A Christmas Message

Christmas is often a time of reflection while also looking forward to the year ahead. It can be a very special time when family and friends gather to share their memories, hopes and dreams.

However, for some it can be a lonely time as loved ones have been lost or are being lost. It is a time when reaching out, appreciating and valuing others goes a long, long way in supporting us to be of healthy body and mind and I wish you all strength and courage to reach out to those people in your life who are and could be special to you.

Together in MindWise have achieved so much this year and we are set to achieve so much more in 2019!

My highlights of the year were:-

  • The continued development of our housing service to meet the needs of older people experiencing fraility, dementia and mental health.
  • The Personality Disorder Conference with thanks to the NI Personality Disorder Network for all their support.
  • The development of our Impact Measurement best practice tools.
  • The development of our new Carers strategic intent.
  • The establishment of our Autism Special Interest Group.
  • Securing and operationalisation of our first Homelessness and Mental Health Hostel.
  • Achieving Investor in People Gold.
  • Expansion and development of activities via the Mental Health UK Alliance

And some of the challenges during the year were:-

  • Further cost pressures across statutory contracts.
  • The lack of a working Executive in the Assembly
  • Brexit remaining in a state of flux.

Of course you will have your owns reflections on the year, some of which will include family, friends, colleagues and clients who have left us – to them all we wish every success and hope they will always be ambassadors for MindWise. Not least Charles Bamford, Board of Trustees Chair, who has recently retired from his role and who must be thanked for his many years of contribution to MindWise.

We have much to look forward to in 2019, during which Tom Haire, our new BOT Chair, will formally introduce himself to you all. No doubt we will continue to sustain and develop MindWise through our passion and commitment to delivering high quality service provision for and with our clients.

As we go forward and face no doubt some new challenges, I have no doubt we will succeed Together and make a real difference to the many people we engage with across Northern Ireland and beyond as we move from recovery to discovery.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Anne Doherty, Interim CEO


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