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Together scopes potential for peer support in secure settings

A consultation project undertaken by Together to scope the status and potential of peer support in secure settings has published its final report. This is the first time that such a project has been undertaken in secure settings, and the project reached more than 220 service users in secure units, in addition to staff. The…

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Together’s partnership with London Probation examined to reveal ingredients of successful joint working

The successes of a joint initiative between Together and London Probation spanning two decades have been the subject of a study to reveal the crucial behaviours and characteristics that make a partnership thrive. The Forensic Mental Health Partnership has 20 projects based in probation, courts and police stations, working to ensure individuals with a mental…

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Together gives guidance on involving service users in the delivery of mental health services

We have teamed up with the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) to produce a briefing on service user involvement aimed at all professionals involved in designing and managing mental health services. Produced to coincide with the NHS Confederation’s annual conference, the briefing defines and outlines practical steps towards genuine, meaningful service user involvement. It also…

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The Priory showcase artwork at Together’s national office

Together is hosting an exhibition being held by The Priory’s Secure Services to showcase the artwork of individuals with severe mental health needs. ‘Bridging the Gap’, being held at Together’s national office at 12 Old Street in London, features a range of mixed media artwork completed by individuals from The Priory’s secure mental health units and is open…

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Shadow Justice Minister visits Together’s new Rotherham project for vulnerable young adults

Dan Jarvis, Labour MP for Barnsley Central and Shadow Minister for Justice, will today visit Together’s new Rotherham service for young adults in contact with the criminal justice system. The service provides support to 17 to 24-year-olds from the point they come into contact with police and emergency services in Rotherham. Together’s local team will…

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New countywide mental health floating support service in Norfolk to be delivered by Together

Together has been selected by Norfolk County Council to provide mental health floating support to individuals living across the county with housing related needs. Following a nine month process to re-commission local services, Together was awarded the contract from 27th January 2014. Since then we have been working closely with local staff, service users, the Council and the…

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Together to deliver pilot launched by NHS England to place mental health teams in police stations and courts across London

Together will deliver a new pilot scheme being launched by NHS England today that places specialist mental health teams in police stations and courts across the capital. Delivered by Together in partnership with Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust, East London NHS Foundation Trust and North East London NHS Foundation Trust the scheme will reach…

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Together selected by Department of Health as a partner to roll out liaison and diversion services

Together has been chosen by the Department of Health to be one of its key partner organisations to lead an initiative that will see mental health professionals working directly within courts and police custody suites. The Department of Health today announced £25 million of funding to develop and roll out services including liaison and diversion…

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Befriending service launched for Stratford residents

Today national charity Together for Mental Wellbeing, officially opens the doors of its new befriending service ‘Stratford Friends’ to offer some extra support to local people living with mental health needs. The project, supported by funding from Stratford Town Trust aims to link people with a mental health need – living in Stratford-Upon-Avon – to…

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Together project in Southwark wins innovation award

Together’s Southwark Your Way service has won the Mental Health Providers Forum’s (MHPF) award for best design of a flexible new service. The service in the south London borough was the result of an eight-day transformation and design programme delivered last year to 33 service users by people with lived experience of mental distress. Together…

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Together gets a helping hand through Vodafone World of Difference programme

Winner of this year’s Vodafone World of Difference programme, Julie Billsborough has begun her placement with her chosen charity Together, to develop a mental health information website for people in her local area of Lancaster. Julie wants to develop a local online directory for service users, carers and health practitioners that provides details of local…

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Together to receive share of £5.5 million from Department of Health to develop innovative residential service

Together is to receive up to £210,363 over three years from the Department of Health (DOH) to support the development of its innovative personalised residential service for individuals with complex needs. Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, announced the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund awards 2013-2014 at the Innovation Expo this month. Together…

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Together adds summer dates to peer support training programme

Together is inviting people to apply for places on an 8-day peer support training programme this summer, following the success of similar courses that have been running since November last year. Peer supporters draw on their own experiences of mental distress to help others towards better mental wellbeing, and it has been shown that genuine,…

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Will new health commissioning bodies have the awareness and expertise to account for the mental health and wellbeing needs of women in the criminal justice system?

  Linda Bryant, Manager of Together’s  Criminal Justice Services, argues that thought and attention needs to be given to the distinct needs of women offenders as new commissioning bodies take on responsibility for commissioning community services. Check out her blog piece on Independent.co.uk here

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Together service user launches graphic novel documenting inhumanity of asylum life

This week Andrew Voyce, former user of Together’s services, launched his book Side effects at the mental health charity’s Our Space Gallery in London. The graphic novel charts Andrew’s experience of schizophrenia over the course of 20 years – his journey through psychotic episodes, asylums, medication, encounters with the law and homelessness. Following the closure…

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As Together launches its new ‘Common sense approach to working with women offenders’, our Curator, Eve McDougall recalls her experiences of prison.

As Together launches its new ‘Common sense approach to working with women offenders’, its Our Space Gallery Curator, Eve McDougall recalls her experience of being sent to an adult Victorian prison when she was just 15 years old. Over 30 years ago, Eve was sentenced to two years and actually  served two years for breaking…

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Guide launched to ensure women’s health and wellbeing needs are not missed by criminal justice staff

Today, mental health charity Together launches a new guide that offers professionals the tools to recognise and respond to the health and wellbeing needs of women offenders. Despite recommendations made in the 2007 Corston report, around 13,500 women are still sent to prison each year1. More than half of these women have severe mental illness and…

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Chair and two new Trustees sought for Together’s board

Together is seeking a new Chair to lead its Board of Trustees as well as two new Trustees with lived experience of mental distress to act as ‘experts by experience’. The charity is now inviting applications for all three posts from individuals who are passionate about improving the lives of people experiencing mental health issues…

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Individuals at The Priory unlock their creativity at new exhibition

Thornford Park and Chadwick Lodge, residential units that are part of the Priory Group, are holding an exhibition at Together’s Our Space gallery to showcase service users’ artwork. The UNLOCK art exhibition features a range of mixed media artwork completed by service users and demonstrates the potential of art as a mode of therapy, allowing individuals to…

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Charity launches transformed service for Southwark residents with mental health issues

As part of its work to transform its services and drive personalisation forward, mental health charity Together has launched its latest project Southwark Your Way for local people in need of support. Southwark Your Way, formerly known as Castle Resource Centre, has now been transformed into a community based service that offers individuals experiencing mental…

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