We welcome colleagues from ‘Richmond Fellowship New Zealand’

Chair of Richmond New Zealand Graeme Bell and chief executive Dr Barbara Disley along with Sir Anand Satyanand, chair of its Trust, paid us a visit this week as part of an international fact-finding tour.

Members of our executive team spent time with them discussing our two organisations and our approaches to recovery and then they were shown round our services in Northampton. They also got a chance to meet with our colleagues from CAN.

After Richmond Fellowship was formed in 1959 by Elly Jansen, her model of therapeutic communities was adopted around the world and an international network of ‘Richmond Fellowships’ was created. Richmond New Zealand was set up in 1978 and is now one of the largest non-government providers of community mental health and disability support services in NZ.

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Stockport to pilot scheme to embed ‘People Powered Health’ principles

Richmond Fellowship Stockport is piloting a scheme with the local council to embed ‘People Powered Health’ principles locally.

The team has been awarded £8,000 for three months by Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council to help reduce the number of people with long term conditions needing an emergency hospital admission or presenting at A&E.

The pilot aims to ensure that the ‘People Powered Health’ principles of co-production, increasing peer/volunteer workforce and encouraging providers, service users and commissioners to work together to provide services that communities need, are embedded locally.

It also aims to improve people’s quality of life, reducing demand for formal health and social care services, including investment in the third sector and test a more cost effective model of working. The idea is to improve pathways to access support, including social crisis services.

Find out more about our Stockport services.