Birmingham Mind has been praised for its efforts in supporting mental health services in Birmingham. We were named Charity of the Year at the Birmingham Awards 2017 – an award which is aimed at organisations who use their own initiative to benefit the community of wider society.
We were one of five charities and community initiatives to be shortlisted for the award. The judging panel – who specialised in enterprise, hospitality and local radio – recognised Birmingham Mind as the winner on 7th October 2017.
The judges felt that we helped to bridge the gap between what is needed and what is provided by the NHS and the Council, as well as our long established history in Birmingham, and because of the fact that we try to get mental health at the top of everyone’s agenda.
Charity of the Year was not the only award that Birmingham Mind was nominated for. Our training manager, Mike Jeffries, was shortlisted for his Contribution to Education. Mike runs our external training department – educating people in mental health and mental wellbeing.
The award comes just after Birmingham Mind celebrated a positive staff conference, which focused on how we have exponentially grown as a charity over the last three years. We now deliver a number of prevention and wellbeing services, as well as continuing to add to our services for those with higher level needs.
The conference for 2017 invited lively discussions from over 160 attending staff members, across a period of four days. The event’s theme ‘Back to the Future’ offered an opportunity for members of staff to understand how much the charity has changed over recent years, provide feedback, and collaborate ideas of how to improve our services.
We discovered that the key area for improvement is communication – both internally and externally – and is something that the Executive Committee are going to re-evaluate for continuous development. Other notable areas include – reconsidering the cleaning procedures in our care homes, exploring new training methods for on-boarding of staff, as well as ensuring that our frontline staff are not over burdened with administrative work.
Helen Wadley CEO of Birmingham Mind, said:
“Thank you to everyone who voted for us – and thank you to everyone at Birmingham Mind as the award is for everyone’s hard work in all of our services and activities.
“It is overwhelming to know that everyone shares passion and commitment to supporting those who are either experiencing mental health issue or at risk of developing them. I know that so many of you go above and beyond to make a positive difference in people’s lives.
“I continue to be so proud to be a part of the Birmingham Mind team, who offer hard work, commitment and enthusiasm on a daily basis. Our staff, volunteers and service users inspire me each day.”