Monmouthshire Mental Health Network and Forum

February 21st was a special day for the Monmouthshire Mental Health Network and Forum and yes, Debbi, congratulations are due to all who received their Certificates, and thanks due to their friends and everyone else who made a special effort to attend, including Bernard Boniface, Louise George, and Andrew Pugh.  The library at The Sessions House was crowded and it was a good afternoon.

 Cllr Kay Peacock                                     Becky Evans   

Cllr Kay Peacock                                        Becky Evans

Special thanks is offered to Cllr Kay Peacock, Mayor of Usk,  who carried out the Presentation and it is really appreciated that Kay found the time to be with us.    We hope that Kay enjoyed the afternoon and meeting those who had worked hard to achieve their award.            

And yet more congratulations, this time to Becky Evans, proposed and elected as the first Chair of the Network.   This appointment has moved everything further forward in a positive way, and this is the first stage of placing the guidance of the Network and Forum into the hands of those who it is intended to serve and support.   Best of luck Becky!  

At the next meeting, on the 21st March there will be an election for Chair of the Forum.   Bev Holbrook has been proposed so far, and if anyone else would like to be considered, then please let me know.   These appointments are significant, and are taking place at the same time as members are becoming involved in the Strategic Planning sub-group, the Integration Planning Board of the Local Health Board and Social Services Department, and also the Day Services Working group.   Others are joining the group considering the Big Lottery Funding for Wales and hopefully someone will want to join the Voluntary Sector Forum which is being re-established in the near future.  There is room for anyone receiving services, and their Carers, who would like to have a part in the development and planning of mental health services in Monmouthshire.   Future groups will be looking at Housing needs, Stigma issues, and maybe some research into Core and Cluster housing  and its benefits or otherwise.

If you are becoming aware of all this activity for the first time, or just reconsidering whether you would now like to get involved, please ring Tony on 01291-673952 or e-mail tony.rigby@gavowales.org.uk and get more information.   Help can be given with transport costs and your support will be really welcomed.      

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