Annual Review 2014 published

We’ve published our annual review for 2014.

As Richmond Fellowship develops into a new group so the annual review reflects the achievements of all the partner organisations – 2Care, CAN, Croftlands Trust and My Time.

Chief executive Derek Caren said: “The past year has been an exciting one for our new group of not-for-profit organisations. After getting the necessary legal and governance processes for forming a group out the way we’ve started to focus on how we can really get the most out of working together.

“We’ve created this partnership because we all want to strengthen what we do. We believe that by joining together we’ll be able to offer a wider range of services and develop more innovative ways of providing support. We’re all passionate about being socially inclusive, person-centred, and recovery focused. These shared values will help us build better services going forward that can adapt and flex to the changing needs of the people we support.”

We’re already seeing the benefits of this through the work we’re doing to expand and enhance our provision of crisis services, an emerging priority in the mental health sector.

We’re here to help people take control of their own recovery and achieve their dreams and ambitions. So we’ve devoted most of this year’s annual review to sharing a few of our success stories.

To read our annual review 2014 click here.

Richmond Fellowship awarded the Investors in People Silver standard

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Richmond Fellowship has been awarded the Investors in People Silver standard, demonstrating our commitment to realising the potential of our people.

Investors in People is the UK’s leading accreditation for business improvement through people management, and provides a wealth of resources for businesses to innovate, improve and grow, with a focus on good people making great business.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “Achieving the Investors in People Silver standard is something that any organisation should be truly proud of. It is the sign of a company which is very committed to good people management practice and we’d like to congratulate Richmond Fellowship on their achievement.”

Richmond Fellowship’s director of people and organisation development Angela Williams said: “Our staff are the reason we make recovery reality for the thousands of people we support so we’re absolutely committed to developing them to maximise their potential. Only six per cent of organisations accredited by Investors in People achieve the silver standard so this is a real testament to that commitment.”

For more information about Investors in People please visit www.investorsinpeople.co.uk

Face 2 Face is going for one thousand chats by Christmas!

The innovative Face 2 Face project, funded by ‘Time to Change’ to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, is pulling out all the stops to make contact with its one thousandth member of the public before Christmas Day.

Face 2 Face is calling on the public to get involved to end mental health stigma and discrimination and has been running a number of pop-up shops for people to visit where the team has been offering free drop-in arts activities and encouraging people to make their own Christmas decorations.

Face 2 Face provides arts-based activities that bring people without a mental health problem into social contact with those who do. Evidence suggests that this kind of contact is one of the most effective ways of breaking down stigma and discrimination suffered by those experiencing a mental health problem.Over the past seven months the Face 2 Face team has been tackling discrimination by having meaningful and open conversations with members of the public. So far the team has reached 875 people.

Spokesman Doug Low said: “The volunteers are doing a fantastic job at talking to people in our community and helping transform the way they see mental health problems. Just a few small words can make a big difference to someone with a mental health problem. Talking about the issue can really help to break down stigma and discrimination. We hope to get to a 1,000 conversations very soon!”

The Face 2 Face project is managed by Richmond Fellowship in partnership with community interest company ZooFish Arts and the Borough of Poole Arts Service.For more information about the project or to enquire about becoming a Face 2 Face volunteer please contact Doug Low on 07786 191192 or email: doug.low@richmondfellowship.org.uk