Our Community Hubs across London offer access to a changing monthly programme of activities and group support.
The hubs mean different things to different people. For some, they offer a reason to get up in the morning, to wash and dress and have a hot meal. It can be a much-needed source of social contact, reducing the isolation that often accompanies mental illness.
Attending a hub can also support the development of practical skills. The hub programme of groups and activities cover a wide range of needs, for example, developing strategies to manage mental health, social skills and creative activity. For some people, the hubs bridge the gap between mental health services and social inclusion.
The hubs are accessible to the whole community. Shabbat and festival meals take place in our hubs, as well as opportunities for Jewish learning. Over the past few years we have been supported by communities and individuals from across the Jewish spectrum, from the Charedi, Orthodox, Masorti, Reform and Progressive congregations.
Our hubs offer a sense of hope and possibility. Our multi-skilled staff teams provide person-centred support to individuals and groups, helping people to work towards their goals and personal recovery journeys.
Jami services, delivered across all four hubs include:
- Befriending– helping people recovering to take the first steps towards meeting new people, re-discover old hobbies and develop new interests.
- Carers and family support– one to one support; support groups during the day or evening; plus information and guidance.
- Independent living– enables people to re-learn key skills following an episode of poor mental health – such as washing and cleaning, cooking and budgeting. We also provide tenancy maintenance support and advice.
- Physical Fitness– we recognise the vital link between physical and mental health. Sessions on stress management, diet and maintaining physical health and wellbeing are available at all hubs.
Each Jami hub is supported by a Centre Co-ordinator, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker and Peer Support Worker.
We actively encourage Jami service users to get involved with the activities run in the hubs, from leading groups to co-facilitating sessions. For example:
- The weekly creative writing group at Edgware is led by a service user who first came to Jami two years ago by hospital transport. He went on to join the group, and as his confidence grew, he became the group facilitator.
- A football tournament consisting of six sessions, was led by a service user and staff member in Redbridge. They both encouraged people to join the team and coordinated the events. They organised practice sessions outside the tournament itself and encouraged both staff and service users to be more active and participate in activity together.