We understand that individuals working in the health and social care and voluntary sectors have incredibly demanding jobs, often facing high levels of stress and pressure on a daily basis. That’s why we are proud to introduce the Linchpin project, which has been carefully developed to provide much-needed support to those working within the sector.

The project offers a range of support options for professionals to access, including one-on-one peer support, art therapy, counselling, and activities focused on the 5 ways to well-being, including physical and creative activities, as well as community engagement and opportunities to engage with others.

As professionals dedicated to caring for others, it’s essential to lead by example and care for yourself first. Prioritising your mental health is not just an option; it’s a necessity to enable you to thrive in your home and work life.

Our goal is to provide an invaluable source of support to professionals and volunteers in the health and social care and voluntary sectors. We hope that the Linchpin project can serve as the foundation of mental wellness that these individuals can rely on and trust. We are excited to make a positive impact and help support the mental health and well-being of those who dedicate their lives to helping others.

Peer Support

Connect with like-minded individuals who understand the unique demands of your role. Share experiences, strategies, and find comfort in a supportive atmosphere. Through the peer matching process you’ll be connected with another health and social care worker who has a similar role to you but may be from a different type of organisation (one of you may work in statutory care and one of you may work for a charity for instance). Throughout the peer support programme you will meet with your match on a regular basis at a time and place to suit you both (frequency, time and place will be decided together by the match) to offer each other a friendly ear, act as a sounding board for one another and offer support where needed.

This is by no means a form of therapy or counselling, just an equally supportive match where you can offload and share experiences.

Art Therapy

Unleash your creativity as a therapeutic outlet. Engage in expressive arts to promote self-discovery, stress relief, and mental rejuvenation.

This Service is now ended and referrals can no longer be made.


This Service is now full and we are unable to accept referrals. Please contact 01723 339838 or email to be added to our general counselling waitlist.


Embrace the 5 ways to well-being through a range of activities designed to enhance your mental, emotional, and physical health.

What is Peer Support?

Find out more about what peer support involves and the process for being matched

Make a referral

A referral is required to register for any aspect of the project, including activities. You can engage with as much of the project as you feel comfortable with and you can register your interest for particular parts of the project on the referral form.

Self referrals are accepted into the linchpin project for anyone working within the health and social care or voluntary sectors.

In order to refer into the project please click here to complete the referral form.