Update/state of play for the Mental Health Collective at Broadacre

Dear friends and colleagues

re Mental Health Collective

Thanks again to everyone who came to the original meeting on 4th September, and the follow up meeting on Friday 16th October. This is a brief update on where we think are at with this exciting idea. Those who came on Friday 16th heard some of this verbally, and as agreed we are now summarising progress to date via this email.

A small group of us (including Angela Glascott, Alisdair Cameron, Claire Forman and Steve Nash) spent a lot of time in between these two open meetings talking to colleagues at the CCG, NTW FT, and at Northern Creative Solutions (the group that runs Broadacre House) about the best way to make some practical progress.

These discussions led to a meeting with senior colleagues on 13th October where the following proposals were all agreed:

1. ​​The first priority is to enable the Recovery Centre to move into the 5th floor of Broadacre House. Once this happens, the thinking and development around the Mental Health Collective can really begin in earnest.

2. As soon as is practicable a memorandum of Understanding is drawn up between the CCG, NTW FT and Northern Creative Solutions, and that this is endorsed by representatives of the Recovery College and the nascent Collective.

3. We should contract for enough floor space to support the development of the Mental Health Collective (service charge £31k). The CCG will grant the money to Northern Creative Solutions, with half being a direct CCG contribution and half being CCG money that would have otherwise been received by NTW trust, but which the Trust is forgoing in order to progress this initiative.

4. The Recovery College should move into Broadacre House in early January 2016, with the aim of running its spring term curriculum from that location.

We are delighted to report that these four key proposals were agreed with our colleagues from NTW FT and Newcastle Gateshead CCG. This means that a number of tasks now need to be undertaken, which include the following:

* ​​Setting out and agreeing the Memorandum of Understanding.

* Getting the agreed funding transferred over.

* Organising the physical environment of the space. Donations of chairs, desks, tables, shelf units are most welcome indeed. We also anticipate a need for willing volunteers to assist withfurniture moving, decoration, setting up, etc.

* Establishing a steering group to support and guide next steps and future developments

At every stage we are keen to make sure that we incorporate the early thinking and principles that we have all discussed together around the concept of the Mental Health Collective.

At this stage however, the practical priority is on making sure that all the right things are in place to enable the Recovery College to move into its new home, which is the essential first step to giving substance to the shared idea of the Collective. This does not preclude the use of the space for the odd meeting or event prior to January, merely that the emphasis lies with finalising the move.

We therefore imagine that we will invite you to a further meeting in January, where we will hopefully be in a position to do further work on the design and ethos of the Collective


Alisdair Cameron
LAUNCHPAD Team Leader,
NTWSU&C n/wk co-chair (with Mish Loraine)
(for network business: ntwsuc)

Offices 210 and 211,
Holy Jesus Hospital,
City Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tel 0191 2330382 (personal mobile 07736074213)
E-mail launchpadncl
or alisdairscameron

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