Christmas 2017 E-bulletin

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Welcome to CPSL Mind’s Christmas 2017 E-bulletin!

It’s hard to believe that nine months have already gone by since the merger between Mind in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough & Fenland Mind in April this year.

This is the start of an exciting new era for us and brings together an extraordinary team of staff and volunteers, all committed to providing effective, high quality projects and services for better mental health.  If you haven’t visited our website yet, please do so. We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.

This is my first E-bulletin since being appointed to the substantive post of Chief Executive. I feel hugely privileged to take on this role, especially now, at this critical time, when mental health is at long last so high on the public and political agenda.

Having worked in the local mental health sector for the past 15 years, I have seen more significant change happen locally in the past two years than ever before, with service providers working together, alongside individuals with lived experience, to provide innovative new services. But there is still so much more to do…

We are looking forward to exploring new ways of working with others to meet the mental health and wellbeing needs within our communities over the coming year.

In this newsletter you will find lots of updates on what we have been doing across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire of late. We hope you find our update interesting and helpful but if you have any ideas about how we might improve it, please do let us know.

Aly Anderson
Chief Executive Officer

Headline News

First Response Service and Sanctuaries win top awards

First Response Service and Sanctuaries win top awardsWe were delighted to see Peterborough and Cambridgeshire’s First Response Service (FRS) named as winners of the Positive Practice in Mental Health Awards for Crisis and Acute Services. We are proud that our Sanctuaries are part of the collaborative model, working with a wide range of partners to improve crisis care across Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.  Further information can be found here.

News is spreading about the Sanctuary and we were honoured to be invited to present at a Royal College of Psychiatrists event focused on Urgent and Emergency Care for Adults and Older Adults Experiencing Mental Health Crisis.  There were around 120 people at the event, CPSL Mind’s Hannah Turner joined Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust’s Caroline Meiser-Stedman to present on the partnership work of The Sanctuary and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough First Response service.

BBC Look East has also featured the work of the Sanctuary and the wider First Response Service.

New CEO Announced

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Aly Anderson to the substantive role of Chief Executive Officer. Aly had been in the role of Interim CEO since January, and was pleased to accept the permanent role in June.

Our Chair, Jo Lucas, said. “With support of the Board, staff and volunteers, Aly will lead CPSL Mind into a bright future, where high quality services continue to be delivered and opportunities to develop and create additional services are explored.”

Congratulations Aly!

‘Raising the Bar’ at the House of Commons

CPSL Mind joined other Mind colleagues from across the country at the House of Commons for national Mind’s Mental Health: Raising the Bar event in September – to get MPs talking about mental health provision. Our CEO Aly Anderson and volunteer Anne Cleary both tackled MPs and ministers on a range of issues including the need for nationwide investment in suicide prevention and crisis services.

Celebrating Blue Light Success

Blue Light Success

Cambridgeshire’s Blue Light emergency services joined us to celebrate our ground-breaking project focused on improving the mental health of local Blue Light personnel in September. The event, at Cambridge Belfry Hotel, Cambourne, marked the successes of the latest phase of the Blue Light project.

The project has involved a wide range of activity – all designed to raise awareness of mental health issues and to tackle mental health-related stigma among staff and volunteers within the Police, Fire, Ambulance and Search & Rescue services.

The local work is part of Mind’s national Blue Light Programme which has responded to the fact that emergency services personnel are at particularly high risk of developing mental health issues – such as anxiety and depression.

You can find out more about this work by watching the videos below as well as reading our Blue Light Impact Report. 

Watch our video ‘Tackling Stigma and Changing Minds’ –the journey, achievements and impact of the Blue Light Project in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough 2016-2017.

‘You look after others: who looks after you?’ – what emergency service workers wish they had known about mental health, how it affects them and how they look after their own mental wellbeing.

Read our Blue Light Impact Report 

STOP Suicide get International Recognition

Stop Suicide recognitionCambridgeshire and Peterborough’s ground-breaking STOP Suicide Campaign has received international recognition for making an ‘outstanding contribution to creating suicide-safer communities’.

The ‘Certificate of Recognition’ has been awarded by the Canada-based LivingWorks Suicide Prevention organisation – developers of the internationally-recognised Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) that is being offered as part of the STOP Suicide Campaign.

