Posts Tagged ‘Salford’

Advocacy Awareness Campaign – An Update

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Our Advocacy Awareness campaign has been a runaway success – with referrals into the service trebling since its commencement in late June.

We have also met our target of improving the number of referrals from other agencies, and improving the number of agencies who refer to us.

We have put posters up in most GP surgeries and pharmacies that would let us – but for the moment postponed further actions to support the clients we are currently getting.

Referrals 201314Referrals in Q3 2014

The success is to such an extent that we are now looking for sessional advocates and additional funding to provide support to our existing advocates to meet the increased demand – if you are able to advocate, or know of any potential sources of funding, please let us know via james@mindinsalford.org.uk.

Advocacy Awareness Campaign

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Do you have something to say, but feel like no one is listening?Mind in Salford is currently trying to increase awareness of our advocacy service throughout Salford.

Putting up Posters in Mocha Parade
We’re going to every GP surgery, every pharmacy, every social services hub & every community mental health team in Salford putting up posters & leaving leaflets for the public.

We’re re-briefing adult social services teams on how our advocacy service can help people.

We’re advertising in the local CCG magazine to try and encourage GPs to refer.

Discussing Advocacy in Walkden
We’re attending council run events to encourage the public to self refer.

Graph showing Referral OriginsWhy now?

The campaign was inspired by our quarterly reporting showing very high self-referral rates, and low referral rates from other agencies.

This told us that potentially vulnerable and disenfranchised adults are having to search for our service, rather than be referred to us.

We’re hoping to make it easier for these people – by making it easier to find us and more likely they’ll be referred by someone else.

Garden Needs Wins Salford Tender

Friday, March 28th, 2014

Logo Garden NeedsMind in Salford, in partnership with Social Adventures, have just been successful in winning the contract for Mental Health and Horticulture in the city.

The three year contract will build upon the current work we’re doing at Garden Needs, our mental wellbeing hub and garden centre in Higher Broughton.

It’s an exciting new venture and it will mean us expanding our operations, allowing us to offer

  • more skills training and qualifications,
  • more drop-ins and foraging walks
  • more opportunities to grow food, and to carry out landscaping and grounds maintenance.

The new contract starts at the end of April 2014 and we’re very excited!

Advocacy Contract Extended

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Our contract to provide independent advocacy services for the people of Salford, in partnership with Salford Being Heard, has been extended for another 2 years.

This follows the successful implementation of our advocacy database, improving our understanding of the issues faced by clients, and the client bases we are helping.

We aim to improve our outreach to the communities of Salford in the next two years, as well as involving more volunteers to support our clients and improve the social benefits of our service.