The Mind BLMK Annual General Meeting 2016 - 'Daring to be Everywhere'

Mind BLMK held its Annual General Meeting on 14th October, at Kings House in Bedford. Guest speakers included Alistair Burt MP and Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred, alongside inspirational stories from people who use our services.

The theme this year was 'Daring to be Everywhere', reflecting the diversity and innovation that Mind BLMK offers. Whilst we continue to deliver high quality, community based support for people experiencing mental ill health, we have developed new services over the past year that reflect the needs in our counties.

Our Anti Social Behaviour project, Heritage Lottery gardening group, Progress to Education, Training and Employment (PETE), our  Gay Mens service in Luton, our partnership to develop and deliver employment support, training and consultancy - a huge list of services that show our reach and importance locally.

Right Honorable Alistair Burt MP

Alistair Burt MP, the former minister for Community and Social Care and MP for North East Bedforshire, spoke about the governments committment to mental health. Saying that people within government are talking about this frequently and are determined to see improvements, building upon the work already undertaken. It was fantastic to see one of our local MP's in attendance (and he was joined at lunch by Bedford MP, Richard Fuller). 

Chief Inspector Jaki Whittred from Bedfordshire Police

Jaki Whittred shared some of the work that Mind BLMK are doing in partnership with Bedfordshire Police. This includes the new Street Triage service, helping people get the urgent help and support they need, the Crisis Care Concordat, training for police officers, involement in the Police Fun Day - there really is lots that we do together! As with Mr Burt, Jaki spoke of the committment to improving services to people with mental health needs - very positive to see such a passionate and determined advocate. 

A huge thank you also to John, Maureen and Barbara who spoke about how Mind BLMK has helped them. Inspiring, moving and an excellent reminder of why we do what we do. 

Well over 100 people attended the event and a massive thank you to Kings House for doing such a splendid job of hosting. More to come in 2017!