Let’s make Lancashire the beacon county for mental wellbeing.
There’s a lot of good work going on that you can support and promote.

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.

Latest news

Job opportunity: Chief Executive
Do you want a once in a lifetime opportunity to lead a revolution? Lancashire Mind is far more than just a mental health charity, it is a passionate movement leading the wellbeing revolution across the county.

Lancashire Mind has seen significant change over the past four years, developing a new vision, strategy and operational model that looks to deliver mental wellbeing for all in Lancashire. Our departing CEO leaves behind a very different organisation than they found it, more focused, highly regarded and on a journey towards being financially sustainable.

We are now seeking an experienced senior leader, driven and highly motivated, to become our new Chief Executive. We are looking for someone who can make our existing vision of mental wellbeing for all, their own. A natural leader with a proven track record in maintaining and building an organisation’s external position and reputation, we need a partnership builder that understands explicitly how a small organisation should be positioned to have maximum impact.

For more details about Lancashire Mind and the role of Chief Executive, including job description, person specification and application process, download the CEO recruitment pack.

Deadline for applications is 10 am on Wednesday 6th December.  Applications must be submitted using a Lancashire Mind job application form, which can be requested by emailing admin@lancashiremind.org.uk. We do not, under any circumstances, accept CVs.

Job opportunity: Wellbeing Coach Lead
We have an exciting opportunity for a Wellbeing Coach Lead to join our team. This role will build on our proven track record of reaching people across the county to help them overcome barriers to mental wellbeing. The successful candidate will provide local leadership and direction to our wellbeing coach team. By effectively leading the team, the Lead will ensure the delivery of contracts and good practice remains at an excellent standard. They will also create legacy and new opportunities to grow the wellbeing coach offer

We are looking for someone who has:

  • exceptional and proven team management skills and will have had success in leading high quality service delivery across diverse communities.
  • experience of leading teams across a dispersed area.
  • experience of implementing and managing programmes of contracted work.

For more information download the Wellbeing Coach Lead recruitment pack. Deadline for applications is 10am on Wednesday 1st November

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

Job opportunity: Business Support Coordinator
We’re looking for an enthusiastic, well organised and hardworking individual to deliver an effective and highly competent level of administrative support to our busy senior management team.
The successful applicant will have gained experience in a busy environment, preferably within the field of health or the third sector, along with skills and knowledge of Outlook and Microsoft Office.
You must be capable of prioritising your workload to meet deadlines and have experience of supporting management teams. You will need the ability to work under pressure, whilst maintaining high levels of accuracy and ensuring confidentiality.
Main duties will be to assist the senior management team to fulfil their priorities, supporting responses to internal and external colleagues, preparing for meetings and events, producing documents and coordinating pieces of work.
This is a temporary, part-time post that is expected to last for six months. For more information download the Business Support Coordinator recruitment pack. Deadline for applications is 10am on Friday 27th October 2017.

Job opportunity: Transformational Coach
We are looking for a passionate, hardworking and innovative individual to work as a Transformational Coach as part of the Changing Futures Project. This project is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
The Transformational Coach is key to the delivery model for this project and should be an individual with the capability to provide intensive and sustained support to help people move towards employment.
The Coaches work in partnership with community assets to build holistic resilience against the risks of poor health and long term unemployment. Led by Selnet and working in partnership with a range of organisations, we will support 1,000 individuals in Lancashire, providing intensive coaching, giving individual support and direction.
The successful candidate will have experience of working with individuals that services typically fail to reach. You’ll have knowledge and experience of Welfare to Work and employment related support, have excellent communication skills and be well organised.
For more information, download the Transformational Coach recruitment pack. Deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 23rd October 2017.

Eager Elf Discount Ends Soon!

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to sign up for the Mental Elf 5k and get an eager elf discount. Entry at the reduced price will no longer be available after the end of October. The special ‘Eager Elf’ entry discount is £12.50 per adult and £7.50 per child, after this, entry costs £15 per adult and £10 per child.
Lancashire Mind Fundraising Coordinator Fabienne Clough said: “Mental Elf is our annual 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. However you make your way across the finish line we really appreciate your help in raising vital funds that allow us to continue doing what we do. In taking part in the run you will be boosting your own wellbeing, as an active lifestyle not only keeps our bodies healthy, but makes us feel good too, and helping Lancashire Mind to achieve the vision of mental wellbeing for all. We want this year’s event to be our most successful yet with people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities coming together to support mental health across Lancashire.”
Register your place now!

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