Bromley, Lewisham & Greenwich (BLG) Mind held their first AGM since merging with Greenwich Mind on Wednesday 8th November 2018 at Venue 28 in Beckenham.
Guests and speakers included the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kim Botting, Deputy Mayor of Lewisham and Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Chris Best, Assistant Director of Greenwich Health and Care Services, Rachel Karn, as well as Sarah Hughes (Chief Executive) and Julie Bailie (IPS Projects Manager) from the Centre for Mental Health.
A Fond Farewell to Respected Trustees
BLG Mind said goodbye to three long-serving Trustees, Linda Gabriel, Peter Edmundson and Peter Cardell.
Linda Gabriel resigned as Chair of BLG Mind Trustees, a position she held since 2010. Linda had been a Trustee of the charity since 2006 and helped guide the charity through many changes and much growth in that time. With a career spanning law and charity, Linda has shown strong and thoughtful leadership in her role at BLG Mind.
Peter Cardell served as Treasurer of BLG Mind for 6 years, and has helped manage BLG Mind finances, guiding the charity through challenging times and leaves the organisation in stable financial position.
Peter Edmundson served as a Trustee since 2012 bringing a wealth of senior management experience to the organisation, particularly overseeing the quality and performance of services and contracts.
Rebecca Jarvis was elected as new Chair of Trustees alongside new Trustees, Sharon Kerridge, Lisa Burnand, Melissa King and Jonathan Moore.
Speaking about her new role as Chair at BLG Mind, Rebecca said, “I am very honoured to take on the role of chair at BLG Mind as this is an organisation I have supported for more than ten years, since working as a joint commissioner of older people’s services in Bromley, commissioning dementia services.”
“As a commissioner, I had a lot of confidence in the charity and we worked in partnership to develop new services which were really needed in the borough, such as the dementia skills training which is still going strong today.”
“BLG Mind is an organisation committed to delivering high quality services, it has been great to see how the organisation has expanded into two new boroughs since that time, providing support to people facing mental health problems in Greenwich and Lewisham as well as in Bromley.”
“I think the potential of the voluntary sector is becoming better understood by commissioners and NHS organisations, and it is exciting to see new service models developing, such as the IPS Employment Support services in Bromley and Greenwich, and the Lewisham Primary Care Mental Health service which is being delivered in partnership with the South London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust.”
Highlights from the Previous Year
Greenwich Mental Health Services
The merger with Greenwich Mind was completed in July 2018, with Counselling, Advocacy and Peer Support and Activities being provided in Greenwich. In addition, a new contract was secured to deliver IPS employment support in Greenwich from April 2018.
Working in partnership with local and national, cross-sector partners has continued to be an important to deliver mental health and dementia services in Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich boroughs.
New developments during the last year included:
- Establishment of the Bromley Well early intervention and prevention service and delivery of mental health pathway
- Working with SLaM to set up a Primary Care Mental Health Service for Lewisham
- Expansion of the Mindful Mums service for pregnant women and new mothers into Lewisham, and to include a befriending scheme in Bromley
- Setting up a new IPS Employment Support service in Bromley, and securing funding to expand into Greenwich
- Worked with Mind to pilot a key element of their Whole Schools Approach to Wellbeing.
AGM attendees also had the opportunity to hear talks from the Chief Executive of Centre for Mental Health, Sarah Hughes, and her colleague, Julie Bailie, IPS Projects Lead. Sarah spoke about the current and future national context for mental health services and support, whilst Julie highlighted the importance of work in mental health and how IPS programmes have been successful in supporting people living with mental health problems into meaningful work.
Annual Review 2018
Find out more about BLG Mind mental health and dementia services and read case studies in the Annual Review 2018.