Peaceful Minds is a lottery funded and a co-produced project between Speakup Self Advocacy and Rotherham Advocacy Partnerships. We are working together to support people with learning disabilities and autistic people who also have mental health conditions and anxieties. The project offers crisis intervention and support. The peer supporters and inclusion workers support a person to look at coping strategies, self-soothing ideas and solutions to give the individual affected a better quality of life. The team also works with people to make sure that they are receiving the correct Benefits which they need to live a good life and stay out of crisis.

Working differently during Coronavirus

At Speakup and have been trying to work differently so we can still support people, but keep safe. We have set up social media groups to help people stay safe and keep in touch and feel less anxious and less isolated. We are also using Zoom to hold video meetings and help people to stay at home but still see people and talk to them.

We have also set up Zoom events so people can do Yoga, exercise, quizzes and peer support groups from home using their video camera on their phone. To find out more please contact us.

You will have heard on the news that it is important for people to do things differently in their lives so they are safe and they keep others safe.

*NEW* Treats to help during the Coronavirus lockdown

Being at home all day and not having much to do can make us all feel unhappy. Our team have been thinking about some of the things you can do at home during the lockdown. These are fun easy things which you can do using the things you might have around the house. Try them out yourself:

Weekly Treats 1

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Weekly Treats 3

Weekly Treats 4

You can choose one thing to do each day if you like, mix them up and maybe come up with new ideas of your own too!

“Being part of the Peaceful Minds project has helped me socialise and help me sort out by budgeting, especially my PIP Payments, as an advocate came along to a tribunal with me in support due to losing my benefits. Thankfully, with their help, I got most of my Benefits back”


“I’m also part of the Peaceful Minds team, helping others to cope with their anxieties, I am there for people because I know what it’s like to have Autism and the challenges it brings to daily life”


Jodie, Speakup.

The Peaceful Minds team works in a holistic, person-centred way, looking at the person as a whole and working with them to inspire people to fulfil their hopes and dreams for the future. The team also ‘signposts’ individuals - and maintains good working links – with other services, which may support their lives. This ensures that there is a support circle around a person should a crisis occur or re-occur.


The Peaceful Minds team is establishing a family carers’ group to give feedback about the project and pick up issues around family dynamics to enable these to be supported.

The service is normally being delivered at Galax Business Centre, Speakup Broad Street, Rotherham Advocacy Partnerships (RAP) and at the Unity Centre with an advocate from RAP. If you know of someone who would benefit from this service, do get in touch.


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