We offer a number of specific programmes, all of which help people to recognise their potential, reconnect with others and integrate back into their neighbourhoods; providing onward pathways into a network of community assets to support them to engage in further training, education, employment, volunteering and leisure pursuits.
At START we help people to recognise their potential and achieve their goals. Our programmes focus on personalised, strengths based approaches to help people to build confidence, resilience and self-esteem.
All of our work is directed towards improving and enhancing the quality of life, health and wellbeing of target groups within the local community, in particular people who are or who are at risk of, experiencing mental health difficulties or social isolation.
Brunswick House is our main base located in Pendleton, close to Salford Shopping City and University of Salford. Brunswick House is accessible to all Salford residents, and regional visitors, being at the centre of all public transport routes.
Brunswick House boasts multiple ‘state of the art’, fully equipped arts studios, multimedia IT suite, music and recording studio, photography studios, ceramic and woodcraft workshops, a community garden, and gallery/exhibition space.
The Make Space is our outreach hub in the Walkden area of the city.
This converted shop unit at the heart of Walkden Shopping Centre is used as studio space for those who may have barriers to attending Brunswick House, as well as office space for some START staff working in the neighbourhood. It is also used by a wide variety of partners who deliver specific groups and 1:1 support from the hub.
We also work in a number of outreach venues within each neighbourhood of Salford; these can range from partner VCSE organisations, extra care facilities and residential homes, as well as green spaces and shopping centres such at The Lowry Outlet.
A service for people experiencing poor mental health ranging from mild/ moderate to more severe and enduring conditions. The programme consists of weekly, studio-based creative workshops and encourages members aged 18 plus to access various learning opportunities and pre- employment skills supporting them to recovery and an increased connection to the local community.
START’s suicide prevention and awareness campaign is focused on decreasing stigma, raising suicide knowledge and increasing the public’s confidence to help people who may be struggling. As well as delivering peer support groups, engagement days and creative workshops, Reach Out hosts an annual vigil on World Suicide Prevention Day to bring the community together and remember those lost to suicide in Salford.
START are proud to work in partnership with the Third Sector Consortium and Salford CVS on the Wellbeing Matters programme. START hosts a number of Community Connectors alongside other key Anchor organisations in the city, who provide person centred support to those referred by health professionals with a non-medical need, to local community assets to support their wellbeing, independence and to reduce social isolation.
Living Well Salford is a programme created in partnership between START, Mind in Salford, Six Degrees & Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust, designed for those people experiencing poor mental health who may be too unwell for support in primary care but do not meet the threshold for community mental health services. The Living Well team is made up of both clinical and non-clinical staff and 'Recovery Workers' hosted by START are a core part of the workforce.