Oakleaf has been helping the community to manage its mental health since 1995. Following the Care in the Community Act 1990 an occupational therapy unit at the old local Victorian asylum at 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 health and help them secure the skills, confidence and training needed to return to the workplace. This pathway is delivered via three main focuses: Work-Related Training, Wellbeing Activities, and Counselling Services.
To improve the lives of people managing their mental health in Surrey while promoting awareness around the subject and reducing stigma.
Courses in IT, Upholstery and Gardening help our clients gain new skills and qualifications, and our ‘Pathways to Work’ project provides employment guidance and coaching.
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)
We pride ourselves on the work we do and the training and support we provide for our clients. Our biggest achievements are lived through their successes.
Nominated by clients and staff members, award winners are clients recognised for their outstanding contribution towards achieving Oakleaf’s objective of improving the lives of people managing mental ill-health in Surrey.
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK.
We are so pleased to have received the award for ‘Outstanding Support in the Community’ as part of Surrey Chambers’ virtual President’s Awards during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Oakleaf has improved my confidence at work and is preparing my future career as a gardener”
“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 is a valuable venture and so needed. I would miss the life that Oakleaf helps me to live”
“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!”
"I cannot thank Oakleaf enough for the services that they provided for me and continue to provide for people who desperately need connection and support."
“Since being at Oakleaf, I feel it has improved my anxiety and confidence”
“Oakleaf helps with my mental positivity and physical mobility. It helps me to relax more around people”
“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”
“I have felt supported by Oakleaf through a difficult period”
“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 less isolated and gained confidence”
At Oakleaf, we care about the planet and the environment we live in.
This policy lays out our commitment continuously to improve our actions to decrease our environmental impact in all that we do.