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Assisting Recovery in the Community (ARC)

Telephone support and email advice is available as an alternative to the drop-in clinics that are not currently taking place at ARC. 

Please call 01656 763176 or email

Assisting Recovery in the Community (ARC) provides practical advice, guidance and structured support for individuals with mental health issues.

ARC staff meet individuals at various locations across the borough to discuss issues that are affecting their wellbeing. They offer support with the aim to help you move forwards with your life and function well.

Support which ARC provides

Signposting and short term support

ARC provides practical advice and guidance to help you to use the services and organisations that you need to improve your emotional health and wellbeing. This may also include offering you initial support to use community services or support networks.


ARC will provide you with self-help information.

Support worker

You may, in some circumstances, be allocated a support worker who will provide you with individually tailored support that helps you stay independent and well. This may involve supporting you to get out of the house, to take part in community activities or to access educational and employment services.


ARC provides therapy opportunities after participation and works closely with occupational therapists, psychological therapists and counselling services.

How to access ARC

You can be referred by your GP or you can access ARC by attending a drop-in session at a location that suits you.

Locations of drop-in sessions

ARC, Quarella Road, Bridgend, CF31 4JN.

Every Tuesday between 10am and 12pm.

Every Thursday between 1pm and 2:30pm.

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month between 5pm and 6:30pm.

KPC Youth Club, 26 Heol Tegfryn, Pyle, CF33 6AB.

Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month between 1pm and 2:30pm.

Health and Wellbeing Centre, Hartshorn House, 1st Floor, Neath Road, Maesteg, CF34 9EE.

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month between 9am and 10:30am.

Ogmore Vale Life Centre, Aber Road, Ogmore Vale, Bridgend, CF32 7AJ.

Every 2nd Thursday of each month between 10am and 11:30am.

How the drop-in sessions work

When you attend a drop-in session you will be seen by two ARC workers. ARC operates on a ‘first come first served’ basis. You may have to wait but you will be seen.

At the drop-in session ARC can discuss how best to advise, guide or support you with the difficulties you are experiencing.

ARC uses a range of approaches to help you tackle existing issues such as anxiety, depression and panic.

Staff are not based at these locations full-time and are only at the venues on the days and times listed above. If you’re unable to attend any of the above sessions please contact ARC:


Assisting Recovery in the Community (ARC)

Bridgend County Borough Council
Telephone: 01656 763176

The service focuses on challenging yourself. You will need to make huge effort both during and after ARC’s involvement. ARC will teach you skills, but success will only occur through commitment and ongoing hard work.

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