The Bromley & Lewisham Mind AGM 2015 was hosted by Chair, Linda Gabriel alongside special guests, Deputy Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Alan Collins and Councillor Chris Best from Lewisham. The AGM took place on Thursday 12th November at the United Reformed Church in Bromley.
More than 50 attendees heard from Dr Hugo de Waal, Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Director for Dementia at the South London Health Innovation Network. Dr de Waal spoke about the importance of a person-centred approach to supporting people who have received a dementia diagnosis.
Michael Magar and Kathy Webb, volunteers from the Mindkit Youth Wellbeing Project, spoke powerfully about the work they do introducing young people to mindful living and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Michael and Kathy also spoke about how much the training, qualifications and experience at Mindkit has helped them grow personally.
The AGM saw the election of two new Trustees. Dr Stuart Robertson is an experienced local GP and Lee Broderick is a Peer Support Volunteer in Lewisham.
Bromley & Lewisham Mind Chief Executive, Ben Taylor, spoke of the successes of the previous year:
- 7,236 people were directly supported by Bromley & Lewisham Mind, an increase of 49% on 2013-14
- At the end of the last financial year the organisation had 140 staff and 6 locations our services operate from. The organisation now has 150 volunteers, an increase from about 80 a year ago
- MindCare Dementia Support delivered dementia training and consultancy to 617 staff in other organisations, 99.7% of whom felt better equipped to support people with dementia as a result
- We delivered the ‘Mindful Money’ debt prevention project to help people look after their finances better
- Launched online Mental Health Directories for Bromley and Lewisham boroughs
- Lewisham MindCare Dementia Support ‘considered a gold standard’ service by External Evaluation
- Improvements to service environments particularly in our dementia support centres in Bromley
- Bromley & Lewisham Mind developed a new Strategic Plan for 2015-2018.
Thank to all the staff who organised the event and everyone who attended.
The Annual Review 2015 document, reflecting on the last year’s successes, is also available to download or in print.