Archive March 2017

A Word From our Service Manager

An Introduction to Futures in Mind

Futures in Mind is inclusive, innovative and coproduced. It is a new service supporting our local communities. It encompasses integrated support, advice and mentoring service throughout the mental health and substance misuse agendas within Essex.

The Futures in Mind service builds on from the previous “Foundation66 – Support, Advice and Mentoring Service” and “Mind – Social Inclusion and Recovery Service”. The Futures in Mind team brings together three organisations  Phoenix Futures, Mind in West Essex and Mid and North Essex Mind. All of whom have a track record of high quality service provision throughout Essex.

As the Service Manager I welcome aboard our colleagues in the exciting new service. I look forward to sharing our combined experience identifing new activities, groups and projects to support the communities of Essex.

Jane Slocombe

Jane Slocombe - an introduction to futures in mind

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High Sheriff of Essex Award

Voluntary organisations and people who make a major contribution to their local communities and crime prevention have been given well deserved recognition and thanks at this year’s prestigious High Sheriffs’ Awards ceremony. More than 40 voluntary and community organisations were represented at this year’s ceremony held at Hylands House in Chelmsford where trophies, certificates and grants totaling £25,804 were presented by the outgoing High Sheriff of Essex, Lorna Rolfe.  Read more…

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The Service Users Forum

A Brief History of How Communication Works!

At the end of our Aspire programme in December 2016 we were invited to attend a Service Users Forum Meeting. Brian Hunt who organised the forum encouraged service users to organise and run their own recovery activities.
This meeting was well attended with about thirty people from all over Essex.

The first thing that became apparent was the enthusiasm in the group closely followed by a lack of coordination! Within that group were myself, Adele Rogers and Dave Armstrong who all thought the same! Read more…

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