The service was asked to take part in a piece on Thursday 27 September about an Office for National Statistics (ONS) report which ranked Fenland as one of the unhappiest places to live in the country.
People completing the ONS survey were asked to rank their happiness, sense of the things they do being worthwhile and life satisfaction out of 10, with 10 being the highest.
The average happiness score for Fenland was 6.7, compared to the UK average of 7.52.
The survey covered the period from March 2017 to March 2018.
According to the report, the happiest place to live in the UK was Rushmoor in Hampshire.
You can see a video of the report here.
Find out more about our Fenland Wellbeing service.
Richmond Fellowship has been reaccredited as an Investor in Diversity.
The accreditation, which the national mental health charity has held since 2016, recognises Richmond Fellowship’s structured and planned approach to embedding Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at the heart of the organisation.
To retain the accreditation, the National Centre for Diversity carried out an assessment to check the organisation remains focussed on continually building on this area.
The 2018 assessment began in April and included a staff survey asking for views on how well the organisation upholds and promotes the EDI principles, including tackling bullying, harassment and discrimination.
This year Richmond Fellowship also asked a selection of suppliers and other organisations it works with for their views. The assessor also met with a selection of staff from across Richmond Fellowship and with people who use services.
Tracey Bell, Group Director of Performance, Quality and Innovation at Richmond Fellowship said:
“This is a great achievement, recognising how well embedded EDI best practices are in Richmond Fellowship. Thank you to everyone who took part in the comprehensive assessment.”
Richmond Fellowship’s Tyne and Wear service has benefitted from a £300 mystery donation made during mental health awareness week.
Richmond Fellowship, which provides supported housing, community and employment support in the county, received the generous donation in the post.
A card, which accompanied the cheque in an envelope said:
“Enclosed is a donation for your charity to support people’s recovery from mental health problems. God bless you all for caring. Thank you.”
Since receiving the money, Richmond Fellowship has worked with the people using their services across the locality to find out where the money should be spent. The service chose to do something to create a new experience and build positive memories and organised a day trip to the museum town of Beamish.
With the assistance of local company Limo Bus North East who kindly donated one of their 16-seater limos, the outing took place in July.
Whilst on the trip, those using the local services got to try their hand at mining, visited the local sights and enjoyed an ice cream in the summer sunshine.
Karyn Ainsley, Tyne and Wear Locality Manager said:
“We were all really thrilled when we received the mystery donation. It is the kindness and support of people like our unknown donor that allows us to continue our work here at Tyne and Wear.”
For over 25 years, DVIP has delivered vital services and actively campaigned to end violence against women and girls. Today the London-based charity continues to provide essential services to hold perpetrators to account, end their abusive behaviour and support survivors to create greater space for action and safety for them and their families.
DVIP will work closely with other national partner charities involved in the Recovery Focus Group to identify new and innovative ways to support individuals and families affected by domestic abuse, mental ill health and drug and alcohol use.
Derek Caren, Chief Executive of Recovery Focus, said:
“Today is an extremely exciting day for the Recovery Focus Group and we are delighted to announce DVIP as our newest Group partner. DVIP has a long and proud history of working with families affected by domestic violence and prides itself on leading campaigns to end domestic violence for good. We very much welcome DVIP to our Group and look forward to working with the team in the future to shape new ways of working which inspire recovery in the areas of mental health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence.”
Marianna Tortell, Managing Director of DVIP, said:
“DVIP is happy to confirm our new partnership with the Recovery Focus Group. Our new Group partners all share a passion and desire to support individuals and families affected by issues such as domestic violence and are committed to working alongside communities to inspire recovery nationwide. Those values reflect what DVIP has been working towards for over 25 years and we look forward to working with our new partners in the future to find new ways to improve the lives of the communities we support. As a proud feminist organisation for over 25 years, DVIP looks forward to working with our new Group partners to continue to work towards ending all forms of violence against women and girls”
DVIP joins Richmond Fellowship, the national mental health charity; Aquarius, the Midlands based drug and alcohol charity; and My Time, a division of Richmond Fellowship, as part of the wider Recovery Focus Group.
