Our vision for the future
By 2015, when the Castel Hospital is finally closed, The L’vaïr Project aims to have a centrally located, easily accessible building, or part of a building, in St Peter Port with a ground floor cafe area that serves as a drop-in centre for all. It would also have a small retail area for the sale of art and crafts made by service users, to raise funds for the charity.
We hope the space is big enough to accommodate a multi-purpose room that can be used as a common room by service users, and for group therapy sessions run by service professionals, bringing mental health services out into the community.
Information would be available in the form of leaflets on mental health problems and trained service users would always be present to ‘host’ the drop-in aspect of the cafe and to talk to members of the public seeking help, guidance or advice.
- To provide a community-based drop-in service for people with mental health problems, whether or not they are Mental Health Service users.
- To help remove the stigma associated with mental health problems by providing a non-professional contact point for people not using the Mental Health Service; to offer them advice on ‘first steps’ to obtain help and accompany them if required. This service is provided by Mental Health Service users who have had the appropriate counselling training, with back-up from Health and Social Services Department staff.
- To organise and fund or subsidise outings to provide increased social inclusion for Mental Health Service users.