Following our previous posts about the changes that are taking place, a quick update to keep you all informed.

Mind BLMK and East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) have been working closely together to look at how we can provide better and more effective care and support by creating closer links between the two organisations. Our shared vision is to provide a structure with one clear goal – helping you with your mental health recovery.

As part of this work, Mind BLMK will improve the support offered through ELFT’s integrated recovery services by providing a peer support service operating across Bedfordshire. We will appoint 20 mentors, people with professional or lived mental health experience, as well as providing peer support groups for up to 12 people in different areas across the counties.

The Mind BLMK team will also have closer working links with ELFT’s wider recovery service and help clients access support available from the Day Resource Centre @ The Wellbeing Centre, Barford Avenue Day Centre, Bedfordshire Recovery College, Bedfordshire Wellbeing Service and Bedfordshire Employment Service. A comprehensive range of short-term courses and workshops will be available through the Recovery College, replacing the ongoing community classes in Central Bedfordshire previously provided by Mind BLMK staff.

The changes will take effect from July 1st 2017. However, Mind BLMK and ELFT will continue to work together to identify any further support that may be needed and explore opportunities to develop other ways that people can get the help they need, at the time they need it in the place they live.

We will, of course, keep you updated with any news.