South West Mental Health & Physical Activity Network

South West Mental Health & Physical Activity Network

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South West Mental Health & Physical Activity Network

Welcome!

As you may be aware, in November 2019 Active Dorset were successful in an application to coordinate a regional hub for Mind, aiming to bring together mental health and physical activity organisations across the south west.

The purpose of the regional hub is to bring together mental health and physical activity organisations across the south west to bring together mental health and physical activity organisations across the south west to network, share best practice and updates, and increase collaboration/partnership working. This will help to increase the number of organisations in the regions who are able to support and engage people with mental health problems in being active.

Our plan is to develop two distinct components of the hub, which will help us coordinate the South West Network and ensure as many organisations can be involved as possible.

1) A South West MH&PA network

  • The network will consist of anyone who is interested in networking with colleagues working in both mental health or physical activity across the South West
  • The purpose of the network will be to share best practice, learn about opportunities and challenges, share training opportunities, and develop a strong connection between mental health organisations and physical activity organisations.
  • We will host a series wider networking events between May 2020 and March 2021?? These are very likely to be hosted virtually, using Zoom or similar.
  • The network will stay connected between networking events though use of a social media forum (possibly slack)
  • Members of the advisory panel will share information, news and best practices within their local area and provide feedback to the advisory panel from their local area

2) A South West MH&PA Advisory Panel

  • this will be a smaller group of between 10 and 15 people. We will aim for geographical spread across the region.
  • The panel will be responsible for steering the work of the network, helping to define its purpose and what’s needed
  • The panel members will also be responsible for two way communication flow from their geographical areas to the wider South West MH&PA network, aiming to; 1) collect and share examples of good practice from their local area, any challenges and opportunities to inform the advisory panel 2) sharing information, learning and opportunities back to members of the wider network in their geographical area, helping local organisations in their area develop collaborative relationships.