Let’s make Lancashire the beacon county for mental wellbeing.
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By leading the charge in challenging society’s views of mental health and promoting mental wellbeing for all, we can decrease the occurrence of mental health conditions. Through collaboration and innovation we can develop and nurture new ways of working to ensure that everyone can be a full and active member of their local community and an equal in society. Read the latest news about our activities below and view our vacancies if you are interested in working with us.

Latest news

Lancashire Mind appoint Tommy McIIravey as new Chief Executive
Tommy McIIravey has been appointed as Chief Executive of the county’s leading mental health charity, Lancashire Mind. Tommy joins the organisation with over ten years’ experience as the Chief Executive of Merseyside-based charity Sahir House. During his time in post Tommy led the charity to win the GSK Impact Award in 2017. Tommy’s experience also includes volunteer positions at a number of high profile not-for-profit organisations including; Non-Executive Director at Plus Dane Housing, Management Consultant at Cranfield Trust and Lay Trustee and Chair of Lay Governance Group at the Royal College of Pathologists.

Lisa Bibby, Chair of Lancashire Mind’s Board of Trustees, said: “The Board of Trustees is delighted to have made such a great appointment to this key role and look forward to working with Tommy on the next stage of our charity’s journey towards achieving our vision of mental wellbeing for all in Lancashire. He joins us after a number of years as a CEO of an award winning charity in Merseyside and Cheshire with a similar focus on prevention of ill health, fighting stigma and ensuring that people with illness have access to the right services at the right time. We know that he brings with him not only enthusiasm and energy but also a great deal of knowledge and experience that will help us grow and make an even bigger difference to people’s lives”.

Tommy McIlravey said: “Lancashire Mind is a charity with a fantastic track record, being values led and dedicated to creating a mental health revolution. I’m hoping I can bring my experience, both as a successful charity CEO, and as a volunteer in mental health settings for nearly 20 years, to help Lancashire Mind on the next stage of its journey. I’m looking forward to working with all the staff, service users, volunteers and partner organisations to help Lancashire lead the way in UK mental health.”

Tommy replaces Stewart Lucas who was Lancashire Mind’s Chief Executive for four years.

Art Exhibition to showcase creativity among the Mental Health Community
A woman from Chorley has organised a charity art exhibition showcasing the work of people who have experienced mental health conditions in aid of leading mental health charity Lancashire Mind.
The exhibition, entitled Insight, is a look at the use of art, design and crafts for the improvement of mental health and wellbeing. Event organiser Victoria Cank, who has experienced a number of mental health conditions since she was a teenager, will showcase her work and the work of over 20 other artists from across the UK and abroad. Insight will open to the public at 11am on Saturday 3rd March at the Community Art Gallery at the Farmhouse in Astley Park.
The exhibition aims to open up conversations about mental health and reduce stigma and misconceptions surrounding mental health conditions. Victoria said: “I’ve had a hugely positive response to the exhibition. However, I’ve heard too many times ‘I didn’t think someone with complex mental health problems would be able to put something like this together’ and that is exactly why I have organised this event. I want to change the way people perceive mental health conditions and demonstrate the capabilities and talents of those living with conditions.”
Fabienne Clough, Fundraising Coordinator at Lancashire Mind said: “With one in four people in Lancashire currently living with a mental health condition it is important now, more than ever, that people feel they can speak up. We would like to thank Vicky and all the artists involved in Insight exhibition for sharing their experiences and helping to continue the increasingly important conversations about mental health conditions and wellbeing. The funds raised from the exhibition will allow Lancashire Mind to continue to work towards our vision for mental wellbeing for all.”
Insight will open on Saturday the 3rd March, at the Community Art Gallery at the Farmhouse, Astley Park, Chorley with a preview at 11am. Insight will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon until 3.30pm. Insight will close on Wednesday 4th April.

Lancashire businesses come together to improve wellbeing in the workplace
Over 35 businesses from across Lancashire have taken part in the region’s first Workplace Wellbeing conference, an event dedicated to sharing best practice for improving employee mental health and business performance.
The ‘Time to Talk About Wellbeing at Work’ conference was hosted by Lancashire Mind, in partnership with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. The event followed the announcement that new data extracted by NHS Digital from GP practices shows 31% of all fit notes issued between December 2014 and March 2017 were mental health related.
Lauren Oakland, Chief Executive Interim Cover, Lancashire Mind said: “The first ‘Time to Talk About Wellbeing at Work’ conference was a huge success and celebrated the work already being carried out by Lancashire employers. The event has given us the opportunity to create a new network of like-minded colleagues, with a renewed energy for developing and transforming wellbeing within workplaces across Lancashire, supported by new practical tools and ideas. I would like to thank all the organisations involved for sharing their ideas, advice and experiences.”
Karen White, Occupational Health and Wellbeing Manager at Blackpool Council, attended the conference. She said: “This was an excellent event and I’m so pleased to have been a part of it. The whole concept was incredibly inspiring and generated some great new ideas to implement.”
Lancashire Mind is leading the way in the charitable sector by supporting workplaces to tackle mental wellbeing at work across the county, providing both affordable workforce and leader training and a forum to encourage employers to share good practice. For more information about wellbeing at work email admin@lancashiremind.org.uk

