The Hive Community Links Project

Organisation : Scottish Association for Mental Health
Grant Amount : £ 60,000

The Hive Community Links Project established in 2009 aims to improve patients & carers experience of individuals accessing the Royal Edinburgh Hospital’s acute psychiatric & mental health services including learning disabilities & dementia.

2 project workers ‘Community Link Workers’ support individuals in the smooth transition from leaving hospital & returning to community life.

Individuals are supported to develop & self-sustain a positive & fulfilling routine/social network.

Workers also engage with stakeholders [residents, public, private & third sector organisations] to raise awareness, understanding & deliver MH awareness training.

Community capacity building achieved through the creation of networks & partnerships leads to shared values, increased activities/community connections, improved relationships, joined up working, efficiencies & healthier & inclusive communities.