There are a range of ways in which you can get involved with the Trust – whether you are a service user, carer or members of the public. These include:
Become a member
If you would like to provide support for your local mental health services and have a real say in the way the Trust is run we would love you to become a member.
Become a governor
Governors play an active role in the way the organisation is run, are members of important decision making committees and act as the Trust's ambassadors.
Volunteers make a very important contribution to the Trust whether they are helping out in an office or supporting staff and service users at one of our centres.
Service User Council
If you have used the Trust’s services one way to get involved in feeding back ideas for improvements is by joining the Service User Council.
If you are a carer for someone who uses the Trusts services you may wish to join the Carer Council.
Young People's Council
We welcome the input of young people in developing our services and having a real say in the way that we are run. The Young People's Council is the perfect forum for younger people to have a voice and really feel that they are playing and active and important role in the Trust.
Research and Development
We actively encourage service users, their friends, families and those with a lived experience of mental ill health to become involved in our Research and Development to further our understanding of certain conditions and to development new and better forms of treatment.
Become an Expert by Experience
Experts by Experience (EbE) are people with experience of using services as either a service user or a carer who are interested in undertaking activities with the Trust. This is an important part of helping us to ensure that we develop services to meet your needs.
Become a Peer Experience Listener
Peer experience listening involves people with personal experience of mental health services either as service users or carers, providing a listening ear to other service users and carers and a platform for them to share their experiences and stories. Peer experience listeners are a crucial communication link for open dialogue and collaborative working between professionals and service users.
"We as the patients have been put at the centre of the Trust"
Michael discusses his experiences both as a peer experience listener and a service user.
Having your say
Your feedback is important to us so that we can capitalise on what works well, address any concerns and continually improve and adapt to the needs of our service users, their families, friends and carers. Feedback is provided in the form of surveys. To access these go to: