Synergy is a peer-led space for connection, community, recovery, inclusion and creative expression. It is a place to feel at home, to spend time with others, to be creative and enjoy a nourishing tasty meal. Come along and find about us!
Synergy develops the potential of members to improve mental health and physical well-being through the use of creative arts, peer support, workshops and nutrition.
We are a mutually supporting group. We all have mental health issues, or an interest in mental health issues. We run Synergy for and by ourselves, independent of NHS or Social Services. This includes everything from setting up in the morning, helping with the food preparation, facilitating a workshop, through to fundraising. Our focus is on better health through creativity, mindfulness and nutrition.
The creativity-based structure of the day provides the foundation for members to socialise and gain confidence in an environment where we are all valued. We feel that this aids prevention, as well as recovery, acting as a bridge between the hospital and/or clinical services and the wider community. It can help to reduce the risk of isolation and hospital admittance rates, and also helps to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health.
We all know where the person is coming from and there is a huge acceptance and a huge amount of patience and a huge amount of understanding. This is how Synergy deals with those situations.MarySynergy Member
It’s somewhere I can come however bad I am feeling. The peer-support I get, there are people who can empathize because we are going through similar things at the same time. I don’t feel so alone.SueSynergy Member
Synergy has a wonderful way of allowing that creativity and knowledge slowly come out to be nurtured and grow.ScottSynergy Member
That’s why Synergy is good because it does provide that bridge back into the community. When you first come out of hospital you are very aware, consciously or subconsciously that something strange has gone on. It’s nice to know you can go to this environment where there is no stigma and that is so important, so important.MarylynSynergy Member
Our Partners & Supporters
Principles of Peer Support Charter
A collaboration between statutory and voluntary sector organisations across Sussex has facilitated the production of a peer led and produced Principles of Peer Support Charter. The Charter aims to promote the principles of peer support and the varied settings and diversity of approaches across communities. The overall aim was to achieve a cross sector approach to establishing principled ways of working in peer support and participation across Sussex. Download The Peer Support Charter and Poster www.nsun.org.uk/peer-support-charter