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Bideford Link Centre

The Old School House
Higher Gunstone
Bideford
EX39 2DG

Tel: 01237 421590

During the current outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) we have made some temporary changes to the way that we support people and how they can get in touch with us.  In line with government guidance, we are minimising face-to-face contact. We have made these changes to help ensure the safety of our patients, staff and their families - and everyone who comes into contact with our organisation.  Thank you for your understanding and support.

Telephone support is being offered during the lock down period. Please call 07814 857026 to contact staff at Bideford Link Centre.  If you are unable to get through please leave a message and a member of the team will get back to you, as soon as possible.

Please note our telephone support is only available during normal centre opening times.

Where we are based

 
Turn right at the top of the High Street in Bideford and The Link Centre is just around the corner on the right, at the top of Higher Gunstone.  We have a small car park but are easily accessed from the Pannier Market (Honestone St.) public car park.
 
 
 

Opening hours

 
Mondays 10:30am – 3:30pm.
Tuesdays 10:30am – 3:30pm
Thursdays 10:30am – 3:30pm 
Fridays 2:00 - 6:00pm.  
 
During these times you can phone the office on 01237 421590 to arrange appointments.  Please leave a message if there is no answer and we will get back to you.
 

What support do we offer?

 
The Torridgeside Link Centre is a safe and non-judgemental environment where you can be supported and encouraged to seek information and guidance regarding your recovery.
 
During the drop in, people come to develop their social support networks over a cup of coffee and to access support from staff in a solution focussed way.  Staff members can be available if you have any concerns or if you need to talk over any difficulties you may be facing.  Our staff are not trained counsellors but are experienced listeners. You can come and go as you wish during these sessions.
 
We also offer an outreach service for people who are unable to attend our centre as a result of their mental health difficulties. We can help with anxiety issues which may prevent you leaving your home and provide support to help you access your local community services.  This work is tailored to the individual and time limited due to staffing constraints.
 

Groups

 
We run a variety of groups on a rolling programme.  Some groups are educational and others therapeutic. The groups are small so that we can offer support to individuals throughout the sessions.
 
We run a regular monthly meeting where you get an opportunity to have your say and raise any ideas or concerns you may have about what happens at the centre.  Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no pressure to contribute with a suggestion box for people to use if they prefer. 

Facilities

 
There is a quiet room; kitchen/lounge area with IT; Art and craft room, games room with darts, pool table, table tennis, jukebox, board games and exercise bike.  We also have a garden area.
 
We offer cost price tea and coffee, use of kitchen and microwave.  Daily newspapers are available. 
 
 
 
 

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The service is incredibly useful to me as the support I get from staff is second to none. They are my safety net and I would be lost without them.

- Service User

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