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Please Note: ALL of our meetings, workshops, Socials & OCN dates have now been closed / cancelled.

For additional info please click here.


Welcome to Changes Health & Wellbeing, 12 Steps to mental health charity. This website is for those who wish to learn more about Changes user-led organisation and unique recovery service for those in mental distress.

The aim of Changes service is to provide an opportunity for those suffering from mental distress to move from isolation, withdrawal and dependency to becoming active and contributing members of their immediate and wider community.

Questions and Answers
Who uses Changes service? People experiencing various levels of mental distress, including: worry, feeling low, confusion, anxiety, panic, depression, mood swings, strange ideas or senses playing tricks.

How does Changes fit in with existing services? Very nicely!  Our programme is designed to complement any help you are receiving from other statutory or voluntary services.

Can Changes help me? Yes! Our service can help with any form of mental distress.  Provided you can attend and get involved you'll make progress.


Thank You East Staffordshire..

A massive thank you to the people of East Staffordshire for making us so welcome and helping Changes to spread its message of love, hope and recovery – strengthening communities, changing and improving the lives of literally thousands of people in mental distress.

Staffordshire Network for Mental Health: 'Changes service will certainly leave an important and meaningful legacy to the community and to individuals that will still resonate for years to come!’

Rest assured that we will be working hard to return to your area as soon as we can…



Norman Lamb MP visits Changes YP
9th Feb 2017: Norman Lamb MP visited Changes YP. Read Sentinel article here...

Ask the Expert - About Depression
BBC Radio Stoke Interview

Changes Kris Kinsella, takes part in the discussion 24/01/2017 (interview from 8.07 to 27.14).

SAD - Seasonal Affective Disorder
BBC Radio Stoke Interview

Changes Wellness Coach Phill Thistleton, takes part in the discussion 16/11/2016 (interview from 26.02 to 30.55).

BBC Mental Health Week
Radio Stoke Interview

Carer David who is also a user of Changes services, takes part in the discussion 16/02/2016. Fast forward to 11.16

Changes YP & Comic Relief
Comic Relief 2015
Changes Young People's service receives Red Plaque recognition for vital work. Read full press release here.

October 2015
World Mental Health Day
Motivational cupcakes raise awareness of Changes YP services to students & staff at Stoke Sixth Form College plus £150!

Wednesday 10th September 2014
Police & Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire, Mathew Ellis visits Changes HQ in Stoke to highlight our success in helping those suffering with mental distress across the county & his plans for the future. Sentinel article...

Wednesday 20th August 2014
NHS Trust joins forces with Changes YP to help improve mental health services for young people in North Staffordshire.

Tuesday 24th June 2014 article in The Sentinel newspaper... Alec Wrench memorial football fundraising tournament. Changes Health & Wellbeing are very grateful to Alan & all those involved. We wish you all the very best with your continued fund raising in memory of Alec. Thank you.

Healthy Minds Stoke-on-Trent launch April 2013... Evening Sentinel Article


Mental Distress

Statistics show that as many as 1 in 4 people will suffer from some form of mental distress at some point in their lives. Many more will be indirectly affected as their friends and loved ones suffer...

Getting Help

Changes provides a unique recovery based service, offering guidance, encouragement and support to those in mental distress...


12 Steps

Changes 12 steps provides an innovative and structured approach to recovery from mental distress...


Get Involved

Changes has a Training Officer and Volunteer Liaison Officer, who provide full support and training to those wishing to carry out volunteer work for the organisation...


Services from Changes...

Changes Young People is a branch of Changes service specifically for 11 to 25 year olds.

Changes provides a unique recovery service for those in mental distress, based on weekly mutual-help groups and users following Changes 12 steps recovery programme.

Changes Wellbeing   6 Courses x 2.5 hours each.
Informal friendly courses for those wishing to improve their mental fitness.

Changes Recovery   7 Workshops x 2.5 hours each.
Informal recovery worshops using Changes 12 Steps to Recovery from Mental Distress.


Conference, Training, Meeting Room Hire
in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Available half day & full day hire.
Well equiped video, OHP, digital presentation facilities.
Various size rooms.
Tea, coffee available.

To check availability & book your next
Conference, Training, Meeting Room,
please call Tory on 01782 41 33 55


Coronavirus update: In response to Government and NHS guidelines, Changes will now be offering access to on-line alternatives of its peer-support groups and psycho-educational programmes…Please click here for further information.



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For the most up-to-date advice, including when you should self-isolate, please visit

If you have recently returned from certain countries, and do not have symptoms, you should self-isolate – full information is here


Stay Well Children & Young People Stoke-on-Trent
Services to improve the wellbeing of children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent.
The right service, at the right time, in the right place...
Provided by Changes YP in partnership with Younger Mind and the Dove Service.

For more info, please click here...


Changes Health & Wellbeing is part of the HMPPS and ESF Funded CFO3 Project which is designed to help offenders move towards social inclusion and mainstream provision.


Suicide Awareness

Changes Recruitment Page
For the latest Jobs and Volunteer opportunities plus Volunteer Training with OCNWM accreditation.



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CYP IAPT Improving young peoples mental health services in North Staffordshire.

Winners of The National Lottery Legends Award (West Midlands) 2005

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The National Lottery Wards 2005
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Changes confirms it's commitment to Equal Opportunities in all areas of it's work, ensuring all individuals - paid staff, volunteers & service users - are treated in a fair & equal manner.
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