N.B. Names may have been changed for anonymity.

“To be able to get out of my house and exercise through dance and use it as a creative outlet has been beneficial to my mental and physical wellbeing. I love what we have created here, and feel it to be important for this group to continue so more people can also gain what I have from it.



“Hello Take Off, I just wanted to write to say a big ‘thank you’ for yesterday’s honest and open presentation given by Mark and Ellie at the University of Kent. I found your biographical sketches and the responses to our questions really informative and positive.

Needless to say, I will be recommending your organisation to the increasing number of service users that I encounter in both a professional and private capacity.

Thank you once again for coming along to ‘educate the educators’.

Best of luck to you all and keep up the good work.

Kind regards, Steve”


“I would like to thank the whole team for helping me out of my deep dark hole in my life, I’m sure if it wasn’t for your advice and help I would be in that hole 6 ft under or at least crawling in the gutter. I am sure that I can get through this with all your support, you are all the light at the end of the dark tunnel I am travelling and I will see you at the end soon. I thank you all for your wonderful work and support that you give.

Thank you, Michael”

– Peer Support Crisis Group


“I just wanted to say I thought you were brilliant at the training day the other day. I learnt a lot about peer support but I also thought how you responded to peoples’ input was absolutely brilliant. And how you spoke about Take Off and the ethos was so clear and inspiring. I know we left feeling really excited and inspired so thank you for that.


– Peer Support Training


“I really love Take Off and people there feel more like family than my family.



“We hope these photographic pieces bring a smile to your clients and happiness. Thank you for supporting us as local artists.

Melanie and Elaine”


“I found the whole experience of dancing with paint creative and exhilarating. The process of creating a dance piece, and then using the medium of paint to visually express and mark out our work to be both physically as well as mentally stimulating. The entire process has been very rewarding, with the end result being something worthy of praise. I’m very excited to do more of these projects in the future!



“Dear all at Take Off. I hope all is going well. My move was successful and I have been accepted onto the masters degree. I start work on Monday and my mental health has significantly improved. Everything is coming together, thank you so much for your help, I miss you all!


– Depression Support Group


“Thank you from everyone at Porchlight for your inspirational talk, Mark. We are all still talking about your story and the great work you do. We’re really looking forward to working with you.

Thanks again!”


“Congratulations on the opening of your beautiful outside space. Thanking you for all your hard work and for sharing this with us.

Best wishes, Invicta Healthcare”

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