Outgoing Chair Sally reflects on the last four years

Chair of West Sussex Mind

Sally Lefroy, now vice-chair, chaired West Sussex Mind from 2015-2019

West Sussex Mind has changed considerably over the four years (2015-2019) that I was the Chair and I am proud of what we have achieved.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • We relaunched our services in Bognor and Chichester, providing support to older adults and their carers, having listened to what our service users wanted.
  • We started providing services in 2019 in the Chanctonbury area, where I have lived for over 25 years. More than 50,000 people live in Chanctonbury and I could see that there was a lot of need in an area which had very limited services. Our services there are growing and have been well received.
  • At the end of 2019, we changed our name to West Sussex Mind with the agreement of national Mind. This came about as a result of a great deal of negotiation and was very important for our organisation in terms of our branding and identity.
  • We merged with the Shoreham District Mental Health Association in October 2019 and all the SDMHA trustees joined the West Sussex Mind Board of Trustees. All of us involved in the merger are delighted we have achieved this because of the benefits it has given our service users.
  • Our training department now provides more training sessions each year, as does our anti-stigma work, run through our Open Minds project. Through this work we can raise awareness and assist the private and public sectors to develop more mental health awareness in the workplace and community.

An organisation is, however, only as good as the people who work in it. We are so fortunate at West Sussex Mind to have such an excellent staff group and senior management team who are so dedicated and have such a massive commitment to our work.

It has been a pleasure and privilege for me to be the Chair of West Sussex Mind for the last four years and I look forward to continue working for the organisation as Vice Chair.


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