20 Awards Winner: Craven Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum

March 4, 2019

In 2017 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust by honouring 20 organisations and people who have made a difference in the Yorkshire Dales and beyond.

The Craven Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum was one of our award winners and they received £4,000 after being highly-commended in the Sustainable Communities category which focused on the triumphs, dedication and innovation of community living.

We caught up with Alex, Chair/Co-ordinator of the Forum, to find out how it used the award to further the organisation’s reach.

We were really grateful to receive the award as it helped us promote the work of the Forum across Craven as well as raise awareness of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing for World Mental Health Day.

As part of the Craven Community Learning Partnership (CCLP), we celebrated World Mental Health Day across the area with 100 individuals taking part in planned activities and workshops.

We were directly involved in an event at Herriots in Skipton for professionals who work with a range of different service users. The three talks on Stress Management, Resilience and Demystifying Mental Health were one of a collection of events going on throughout Craven.

All of the Craven activities focused on the five different ways to wellbeing: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give to Others.

The Craven Mental Health & Wellbeing Forum is open to anyone who lives and/or works in Craven. It aims to inform, liaise, network, voice and facilitate in the area of mental health and wellbeing and provides a link between those who commission mental health and wellbeing services, those who provide them (NHS, Council and voluntary sector) and members of the general public.

It also supports community living by being a focal point and link between services and residents in Craven and the Dales, giving people a voice and an opportunity to shape the services that will help the Dales to be a sustainable place to live and work.

We would not have been able to have held such a wide ranging event without the support we received from Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust.

It has enabled us to plan ahead for the next Time to Talk Day and also promote ourselves through new literature.

Thank you.