Self-portrait of this association

The "Verein" (Association) offers counselling and advocacy for people with a mental health problem and elderly people. The Association in Bochum helps citizens with a mental health problem to lead a humane and independent life outside of clinics and nursing homes.

The association was founded in 1979. Since 1990 the "Verein" has also been active in supporting elderly people. The Association is part of the local provision of socio-psychiatric services of the City of Bochum. Its activities are divided into the following six sections:

Socio-psychiatric counselling centre

The socio-psychiatric drop-in and counselling-centre is part of the socio-psychiatric service of the City of Bochum. It is responsible for the provision of out-patients services for the North and East districts. People with a mental health problem are offered counselling, advocacy and rehabilitation measures.
Ovelackerstraße 5, D-44892 Bochum, Germany
Tel. 0049-234 / 28 20 7 Fax 0049-234 / 28 02 03

Supported housing

The Association offers supported housing to people with a serious mental health problem who, without this continuous help, otherwise would have to live in a clinic or nursing home. This offer is designed for citizens living in the North and East districts of Bochum, who mainly live in their own accommodation.
Wittenbergstraße 11, D-44892 Bochum, Germany
Tel. 0049-234 / 4 38 99 09 Fax: 0049-234 / 4 38 99 07

Day-centre

The day-centre offers citizens with a chronic mental health problem help to structure their day. The offer focuses on cognitive, emotional and social abilities, which are trained in the group. Occupational therapy and gymnastics are part of the programme. The social workers and the clients of the day centre agree on common targets, which are implemented through individual and group sessions. Our goal is to increase the life quality of our clients.
Wittenbergstraße 11, D-44892 Bochum, Germany
Tel. 0049-234 / 4 38 99 06 Fax: 0049-234 / 4 38 99 04

Managing the affairs of mentally impaired people

If an adult is (partly) unable to manage his/her affairs the Court of Protection appoints a so-called manager (Betreuer). The "Verein" manages the affairs of mentally impaired people who need such a manager. The "Verein" also supports citizens who are appointed as voluntary managers by the Court of Protection.
Kurt-Schumacher-Platz 9, D-44787 Bochum, Germany
Tel. 0049-234 / 91 22 000 Fax 0049-234 / 91 22 007

Contact Centre

The "Verein" offers a contact centre for the North and East districts of Bochum where people with a mental health problem can meet and spend some time of the day talking, playing, eating and doing other activities. There is also the possibility of spending some time in peace.
Stiftstraße 36a, D-44892 Bochum, Germany
Tel. 0049-0234 / 28 61 78

Office for elderly people

The "Psychosoziale Hilfen" offer a centre for elderly people within their neighbourhood. The centre is designed to enable senior citizens to establish local contacts and experience creativity, relaxation and the "joy of life". In the drop-in centre the elderly people are helped to rediscover their abilities and interests. They are also advised about all questions regarding ageing.
Gerther Str. 20, D-44805 Bochum, Germany
Tel. 0049-234 / 912 888 42 Fax 0049-234 / 54 17 944