Stretford and Urmston MP, Kate Green, and Warwick and Leamington Spa MP, Chris White, joint officers of the all-party parliamentary group on poverty, spent this week being an extra pair of hands for social enterprise The Big Life group which delivers training and employment and children and family services to people in Trafford. The MP's were taking part in the Inner City Challenge, a three-day placement programme, organised by the Centre for Social Justice -an independent think tank working to tackle the causes of poverty in the UK - which aims to bring MP's face to face with the real issues affecting our communities, such as getting a job, accessing training, managing finances and debt and bringing up a family.
Established in 1995, Self Help Services is a user-led mental health charity housed within the Big Life Group. We have a diverse and experienced staff and volunteer team of over 70 individuals. In addition to having personal experience of a mental health problem, many of our staff and volunteers have either been employed or are currently in employment within the statutory sector, holding positions such as counsellor, psychologist and mental health practitioner.
At Self Help Services, we value the experiences of those who have had a mental health difficulty at some point in their life. We believe in empowering individuals to put their experiences to good use by providing accessible self help initiatives in the community to help others similarly affected.
We passionately believe that it is possible to be an effective service provider/mental health professional whilst also continuing to manage personal on-going mental health difficulties.