The Solace Centre is Ealing’s daily out-of-hours mental health resource centre combating loneliness and isolation through social inclusion. Based in West Ealing, the Solace Centre is a connecting hub with over 100 members where people with mental health problems can meet in a relaxed, accepting environment to socialise, support one another and make new friends. It can help with respite, long-term self-management, resilience and sustainability, and encourages people to become experts in their own mental health self-management.
Its motto, chosen by its members, is ‘Together accepting difference’ – because Solace’s members and staff respect one another, with all their differences.
Members are involved in many day-to-day running and group activities, sharing and developing skills and learning. Peer support is often found to help promote and enhance wellness and capabilities. When needed, staff help resolve day-to-day mental health problems which are wide-ranging, from advice on budgeting to those having thoughts on suicide.
The Solace Centre, Equinox Care (SIG) works in partnership with West London NHS Trust and Ealing Council.