Our Community

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.

View our Synergy flyer or a testimonial of one member’s experience to learn more.

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

Recent News

One-day event celebrating the power of thought-provoking storytelling

Being the Story is a an immersive storytelling day which gives a platform to extraordinary individuals with lived experiences who are creating change through their work.

Date: 19 October
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: Conway Hall in London

Who is it for?
The Being the Story experience is for people working in or for the charity sector or socially-minded individuals who are interested in the power of storytelling and the impact it can have to challenge prejudice, reframe narratives, raise awareness, engage supporters and generate funds.

People attending will include: CEOs and senior management; communications, digital, campaign and marketing staff; funders, fundraisers, service users and expert citizens; frontline/outreach staff; staff working in CSR for corporate organisations, change-makers who want to develop the confidence to share their own personal story; and journalists.

How will it help you?
The organisers say you will leave the event with:
» an understanding of the power of storytelling
» ideas for how to tell your organisation's story differently, with more authenticity, to build trust and to encourage supporters to take action
» inspiration about how to gather stories and find new creative ways to share them
» confidence to share your own experiences, or support others to do so
» connections and potential future partnerships
» inspiration – you may be challenged by what you hear, perhaps feeling angry or moved, but you will be engaged and motivated.

For more information and to book a place, please visit the website



The care programme approach - time to move on?

The Care Programme Approach (CPA) model is nearly 30 years old. Ideas about rehabilitation, service user involvement and recovery have undergone seismic changes during this time.

This event will explore whether the life of the CPA come to a natural end.

With evidence showing strongly that service users thrive using the Recovery model, is it time to discard the old ways and embrace a new recovery framework for care planning in mental health?

Date: 01 November
Time: 09:30am - 04:00pm
Venue: City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

For more information and to book a place, please click here
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World Mental Health Day in London

DETAIN ● RESTRAIN ● INJECTIONS
● PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS !
18:00 PM - NO tickets exist - ticket NOT required

Put on your thermals (or body warmer) and come and enjoy the FREE soapbox about MENTAL HEALTH experiences on WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY at a (TEMPORARY) SPEAKERS CORNER in London.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy listening or speaking, as an individual, whether mentally ill or not - look forward to seeing you!

Date: 10 October
Time: 06pm - 08pm
Venue: Speakers' Corner, Cumberland Gate (corner of Park Lane), W1H 7EL Hyde Park (by Marble Arch), United Kingdom

For more information, please visit this page
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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