The User and Carer Independent Forum provides an opportunity for mental health service users and carers to have a say in the planning, development and monitoring of local mental health services.
The Forum is a local charity managed by a board of mental health service users and carers.
Independent Forum Members can use the Forum to draw on their experiences of mental illness and those of the people they care for and can voice their ideas, opinions and views on local and national issues about mental health. They can also take part in various activities to help to make a difference to their lives and other service users, including:
There is no pressure to do more than anyone feels comfortable with. Some members come to the weekly meetings just to meet people who have has similar experiences and to find out what is happening in mental health services.
The Independent Forum can be accessed by anyone with recent experiences of mental health services.
New members are welcome to join in discussions, get involved and discuss issues with other members and organisations providing mental health services.
Members receive newsletters by post and are eligible to become involved in Forum activities.
Meetings are held every Wednesday, 11.00am at Tukes cafe, Brighowgate.
Independent Forum telephone: 01472 233312 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org