CornerHouse ‐ a mental health community development hub

Publication Date09 November 2010
Date09 November 2010
AuthorPaul Field
SubjectHealth & social care
Mental Health and Social Inclusion • Volume 14 Issue 4 • November 2010 © Pier Professional Ltd 7 A regular news blog
provides information on the latest mental health news
and events locally and regular news emails are sent
to our mailing list.
CornerHouse aims to provide a broad menu
of services, groups and information access to the
widest spectrum of people affected by emotional
and mental health issues locally, which in effect can
be considered to be all local residents. As carers,
partners, friends, colleagues, neighbours and members
of the public, we are all affected in some way.
Based in Woking, CornerHouse occupies a two-
storey, converted end-of-terrace building (a former
corner shop), around five minutes walk from Woking
railway station. This rather modest setting provides
accommodation to a large number of local mental
health organisations and groups. CornerHouse
actively encourages and fosters the creation,
maintenance and development of new and existing
groups and services. It assists these groups in their
activities by providing advice, support and a place
where meetings and social events can be held and
has become the essential hub for all voluntary sector
service provision in the local area.
CornerHouse is also an important local source
of information on mental health. It provides a wide
range of posters, leaflets and flyers on mental health
services and organisations operating both locally
and nationally. People can pop in to obtain any
information they might require, or ring or email
to have it sent to them. CornerHouse also has an
impressive website detailing all the activities and
organisations at the centre, as well as links to a
comprehensive array of information and resources
regarding mental and emotional health (www.
CornerHouse – a mental
health community
development hub
Paul Field
Director of Services, CornerHouse, UK
This article profiles CornerHouse, an organisation that has played a key role in facilitating the emergence and
development of a large number of mental health services and self-help groups in West Surrey. CornerHouse
takes a community development approach, facilitating and empowering small local mental health groups, and
building an active and sustainable local mental health community.
Key words
CornerHouse; Community development; Self-help groups; Empowerment

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