Women’s trauma-informed care facility unveiled in Manchester

A 24-bedroom centre focused on supporting vulnerable women with a range of complex mental health needs has been officially opened in Manchester.

Tesito House, in Ardwick, has been developed and will be run by Alternative Futures Group (AFG).

The unique model of care, based on the latest available evidence, will be delivered to women who have suffered from the complex social, psychological, and physical consequences of overwhelming stress and adversity in their lives.

A typical stay will last between nine and 12 months with AFG seeking to achieve some of the following outcomes: Improve the quality of life of women with complex mental health needs; develop social and community integration for the individual; successful movement along a pathway towards a more independent level of care; reduced reliance on acute, sub-acute or emergency mental health services post-discharge.

At a celebration event Ardwick Councillors Mavis Smitheman and Tina Hewitson lifted the curtain to officially open the centre, with catering served by the The Real Junk Food Project Manchester and music performed by students from the Royal Northern College of Music.

Neil Campbell, AFG Chief Executive, said: “Tesito House has been opened to provide a vital and much need service and we believe the setting, facilities, knowledge and expertise of staff equip us to make a tremendous difference for the women we will be supporting.

“In a year where Alternative Futures Group marks its 25th anniversary of service we are absolutely thrilled to launch Tesito House.”

To watch a video about Tesito House, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CnNEfTqUr4