Green space/ horticultural activity to improve mental wellbeing & reduce social isolation – Appletree Garden (A greener Wakefield district)

Spectrum People’s main focus will be our Community garden, Appletree, in Agbrigg. We will focus on extending our regular Tuesday community lunches, using produce grown in the garden; and improving and increasing accessibility for all ages and mobility.

Arts and art therapy to improve mental wellbeing and reduce social isolation (Better health and lives and Places to be Proud)

Spectrum People will help individuals and groups with their own arts activity as their supported sessions with us comes to an end.  We will continue to provide student placements (art therapy) via the Northern Programme offering art therapy to clients in Airedale through Tieve Tara Medical Centre and the Families Achieving Change Team at the Hut.

We will work with partner venues to showcase art (e.g. Fitzwilliam Rail Station) and take part in at least 3 Wakefield Art Walks to exhibit work by a wide range of beneficiaries. 

Supporting positive mental wellbeing and recovery (Better health and lives

Spectrum People’s focus will be on Wakefield Safe Space (which it runs alongside Touchstone and Gasped) and other activities encouraging mindfulness and wellbeing. We will continue to support and engage with community mental health builders, offering opportunities for all age groups. 

Influencing and contributing to social prescribing developments (Better health and lives; Places to be Proud)

Spectrum People social prescribes across the district and particularly in Airedale, as part of Tieve Tara Medical Centre, where GPs and practice staff can refer via the surgery. Our Social Prescribers signpost beneficiaries – including children and young people – onto other local organisations wherever possible to help provide the best support for each individual. 

Influencing policy discussion and implementation to have greater impact on vulnerable groups in society (Better Health and Lives

Spectrum People is a key member of the Wakefield Positive Mental Health Network (PMHN). We support the network in communications, such as compiling the fortnightly PMHN newsletter, event and forum organising, project management and general administration. This helps us to connect and co-produce with many other organisations in Wakefield district.  

Supporting community regeneration and economic renewal to reduce social isolation and enhance wellbeing (Better Health and Lives

Spectrum People offers student placements including via The University of Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam Northern Programme. We also take opportunities to provide employment to people in the local area who may struggle to find a job. This includes via schemes such as Kickstart and Talent Match. Spectrum People has played a key role in the UK Community Renewal Fund, showing how such involvement leads to wider partnerships within the community. 

Creating volunteering opportunities to reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing. Ensuring work team supported and mentored, including senior staff. Ensuring succession planning kept in line of sight regularly 

Spectrum People aims to develop and strengthen our volunteer network across a wide range of activities from Appletree Community Garden to projects in Airedale. Volunteers are encouraged to achieve their own hopes of running groups and supporting the community by taking advantage of the support Spectrum People provides. Trustees and the Chief Officer are always mindful of planning for the future. 

Developing an evidence base for all activities

Collecting and analysing data and evaluating activities is a growing area of work for Spectrum People. In 2021 we had a series of 4 one-off projects evaluating our work and trustees are spearheading this work in 2022.