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Mind Your Head are keen to launch new support services in Shetland. Find out more about our plans here.

When Mind Your Head were established we were very clear that we would focus our efforts on tackling stigma and improving understanding of an illness which touches many lives in the community.  We do not want to change that and that will remain our focus as we think it is really important for us to continue the work we have been doing.

However, we have increasingly found that when we are delivering our work in the community that there are gaps that exist in relation to support available.  Our community surveys as well as our work in the community have informed our plans and we are entering important stages of consultation to help us in putting in place our proposed service.  We hope that we will be in a position to secure external funding alongside local fundraising efforts so that we can launch our services within the next 18 months.  Unfortunately these things take time but we want to make sure that we do this right and that we put in place what is right for our community's needs. 

Adult Support Services

The first stage of developing our adult service took an important step forward in January 2015 when we contracted Anouska Civico to help us design our new service.  Anouska has extensive experience in mental health services having previously managed accommodation and community-based outreach services for people of all ages and varying needs.  She will be helping Mind Your Head design the proposed service and put in place clear plans to help secure external funding.

We will provide more information on progress over the next few months.  In the meantime, if you have any ideas about what we should offer then contact us.

Young People's Support Services

We are now at consultation stage with our proposed young people's service.  Called Wellbeing 10 the idea is to offer sessions to young people which combine activities and interests that can improve wellbeing along with guided self help support.  A copy of the slides from the powerpoint which is being shown at consultation meetings with local agencies and service providers can be accessed here.  It's important to stress that at this stage this is a proposal.  We will also be talking with young people through consultations as their voice has helped design the service - now that we have designed it we have to make sure that is what they really meant and crucially it is a service they would use!

We hope that once this important stage is completed we will be able to work at securing funding from external sources alongside local partners.  We believe our service will make a real difference to young people.

Funding the services

The Shetland Community are very generous supporters of Mind Your Head.  The work we have done to date on developing services has been 100% funded through donations.  Thank you - we simply could not have gotten to where we are now without that support.

We are working hard to make sure that we can develop services that we can attract external funding towards.  Unfortunately, we cannot 100% fund our services from external sources but we are committed to securing what we realistically can.  In the this our 10th Anniversary year we hope the Shetland community will remain supportive of our work and help us make our services a reality.

If you would like further information or if you have suggestions on our proposed support services for adults and young people then please contact us.

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