Clarendon Street Testimonial

I have worked for Niamh since 2004 managing the Beacon centre in Derry/ Londonderry. During that time I have really enjoyed my role, in particular working alongside people to who use our services, empowering them to plan and deliver the centre timetable and promoting our recovery based ethos. Also assisting individuals to developing volunteer skills and seeing people grow and flourish with the support and guidance of centre staff. Staff have also had the opportunity to develop specialisms including DBT, WRAP and CBT skills and gain qualifications while studying part time, which supports and enhances the service we provide to individuals. (Alison Foley)

I have a diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and anxiety, I come to the centre to attend the DBT skills group which helps me learn more about regulating my emotions. Staff have advised and supported me to put my "best foot forward" in every situation and it is the best advise I have ever been given, as it gets me more from life and  better outcomes. I also struggle with social anxiety which is little understood, but coming to the centre and taking part in the walking group helps me to interact with others without feeling any of the pressure of social interaction. I would recommend the centre to other people who need support with their mental health. (Service User)

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