We offer a range of services to improve health and wellbeing that provide practical, emotional and social support. All our services are recovery focussed and offer personalised support. We use I.ROC and our Hope Toolkit as a means of ensuring our work is relevant for each person we are working with. Some services require a referral from a mental health practitioner but many accept self referrals and self-directed support requests.
Use our postcode search to find Penumbra services near you, or view by service-type below. For more information on a specific service, click the icon on the map. Use the drop-down menu for information about specific service-types.
Services for Young People
Penumbra Youth Projects provide support to young people concerned about their mental health and wellbeing.
We offer one to one support, issue based group sessions and mental health awareness raising sessions in schools and the community.
Self Harm Services
Our Self Harm Projects are community-based services that work with people who self harm and who might be at risk of suicide.
The projects provides a safe, non-judgemental, person centred environment in which people can explore their self harm issues and look at ways to manage and identify coping strategies. We provide informal emotional support for people who self-harm as well as their families and carers.
Supported Living Services
Penumbra’s Supported Living Services offer personal support to meet people’s needs in their own home and in the community. We offer tailored practical and emotional support to help individuals lead an ordinary and fulfilling life in the community.
The time, length and areas of activity covered are different for everyone, but can include help with budgeting, life skills, confidence building and social inclusion.
Supported Accommodation Services
Penumbra’s Supported Accommodation projects operate as small care homes in three local authority areas. They provide accommodation, care and support in both shared houses and self-contained flats.
Supported accommodation offers an important opportunity for people with long-term mental ill health to live independently and access daily support, both practical and emotional. Contact the relevant Area Office for details.
Crisis & short term support
The Edinburgh Crisis Centre is unique in Scotland. It provides a 24 hour helpline for people aged 16 or over who use or have used mental health services and their carers, along with the possibility of staying at the centre for up to seven nights. For more information about the Crisis Centre visit www.edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk or contact Penumbra’s East Area Office.
We also run a number of 1st Response services for people who need short term support or information about local services.
Nova (social inclusion) Services
Penumbra’s award winning Nova Projects seek to integrate people experiencing mental ill health, including those who self harm and/or who are at risk of suicide, more fully into their community by helping them to access mainstream activities and groups such as further education, sports, clubs and work, whether voluntary or paid.
Support is provided on a one to one basis for a fixed period of time, looking at an individual’s hopes and aspirations in moving out of social isolation towards meaningful opportunities, relationships and community engagement.
Self Directed Support (SDS)
Whether it’s learning a new skill, becoming more involved in your local community, reducing stress, getting fit or connected with local activities, Penumbra can help you achieve outcomes through SDS.
SDS is a new system which allows people to choose how their support is provided, and gives them as much control as they want of their individual budget.
For more information contact your nearest Penumbra Area Office.
Respite & short breaks
Penumbra provides residential respite/short breaks services in Aberdeen. We provide guest house style accommodation with an emphasis on comfort, privacy and friendly, skilled support from staff and volunteers.
NOVA Short Breaks is a national short break service. It organises bespoke support in different locations and can include day trips, wellbeing workshops and supported breaks in different parts of the country.
Many Penumbra services employ people with a personal experience of mental ill health.
Peer Support Workers act as ‘recovery guides’, promoting the recovery of people engaging with services.
Peer work also promotes the recovery and inclusion of the Peer Support Workers who, like the majority of people who experience long-term mental health problems, may find it difficult to secure employment.
Penumbra’s Homelessness Services engage with homeless people who have mental health issues or chaotic lifestyles.
The Services provide person-centred support designed to meet each individual’s needs and goals.
Our service in Glasgow has staff available 24 hours a day for practical and emotional support. In Aberdeen we provide a specialist Supported Living Service. Fife Supported Living Service and Borders Supported Living Service also have homeless contracts, as does the Edinburgh Consortium.
Alcohol Related Brain Damage
We support individuals with Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD) with daily living skills, health issues, social activities, education and employment. Support is individually based, flexible and tailored to individual needs.
We offers services in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Please contact the relevant Area Office to find out more details about the Service.
Scottish Recovery Network
SRN is hosted by Penumbra on behalf of an alliance of organisations. It is now well established and undertakes a wide programme of activities that promote recovery and recovery practice.
For more information visit scottishrecovery.net/.
Some services require a referral from a mental health practitioner but many accept self referrals and self-directed support requests. Please contact individual services using the details provided to find out about the referral process. For privacy reasons some services, including supported accommodation services, are contactable through a local Penumbra Area Office.