Lancashire School Wellbeing Challenge
Lancashire Mind is offering schools across the county the opportunity to take part in its Wellbeing Challenge in a bid to help students to build resilience against mental health conditions. With 50 percent of mental health conditions developing before the age of 14, Lancashire Mind’s work with schools is integral to improving wellbeing across the county now and for the future.
We are delivering the Wellbeing Challenge in partnership with three local organisations: Positive Action in the Community, Key Unlocking Futures and Young Lancashire with Think Forward C.I.C., to 50 schools across Lancashire reaching 500 pupils over the next three years.
Rachael Ray, Children and Young People’s Community Development Lead, said: “The Wellbeing Challenge is a 10 week programme that secondary schools can sign up to via Lancashire Mind. The sessions will help students create and manage an asset, developing business skills and building confidence in the process, which will ultimately improve wellbeing across the school. We are very excited about the launch of the Wellbeing Challenge and the positive impact it will have on so many young people across Lancashire.”
Contact Rachael for more information rachaelray@lancashiremind.org.uk

Lancashire Mind launches With Faith in Mind
Lancashire Mind is working in partnership with local faith based groups in East Lancashire to deliver ‘With Faith in Mind’ a new event aimed at helping communities increase engagement and support emotional wellbeing in a faith context.
A With Faith in Mind event will take place on Thursday 12th October, 12:00pm-3:00pm at Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre. The event will focus on support for young people and the community whilst providing an opportunity to share any wellbeing concerns.
The event will bring faith and mental health organisations together to connect, promote simple mental health awareness messages and share straightforward actions to improve wellbeing. Those attending will explore what is already working well in the local area, hear positive stories about faith and mental health and create a toolkit to encourage other similar events.
Paul Smalley, Community Development, said “We’re working closely with Faith Action, Churches Together and other faith groups in Lancashire to explore mental health and how churches and other faith groups can support their communities. This is the first time we have run an event like this and we encourage faith groups, mental health organisations and individuals to attend what promises to be a community focused, insightful and informative event.”
Contact Paul for more information paulsmalley@lancashiremind.org.uk

Blackpool Time to Change Hub hosts its first World Mental Health Day
Blackpool’s Time to Change Hub will showcase the best of local mental health and wellbeing provision at its first World Mental Health Day Celebrations on 10th October. The event will bring together over 20 organisations from across Lancashire with the shared vision of ending mental health discrimination.
The event is running as part of the national Time to Change campaign and will take place at the Spanish Hall, Winter Gardens on Tuesday 10th October 2017. The event is free to attend and will be open from 11am until 4pm.
Jane Grantham, Community Development, Lancashire Mind, said: “The aim of the Time to Change Hub is to involve organisations, workplaces and schools who can network and work together to deliver initiatives that will help end mental health discrimination. The World Mental Health Day celebrations are going to play a huge part in helping us to achieve this. We’ve been overwhelmed by the number of organisations that want to be involved in the celebrations. This clearly reflects the value that the Blackpool community places on wellbeing and we are eager to present the extensive provision on offer at this exciting event.”
For more information email janegrantham@lancashiremind.org.uk

Departure of CEO – update
Stewart Lucas will leave Lancashire Mind on the 15th September after four highly successful years as Chief Executive. He leaves the organisation in a unique position, where it is a key player in shaping the strategic landscape for Mental Health and Wellbeing across the county, as well as being a highly regarded provider of services and interventions.
Despite a vigorous recruitment process the trustees have not yet been able to identify someone that they feel has the blend of skills required to lead an organisation as unique as Lancashire Mind. The trustees plan on going out to advert again later in the year, with the expectation that a new Chief Executive will be in post by 1st April 2018.
Until then our Business Development Manager, Lauren Oakland, and our Service Delivery Manager, Emma Lord, will be taking joint responsibility for ensuring that Lancashire Mind continues to be both a passionate influencer and an innovative service provider. They will be supported by the newly elected Chair of the Board of Trustees, Lisa Bibby and the organisation looks forward to continue to work with each and every one of its supporters, stakeholders, funders and clients to achieve mental wellbeing for all in Lancashire.

Our annual fundraiser is back – you can sign up now for Mental Elf 2017
We have created a 5k Fun Run with the emphasis on fun, it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned runner or prefer a stroll in the park the event is for everyone. Whether you want to run, skip, hop or jog your way across the finish line we would appreciate your help in raising vital funds that will allow us to continue doing what we do.
Our vision is mental wellbeing for all and regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety; an active lifestyle not only keeps our bodies healthy, but makes us feel good too.
Visit the Mental Elf page for more information and to register for the event.

Departure of CEO
With sadness we need to announce that after four successful and innovative years in post our current Chief Executive, Stewart Lucas, has decided it is time for him to seek further challenges elsewhere and will be leaving Lancashire Mind in early September.
Read the full announcement

Wellbeing Coach
Starting salary: £21,268
Full-time post, 35 hours per week
Location: Blackpool, with travel to other areas of Lancashire

Are you looking for a new challenge? Do you feel passionately about working with young people to build resilience enabling them flourish and succeed in life?
HeadStart Blackpool is one of the Big Lottery’s strategic programmes aimed at improving mental wellbeing in young people, aged 10-16 years of age, reducing the number that go on to develop mental ill health.
Under the HeadStart Blackpool banner, Lancashire Mind has been commissioned by Blackpool Council for three years to provide resilience interventions to every year five pupil in Blackpool.
We are looking for a passionate, hardworking and innovative individual to deliver our pioneering programme of universal resilience interventions, as part of HeadStart Blackpool and beyond, to help us to change the lives of young people forever.

Download the Wellbeing Coach recruitment pack for further information about this post. Applications must be made on a Lancashire Mind application form, which you can request by emailing admin@lancashiremind.org.uk

Deadline for applications: 10am on Monday 12th March 2018
Interviews for this post are scheduled to take place on 22nd March 2018, in Blackpool. Please note: this post is subject to an enhanced DBS check