Receiving the Certificate on behalf of the Campaign, Aly Anderson, CEO at CPSL Mind, said: “We feel honoured that the campaign has been acknowledged in this way – but we are also very aware that there is so much more work to do if we are going to create a truly suicide-safe community where everyone at risk receives the help and support they need to stay safe.”

For more information about the campaign and the fully funded training places being offered, please see or contact 

asistPrison first for Suicide Prevention Training

Prison residents at HMP Peterborough are believed to be the first in the country to be trained in the internationally-recognised Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) earlier this year.  Funded by Peterborough City Council, the cohort included male and female ‘peer support champions’.

One resident who attended the course said, “The tutors were excellent throughout the course and I feel confident I could help someone with suicidal tendencies now”.  This training is not only ground breaking but vital given that ‘prison suicides rose to a record level in England and Wales in 2016.’

Mental Health in the Spotlight

A link up between the Mind network and Trinity Mirror Group resulted in some unprecedented local media and social media coverage around mental health issues during the week of World Mental Health Day in October.  Articles on everything from suicide prevention to mental health at work featured in the Cambridge News.  Please see links below.

Makers of 250 million player Runescape online game join fight against suicide

She had everything to live for’: Mum’s anguish at loss of daughter who battled depression

‘GPs are not getting enough mental health training’

Take a look inside Cambridge’s special Sanctuary for people in mental health crisis

The Cambridge employers putting a focus on staff mental health

mums matterMums Matter in Wales Too!

Following the success of CPSL Mind’s ‘Mums Matter’ perinatal service in Peterborough, we have now been commissioned to share our specialist knowledge with Mind colleagues in Wales.  We are proud that this valuable service, which was developed in partnership with national Mind, is now becoming more available across England and Wales.

For more information about our perinatal services, please visit our website.  For any questions or queries about the perinatal services please contact us on 01733 362990 or email us.

mums matter quote

BBC Highlights Resilient Together Work

BBC Look East shone the spotlight on the community development work of Resilient Together recently. The feature showcased the work of a Wisbech resident who, by sharing his talent as a photographer, had been helped through some very dark times.

Over the past months the Resilient Together project has continued with our core Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) activity in Wisbech and Southern Fringe of Cambridge, with residents successfully leading events in both locations.

For more information on the Resilient Together Project, please contact

National Mind coverage for our ACE project

The inspiring journey of one of our ‘Adults who are Chronically Excluded’ (ACE) project clients in Peterborough has featured in the Mind Network magazine. Our client had been homeless and isolated for many years and was experiencing significant physical health problems. Our ACE worker Victoria supported him to access hospital support and he is now settled in supported accommodation, having re-established links to family members.

Trustee Updates

Our newly merged board now comprises former board members from both Mind in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough & Fenland Mind.  They are: Jo Lucas (Chair), Dr Chris Cooper, Joshua Jackson, Kevin Vanterpool, Stuart Jessup, Caroline Newman and Ian Cunningham.

Sadly, we say goodbye and thank you to Deborah McGovern and Dr Alexis Willett, both of whom made a huge contribution to the Mind in Cambridgeshire Board, of which Deborah was formerly Acting Chair. Howard Fuller, former Chair of Peterborough and Fenland Mind has also retired from the Board and we thank him for his many years of service.  We also say goodbye and thank you to Sue Tolland, former trustee of Peterborough and Fenland Mind and CPSL Mind.

A Big Thank You!

We would like to say a big thank you to two amazing people.



Anne Streather (above, left) has completed a six month volunteering placement with us, bringing with her the invaluable skills and expertise gained from ten years as CEO for the charity Cam Sight. Anne’s skill in partnership development has enabled us to build links with Anglia Ruskin University, as well as helping us launch our Gypsy and Traveller Community Building project. Anne has now moved in to a new role with the Cambridge-based charity ‘Stars’ which provide bereavement support to children and young people – and we wish her every success.

