The Network

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The Network provides short-term support if you have mental health problems and want to become more independent, gain confidence and be part of your community.

Through our unique enablement programme, we will support you to get involved in social activities which you enjoy. This could be accessing leisure and cultural activities, extending your social network, embarking on a path to employment, volunteering, or gaining qualifications.

We can offer:

  • one to one support to identify your personal goals
  • sessions with your peers to discuss recovery together
  • support to start taking part in a community
  • activity of your choice
  • support to plan for when you leave the service

To qualify for the Network you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older 
  • live in Barnet 
  • have a mental health diagnosis 
  • be willing to participate in a jointly developed social inclusion plan 
  • have substantial or critical social care needs, as identified by a social care professional

How to access Network services

If you're not already accessing mental health services, you should contact your GP. They can refer you to the Primary Care Mental Health Team. The team will carry out an assessment of your support needs, and make a referral to the Network if it is suitable.

If you already have a care coordinator, discuss a Network referral with them.

Our enablement programme

Step 1: Personal goal plan

We help people to develop a ‘social inclusion’ or personal goal plan. With the help of your key worker and the recovery star, you'll explore your hopes and aims so that you can come up with some goals to be achieved by the end of your time at the Network.

Step 2: Key work sessions

Your key worker will work with you in one-to-one sessions to:

Support you with your social inclusion plan
Improve your confidence to access the group programme
Review each stage of your programme exploring your next goals.

Step 3: Short enablement group

In these groups, you will work with your peers to support each other towards recovery. Each group has a different focus, to help you to achieve your goals and build confidence.

1. Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Create an individual plan that helps you to increase your sense of control of your mental wellbeing
Better recognise your triggers and how to respond to them positively
Set individual achievable goals
Gain skills to maintain your ability to manage on your own.

2. New Steps

Identify and challenge obstacles preventing you from achieving your goals and living your life more fully
Develop new ways of looking at and overcoming obstacles in your life
Gain confidence and skills to deal with challenges on your own.

3. Skills for Living

Increase your confidence and motivation to achieve goals
Identify potential positive lifestyle changes
Take practical steps towards achieving your goals.

Step 4: Short term support in the community

Identify specific opportunities in the community that will help you to achieve your goals
Access the identified resources in the community, with support from us
Gain skills to continue with this activity on your own.


The Network
24 Hendon Lane, London, N3 1TR.
Tel: 020 8359 3230

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