Guideposts Mental Health Services in Watford have been as busy as ever in the past few months supporting people with complex mental health issues to achieve a better quality of life and progress towards recovery. 

A group of 34 people have been able to enjoy a lovely trip to Nash Mills Boatyard where they caught a canal barge for a daytrip in the glorious sunshine. The passengers and crew enjoyed a picnic, a quiz and a chance to socialise and chat with friends on the calm, peaceful journey along the canal. For people who live with mental health difficulties busy, noisy environments can be very overwhelming. These days out offer the beneficiaries a valuable chance for people to meet others who understand the challenges they face. They take place in a calming, relaxed environment supported by people who are trained to help them on the road to recovery. 

We also supported a group of 12 people in our Aspirations group to go Bowling for the evening. Aspirations social group has been set up as part of a course that helps to develop the social skills of people living with Asperger's Syndrome.

Asperger's Syndrome makes social interaction and non-verbal communication especially challenging and can often result in those living with the condition struggling with isolation. These funded evenings out mean that the group can socialise in a supported environment that would not otherwise be available to them. 

This is a wonderful reminder of the difference Henry Smith House, our Mental Health Services Centre in Watford, makes in the lives of people with Mental health problems,  particularly as we celebrate the 25 years of its opening this year. 

Opened by Prunella Scales on 15th September 1992, Henry Smith House has been able to help many people with mental ill health and their carers over the years. 

Thanks to our dedicated team of staff and volunteers, the Centre supports over 150 people every year to progress confidently towards recovery. All support is carefully tailored to people individual needs and aspirations and the activities on offer are very diverse ranging from therapeutic, healthy living, social to befriending activities.   

Our service beneficiaries, staff, volunteers as well as many supportive members of the Watford and Hertfordshire community have come together to attend a heartwarming celebration opened by Councillor Jagtar Singh Dhindsa. Heartfelt and informative speeches on the Centre's history were followed by a vibrant and colourful display of Kathak Indian dance and some beautiful music by the Henry Smith House choir and Jackie Chandler. 

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the day such an incredible success and to all those who make Henry Smith House such a special place for so many people.

To read about the work Henry Smith House has been doing over the last few months please click here.  

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To find out more about the services offered by Henry Smith House and how to get in touch with them please go see their page on our website > https://www.guideposts.org.uk/henry-smith-house