about partnerships - We invest in genuine partnership working, striving to create new alliances and new opportunities to help us achieve our aims.