Plymouth & District Mind – an incorporated mental health charity operating in Plymouth, UK since 1984. They support over 1,500 people each year through our Recovery College (psycho-educational courses; 1-to-1s; peer support groups; social activities; skills development; job coaching; volunteering) and deliver mental health awareness courses such as Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and Promoting Wellbeing in the Workplace across Devon and Cornwall. They are campaigners against stigma and discrimination and run a programme of school based assemblies and small group workshops to tackle this issue.
In January 2013 PADM opened its “Plymouth Recovery College” to facilitate inclusion of disadvantaged participants who are willing to attend a “recovery college” but shy away from going to a mental health centre. The aim of the Recovery College is to help people move forward in their journey, fulfill their potential and attain a better quality of life. PADM provides services to an average of 400 disadvantaged, carers and support workers, per month.
PADM delivers training to 35 local businesses (large and small) with 12 employers (100+ employees) retaining its training services on an annual basis.
PADM has developed and provides level 1 mental health training for young people – nationally accredited; level 3 mental health training locally accredited (NOCN) – this was then transferred and accredited at level 3 in Slovenia, Greece, Lithuania and level 6 in Poland. Plymouth Mind is a British Council, NOCN, APT and City and Guilds approved centre for vocational training in mental health. Accredited training provider for Mental Health First Aid England; accredited provider for ASIST training.
Penwith Community Development Trust was formally set up in 1999 as a charitable and not-for-profit organisation. It was established after the need for an ‘umbrella organisation’ was identified through the work of the Penwith Volunteer Bureau which was established in 1996. From 2011 PCDT became more focused on its infrastructure services, training provision and volunteer led projects. In July 2015 PVB and PCDT merged to become one organisation.
A significant event in 2016 was the bringing together of CRCC with Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT) a similar organisation based in Penzance.
CRCC was founded in 1946 and established as a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee in 2001. CRCC celebrated its 70th anniversary during 2016, which makes it one of the longest enduring charities in Cornwall. It has evolved into a medium sized modern Charity that offers support and guidance to the communities of Cornwall.
CRCC delivers many projects; this can be helping communities to plan their future, developing community skills to run their groups well and giving support to groups progressing funding applications. CRCC’s portfolio of projects is varied and changes as demand is recognised and funding allows.
CRCC and PCDT are now collectively registered under Cornwall Community Development Limited (CCDL) and are working under a single board of trustees. There should be very little noticeable change outside of the organisation and each will trade under their original respective names.
The merger is an exciting opportunity to craft a strong efficient Charity with a wider geographic footprint, serving the communities across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.
CRCC is part of a network of 38 RCC’s across England, all sharing the aim of enhancing rural communities. RCC’s are represented at a national level by ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).