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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 prepares for their Wellbeing Challenge Awards Ceremony

On the 27th June 2018 Lancashire Mind will host this year’s Wellbeing Challenge Awards Ceremony. This event will bring together supporting organisations and young people from across Lancashire who have taken part in this year’s Wellbeing Challenge.
Lancashire Mind leads a partnership of organisations* to deliver the Wellbeing Challenge in high schools across the county. Through this project, pupils have been creating and delivering assets to improve wellbeing in their school. This year’s assets include a ‘Chill Zone’, pupil workshops and a de-stressing festival within school.
This year’s awards ceremony (sponsored by Motorpoint Burnley) will recognise the achievements and hard work of the young people who have taken part. Awards include the Fertile Frog award for Service Design and The Physiofusion Award for Improvement to Wellbeing.
If you would like to support this event through sponsorship/donation of goods or you would like to request the Wellbeing Challenge for your school, please contact laurenhilton@lancashiremind.org.uk

*Partnership organisations: Key Unlocking Futures, Positive Action in the Community, Think Forward C.I.C. and Young Lancashire.

Wellbeing Challenge Awards Ceremony 2018

Lancashire Mind appoint Tommy McIlravey as new Chief Executive
Tommy McIlravey 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.

Thank you for your interest in working with Lancashire Mind. Our current vacancies are listed below. If you would like to be notified when job opportunities arise, please email admin@lancashiremind.org.uk and request to be added to our mailing list or sign up here.

The Whole School Approach is a programme developed by Mind, the national mental health charity, that was designed by young people, parents, the wider school workforce and local Minds, including Lancashire Mind. Lancashire Mind have been funded to deliver the programme in four schools across Lancashire during the 2018/19 school year. We are now recruiting for two posts to deliver the programme.

Whole School Approach Coordinator

The Whole School Approach Coordinator will deliver our wellbeing and resilience interventions, as part of the Whole School Approach, through one-to-one coaching with staff and pupils, assisting the delivery of assemblies and workshops, and will have overall responsibility for coordinating the programme.

You will passionately believe in mental wellbeing for all and have experience of leading and implementing projects, ideally in an educational setting. We want a confident leader who can work on their own initiative and who will promote the wider work of Lancashire Mind, alongside delivery of the Whole School Approach programme.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 3rd September 2018.
Interviews will take place on Friday 7th September 2018 in Chorley.
The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.


Whole School Approach Worker

The Whole School Approach Worker will assist the Coordinator in delivering our wellbeing and resilience interventions, supporting the planning of one-to-one coaching sessions with staff and pupils and delivering assemblies and workshops.

You will passionately believe in mental wellbeing for all and have experience of working with children and young people and of providing administrative support to colleagues. We want a confident communicator who can work on their own initiative and who will promote the wider work of Lancashire Mind, alongside assisting the delivery of the Whole School Approach programme.

The deadline for applications is 10am on Monday 3rd September 2018.
Interviews will take place on Monday 10th September 2018 in Chorley.
The post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.

Lancashire Mind is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, particularly candidates with a lived experience of mental health conditions who fulfil all the criteria within the person specification.

To apply for one of our jobs, email admin@lancashiremind.org.uk to request a recruitment pack and application form.