We are also hugely grateful to John Lewis who have supported one of their Partners – Jo Clarke – on a secondment with CPSL Mind from July to the end of November. This has been possible as part of the Golden Jubilee Trust offered by John Lewis. Jo has been working with us on an Employee/Volunteer Engagement Programme, to help us develop our post-merger identity and ensure that everyone feels actively involved in CPSL Mind going forward.

What’s new?

Recruitment of Campaign Makers

We are looking for proactive individuals interested in joining a growing social movement of Campaign Makers to spread the vital STOP Suicide Campaign message across our communities.

We want to empower you and give you the tools, skills and resources to make the impact you want to make in suicide prevention.

Examples of ways you could get involved include distributing posters and resources within your local community, sharing our posts on social media, attending local events and/or getting creative with blogs and vlogs. If you want to innovate something completely new then we’d be excited to hear from you too!

If you’re interested, please email

Wellbeing at Work Webinars

A series of four ‘Mood Boost’ webinars was launched by our Changing Lives team in November.  These free interactive webinars offered tips and strategies to boost your mood, as well as giving you the tools to consider what is important to you and choose your direction. The uptake for our first webinar series has been very positive, with more than 80 participants. If you would like to find out about our upcoming webinars in 2018, please keep an eye on website where future dates will be published.

Focusing on Gypsy Traveller Wellbeing

An exciting new project working with members of the local Gypsy and Traveller Community launched in August.  This work has three elements:

  • community building using Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) approaches
  • co-production of a wellbeing-related service/project
  • mental health-related skills training.

We aim to identify and link individuals within the community who bring people together and will deliver wellbeing awareness and stigma reduction activities in the community.

PCAS Universal Credit Drop In Sessions

Our new Universal Credit support ‘drop in’ sessions launched last month. For more information please see below.


New Wellbeing Groups Available in the New Year

The Body and Mind group recently launched as a pilot scheme in Cambridge, as part of our Wellbeing Service. Body and Mind is a peer support group for individuals who are living with one or more chronic physical health conditions.  A chronic condition is an on-going health problem such as Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Epilepsy, Arthritis and other long term challenges.  The next Body and Mind group will take place in Peterborough in the new year.

We will also be running on our Anger Management, Anxiety, 5 Ways to Wellbeing and I Matter Too (for carers) workshops in the new year.

These workshops are fully funded – so there is no cost to participants. They are always popular so please book soon to avoid disappointment. Places can be booked by calling our Wellbeing Team on 01223 311320.


We are so grateful for every penny raised by fundraisers in the community.  Here’s some recent examples of money raised for CPSL Mind.

Anglia Ruskin University – University donation for completing student surveys
Anne Enticknap:  – Cycled from London to Paris
Bathing under the Sky – Outdoor pop up Spa Company who donated 50% of their ticket sales from their May bank holiday event
Cambridge Masonic Trust – General donation
Cassie Petrie – Ran the London Marathon
Cambridgeshire Police – Raffle at The Safer Cambridgeshire Policing Awards
Dr Emma Tiffin – Donations in lieu of birthday presents for her 50th
Independent Living Services – Independent Living Services chose CPSL Mind as their charity of the year
Jagex – We were very fortunate to be chosen as one of Jagex charity partners for 2017, it is a two year partnership to support our suicide prevention work across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire
Karen Williams – Trekked the Great Wall of China
Meet Cambridge – Quiz Night
Nationwide – Chosen charity to support by staff
NCS Groups  – 5 NCS groups carried out fundraising events
Nene Park Academy – Towards our Stress LESS campaign, raised by selling sweets, cakes & a name the teddy bear competition
Princebuild Ltd – 25 members of their staff ran the 10km Grand East Anglian Run
Rotary Club of Bourne – Towards our South Lincolnshire services
Rotary Club of St Neots St Marys – Charity of the year for 2017/18 as well as the Mayor’s charity golf day
Tesco – Collection
Waitrose – Ely and St Neots
William Harvey Theatrical Society – 25th Addenbrooke’s charity panto
Wolfson College Boat Club – 24 hour Ergathon

We are so grateful for all the hard work and dedication our fundraisers have shown in support of our work. If anyone would like more information about our fundraising work or might be interested in fundraising for us, please contact Zoe Doherty by email.

Wishing you all the very best for the festive season and the new Year ahead, from everyone at CPSL Mind.