Creating a group agreement
If you're asking people to join a one-off focus group or discussion event, a group agreement lets everyone know where they stand and helps to create a safe space for openness and honesty. If you're setting up a regular forum, make sure you have some terms of reference in place so that expectations are clear.
Developing your opportunity
To make sure you're taking everything into account when planning your activity, you might find this 'Developing your opportunity' template useful. It takes you through all the things you need to consider to promote the optimal opportunity and attract the people you want to reach.
Using this template enables you to ask consistent questions across all activities and throughout your organizations. The feedback people give you will help you understand people's experience of taking part and identify changes you can make to future activities.
- Champions celebrations – In February 2016, Champions in Norwich were involved in planning and delivering a regional Time to Change Champions' Celebration. These events provide an opportunity for Champions from across the region to network and share skills.
- Mentally Healthy Universities - We worked with university students, Local Minds and peer designers to design mental health courses online through Miro.
- Mind Membership Co-design group - We codesigned our membership offer facilitated by people with lived experience of mental health problems through Zoom.
- Norfolk and Suffolk recovery college – Norfolk and Suffolk recovery college coproduced a course with Szara Froud, a mental health professional and Anastacia, who has bipolar disorder.
- Physical Activity Advisory group - We co-designed and co-delivered a physical activity programme called Get Set To Go. This case study tells you our ways of working and the ways we adapted the group to remote working.
- PeerFest – PeerFest is an example of successful co-production; each year, different groups of people with lived experience have responsibility for planning, shaping and delivering the overall event.
- Sarah Rae Mind Trustee – Sarah Rae has been a Mind trustee since 2011. She explains the ways her involvement has benefited her and Mind.
- Sheffield User survivor trainers – Sheffield User Survivor Trainers (SUST) is a network of mental health trainers with lived experience of mental health problems and using mental health services. By sharing their experiences of influence and participation they are benefiting services.
- Strategy advisory panel - We developed our strategy with people with lived experience of mental health problems through Zoom.
- The Qur'an & emotional health project – Mind, in partnership with Suffolk Mind, embarked on a project to better engage with Muslim groups and meet their emotional needs in a culturally appropriate way. This enabled the development of The Qur'an & Emotional Health: An Introduction booklet.
- Andrew talks about about his participation in the Toolkit development.
- Anthony talks about the benefits he has gained from being part of the Mancroft Advice Project (MAP) project.
- Overcoming challenges 1 – Will and Nikki both have lived experience of mental health problems and have participated in various involvement activities in the past. In this film, they give their accounts of when the process wasn't as successful as it could have been.
- Overcoming challenges 2 – In this short film, Sarah-Jane and Charlotte from Mind discuss some of the problems and challenges explored in this section. Including working with a new local area, evaluation and making reasonable adjustments
- Charlotte talks about the SCRAP advisory panel that advised Time to Change in the direction of their work.
- Jonathan Andrews, who has autism, became involved with Mind's work in disability equality after writing an article about autism and anxiety. In this film, Jonathan talks about his experience of taking part in Mind's work and influencing related campaigns at a parliamentary level.
- Nikki explains her journey working with Mind and Time to Change, the support she received and the benefits she has experienced.
- Paola talks about how working with people with lived experience of mental health has contributed to the work of Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind.
- Sarah-Jane talks about the way the Mind equality improvement team works to make the organisation more accessible for different communities, including within the Side by Side programme.
- Terry explains how his insights from having mental health problems have contributed to various services he has worked within.
- Tom is an Information Officer at Mind, in his film he discusses how people with lived experience of a mental health problem influence the development of Mind's information resources.
- Will has taken part in a variety of Mind's influencing activities in this film he talks about the benefits he experience including how taking part helped his self-confidence.