Author: Oakleaf

This #MentalHealthAwareness week, we thought we would share a story from one of our brilliant clients, Matthew with the aim of continuing the conversation surrounding mental health online while offering encouragement and support to those who might be struggling. Matthew was diagnosed with mental illness about...

We thought we would share a story from one of our lovely clients George, in the hope of reminding those of you who might struggle with your mental health that you are not alone and help is always available. George has been attending Oakleaf for three...

  The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #BreakTheBias; whether deliberate or unconscious, bias makes it difficult for women to move ahead. We therefore feel today is an opportune time to support, thank and recognise the women that make up team Oakleaf, including both...

We are extremely proud to announce that this year is Oakleaf's 25th Anniversary! For over a quarter of a century we have been working tirelessly to support adults, aged 16-67, who are struggling with their mental health in Surrey. We help clients overcome huge barriers and work with them to rebuild...

  If you would like to donate to the appeal, please click here.   Oakleaf Counselling Bursary Appeal- Please help us to support some of our most vulnerable clients At Oakleaf we offer counselling services, to help clients manage their mental ill-health and cope with difficult life events. We ask clients...

Summer 2021 Here at Oakleaf, we are very pleased to be able to continue running our 'Kickstart' Wellbeing Programme, one of our latest projects which began in January of this year to help clients' take those necessary steps towards a more positive and healthy lifestyle. While it's...

Here at Oakleaf, we encourage our clients to share their stories and experiences so others can see that they’re not alone in the challenges they’re facing: “I first heard about Oakleaf from staff at Farnham Road Hospital, who recommended it to me as a safe space...

More than 50% of households in the UK are estimated to own at least one pet. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, there has been an unprecedented increase in people seeking animal companionship to tackle feelings of isolation and anxiety. Pets have been incredibly beneficial to owners...

March 2021 We are delighted to announce a new corporate partnership between Surrey/Tyne & Wear-based C&C Group and Oakleaf. C&C Group provide market leading software solutions and products in the cloud to national UK critical infrastructure companies operating in the electricity, gas, water and the pharmaceutical sectors.  Through...

  During these extraordinary times with Covid-19 our virtual Wildlife Group has helped to form an online community for our clients. Research suggests that a thriving, wildlife-rich environment can benefit both your physical and mental health. Nature, through the role it plays in stimulating and encouraging physical activity,...

January 2021 At the start of 2020, we were delighted to hear that the award-winning Surrey-based print and packaging company, Stag Print, had chosen Oakleaf as their Charity of the Year. Little did we know they would be providing invaluable support throughout a global pandemic! With 2020...

January has earned a reputation as gloomiest month of the year. In addition to the hardships that come with a worldwide pandemic, Blue Monday is usually loaded with post-Christmas pressures, miserable weather, and the struggle, for many, of adopting a new habit or routine, deeming...

This blog is written in conjunction with Shipleys, chartered accountants and professional business advisers based in London and Godalming It's no surprise that in a world where our jobs account for most of our time, our mental health affects our working lives just as our profession can...

Blue Christmas Written by an Oakleaf client So, it’s Christmas time again, shops full of people rushing to and fro, looking for that perfect gift. There’s the hassle of defrosting the traditional Christmas turkey, which probably won’t fit in the oven despite having left it in the...

Mental Health First Aid Training: It is safe to say that the widespread Covid-19 lockdown has caused seismic changes to our daily habits and routines. Perhaps more importantly, regular sources of support like counsellors and charities are under severe strain themselves. We want to stress...

  We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting: Oakleaf Live: Virtual Spring Festival Saturday, 30th May (afternoon - evening) We are running this event to raise much-needed funds for Oakleaf and awareness around mental health in the Surrey community. While also promoting the profiles of local singers...

Client Volunteering Opportunity: Are you a current Oakleaf client? Would you enjoy working with Oakleaf’s Board of Trustees? We are looking for someone to lend a client's perspective on all things Oakleaf. To find out more about our client volunteering opportunity, please contact Lorraine Andrews, Oakleaf’s Chairperson: lorraineandrews@oakleaf-enterprise.org Why...

Covid-19 Update: Both face-to-face and virtual support is currently available. We offer wellbeing activities, work-related training, employment support, one-to-one emotional support and counselling. Oakleaf HQ is open for: A variety of wellbeing activities and groups, both online and in-person (visit our Client Calendar) IT Courses, available...

As the Covid-19 crisis continues, all face-to-face Oakleaf services are on hold until further notice. As a result, our fundraising streams are being badly impacted; from having to cancel events to businesses cutting back on staff and charitable support. We are also aware that the lack...

  For the second year in a row, Kelly's Storage Charity Events in partnership with the University of Surrey Student Union has chosen to support Oakleaf. At the inaugural Kelly's Guildford 10k, runners are invited to race from campus to town and back. They can explore the...

The start of a busy February weekend – 160 supporters and businesses put their general knowledge to the test at St. Catherine’s School in Bramley, taking part in our annual Oakleaf Quiz Night. Our quizmasters Clive Stone and Eli Beckett did a fabulous job hosting the...

It was so wonderful to see such a big turnout for our annual Oakleaf Client Christmas Party on 17th December. Christmastime can be especially tough for those struggling with mental ill-health. When it comes to the festive period, research by mental health charity Mind, found the consequences...

In celebration of World Mental Health Day, Oakleaf hosted one of its hottest fundraising challenges yet - the Oakleaf Firewalk. The theme for World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2019 was suicide prevention. Research suggests that over 800,000 people worldwide take their own life each...

The sun was shining and the crowds were out, with over 3,000 people attending Albury Music Festival on Sunday 21st July! It was a fantastic afternoon of music, showcasing many local musicians including; Ghosts, Annouska Assisi, Straight Circles, Fetcham Draught, The Jackie Lynton Band, and many...

Dame Penelope Keith, patron of Oakleaf, introduced the Guildford in Harmony concert before handing over to our emcee of the night Matt Pinches of the Guildford Shakespeare Company who presented our wonderful choirs! First to sing was Guildford Vox, with a mixture of contemporary and traditional...