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Our Aims & History

Plymouth and District Mind was first formed in 1984 when a number of concerned professionals and representatives from the voluntary sector met with users of mental health services to examine provision and to identify gaps in service delivery. A year later in November 1985, the first worker was employed when a drop in facility was opened at Sherwell Church on Sundays.

In the next few years, Plymouth & District Mind moved its base two or three times. In 1996, with the help of a grant from the Strategic Health Authority, we bought our current premises in Greenbank. Our main offices and the Oasis Centre are based in an impressive grade 2 listed Georgian building. In 2001, with the help of a grant from the Tudor Trust, we purchased the Parkside building immediately to the rear of 8 Woodside. This multi purpose building provides office accommodation and is an ideal venue for activities, classes and small group meetings.

In 2010, we are changing our services to become a centre of mental health and wellbeing for Plymouth. We will be opening a brand new Information, Advice and Guidance service in our Parkside building. Our ethos remains the same as when we were first established. Our dedicated and professional staff and volunteers are committed to the personal care of vulnerable people with mental health issues. We are committed to helping our service users lead independent lives within the community, and where possible to undertake volunteering or training, and in some cases to return to paid employment.