Mental health - Olivia's story

Mental health - Olivia's story

Pembroke House is a centre for social action and residential community in Walworth, South London. Pembroke House have a Wellbeing Programme, enabling people who are interested in improving their sense of wellbeing to get involved in community activities at our centre.

Olivia first came to Pembroke House through Marcela Vielman, our Community Coordinator at Talking Therapies Southwark (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust).

At only 23, Olivia was coping with the loss of her father to cancer when her mother was also diagnosed with the disease. She turned to Talking Therapies for support and was referred to Pembroke House as a volunteer.

Olivia joined the garden group, supporting participants with disabilities in a weekly gardening session. She loved being out in the open air and feeling part of the Pembroke House community. Before long, she also joined our newly-formed Readers’ group and became a core member who helped get the lively discussion group off the ground.

We were delighted when Olivia got a job with Dulwich Picture Gallery and she has continued volunteering when she can fit it in around her new responsibilities.  

We’ve also created new links: after a chat with our Lunch Club coordinator about Olivia’s new role, we invited Dulwich Picture Gallery to run a printing workshop for Lunch Clubbers and others in the Pembroke House community. In this photo is Olivia displaying her artwork!  

Other Pembroke House stories:

Read Carol's story here.

Read Tom's story here.



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