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Support, Encourage, Enable

Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing



We deliver a range of therapeutic services (for example counselling and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) across East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.   We offer a limited counselling service at our Blackpool and Preston Centres. We adhere to the practices set out in the BACP ethical framework.

We also deliver a number of additional innovative services to support emotional wellbeing. These include therapeutic training through our MindFit programme and by delivery of a range of courses for local 'recovery college' activity.  We also support a growing network of peer led peer support activity to aid ongoing recovery.

Our Community Wellbeing Service activity extends elements of our therapeutic support - including one to one therapy, therapeutic training and support groups -  to men and the wider community through outreach, out of hours and off site provision.  Our out of hours (appointment based) provision is offered on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings across a number of our sites for both men and women.

Our therapeutic services are commissioned under the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies framework (IAPT) and work to increase access to evidenced based talking therapies for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

95% of clients stated that they felt involved in making choices about their treatment and care, with 84% agreeing that they got the help that mattered to them.

- Source: Patient Experience Questionnaire 16/17

Current Projects:

One to One Therapeutic Provision (IAPT)

Lancashire Women's Centres provide a range of therapeutic services, including counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which are commissioned under the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies umbrella. 

We also offer specific therapeutic interventions for perinatal mental health including, 1-1 for both Mum and Dad and Couples therapy. 

Currently this service is available for people living in East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen.  We currently only have a limited counselling service available in Blackpool and Preston.

To read more about this service and the type of support we can offer click here or read our blog.

You do not need a professional referral into this service and we welcome self-referrals.

(We have evening and weekend appointments available in some locations.)

Just ring your nearest centre to arrange an appointment. 

Living Well - IAPT Long Term Conditions

The Living Well Programme offers support for men and women who have a long term physical health condition such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, IBS, arthritis, cancer, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The programme runs across Pennine Lancashire from a number of community venues and GP surgeries and consists of 1-1 and group support.

We understand that receiving a diagnosis of a long term condition can be worrying. You may have questions about how this will impact on you, your family, your relationships and your work. You may also experience feelings of anxiety as you come to terms with what this means.

Living Well uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and aims to help you to improve your wellbeing and how you feel about your condition and how it affects your life. The programme helps to challenge negative thoughts, improve low mood and calm anxiety. We can also work on poor sleep, relaxation and motivation.

For more information please contact the Living Well team on: 07434716256

To make a referral email: Referrals@LivingWellLancs.org

For more information contact: Rebecca Steele.

Peer Support

We support a growing network of peer facilitated group activity which provides opportunities for peer support to improve emotional well-being and to foster social inclusion.  These groups provide a range of activity to support well-being including therapeutic art, transsexual support, recovery from depression, social activities and 'drop in' activity.  To find out more about these groups and when they meet click the groups page here.

MindFit - Training to Support Emotional Wellbeing

Our MindFit programme of therapeutic courses is a carefully designed progression package which leads individuals to improved wellbeing. 

MindFit has been developed to provide a voyage of self discovery, with learners progressing carefully through a series of 5 week long courses.  

Courses in the programme include:

The Planner - the first steps to feeling  happier, welcome and at ease in a small group. 

The Journey -  supporting you to feeling stronger, more confident and assertive. 

The Prize  - adding the final touches and polishing new skills to achieve lasting positive changes.

In addition, we are able to offer further Mind Fit courses of varied lengths and which are designed to offer additional targeted support where needed, for example therapeutic art courses and mindfulness workshops.

If you're unsure which course is for you we have a Pre Course Questionnaire that can be accessed here

Read Moya's Blog or email Moya O'Hagan, Learning and Development Manager 

BodyFit - Training to Support Physical Wellbeing

A pilot programme developed in partnership with Lancashire Sport. BodyFit provides an opportunity for women to get involved in a range of physical activities from walking to Zumba!  

To find out what is on at your local centres and when our sessions take place click the relevant centre/session.

Community Wellbeing Service

Lancashire Women's Centres coordinate a network of voluntary sector organisations who together work under the umbrella of Community Wellbeing.  We are currently commissioned by NHS East Lancashire CCG to deliver an integrated Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) counselling service across East Lancashire.

This partnership provides a range of therapeutic services for recovery, continued well-being and individual development and is provided in community settings throughout East Lancashire.  Provision includes one to one therapy, counselling, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioners, High Intensity Therapy and our Mind-Fit programme of group sessions.

Individuals, both men and women, can self-refer into this service, or be referred by a health professional with their consent.

Commissioned Outreach

We are pleased to provide counselling and therapeutic services for a number of local partners, including Children's Centre's and community projects.  To find out more about buying in our therapeutic services to support your service users please contact Liz Islam (Business Development Manager) or click here.

I would like to thank  you so much for getting me back to a better place and helping me to understand myself.  What a wonderful service.

- Service User Feedback

How Can I Access Support?

Improving Access to Psychological Wellbeing Provision & Community Wellbeing Service
By email: community.wellbeing@nhs.net
By telephone: 0808 280 3160

Living Well 
By email: Referrals@LivingWellLancs.org
By telephone: 07434716256

Peer Support
Contact your nearest centre to find out when activities are running.

MindFit
Contact your nearest centre to find out which courses are running in your area.
View our latest course programme here.

BodyFit
Contact your nearest centre to find out when activities are running.
View our latest course programme here.

Commissioned Outreach
By email: enquiries@womenscentre.org