Link Centres - North Devon

Link Centres are drop-in centres for people with and recovering from a wide range of mental health problems. You can refer yourself or you can be referred by your GP, social worker, care co-ordinator, occupational therapist, psychiatrist or other healthcare professional.

There are link centres in the following towns.  

  • Barnstaple
  • Bideford
  • Holsworthy
  • Ilfracombe

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What we offer

Link centres provide a safe and supportive environment where you can be around others and do as much or as little as you like.

If you want to you can have a chat with a wide range of other people who may have had some similar experiences. Everyone tries to make the atmosphere in the Link Centre supportive and accepting.

You have access to activities, such as pool and darts, can read daily newspapers and have use of the kitchen to make tea and coffee (we ask for a small contribution towards cost). You can have free use of a laptop and desktop computer with internet access. 

We can also hlep you find out about social and leisure activities in and around your local area. 

Support workers

Staff at the centres, known as support workers, are experienced in working with people with a wide range of mental health needs. They recognise that people's needs may change so are sensitive and flexible about how they can give support. Support workers are not trained counsellors. They are, however, good and experienced listeners and can be with people to talk about anything from say current thoughts and emotions, to practical ways of resolving particular problems, to help understanding oneself and one’s choices better.

We can support people in the link centre as well as, when appropriate, working with them, one to one, in their own homes or in a community setting.

Support workers can help with:

  • Support and signposting with new directions
  • Accessing and getting help and advice with housing, education and skills development, volunteering/retraining/seeking employment.
  • Accessing education and therapeutic groups, arts and craft groups, relaxation, breathing, stress reduction technicques.