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The SUN Network exists to support people who use Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol, or Carers services in Cambridgeshire, in being involved in the planning, design and evaluation of those services. We aim to support as many people as possible to make sure their views are heard. We will help you become involved to ensure that services are delivered in the right way and provide you with training to help you do so.
We want to hear your views, we hold events all around the county, see our Events and Activities page for more details, we’d love to see you!
Alternatively email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, phone on 01480 276057 or sign up to our mailing list to stay up to date with all the current opportunities.
Crisis Card App: Important Update – 20 June 2016
Three years ago, the launch of SUN Network’s Crisis Card App for both Android and I-Phone represented a ground-breaking advance in the use of technology to support individuals through mental health crisis. Since that time close to 500 people have downloaded the App in order to pro-actively plan for the support they need should they experience a crisis. Alongside this, hundreds of other people have downloaded a printed version of the card to keep in their wallet/purse, should they need help from others at any time.
However, App technology has moved on at an incredible pace and, following a recent review of the Crisis Card App, significant development needs have been identified which we cannot ignore. It would require a very substantial financial investment to meet these needs and, with so much other work currently underway around crisis care – such as the new Sanctuary service and STOP Suicide Campaign – we are having to make some important decisions about the best use of our time and fundraising initiatives.
In the short term, given the pressing development needs, the App will be no longer be available to download and will not have any further updates. In light of this, we are having 2000 Crisis Cards professionally printed as soon as possible. These will be made available from Mind in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Fenland Mind, Richmond Fellowship and Lifecraft. There is also another app we would recommend called #StayAlive which has been developed by Grassroots http://www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/stay_alive_suicide_prevention_mobile_phone_application.html
If you have any concerns or questions about either the Card or App, please contact either Lois Sidney or Anne Wigglesworth on 01480 470680.
5 Values report, response from Richmond Fellowship:
Mental health services doing an important job in Cambridge
Mental health services in Cambridgeshire are ‘doing a very important job in a very effective way’ according to a leading service user network.
Services from national mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, part of Recovery Focus, in Wisbeth, March and Godmanchester were visited and independently appraised by the SUN Network.
Clare Pecheur, from SUN Network, has previously accessed mental health services and used her experience when appraising Richmond Fellowship’s services in the area. She said:
“The overall impression I came away with is that Richmond Fellowship is doing a very important job in a very effective way.
“The clients were full of praise and enthusiasm around the care and support that they receive from any member of staff that they come into contact with.
“The standards were of an exceptionally high level, the enthusiasm that was shown by the staff in each of the areas visited was matched by the respect and interaction of the clients each time they visited for a session or a workshop.”
The SUN Network aims to ensure high quality, appropriate mental health services are being provided throughout Cambridgeshire and independently assess services based on their empathy, honesty, inclusion, personalisation and work to involve people using services.
Richmond Fellowship received the highest award of four stars for their services across the county which includes supported housing, employment support and community based mental health recovery services.
Steven Smith-Trask, managing director for Richmond Fellowship (south), said: “We’re thrilled to receive this recognition from the SUN Network for our services in Cambridgeshire.
“It once again highlights the excellent work our staff team does everyday to ensure the level of care we provide to people living with mental health problems.
“As an organisation we strive to make our services accessible and inclusive. We take great strides to involve the people we support in every aspect of their care. To have these principles ratified by the SUN Network is fantastic for everyone.”
For more information about Richmond Fellowship and the services they provide, visit: www.richmondfellowship.org.uk