The Springboard is an informal peer support group designed to help people get the support and advice they need to make progress in their recovery. Sessions offer users a safe and welcoming space in which to discuss their situation and get the information and support they need to make positive changes, try new approaches and identify services which can help them..

    The Springboard offers:

    • a warm friendly atmosphere
    • trained volunteers available to offer support, advice and information 
    • encouragement and support to try new things
    • the opportunity to make friends
    • the chance to talk to people who have lived experience of mental health issues

    There are often activities taking place and we have in the past put on taster sessions in art and drama therapy as well as dance and exercise sessions, hand massage, crafts and creative writing. You can try your hand at some of these things and maybe get some inspiration to try something new! 

    During lockdown we organised a series of walks and talks to keep people safely connected and active - physically and socially. We managed to get local experts to lead the walks - both virtual and actual - and they were able to tell attendees about local history, architecture and community. 

    Trying new things in safe spaces/ environments with trusted staff and volunteers can give people the confidence they need to overcome barriers to engagement elsewhere and volunteers will encourage people to get involved and support them to take the first steps.

    We occasionally arrange for speakers to come and address the group, to introduce new local services and talk about health care issues so there's always something on offer to inspire and motivate users of the service.

    Springboard sessions take place at different venues across the city. 

    Central Springboard - The Wellbeing Centre, 110 Sharrow Lane, Sheffield, S11 8AL

    Manor Springboard - Arbourthorne Community & Centre, 33A Edenhall Road, Sheffield S2 2LD

    The Learning Zone, 320 Wordsworth Avenue, Parson Cross, Sheffield, S5 9NL

    If you would like to find out more about the Springboard call 0114 258 4489 or email the Project Coordinator [email protected]