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Our Current Projects

Winter Pressures

The Winter Pressures Project is a Partnership between NHS Kernow (Clinical Commissioning Group) Pentreath, Valued Lives and Cornwall Mind, that aims to address the extra pressures that winter can bring to people in mental health crisis.

With a focus on the South East of Cornwall, the project will provide a link between UHP Derriford ED Psyche Liaison Team and residents of Cornwall who are in or approaching crisis.

Approximately 30 people experiencing some kind of mental health crisis who live in Cornwall present at Derriford ED per month. Many of these people require psychosocial and practical support rather than clinical support.

Cornwall Mind are treating this project as a pilot for potential future work through the Crisis Alternatives Transformation Initiative to gather data about what works well and what doesn’t. It is funded for 6 months.

The Cornwall Mind Project team consists of one Crisis Coordinator and one Crisis Caseworker.

Referrals through Derriford Psychiatric Liaison Team only.

Winter Discharge

Working closely with the Social Inclusion Team in Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust’s Rehabilitation Service, Cornwall Mind will provide adaptable and creative support for people on caseload, helping them transition to independence.

The Cornwall Mind Project team consists of two full-time caseworkers, a senior Recovery Supporter with supervision responsibility for a peer Recovery Supporter. They will co-work up to 30 people from both community and inpatient units over a 6 month period to support and empower them to access the solutions they need for recovery, independence and progression towards happy, healthy lives.

The Peer Recovery Supporter will use their own experience of recovery to inform their professional practice and will work closely with the patient, developing a strong bond of trust and supporting them to attend appointments and activities where needed. This relationship will have a focus on being a recovery ‘role model’.

Referrals through NHS Mental Health Rehabilitation Team only.

Next Steps Homelessness Support

Cornwall Mind, Pentreath and Rethink Mental Illness are working together to provide the mental health and social wellbeing support element of this wider project to help people develop the resilience, resources and skills they need to transition out of homelessness.

With a focus on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, the Recovery Supporter will provide practical advice and support to clients, supporting them to achieve and maintain a rich and meaningful life.

The aim is to deliver recovery and wellbeing opportunities for clients with mental ill health and other support needs, so that they can achieve their hopes and ambitions.

Referrals through NHS Health For Homeless, Cornwall Housing Ltd or other housing providers.


In partnership with Community Energy Plus  our Mental Wellbeing Caseworker will work with people experiencing mental health difficulties and fuel poverty.

Using a psychosocial model, the role will support people struggling with their mental health, empowering them to take control of their own recovery.

The project provides whatever support is needed in order that people can engage with the actions in their wellbeing plan.

The primary objective of this project is to provide the support needed for participants to engage effectively with their energy advisor, with the aim of improving fuel poverty.

Referrals through Community Energy Plus only.

High Intensity User Service 

Through the High Intensity User Service (HIU), caseworkers will work one-to-one with frequent users of NHS services to help them access alternative support.

This project has been running successfully with Volunteer Cornwall and Pentreath for some time, and this role is as a result of additional funding, until March 2021, to extend this service for the whole of Cornwall.

Our friendly and approachable HIU Co-ordinators listen to the needs of the client, supporting them to find solutions to their issues.

Our aim is help to improve the client’s quality of life, support them to reconnect with their families and community and help them to access more appropriate services in a less chaotic style.

Referrals from medical professionals to Volunteer Cornwall or direct to Cornwall Mind.

SMI Health Checks

Cornwall Mind are keen that everyone experiencing mental ill health has access to physical health checks.

Anyone experiencing a mental health problem has the right to a COVID vaccine.

If you would like support to access a health check or find out how to get a vaccination, please speak to your Cornwall Mind worker.

Peer Support Worker Supervision Network  

This project provides an independent, supportive and solution focused forum for the Peer Support Workers embedded within NHS Cornwall Partnership  Foundation Trust.

It provides liaison between the Peer Supervision Group and clinical teams, communicating challenges and solutions.

Cornwall Mind will also develop a reflective report to support and inform the development of Peer Support within the Trust for the future and also work to develop capacity alongside the growth of Peer Support roles.

This project is for Peer Support Workers only.