The doors have opened to a trailblazing new ‘safe space’ in Leighton Buzzard for anyone with mental health concerns.
The Lighthouse, a service inspired by carers and service users and led by trained volunteers, launched on April 23.
It will run for a three-month trial period from Whichello’s Wharf in The Elms, Stoke Road.
The launch event was held to promote the new service and to publicly thank all of the people who have taken the project from an idea to reality.
“This is a genuine partnership project with carers and service users,” said Jane Kelly, Trust’s Clinical Lead for Recovery.
“They provided the ideas, the energy and the determination to help make The Lighthouse a reality. It is a privilege to work alongside such honest, passionate and brilliant individuals.”
The Lighthouse is open every Tuesday and Friday from 5.30-8.30pm. It is free and open to anyone who wants to attend.
The team of trained Lighthouse volunteers and qualified health professionals will provide support, advice and - if needed - signposting to a range of services in Bedfordshire.
They can help everyone from those feeling lonely or isolated, people with worries about practical issues like applying for benefits, those who want support as part of their recovery, or anyone who feels they are close to or experiencing a mental health crisis.
The service will be reviewed at the end of three months to understand what people have been using the service for, so it can be further focused and developed.
The group chose The Lighthouse as their logo as:
Lighthouses symbolise the way forward and help in navigating our way through rough waters whether the waters be financial, personal, business or spiritual in nature. Nothing speaks of safety and security in the face of adversity and challenges quite like the lighthouse does.