Change Minds has been pretty busy over the last month.
Our Coordinator Helen Sabberton has gone on maternity leave, and Laura Drysdale, the Project Manager, is now covering her role. We miss Helen but Laura (that’s me!) knows the ropes.
We are delighted that two participants are now on to the Project Board. They attended the last board meeting on 27th May.
We are really glad that Elizabeth Ellis has joined the Reseach Panel from the Inspire team at Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust.
We began Change Minds Cromer, our spin-off programme at Cromer Library in partnership with Norfolk Libraries and Information Service and Norfolk Community Learning. We’ve got some enthusiastic participants researching a new set of Case Records from St Andrews Hospital, led by Orla Kennelly.
On 15th June we ran two workshops at the 2nd Mental Health Conference run by Norfolk Social Services. Participants, support workers, research panel members and partners talked about the project and then we pitched into looking at Case Records. Workshop attendees were left in no doubt that history and creativity are agents of recovery!
On 16th June the research team facilitated focus groups for participants and staff. These will feed into our interim research report, due in August. We are learning a great deal from people’s engagement and openness in all our research activity, and the learning is feeding directly into the project.
Our Cohort 1 has completed 15 sessions, and we are now moving on to monthly meetings for that group while we start recruiting people for the next cohort. Both groups will come together to get to know each other before the final exhibition phase starts in September 2017.