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New Chief Officer appointment

South Lakeland Mind have recently appointed a new Chief Officer, Dr Jonathan Ingram. Jonathan joins from Age UK South Lakeland, where he has been involved with Age UK’s communications and campaigning:

new Chief Officer, Dr Jonathan Ingram

‘I’m proud to be joining South Lakeland Mind at this important time in its development. My work in the voluntary sector has been with Leonard Cheshire Disability, Macmillan Cancer Support and most recently Age UK, all here in Cumbria, and I have previous training and experience in natural science research and publishing. This should all stand me in good stead here at Mind.

‘Mental health is such an important issue for all of us. We need to look after our own wellbeing so that we can live life to the full. But too often, when things get difficult, mental illness carries an unnecessary stigma making it hard for people to discuss, and I’ve been in this position myself. Couple this with statutory provision which falls short for the 1 in 4 people affected in our society and the task is huge.

‘What’s clear is that the small team of staff and volunteers at South Lakeland Mind are making a huge difference locally, delivering outstanding value for every pound of funding.

‘Our core services – signposting, counselling, befriending and local drop-ins – are a lifeline for so many people, and they’re buzzing at the moment. They are desperately needed. Securing ongoing funding for these services in the current, desperately poor economic climate for charities is going to be the big challenge.

‘I know there are some innovative and exciting projects in the pipeline as well. For anyone wanting to make a real difference locally – anything from a one-off donation to regular giving or a legacy – please get in touch and I’ll be glad to talk through South Lakeland Mind’s offer in more detail, so you know exactly what you’re supporting.

‘You might also be interested in volunteering, which is vital for developing what we do. Or, leaving the most important till last, you might need to ask about using our services.

‘Just call 01539 740591 for whatever it is you’d like to talk to us about.’