Oakleaf has been helping the community to manage its mental ill-health since 1995. Following the Care in the Community Act 1990, an occupational therapy unit at the old local Victorian asylum, Brookwood Hospital, closed and relocated to Guildford. The charity was registered in 1997 and has been led by its Chief Executive, Clive Stone, ever since.
The charity’s aim is to transform the lives and futures of adults managing their mental ill-health and help them secure the skills, confidence and training needed to return to the workplace. This pathway is delivered via 3 main focuses: Work-Related Training, Wellbeing Activities & Courses, and Counselling Services.
To improve the lives of people managing mental ill-health in Surrey.
To promote awareness and reduce stigma.
Depression including: Postnatal SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) | Manic Depression | (Bipolar Affective Disorder) | Schizophrenia | Paranoia | Obsessive Compulsive Disorder | Psychosis | (Inc. drug induced) | Anxiety | Phobias | Eating Disorders | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Autistic Spectrum Condition-Asperger’s | Personality Disorders | (Borderline (Emotional Intensity), Histrionic, Narcissistic, Avoidant, Dependent)
“My time at Oakleaf has meant so much more to me than learning to upholster furniture. I have made some good friends and learnt that it is okay to talk about how I am feeling”
“Since being at Oakleaf, I feel it has improved my anxiety and confidence”
“Oakleaf is such a friendly and inclusive place to be. At times, when I have been struggling with my mental wellbeing the staff have been really supportive”
“Oakleaf has given me new interests and a reason to go out”
“Oakleaf helps with my mental positivity and physical mobility. It helps me to relax more around people”
“Oakleaf is a reason to get out of bed, it’s given me the confidence to try new things and learn new skills”
“I have felt supported by Oakleaf through a difficult period”
“Oakleaf has improved my confidence at work and is preparing my future career as a gardener”
“Oakleaf has saved me and allowed me to get out one day a week, that keeps me going and I don’t want to leave. I consider Oakleaf my sanctuary!”
"Oakleaf is a valuable venture and so needed. I would miss the life that Oakleaf helps me to live”
“I have felt less isolated and gained confidence”