The name Neshomo means “the elevated human soul” in Hebrew.
In 2008 a London based charitable agency began operating a befriending program in Greater Manchester with local volunteers. It withdrew from Manchester in 2015 and a group of concerned individuals volunteered to create Neshomo in order to take over operating the service, taking on the existing volunteers and clients.
We developed Neshomo to meet the growing needs of the community. We have four Outreach Workers who are experienced mental health practitioners, and are recruiting more volunteers all the time, supporting over 50 clients.
We have gone from strength to strength, with a doubling of referrals since COVID-19 when we had to adapt our service to meet the need, providing digital tablets to the housebound or those who had no internet in order for them to join in with social activities during Covid lock-down.
We also have a Hospital Link Worker and four trained support workers for recently discharged service users so they are supported from the start of their discharge; or for those under the care of the Early Intervention Team and CMHT.
Signpost many individuals to appropriate agencies
Have a lending library
Have online resources such as lectures and pamphlets
Created “The Network of Jewish Mental Health Practitioners” all of whom provide services for people with mental health conditions
Provide social prescribing activities where we help people access activities to improve mental health well-being such as art classes, creative writing, gardening and cookery
Our work has reduced stigma and increased positive mental health in the Jewish community, helping people
• Gain confidence and increase feelings of being a part of society
• Have better life chances
• Feel less isolated
• Reduce feelings of distress felt by individuals and their families
• Reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, & depression
• Improve Rehabilitation after a stay in a Psychiatric hospital
We also have
• Increased awareness among statutory NHS and other health professionals of appropriate practice to meet cultural and religious needs
• Positively influenced policy and improve mental health services in Greater Manchester