LEEDS Jewish Welfare Board's mental health supported housing project Stone Court is 20-years-old.
Stone Court comes under the umbrella of Neshama, which is managed by Janine Field.
"Suffering from mental illness can result in isolation, poverty and social exclusion," she said.
"It is essential to give people a purpose by getting them back into education, employment or voluntary work.
"We offer support for employers to help break down barriers of stigma, prejudice and fear.
"It is important to explain that mental health is an illness.
"There was a different culture in the past, but now there is much greater understanding."
Twelve tenants live independently in flats at Stone Court, participating in voluntary work, education, social activities and experiencing a traditional Jewish way of life.
Support workers offer emotional and practical support.
"In the early days it was more of an institution and staff were on site most of the time," Janine said.
"It was about hand-holding and supporting people throughout the day.
"If tenants had a problem they would be seen straight away but now we encourage them to try to manage issues.
"Over the years we have increased levels of independence to increase self esteem and confidence."
She added: "We support people to manage anxieties and resolve issues.
"In terms of living independently, we help manage shopping, bills and finances because it can be overwhelming when you have not lived on your own.
"To help prevent a crisis and hospital admission we can intervene and refer appropriate services if necessary
"We monitor mood and mental health."
Esther Lewis has been a tenant since January 1994.
GROWING ORGANISATION: Janine Field, Neshama manager, Esther Lewis and Clare Sanderson, mental health social worker, man the plant stall at the Mitzvas and Marrows Group produce sale|
"I'm independent, I've made a lot of friends and feel more secure," she said.
"If you are feeling lonely and isolated there is always someone around.
"You could not wish for a better place because staff and social workers are marvellous."
She added: "I grew up in an Orthodox home so having Jewish traditions is wonderful.
"We help prepare Shabbat meals and recite kiddush, which is really important."
Esther is a volunteer at the Oasis Café, based at the community centre, and has completed a Steps confidence building course.
She is also a regular at the allotment.
Esther, who was proudly selling chutney and other produce at a special sale at the centre on Wednesday, knows support is always available.
"We have an on-call facility at the weekend to get reassurance, but I'm happy to wait and see someone," she said.
"I only ring if something is really troubling me."
Service users benefit from art therapy, employment placements (paid and voluntary), a bi-monthly carers group, social and allotment group.
"It is really important to enhance self esteem and confidence," Janine said.
"We talk through difficult experiences and put issues in perspective."
She added: "Funding has been reduced, which creates an added challenge, but we still manage to offer a comprehensive service."
Neshama works with an increasing number of people in the country experiencing various mental health issues.
For a confidential discussion telephone Janine on 0113-2034917