“I am looking to study medicine and wanted more of an insight into the care and occupational therapy provided to those experiencing mental health problems and dementia. I was given a friendly show around whilst being told the roles, responsibilities and activities. I felt very welcomed and included. I was able to join in with most activities and it did make me feel like I was part of the group. I have gained more of an understanding of dementia and how to deal with people suffering from it, also I have been able to observe occupational therapy and see how this helps people with mental health problems. I enjoyed my time at Heads Up and my expectations became exceeded when I was shown the variety of activities given and the effort that the staff and volunteers go to, to make the clients experience as enjoyable and beneficial as possible. I would like to thankyou all for how welcomed you have made me feel. I have enjoyed my experience and definitely learnt a lot. Thankyou for this amazing opportunity.”
Curtis, Heads Up Student Work Experience Placement
“Heads Up has a wonderful, welcoming environment for both its clients and volunteers. There is a real sense of community and everyone looks out for each other”
“Heads Up is a unique organisation. I have been a volunteer here for just over 3 years. I have personally learnt a great deal which has helped me to be able to give support to the clients.
Heads Up offers workshops and support in a safe, caring and non judgemental environment”
“I have been living with mental illness since I was 18. I am now 49 so it has been a long and painful journey. Without the support of family and friends and mental health services, I would be dead, as at times in my life the pain of depression nearly destroyed me. 2013 was a difficult year for me, I started feeling very vulnerable and became very isolated. At times I felt totally useless and hopeless and was haunted with thoughts of suicide again. My family and mental health professionals supported me through 2013 and never gave up on me. When I started to feel ‘human’ again, they encouraged me to try and get out and do ‘stuff’ for myself. I met Bridget Harvey many years ago and have always admired her passion and energy for supporting people living with mental health issues. I came to Heads Up in the autumn of 2013 as I was interested in volunteering. When I walked into this beautiful place I felt very vulnerable and had zero confidence. Bridget spent time with me and helped me to start believing in myself again. I have been coming to Heads Up weekly since then to volunteer and feel that it has greatly improved my quality of life.”