Anne’s Blog – Find out how Anne’s week has been.

Hello everyone. I am so glad it is my turn to blog again and connect you to all the wonderful and inspiring people we are in contact with as well as the motivating projects the SUN network are involved in.

Over the past couple of months, the SUN Network started developing the idea of putting together a co-production strategy and some training to support the strategy. The aim of the strategy is to clarify the difference between, co-production, involvement and collaboration and identify the details of what co-production is. This strategy would be available throughout the mental health system and potentially beyond to help inspire, guide and support the implementation of co-production, involvement and collaboration within services. Through good co-production with the involvement of those with lived experience on an equal and shared platform, the development of services is steered towards the needs of those accessing them.

This is a very new project and in the early stages of development. We would not produce a co-production document without it being co-produced. So, although we already have a variety of people on board, we would love you to join us! Would you like to learn more about co-production? Would you like to share your thoughts and ideas about how services could get you involved with decision making? If so, then please get in touch. enquiries@sunnetwork.org.uk or call/text/WhatsApp us on 07712 358 172 We would love to hear from you.

I have been attending the Wisbech FENHMAN meeting. This meeting brings together local organisations, mental health service providers and community groups to share and network their latest goings on and projects in the Fenland area. It is a great meeting that ensures support and community services are working together for the benefit of the local community. One area which has been raised as an area which needs improvement is the communication and availability of information to the residents of Wisbech who are seeking guidance about what mental health services are available and how to access them. Would you be interested in helping to develop how this could be achieved? Have you struggled to find out what is available? Or wished someone was there to help make that phone call?  Are there other areas in your life which affect your mental health which you need help finding out about or accessing? Please get in touch with me, if you would like to be involved in a project like this, email me at anne.wigglesworth@sunnetwork.org.uk or call/text me on 07921 879318 It would be great to hear from you.

Charlotte mentioned our staff away day in her blog last week, so I won’t go into much detail, other than to share how beneficial it was for me and the rest of the team to have that time together (socially distanced, of course). Having the time and space made available to review and reflect on our own personal and professional practice and as a team was a truly unique thing to happen and I am so grateful to the ethos and values of the SUN Network. We are given the time to grow, evaluate and reflect our performance in a nurturing and positive way. I feel this only enhances our skills and abilities to carry out our work to an even higher standard.

At the end of last month, a couple of SUN Network participants shared their ideas and thoughts on the development of the Peterborough Exemplar Project’s, How Are You Peterborough website. They had previously given some feedback on the look, layout, function and relevance of information proposed for the website and this time it was to reflect on the changes and improvements which had been made based on their feedback. You could be involved in projects like this. If you are interested then please get in touch at enquiries@sunnetwork.org.uk

Remember it is ok to not be ok and asking for help is a strength not a weakness. Look after yourselves and get in touch if any of the above information interests you.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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