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We are committed to fully involving people with experience of mental health challenges to help plan and deliver support. Across our services, there are many ways to get involved, whether that is through client involvement and co-production activities or volunteering with us.

We are keen to involve and work with people from across all of Brighton and Hove’s diverse communities, including minority and under-represented groups. Only by listening to people’s range of experiences and opinions, can we deliver and develop support tailored to individual’s needs.

Client involvement and co-production

What does client involvement and co-production mean?

Client involvement is a term used to describe a range of ways people can contribute their views and ideas, and how these can be used to make changes to the services they are using.

Co-production is a term used to describe an equal partnership between staff working in services and those who are intended to benefit from using those services. It is a way to bring together different kinds of knowledge and skills to work together to design, develop, plan and deliver services in an equal partnership.

We want to work with you

Over the coming months and years, we want to work with you to explore how we can:

  • Improve quality and experience of mental health and wellbeing support
  • Shape future service delivery
  • Celebrate and promote good mental health and wellbeing
  • Raise awareness of Community Roots to improve access to mental health and wellbeing support for people living across Brighton and Hove
  • Challenge barriers that prevent good mental health and wellbeing

We want to hear from you

In the New Year (2020), we will be hosting an event for people accessing our Community Roots mental health services in Brighton and Hove to discuss and share ideas on what we can do to support the areas listed above. At the event, we would also like to hear your ideas on how you would like to be involved.

Community Roots includes services delivered by the following organisations:
Allsorts, Assert, Brighton Women’s Centre, Clare Project, Cruse Bereavement Care, Fabrica, Friends, Families & Travellers, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, Hangleton & Knoll Project, Mind, MindOut, Money Advice Plus, Rethink, Southdown, Switchboard and the Trust for Developing Communities (TDC). 

If you are not sure if the service you are accessing is a Community Roots service, please contact your service provider to ask. 

More information on this free to attend event will be shared soon. In the meantime, if you would like to register your interest, please email Suzanne at suzanne.barwell@southdown.org.

Volunteering

Our volunteers are invaluable to help us be there for more people who need support.

Volunteering can also help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even make you feel happier and healthier. Many of our services have volunteers as part of their teams.

As we develop Community Roots’ services and initiatives, we are looking to expand the volunteering roles we currently have, including roles to support our new Central Access Point freephone number and website.

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering with Community Roots, please come along to our event early in 2020 (as mentioned above with more details to be shared shortly on our website).

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