William Morris Centre Bexley

The William Morris Centre is the hub of the Oxleas Forensic Psychological Therapies Service and provides a team-based model for assessment and group psychological therapy for outpatients within the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, and Greenwich. We work with people whose complex traumatic experiences and interpersonal difficulties have contributed to significant levels of offending behaviour.

After being accepted to the service, individuals are likely to be offered up to six assessment sessions, at which point their assessing clinician will make recommendations for what would be the best next step. This might be an onward referral to an appropriate service or a referral to our group therapeutic programme.
 
The group therapeutic programme we provide follows two main pathways:

  • A Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) pathway to better understand and manage the mental states of self and other; and
  • A trauma pathway to set the foundations for processing traumatic experiences and managing their impact.

The centre also provides a systemic pathway to consider complex dynamics in couples and families identified as suitable for this type of work, and a support and wellbeing clinic to connect service users with their local area and offer supplementary practical support.

As part of our model, we seek to work proactively with external care coordinators and services to ensure individuals’ therapeutic needs are met alongside the care they receive in other areas.

Referral information

We accept referrals to our service from: The National Probation Service, NHS or other health professionals and the police. Self-referrals are typically not accepted unless the individual is already known to the service.

Those referred by probation services can be mandated to attend assessments. Otherwise, everyone who is referred or offered treatment will be expected to have some motivation to better understand or address their risk of harm to others and / or the emotional difficulties and behaviours associated with this risk.

If you would like to refer one of your clients to our service, please complete the word referral form below and email it to sarah.payne21@nhs.net. We welcome referrals from health professionals, probation staff and voluntary organisations.

Social Inclusion at the WMC

The Branching Out Gardening Project

The William Morris Centre runs a weekly gardening group for service users who are engaging in, or have previously engaged in, therapy here. We take a trauma-informed approach to gardening and aim to nurture and empower our clients, using the garden as a stable base from which to build confidence, cultivate trust and explore new skills.

By removing hierarchy and taking a collaborative approach to tasks, we hope to give disempowered individuals a voice by offering choice and flexibility. All seeds, bulbs and shrubs that are currently in the garden, have been chosen and planted by our service users. We hope that by promoting compassion towards one another, we can create a safe environment which promotes a kind of purpose and meaning, that can be replicated in the wider community.

Social Support and Wellbeing Clinic

The complex nature of our service users means they are often situated within chaotic environments, which can make it difficult to engage in therapy. As a result, we offer a weekly Social Support and Wellbeing Clinic for clients engaging in therapy with the service, to help them stabilise their social circumstances and better equip them to deal with the demands of therapeutic groups.

Support we have offered has included: helping with budgeting, liaising with external organisations, linking in with local Exercise Referral Programmes, accompanying individuals to community groups and/or Recovery Colleges and helping people discover volunteering opportunities.

Service User Involvement

We are always looking at ways to improve our services and are keen to develop our service user involvement here at the William Morris Centre. There are a number of ways to get involved which range from attending focus groups and events to helping co-facilitate groups. We hope that by getting involved in the planning, development and delivery of our services, service users can not only have a voice, but can also build upon their relational and life skills, in order to build a more pro-social identity.

If you have been a service user at the William Morris Centre and would like to be involved in improving the services we offer, please contact sarah.payne21@nhs.net.

Crisis

As the William Morris Centre is a daytime therapy service, we do not have the resources to be able to provide crisis support to individuals accessing the service.

However, as part of our assessment process we will work closely with individuals to put together a tailored crisis plan that provides guidance for what to do when they, or their family and carers, become concerned about their wellbeing and risk to themselves or others.

If you have been referred to the service and feel like you may be in crisis, or need immediate support, please get in contact with the crisis service in your local borough:

Bexley: 0845 608 0525
Bromley: 0845 608 0523
Greenwich: 0845 608 0524
Lewisham: 0300 123 1922
Oxleas Urgent Advice Line: 0800 330 8590
Samaritans: 116 123

Feedback

Our aim at the William Morris Centre is to involve you in all aspects of your care. We would be grateful if you could answer some questions that will help us to know how we are doing and what we can do to improve your experience.  This feedback is anonymous and you do not have to answer all questions.

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  • Day services
  • Support groups

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William Morris Centre

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How to find us:

By Train from London
From Charing Cross, Waterloo or London Bridge to Bexley (not Bexleyheath). Then a five minute taxi ride or bus (see below).

By Bus

Hoppa Bus B12 from Bexley. Turn right at bottom of Station Approach and left at the mini roundabout. Bus stop is close to furnishing shop opposite small library. Get off bus at the “Cherry Tree Lane” bus stop. There will be a small roundabout nearby. Take the exit onto “Bracton Lane”. Follow Bracton Lane all the way to the end to a second car park. The William Morris Centre is straight ahead.

By Car from London

Follow A2 to turn-off marked Dartford/Wilmington A2018. At roundabout turn right to Bexley A2018. At second roundabout turn left to Wilmington. Go straight over next roundabout, then at the next roundabout turn right into Leyton Cross Road. At the mini roundabout turn right into Bracton Lane. Follow Bracton Lane all the way to the end to a second car park. The William Morris Centre is straight ahead.

By Car from Other Directions

From M25, Junction 2 to the A2. Take the exit marked Bexley/Foots Cray, first exit off first roundabout, first exit at second roundabout. Go straight over next roundabout, then at the next roundabout turn right into Leyton Cross Road. At the mini roundabout turn right into Bracton Lane. Follow Bracton Lane all the way to the end to a second car park. The William Morris Centre is straight ahead. From A20 (Crittall’s Corner) take third exit on roundabout into Edgington Way (A223). Take the third exit at the next roundabout into Maidstone Road (B2173). Left into Birchwood Road. At mini roundabout at Leyton Cross Road, turn left into Bracton Lane. Follow Bracton Lane all the way to the end to a second car park. The William Morris Centre is straight ahead.

Address:

The William Morris Centre,
Bracton Lane,
off Leyton Cross Road,
Dartford,
Kent

DA2 7AF

Public phone number:

01322 297175

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