How to get involved in our programme in St Helens – the referral process
All referrals are dealt with in the first instance by the Project Coordinator, Helen Holden. You can contact her directly on 07745 590 698 with any queries.
Referral via a professional
As a professional you may refer your patients/clients to Creative Alternatives by completing our referral form. By professional we mean a GP, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Nurse, Doctor, Counsellor, or anyone working in the voluntary and community sector. Please also read the referral guidelines to ensure your client is suitable for the programme. If you would like to know what stage your client is at in the referral process please contact Helen Holden on 07745 590 698
If you wish to get involved with Creative Alternatives you can either speak to a professional you are in contact with regarding your mental health and wellbeing (such as those listed above) and request that they refer you to us as explained. Or instead you can contact us directly by phoning Helen Holden &/or submitting the self-referral form via post or email.
What happens after referral?
Helen will send some further programme information and request that they make contact with her if they decide to they’d like to proceed with their referral.
They will then be invited to attend a taster workshop, which offers an opportunity to meet the CA team in person and find out more about what the programme offers along with the option take part in some simple creative activities. The taster session will be followed up with an informal telephone assessment to ensure that the person is suitable for the programme. If the person is suitable they will be offered the next available place on one of the weekly groups.
Helen works part-time on this programme (2.5 days per week) but will do her utmost to get back to you within a few days of your enquiry. If there is a high demand for the programme we will work on a first come first served basis but it may mean any new clients will need to be added to a waiting list to join the workshops.