(Written by Matthew Hall – Crisis Support Worker at WBC)
The Well-Bean Café (WBC) will soon be open across Leeds 7 days a week, providing support to those in mental health crisis. Currently we are open 5 nights a week across sites in Lincoln Green and Beeston, and will soon be opening in West Leeds in the Armley area on Thursday and Friday.
As the service has expanded from being open 3 days originally, soon to be open 7 days – we have had to recruit more staff to be able to meet this need. In that regard we now welcome a number of new staff to the service. Ishrat will now be the new Team Leader at Lincoln Green, and as previous visitors will already know – we recently welcomed new Crisis Support Workers Rob and Chantelle to that service also. We also welcome Adriana into the role of new team leader at Beeston, as well as new Crisis Support worker Susan in the same service. Finally to acknowledge, Wendy is going to be the new team leader at the West Leeds Café. WELCOME TO ALL THE NEW STAFF 🙂.
Details of when the WBC is open, where and how to get there are below:
SATURDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY 6PM TO 12AM @ LINCOLN GREEN COMMUNITY CENTRE, CROMWELL MOUNT, LS9 7ST.
TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY 6PM TO 12AM @ TOUCHSTONE HOUSE, 2-4 MIDDLETON CRESCENT, BEESTON, LS11 6JU.
THURSDAY AND FRIDAY 6PM TO 12AM IN ARMLEY, WEST LEEDS. *CONFIRMATION OF THE NEW VENUE IN THE NEXT BLOG*
ALL services have the same referral numbers: SELF REFERRAL 07760173505 PROFESSIONAL REFERRAL: 07760173476.
We can also take on the door referrals at either service in the same time period.
If you are in mental health crisis, or are feeling socially isolated in the Leeds area and feel like you have no support – please call us on the above numbers or come and refer in person. We provide social, emotional and/or practical support while also providing a safe space to get away from things for a period of time. We also provide fresh cooked food (with vegetarian and vegan options) as well as hot or cold drinks on tap. The hardest part can be making contact in the first place – if you are struggling please call us, we can help…
OUR PROFESSIONAL REFERRAL LINE IS: 07760 173505
OUR SELF REFERRAL LIFE IS: 07760 173476 (both lines open 6 to 12pm Sat’ to Wed’)
We offer a genuinely safe place – with caring staff/support workers, offering the following services: A non-judgemental social place to relax in, freshly cooked food with hot/cold drinks on tap (no charge), 1 to 1 therapeutic support sessions (up to an hour – from a person centred standpoint), practical support – with a focus on social crisis, information and signposting to others helpful services in Leeds, as well as having board games, art books, music and even a pool table that can be used by anyone. Our workers – Kim, Karen, Matt, Fiona, Adriana, Wendy, Ishrat, Rob, Zoe, Jo’, Chantelle and Susan are here are to welcome you with a friendly smile J…
The Well-Bean – Hope in a Crisis Café is a service run in partnership between Touchstone and Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service. Please find flyers for both sites of the Well-Bean Hope in a Crisis Café below.
*PLEASE NOTE – ON YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THE WELL-BEAN CAFÉ – WE WILL PROVIDE A FREE TAXI (TO AND FROM) THE SERVICE, TO TAKE AWAY THE WORRY OF GETTING TO US FOR THE FIRST TIME*
Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service also provide a number of Crisis Services (face to face) and via phone or text. Their website is lslcs.org.uk for information on the rest of their service, including day time support as well as a number of different support groups.
DIAL HOUSE is open 5 days a week (Fri to Mon, and Wed). Call 01132 609328 from 6pm to refer.
THE CONNECT HELPLINE is open every night of the year, 6pm to 2 am. They offer phone, text and online support is you feel like you don’t want to leave/cant leave where you are currently. Call them on 0808 800 1212 or go to www.lslcs.org.uk to refer for online support.