What is Breathing Space?
Breathing Space is a community engagement project that primarily supports customers of Orbit housing association who are experiencing mental health issues. The focus is on mental wellbeing via support from recovery workers, and, where appropriate, fully trained volunteers to enable people to build connections and enhance their own sense of wellbeing. Breathing Space’s ultimate goal is to support individuals to take control of their own lives and feel empowered to contribute to their community and society.
"I look forward to this time every week when you call, it makes a lot of difference to me, knowing I can talk to you each week”
Who is eligible to access Breathing Space?
Orbit customers 18 years and older, living in Norwich, Broadland or Great Yarmouth who are experiencing low mood, anxiety, loss, feeling worried, lonely, isolated, or ‘not feeling quite right’, and are not currently receiving support from Mind services
We have limited spaces for other Norwich, Broadland or Great Yarmouth residents aged 18 years and older.
“This session has been really helpful and insightful. I don’t know how I would manage if I didn’t have you to talk to”
How can Breathing Space help?
Sorry, but the Breathing Space project can't offer general support with debt, finance and/or benefits, housing, employment or legal proceedings.
- Space and time to talk
- Advice and signposting to specialist and community services
- Individualised coaching and information sessions
- Personal goal setting and regular support
- Self-help tools to grow and develop skills and qualities
“Thank you for your kindness, I always look forward to talking to you; as you never judge me and you’re the only person I have met who seems to truly understand how I feel”
How do I access the service?
Anyone can refer a customer, with their consent, to the service, and customers can self-refer.
You can refer in three ways:
Once referred, someone at Norfolk and Waveney Mind will call you within two working days for a chat, to see if we can offer support.
- Complete the online referral form
- Call 020 8303 8932 and press option 3.
- Text 07951 497382 with name and contact details.
You may be booked in for an assessment which will take about 30-45 minutes, and we may offer further 1:1 sessions.
If we cannot offer support through Breathing Space, we will talk about other options you have for getting support.
“I’m really finding these sessions useful; they are helping me get to the bottom of why I feel the way I do and to understand myself better”