The Fircroft Trust
The Fircroft Trust is a local charity working in Kingston upon Thames with adults living in the community with severe to moderate mental health problems and/or learning disabilities.
Since registration in 1970, our charity has developed and now provides:
A Resource Centre for over 90 adults who live in the local community facing mental health issues. This is a centre-based service in Kingston upon Thames which provides a range of activities designed to support our service users to manage their illness, learn new skills and improve their quality of life.
The Fircroft Trust provides Residential Services in the form of:
Residential Care for 8 adults with complex needs called Privett.
Supported Living for 15 tenants at Firs Court in Chessington accommodated in five houses: Maple, for adults needing more hours support and four smaller cottages for adult needing less support.
What’s our role as a Strategic Lead Partner for Mental Health?
We host the Borough’s Mental Health Network Meeting, which is well attended by people and organisations involved in some way with Mental Health issues.
We have been chosen as Kingston’s Strategic Lead Partner for Mental Health. This is a new group formed which includes the local NHS commissioning groups, local councilors, the Borough Council, and other Voluntary organisations representing different issues. It is planned that these meetings will help highlight the needs of the community so that decreasing budgets can be allocated effectively.
We encourage the use of our premises by other groups such as MIND in Kingston and National Childbirth Trust. We also attend the Autism Board and host the Mental Health Parliament supported by MIND in Kingston
The charity works in partnership with a range of other local organisations including Home Farm Trust, Kingston Advocacy Group, Kingston Voluntary Action, Hestia Housing, Dainton House, Kingston Mental Health Carers’ Forum, Royal Borough of Kingston, Community Mental Health Teams, Kingston Learning Disability Team, Kingston & District Community NHS Trust, Kingston NHS.
We are also able to facilitate group meetings between agencies like the clinical commissioners who were canvassing opinions, and service users and carers/family. People with a mental health issue are very hard to reach and any consultation needs to take place in a safe place (such as The Fircroft Centre) and in an informal way. Long questionnaires with jargon or formal meeting won’t give a realistic picture of the needs.
Jill Fletcher Meloun
0208 399 1772