A different experience altogether
A local alternative
This Way Up has built up a network of informed referral partners across east London who understand what the project can do, and who may benefit.
Wilma Bol, who works at the Mission Practice in Bethnal Green, values This Way Up as a local service for those with no means to pay for talking therapies, or relaxation treatments, " I think the idea of an organisation that has something to offer for free to people who struggle, is so good".
It provides an alternative to being on an intolerably long waiting list for interventions like CBT or other services, some of which can feel intimidating or cold and impersonal. As Wilma says, " I feel it is a safe place to go and explore who they are without an agenda".
Falling between the cracks
This Way Up participants have scant financial resources. Their histories and experiences may be complex. Sometimes the backdrop can be dramatic – being trafficked, or violently attacked. Often it is more commonplace – job loss, bereavement, mental health or overwhelming family responsibilities. They are less likely to be in employment, active in the lives of their communities, or engaged in fulfilling personal pursuits.
Many fall between the cracks in our social safety net. They may not benefit from youth or age-related services or are not in sufficient immediate crisis to benefit from hospital or homelessness interventions. Others are often coerced into single issue crisis services with narrowly pre-determined outcomes. Such services don’t address the needs of the whole person or recognise their innate resourcefulness to make their own wise life choices.
And ready for something different
The common factor is that for them, the time is right for them to be seeking some support to be able to realise their potential. They want to plan for the future and reconnect with their aspirations. They're looking for constructive ways to manage negative and self-limiting thinking.
This Way Up offers the means for people to find their own resilience to cope with their circumstances as well as to actively engage with their own ideas for the future.
“One of the things I remember the most is the feeling of safeness
I had on the one-to-one sessions. Also the meditations I did with Tim during those sessions. They were the most peaceful moments I had during that period, as I was going through a very tough time in my personal life and I felt incredibly anxious the rest of the time.”
- This Way Up participant.
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