Formed in 2015, Recovery Focus is a Group of charities highly experienced in delivering services for people living with mental ill health, drug and alcohol use and domestic violence to achieve their ambitions. All of the partners involved in the Recovery Focus Group believe that with the right support, at the right time, they can meet the shared vision of inspiring individual recovery nationwide.
Our Richmond Fellowship Life Links service in Leicestershire is currently looking for volunteers.
We provide a wellness and mental health recovery service tailored to meet individuals needs.
Our information, advice and navigation services can help find community and digital resources that will help to achieve your recovery outcomes, make independence more sustainable and provide support in developing support networks.
Our community recovery support is available as an individual or as part of a wider group and can be provided at a local community venue. The support we offer focuses on strengths, needs and future aspirations.
Volunteers will be working alongside staff to provide support to those experiencing mental ill health through our information, advice and navigation service.
Volunteers will be delivering this service via a phone line and monitoring our website. This will also be provided out in the community at our open surgeries and at events. Another opportunity we have is becoming a Peer Support group volunteer. This includes helping to facilitate peer support groups for those who have lived mental health experience. These opportunities are a great way to get experience working alongside those experiencing mental ill health and is extremely rewarding.
We need people with empathy, excellent listening skills and a non-judgmental attitude. You do not need any previous experience as you will be provided with full training and an opportunity to develop this further if you wish. We need reliable volunteers who are able to dedicated a minimum of 6 months of their time to our service.
We welcome volunteers and really appreciate their commitment and efforts as they are essential to the services we provide. Continuous support is provided.
The outgoing Mayor of Sudbury, Councillor Sarah Page has raised £467.20 for the national mental health charity, Richmond Fellowship.
Councillor Page selected Richmond Fellowship as one of her chosen charities for her 2017-2018 mayoralty year.
A range of fundraising activities have taken place over the last 12 months, including various coffee mornings in Sudbury Town Hall.
Sarah Page said:
“I was inspired by the work of Richmond Fellowship and the fantastic staff at Sudbury. I attended some of their events in my mayoral year and met many clients and staff. I was very impressed with the work of this organisation and I feel Richmond Fellowship make a huge difference to peoples lives and long term recovery. Their work has such a positive impact on, not only their clients but our wider community”.
Andrea Stribling, Locality Manager for Richmond Fellowship Suffolk said:
“I’d like to say a big thank you to Sarah for selecting our service as her charity of the year. The money raised will make a real difference to those accessing our support. I’d also like to say thank you to all the residents who’ve kindly donated at the various fundraising events that have taken place around the town”.
The money raised will be spent locally, providing a range of recovery activities and trips for those using Richmond Fellowship’s supported housing and community based service in Sudbury, Suffolk.
It’s the fifth Fun Run and sponsored walk the Sudbury team have taken part in to date, netting over £3,000 in total.
Each runner and walker received a participation medal on completing the route around the Suffolk town.
All the money raised will go towards providing additional activities and day trips for those using the supported housing and community based service.
Nina Allard, Team Leader at the Sudbury service said:
“It was a really lovely opportunity to do something within the community that both raises the awareness of Richmond Fellowship, mental health and brings the team together to raise funds for people who use our service.”
The Sudbury Fun Run is one of the longest running sporting events in the town, attracting over 600 participants every year.
Richmond Fellowship’s Wiltshire employment service has been selected as one of 18 national centres for excellence in supporting people who use mental health services to gain or retain employment.
The Wiltshire employment service has achieved a consistent level of ‘Good Fidelity’ across a range of indicators for its Individual Placement and Support (IPS) service by The Centre for Mental Health.
It will now act as a centre for excellence model for Individual Placement and Support, offering guidance and advice on how IPS can be implemented in other locations across England as well as how employment services for people living with mental ill health can be improved based on the evidence of what works best.
Stephen Smith-Trask, Managing Director of Operations for Richmond Fellowship (South) said:
“Richmond Fellowship has a proud heritage of delivering high quality employment services across Wiltshire. We’ve been at the forefront of model development, always striving to exceed targets. Individual Placement and Support is critical in delivering employment support for the next generation. I’d like to pay tribute to the dedication and commitment of the staff team and partners in securing this recognition.”
The Centre for Mental Health is an independent UK mental health charity which aims to inspire hope, opportunity and a fair chance in life for people of all ages with or at risk of mental ill health.
