Last Thursday, Abdul (our Director of Operations) and I went off to the Mind Network Leaders Conference at the University of Warwick. The conference was focussed on the vision and strategy to support the Local Mind network (there are 136 of us dotted around England and Wales).
Key themes included what our vision and strategy should look like, what needs to be put in place to achieve our vision and where the opportunities are. We also heard from speakers from the NHS, Public Health England and the Centre for Mental Health.
We talked about the challenges and opportunities for our network and people in our communities in the face of increasing awareness of mental health problems and the incredible demand for support. We also went to a series of workshops about influence, growth and leadership, which gave us plenty of food for thought.
Abdul Okoro and David Harding (l-r) at Mind Network Leaders Conference
There were also some sessions which highlighted innovative practice from Local Minds around the country, which ranged from setting up a Trans Helpline to partnering in the renovation of a redundant church! It’s always inspiring to hear what colleagues are doing and provided us with lots of ideas to bring back to Herefordshire.
Overall, the conference was a huge success and we’re confident that the Mind network continues to take an innovative approach to supporting people experiencing mental health problems. Mind continues to be the leading mental health charity and we’re proud that Herefordshire Mind is playing a small part in that.
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