Imagine Independence

Imagine has ‘a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life’

Imagine works nationally, employing 200 staff and working with more than 1000 across:

  • Liverpool
  • Knowsley
  • Sefton
  • Cumbria
  • Wigan
  • London (Redbridge, Croydon, Merton, Sutton)
  • Greater Manchester


We deliver a range of services for individuals impacted by mental health issues:

  • Accommodation and floating support
  • Women’s Services
  • Social inclusion and recovery services
  • Vocational - support into employment, education and volunteering
  • Advocacy
  • Befriending and mentoring
  • Peer support
  • Community based groups
  • User led day services

Imagine Ethos

Social inclusion – supporting individuals to access activities in community settings be this

  • sports, leisure and healthy living opportunities
  • learning through accessing volunteering or courses around your interests
  • gaining employment
  • accessing creative opportunities related to art, music, drama

This not only enables people to access activities of their choice but also helps people to build social networks, meet like minded people

Recovery – increased stress and pressure in life means there is a higher prevalence of mental health. However we believe that through developing skills people can:

  • develop coping skills to become and stay well
  • manage some of the challenges that come there way
  • prioritise the things in life that matter to them most

By looking at the whole person including their needs but most importantly recognising and building on their strengths, skills, abilities we instil hope in individuals recovery journey.

Independence – sometimes we need support when things get too much in our life’s – there is nothing wrong in asking for help. However, by supporting people holistically we believe:

  • by empowering people to determine their own goals, take on tasks
  • people develop the confidence to do things for themselves
  • build networks and strengthen relationships

User Involvement – to build services to meet the needs of the people we work with, involving people in our services development and delivery is essential to our work.

A Partnership Between:

  • South West London and St George's Mental Health Trust
  • Recovery College
  • Sutton Age UK
  • Off the Record
  • Sutton Carers Centre
  • Citizen’s Advice Sutton
  • Sutton Mental Health Foundation
  • ieso