As Richmond Fellowship has over 250 employees we are required by Government Regulations to publish details of our gender pay gap as at 5 April 2017, specifically the difference in average female earnings compared to average male earnings. The data for Richmond Fellowship is as follows:
Gender Pay Gap
The difference between the full time equivalent average earnings of men and women. This is expressed as a percentage of men’s earnings.
Mean gender pay gap = 5.93%
Median gender pay gap = 0.00%
Gender Bonus Gap
The difference between the full time equivalent average bonuses of men and women.
Mean bonus gender pay gap = not applicable (as bonuses are not paid)
Median bonus gender pay gap = not applicable (as bonuses are not paid)
Percentage who receive a bonus = not applicable (as bonus are not paid)
Proportion of men and women in each quartile of the organisation’s pay structure.
Lower quartile = 80% female and 20% male
Lower middle quartile = 64% female and 36% male
Upper middle quartile = 66% female and 34% male
Upper quartile = 71% female and 29% male
Commentary from Derek Caren, Group Chief Executive
The mean gender pay gap for the whole economy (according to the October 2017 Office for National Statistics Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings figures) is 17.4%, while in the Not for Profit sector it is 19.4%.
At 5.93%, Richmond Fellowship’s mean gender pay gap is therefore significantly lower than for the whole economy and for our sector. The quartile figures demonstrate that we have more women than men across all four quartiles and this can perhaps be explained due to the sector that we are in.
Analysis of our data suggests that the 5.93% pay gap that we do have arises as a result of positions held in the upper quartile. However out of our top five most senior positions, two of these (40%) were filled by woman as at 5 April 2017.
As an organisation we are committed to equality and there are no differences in pay rates for different genders occupying equivalent roles. Our pay policy states that we pay employees equally for the same or equivalent work regardless of their sex (or any other protected characteristic as defined in the Equality Act 2010).
We will continue to ensure that our external and internal recruitment processes are fair and consistent. In addition we will continue to undertake wider diversity monitoring e.g. workforce representation and training attendance by diversity groups as part of our wider commitment under our Investors in Diversity accreditation.
Everyone likes to complain about work – yet employment is proven to give us many personal benefits beyond a salary. From a social network to social status, developing self-esteem to developing new skills, employment is good for us. Being out of work can increase the risks of ill health and disease, and can have a particularly negative effect on an individual’s mental health.
Yet, studies have also shown that 1 in 6 employees are currently living with mental health problems; a study by Mind shows that fewer than half of these people feel able to tell their employers. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is mental health and work, a pressing issue in today’s society.
That’s why employment services are one of the five types of support we provide at Richmond Fellowship. With 28 employment services across England, whether someone needs support to find work or to retain employment, our employment advisors provide individualised support for people living with mental health problems.
What does that mean in practice?
Our employment advisors get to know the person, not the CV.
It means that we don’t have targets to meet or quotas to fill. Instead, our focus is on the individual. We work with each person who uses our service to develop a plan based on their own strengths, experiences and goals, being mindful of the mental health problems they are living with. Our employment advisors get to know the person, not the CV. We believe that people using our services can achieve their goals, and we see our role as supporting them. It’s not a tick box exercise. It’s about working together to achieve each person’s goals.
At Richmond Fellowship, we believe that good employment is good for health. What that looks like will be different for each person. We don’t make assumptions about the kind of work that would be suitable for them. For some people that may mean an entry-level job; for others, that may mean a senior management position. Part-time or full-time, permanent or contract work – we work with you to help you achieve the outcome that is right for you.
Good employment is good for health.
It’s crucial that the people who use our services guide their own experience with Richmond Fellowship and have full ownership over their action plan. To help achieve this, we have recently developed a new web app called Aspire. Created by digital production company Mindwave Ventures, Aspire is a flexible, intuitive, and easy to use online portal to help us better support people in the digital age. Aspire allows people who use our services to work collaboratively with their employment advisor to build their action plan, track the steps they are taking, and tick off goals as they are achieved. We’ve had really positive feedback from our piloting of the scheme, and are rolling out across all of our employment services soon.
At the heart of everything we do is the belief that good employment is good for mental health. Our role is to empower the people who use our services to achieve their employment goals, and live their best life.