The Barnet Wellbeing Hub has been developed as a collaborative process between people who use mental health services, a number of voluntary sector organisations and the statutory sector. It arose out of Barnet CCG's Reimagining Mental Health Programme, the Breakfast Clubs and workshops associated with that process.
Evidence is gathering on the value of person and community-centred approaches that 'lead to better outcomes and significant benefits for individuals'. The Five Year Forward NHS strategy has identified that such shifts in healthcare must include 'new partnerships with local communities'.
Welcome all of you, to this my [Gillian Goddard] second year as Chair, but Barnet Voice's 18th AGM after 22 years.
I won't say it has been an easy year, because that would not be true. If anyone remembers last year I then used the word challenging and that's still relevant today. In addition there is more change and uncertainty. Despite the government's promise to achieve parity between physical and mental health, the reality is that we are not there yet.
In the Barnet Voice report to the end of March 2016, we were then not sure about future funding, nor even where our office would be. I was about to become a trailblazer in the Reimaging Mental Health world and did not know if it would see us survive or not.
I'd rather talk about what has happened since then as I don't want dwell on those very difficult times.
Thanks to the support of so many, and I won't try to name them all as I'll risk offending someone, we now find ourselves with some money in the bank, a new office and someone waiting in the wings to become our new project support manager to take us into a new era.
We're about to start training some new people and we want to build on our links and partnership working to do more of the things that we are good at.
We want to be a bigger part of the way mental health support is provided in the borough by fuller recognition of the importance of peer support and that it becomes truly linked in to the sign-posting of the well being hub.
You'll see that I have a fund-raising stall here, and we'll be repeating it in partnership with others at the Barnet Christmas Fayre on 4th December. This is partly in memory of our friend and passionate campaigner and member of our Management Committee, the inspirational Jonathan Ashby whose collection of bric a brac I have here, along with some things of my mother, both of whom died this year.
We also remember our friends and colleagues Robert Johnson and Ben Brown who died last year and for whom we are looking into the possibility of having a memorial seat.
Finding ways to turn adversity into strength and overcoming difficulties is something I have had to work on this year and they are skills that many of us need to survive in today's society. But what I believe is that we can do more together than we can alone and that overcoming difficulties and set backs makes us stronger in the end.
Mental ill health is not going away, the need to campaign for better services and make our voice heard is as strong as ever. Competition for diminishing resources means that we'll have to fight for what we need. But let everyone hear that Barnet Voice has something special to offer in the way of mental health support and understanding and we are very cost effective - at the moment we are all volunteers!
Let's celebrate that we are here and that we have many friends.
PICTURED - Gillian with Barbara who received this beautiful mirror made by our very own Lesley.
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Last broadcast - Tuesday, 1st November.
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UK rapper Professor Green, aka Stephen Manderson, takes an intensely personal journey to uncover the truth behind the suicide of his father seven years ago.
Who are London Academy? London Academy is a mixed all-through school and Sixth Form for pupils ages 4 to 18 in the London Borough of Barnet forming part of the AIM Academies Trust.
With support from the First Give U.K. programme, Barnet Voice was chosen for their community project.
Who are First Give U.K.? First Give U.K. works in partnership with secondary schools to help young people to give their time, tenacity and talents to improve their local communities. This is delivered through a fully resourced scheme of work that is interactive and student-led.
Over eight lessons, the Programme encourages an entire year group of students to identify social issues in their area and engage with local charities that address them. The students will then have the opportunity to compete for £1,500 of grant money. Teams will do this by advocating for their charity in a school competition.
PICTURED - A stunning poster produced for this project...
The BBC Panorama Team went inside one of the UK's largest frontline mental health trusts - Barnet, Enfield and Haringey.
With funding cuts drastically reducing bed numbers, Panorama followed the teams through their daily decision making of who to let in and who to send home. They filmed with the nurses as they dealt with the suicidal, aggressive and the isolated in the community and hear how the system is so overloaded and other support services so decimated that staff feel they often struggle to meet all their patients' needs.
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