Work has been developing to improve service user involvement in the Mental Health Forum.
Considerable support was provided for the HUTS project getting them through a period of growth and transition.
The worker has supported a number of new developments during this period. A project entitled “Steps to mental health” was established in Cardigan providing structured weekly mutual support groups in the area. There have been requests from other parts of the county to expand this service.
Support is being given to a new innovative development of a pilot Surf Therapy programme. Funding for 2 years was sought and obtained from Ceredigion Council, the Countryside Council for Wales and the Environment Agency. Sessions in the water have been run regularly throughout the summer and autumn since 2012. Next steps are to develop TONIC into an independent social enterprise which can continue to offer this much valued activity which supports recovery. Opportunities to further expand activities such as beach cleaning, dolphin watching, kayaking are being explored.
The worker has also been involved at a strategic level attending a range of meetings relating to County, Welsh Government and Hywel Dda Health Board plans including a number of planning sessions on the Mental Health Measure, the Carers Measure and the Clinical Services Review.