Richmond Fellowship

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Richmond Fellowship
Richmond Fellowship Logo.jpg
Motto Making recovery reality
Formation 1959
Headquarters Highbury, London
Region served
Chief Executive
Derek Caren
Group Chair
Helen Edwards

Richmond Fellowship is a leading voluntary sector provider of mental health services in England. Established in 1959, Richmond Fellowship today helps make mental health recovery a reality for over 9000 people in England every year.[1]

Richmond Fellowship offers a range of support to people with mental health problems including supported accommodation, residential care, employment support and community based support, working with the NHS and local authorities to deliver services.[2] The current chief executive is Derek Caren.[3]


Richmond Fellowship was founded in 1959 by Elly Jansen, a young theology student from Holland. Taking advantage of the first Mental Health Act, she invited patients from Long Grove Hospital to leave and live with her in the community in Richmond, Surrey, with the aim of reintegrating them into the community despite long periods of time in hospital.

In 1973, Princess Alexandra became a patron of Richmond Fellowship and the organisation became a registered housing association in 1976. Richmond Fellowship played a significant role in hospital re-provision during the 1980s, providing new homes in the community for people across England. At this time Richmond Fellowship expanded its services for people with mental health problems including work schemes and day centres.

Throughout the 1990s, Richmond Fellowship grew and developed a widespread programme of mental health support including self contained flats, floating community support and 24-hour nursed care. It achieved Investors in People status in 1998.

Continued growth saw Richmond Fellowship adapt its mission to ‘Making Recovery Reality’ in 2006 to reassert its core values and better represent the holistic range of support it offers to people with mental health problems.[1]

In October 2015 Richmond Fellowship joined a new national group of charities, Recovery Focus, which brought together organisations with strong individual services, innovative approaches, flexible local presence and a wide range of expertise from around England. The partnership is made up of mental health charities Richmond Fellowship, 2Care, Croftlands Trust and My Time along with substance misuse charities Aquarius and CAN.[4]

In April 2016, Helen Edwards was appointed the new group Chair of Recovery Focus, the group which brings together a coalition of mental health ans substance use charities such as Richmond Fellowship and Aquarius [1].[5]


Richmond Fellowship is an active member of Time to Change running awareness campaigns to tackle mental health stigma. Richmond Fellowship is also a supporter of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat and a member of the National Suicide Prevention Alliance.