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Welcome to Imagine
Imagine is a charity with a positive approach to mental health and works to promote opportunities for people to live a full and independent life.
Imagine has spent the last four decades working within the mental health sector to improve the lives of its service users.
The organisation has expanded in recent times and today more than 1000 people use its services in Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, Cumbria, London and Greater Manchester.
Imagine is fortunate to have the support of many volunteers in addition to over 200 staff members.
New Redbridge Service
Imagine's latest service has now opened in the London borough of Redbridge. The range of services comprises:
Recovery Support Planning – one to one support in managing mental health, physical health, living skills and signposting through working on a recovery star model
Social inclusion – one to one support in expanding community opportunities and expanding friendships, whether cultural, education, leisure, arts activities
User-led groups – empowering service users to run their own groups for leisure and recovery purposes
Peer support groups – Groups run by your peers within the wider community, such as bingo, art and lunch clubs
Drop-in Service – a two hour drop in service is open 6 days a week for people to attend. Groups and social activities can take place during this time
If you would like to find out more about the service, please download the information pack and referral forms at the bottom of this page.
The Imagine Blog
As we increase our online presence, we now have a Blog, which you can follow and comment on.
We're now also on Twitter. Follow us @ImagineInd01
Job Opportunity in London Services
ADMINISTRATOR Ref: 13/38
Based in London Borough of Croydon – 18hrs per week, flexible
Salary: £9,986 p.a. including London weighting.
An opportunity has arisen for a role providing secretarial and administrative support for the London Assistant Director and Imagine London offices. The post holder will be primarily based in Croydon although there will be times when travel to the other London offices will be required. For further details please go to our Jobs Page.
Launch of Wigan Services
The launch of Imagine's Wigan Services attracted coverage from the Wigan Evening Post.
Healthwatch is an independent body that operates in local communities and works in partnership with other local organisations to ensure that people's local health and social needs are met.
HealthWatch Liverpool keeps a directory of all Health and Social Care services operating across Merseyside. This includes Imagine services alongside other providers. You can find out more information on the range of services available in the new e-bulletin of Healthwatch. Just scroll down to the download link at the bottom of this page.
Art for Art's Sake
Art Tree is a group set up to discuss, explore and share the different Merseyside art projects, opportunities and exhibition spaces. The group meets every two weeks, and anyone is welcome. It's a friendly and creative atmosphere and there's free tea, coffee and biscuits too!
So, why not come along to 140 Salisbury Road (off Smithdown Road), L15 2HU. For more information, go to:
Imagine - Award Winners 2013
Imagine has been recognised for its work in the Women Only and Befriending services.
In July, the Women Only Services won in the category for "Best Practice in High Intensity Services" at the Mental Health Providers Forum Awards. The MHPF selected a group of judges from across the sector who took into consideration how each service provided support to the people using it, whether it met commissioning needs, its applicability to other target audiences as well as innovative and sustainable practice.
Meanwhile, the Liverpool Befriending Service received accreditation in May as an Approved Provider for safe and effective practice from the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation.
Dudley Edwards from Imagine's Croydon office talks about Mental Health Day on Croydon Radio. Hear the podcast at:
Here's your chance to see a video put together by Imagine's Mainstream team
Samantha Dentith is a young woman who has written a book about her own personal experience of mental health problems. It's a very honest account about what she has been through and the effect upon others close to her.
Samantha is very kindly donating 50% of her profits to Imagine from sales of this book, for which we are extremely grateful. This inspirational read is currently available in Kindle format only, price £3.08, is available from:
The Mental Health Providers Forum
The MHPF – the Mental Health Providers Forum is the representative body for voluntary sector mental health provider organisations operating across England. The aim of the MHPF is to improve the range and quality of mental health services by working to increase the involvement of the voluntary and community sectors in service delivery.
The Mental Health Providers Forum’s Mindful Forum is an interactive website for providers and users of mental health services. It’s a platform which aims to engage directly with all mental health stakeholders to generate discussion as well as promoting and profiling new ideas for practical improvement to services across the mental health sector.
Imagine's staff and service users can access the forum by clicking on the link below - or via the Service User tabs.
The MHPF is also active in promoting the Lightbox campaign which focuses on the ability and contribution of voluntary sector organisations to support and deliver a broad range of mental health services.
Lightbox provides information to commissioners and GP Leads that will support them to meet the needs of their local population, ensuring that when it comes to mental health services, those in leadership roles are properly informed to commission services that make a difference.
You can watch a video about the campaign and get involved at: www.lightbox-mhpf.org.uk
For more information, contact Onye Imonioro at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the MHPF in general and view a list of its members go to: www.mhpf.org.uk
Personal Health Budgets
Imagine have been working in collaboration with MerseyCare on personal health budgets. Read more about them and the positive impact this can have on day to day living by following the link:
Meeting of the Board of Trustees