Transforming lives & building new futures for adults managing their mental health

TRANSFORMING LIVES  & BUILDING NEW FUTURES FOR ADULTS MANAGING THEIR MENTAL-HEALTH

Based in Guildford, Oakleaf has been helping the local community manage its mental health for over 25 years

Please note: Oakleaf now supports everyone over the age of 16.

What We Do

We offer a wide range of services to our clients to empower them to gain the skills, support and confidence needed to manage their mental health and achieve their goals:

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Designed to build confidence, physical health and wellbeing; reducing isolation and loneliness.

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Courses in IT and Gardening help our clients gain the skills and qualifications needed to return to the world of work.

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Our ‘Pathways to Work’ Employment Project delivers tailored employment training and mentoring for clients.

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Clients have access to counselling sessions with our BACP-registered service to aid their recovery.

You can view Oakleaf’s main leaflet here.

Steve’s Story

Steve has faced various challenges throughout his life but always found it difficult to ask for help. During the pandemic, he caught Covid, badly affecting his physical health. He then lost his job and that alongside health concerns and a serious heart problem, meant his mental health suffered even more.

After taking steps to get help, Steve found clinical support ineffective, and ended up being passed from place to place. He felt like a ‘problem’ and didn’t trust anyone. No one was willing to fully listen or seemed to understand what he was going through, and he was at a very low place in life. He felt hopeless and couldn’t see any reason to carry on. His confidence was at an all-time low and he felt useless.

Steve was eventually referred to Oakleaf as a client and found the Upholstery course. He says, “Coming to Oakleaf has given me my self-respect back. It has saved my life”.

He looks forward to coming to Oakleaf every Tuesday to be creative, learn new skills and remember what he is capable of: “It is a time for learning but also laughter, friendship and fun; time to forget about the difficult things”.

He is gradually getting his confidence back and feels really proud of what he has achieved: “’Oakleaf has helped me beyond words. It has made me feel more human again”.

Steve also had kind words to say about Oakleaf’s Upholstery Trainer, Sarah: “Sarah is an excellent craftsperson but also really understanding, sympathetic and non-judgemental. When I talk to her it feels more like I am talking to a friend than a course leader. She gives me genuinely good advice and makes me feel safe and comfortable. I feel like one of the team!”

Steve is a little worried about ‘next steps’ once he finishes his course. However, the Oakleaf team has reassured him that if he is still in need of support, he can remain a client and access any of the other programmes we offer. He knows that being at Oakleaf keeps him well and hopes to join some of the activities available, ensuring Oakleaf remains part of his life, as long as he needs it.

Oakleaf’s Impact in 2023

18724

client attendances and meetings

507

clients attended an activity at Oakleaf

2180

attendances to the Guildford Safe Haven

42

clients progressed into paid or voluntary employment

62

clients gained a certificate or qualification

2025

counselling sessions delivered

Of clients feel more confident0%

Of clients feel less isolated0%

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Current News & Blog

To see our full portfolio of news, events, press releases, client and guest stories, and blogs, please click here.

  • Oakleaf is always encouraging people to share their stories and experiences in the hope it will encourage others to do the same. We would therefore like to share a story from one of our newer clients, Emz, who has f

  • The 13th-19th May is Mental Health Awareness Week for 2024, a time for increased conversations about mental health and what we can do to improve the wellbeing of ourselves and those around us. Th

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