Likewise

Likewise is a charity based in Camden that supports people experiencing mental health problems, social exclusion and isolation.

Email: matt.shepheard@likewise.org.uk

Address: Likewise 8 Fairhazel Gardens London NW6 3SG

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About our organisation

Likewise is a charity based in Camden that supports people experiencing mental health problems, social exclusion and isolation. We know that we’re all equally human and being there for each other really matters. We think the most important thing is that people have places and relationships where they feel safe to be themselves. Putting relationships first, we’re alongside people helping them find their place and navigate life. We’re committed to learning and growing together, championing the evolution of organisational culture, mental health services and social care to be more human, adaptable and responsive. Embracing the complex reality of people’s lives, we provide one-to-one emotional and practical support, community spaces, activities and events for wellbeing. Alongside this is an experiential learning programme for volunteers, students and professionals, embedding our approach in the community, influencing professional care givers and the systems they inhabit.

The change we want to see

We want to support the creation of systems, spaces, and relationships where people feel safe to be themselves. In particular, we want to see this change in the social care system – at the level of commissioning, design, and delivery – and in the creation of resilient, caring, accepting communities. Shared humanity is at our core. We want more moments of human connection; more seeing and being seen; more accepting people as they are; more turning towards each other; more space to be human together. To do this, we want to see more emotional intelligence; more relationships that recognise and value common humanity in all its messiness; more learning in complex spaces; more naming of power dynamics and difficult feelings; and more lightness, humour, and warmth.