Welcome to the Grapevine Wellbeing Centre
Research Area

Evidence Based Practice

The Grapevine Wellbeing Centre has a link with the University of Derby's Centre for Psychological Research and conducts standardised feedback data by use of the;
The Warwick and Edinburgh Mental Well Being Scale
​Patient Health Questionnaire  (PHQ-9)
(Spitzer RL, Kroenke K, Williams J.B. 1999)
The Meditation Depth Index  (MEDI)
(Piron, H. 2001)
The Connectedness to Nature Scale  (CNS)
(Mayer, F. Stephan; Cynthia McPherson Frantz. 2004)
​All data collected is 100% annonymous and confidential at the service receivers discretion and is within accordance of the British Psychological Society's Dvision of Counselling Psychology Guidelines on Confidentiality and Record Keeping (2002), the Code of Ethics and Conduct (2009) and Ethical Principles for Conducting Research with Human Participants (2009).

Autism Act Questionnaire

Peaks and Dales Advocacy survey results about the Autism Act 2014
Between September and November 2013, we ran a survey to canvass the opinions of local people affected by Aspergers and autism, or with a close family member who is. The survey asked people’s views on the Autism Act and whether it had improved their lives to any extent.
These were our findings:

70% of people surveyed had heard of the Autism Act.
Of these:
73% said they felt it hadn’t improved their lives to any extent
9% said it had, by causing social services to have better awareness of their needs, and
18% weren’t sure.
The help and support people most wanted for themselves and their families was:
Specialist psychologists with an in-depth understanding of autism.* Improved access to health and social care.
* A simpler diagnostic process. (One respondent claimed that the assessment documents used by the NHS are “not fit for purpose.”)
* More help in Jobcentres, both in dealing with counter staff and in job searching.
* Safer communities, with bullying and social exclusion taken more seriously.
* Befriending schemes.
* Greater awareness about autism in society, leading to greater tolerance.
* A different attitude by the Government to disabled people, with them being regarded as valued citizens, not a “drain on resources”.
* Better understanding by police officers that the closed body language and lack of eye contact shown by many autistic people is not a sign of dishonesty.
* People should be at the centre of any decision-making about their lives.
* Better support and understanding by school teachers.
* Affordable childcare for autistic children during school holidays, so parents can have a break and relax sometimes.
* Bullying in schools and workplaces to be taken more seriously.
The issues people felt most impacted on their lives, were:
* Finding it difficult to fit in with groups.
* Obsessive behaviour and thinking.
* Coping with the demands made by autistic children, while not neglecting the rest of the family.
People were least confident that they would be offered help with getting employment, and most confident about being helped with further education, or with school education for their children.
From these results, we feel the government is not doing enough to implement the Autism Act, as awareness about the needs of autistic people within society could be greatly improved.