Projects, training

and our funders

A safe place for all

Our Resource Centre is open to

anyone who needs a safe place.

Whether avoiding drug or alcohol

misuse or keeping safe from

domestic abuse, whatever the

reason for dropping in, we will

give a warm welcome and non-

judgemental support.

Personal development

Our members can access free

CHIME workshops.  The CHIME

framework for personal

recovery Connectedness, Hope

andoptimism, Identity, Meaning

and Empowerment, are identified

as the five elements we all need

to maintain better wellbeing.

Partnership working

Scarborough Survivors works with other charities, agencies and local businesses to ensure that our services work in harmony and reach people of all ages and backgrounds in our community.

We hold regular surgeries at Scarborugh and Whitby Job Centre to support clients.  Other partners include North Yorkshire Horizons, The Summit, Scarborough DAG, GP surgeries, Cavca, Coventry University and the Rainbow Centre.  Plus many more organisations than can be listed here.  We welcome every opportunity to work with others to improve the mental wellbeing of our community.

New projects under development

1. Dedicated youth space for 16 – 25 year olds.  In recognition of the particualar needs of our young people, we are refurbishing an attic space to be used as a safe space for those at risk of poor mental health – a place to share their experiences and gain strength from mutual suport.

2. Positive buddy scheme – this recognises the need for a broad range of one-to-one support to reduce isolation through the provision of a dedicated listening ear, techniques to manage and improve mental wellbeing, reconnecting people with their community, increasing confidence and self-esteem, reducing mental health stigma and promoting autonomy.  Volunteer Positive Buddies will receive full training for this role, including MHFA and Suicide Awareness.

3. Extend the reach of our services in the Borough of Scarborough, particularly in response to the significant impact that Covid-19 isolation will have on the mental health and wellbeing of our community.  This will include face-to-face and telephone support post Coronavirus.

Mental Health

First Aid Training

Scarborough Survivors is able to offer individuals or organisations accredited MHFA training.  The training is deliverd over two full or four half days and provides learners with a good understanding of mental health conditions.  It helps them to gain the confidence and skills to support someone who is mentally unwell safely and sensitively.

All learners receive a comprehensive manual as an ongoing reference.  This course is especially useful to anyone who is responsible for staff or volunteers in a workplace but it is also of value to those wishing to assist family and friends with poor mental health.

To receive a course outline or any further information ring 01723 500222 or send a message.

Applied Suicide Prevention Skills Training (ASIST)

This is an accredited two day interactive course that prepares caregivers to provide suicide first aid interventions.

Anyone aged 16 or over can learn and use the ASIST model.

No mental health or suicide prevention experience is necessary.

We hold a contract with NYCC Health & Adult Services as the main third sector provider of mental health support and representation in Scarborough Borough.

This enables us to open our Mental Health Resource Centre for drop-in 7 days a week, providing a safe and supportive environment for our members and information for anyone wishing to assist family, friends or clients who are experiencing poor mental health.

We are committed to being a disability confident employer and as such we will:

1. Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible

2. Communicate and promote vacancies

3. Offer an interview to disabled people

4. Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required

5. Support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work

In 2017 our charity was delighted to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of our long-standing work to support better mental health in our community.  This award is a high accolade for which we are rightly proud.  It is thanks to the commitment of our amazing volunteers that we were succesful in gaining this level of recognition.

In 2019 we were awarded the Duke of York’s Community Initiative Award which again recognises our work in the voluntary sector.

These awards serve as a quality mark and are helpful when applying for grant funding.

Grant funders

We are most grateful to all our funders.  With their support we are able to develop projects for the benefit of our members and services and resources that lie outside the scope of core funding.

Our current or most recent funders are:

NHS England – Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

Tudor Trust

Scarborough Rotary

Police and Crime Commission


Counselling service

We are able to offer a free one-to-one

counselling service that is solution-

focussed.  After an initial assessment,

a minimum of 6 and a maximum of

24 sessions is offered.

We have had to make the difficult

decision to close our counselling

waiting list until such time as we

are able to resume this service. 

Whilst our Resource Centre

remains closed, we are unable to

provide a counselling service.