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Wellbeing                       “I was a bit scared of attending        Advocacy
                                        my first class, but I needn’t
        Our Wellbeing Centres           have worried. Everyone was              Our Advocates work in
        provide a safe                  in a similar situation and very         hospitals, mental health units
        environment where               welcoming.                              and the community across
        people can learn                As a result of the help given           Southampton, Portsmouth
                                        by Marcella House and Solent
        techniques to improve           Mind I have gone from a                 and Hampshire to ensure that
        their wellbeing, share          sad, lonely widow with little           when people are deprived of
        experiences and support         hope for a life, to an outgoing         their liberties, their voice is
                                        sociable person who decided it
        one another.                    was time for me to concentrate          still heard.

                                        on myself. I’m now socialising,         In December, we were awarded the
                                        I’ve lost a lot of weight, I have       national Quality Performance Mark,
                                        taken up Active Lifestyles with         given to organisations who demonstrate
                                        the local gym and I’m loving life       excellent Advocacy services.
                                        now. Without their assistance
        Our Eastleigh and               and advice I wouldn’t be in this
        Winchester Wellbeing            position.
        Centres supported               I will always support and               Our Advocates helped

           more                         recommend anyone in a similar              2,810 people
                                        need to contact Solent Mind.
           than 500                     They are all lovely people and
           people                       I’m glad to have met them.”             speak out and express their
           last year                    Service User, New Forest                wishes in Southampton,
                                        Wellbeing Service                       Portsmouth and Hampshire.

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