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come from our Chair of the Trustees

For over fifty years Solent Mind has This year saw the opening of our new
been supporting people with mental headquarters in Southampton, but
health problems. This Annual Review we also have bases in Portsmouth,
shows how we are continuing to evolve the New Forest, Fareham, Gosport,
and reach more and more people. The Winchester and Eastleigh, so that we
numbers within the Review demonstrate are in close contact with our service
how far and wide our work now reaches. users, carers and staff from other
agencies across a wide area.
We have started an exciting new
partnership in Portsmouth with Solent On behalf of the board I thank all our
NHS Trust and, during the year, ran an staff, ably led by Richard Barritt, and
innovative pilot in peer support within the our volunteers and partners who work
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. so hard throughout the year to support
We have also joined with other charities those who need our help.
to provide an advocacy service across
Hampshire, and a dementia service in OBE
Portsmouth. This theme of partnership
informs all our efforts as we work not Chair of Trustee Board
only with other organisations but also
with people who use our services so
that they can shape our work. It is very
encouraging that even when formal
services come to an end, support may
continue through people running their
own groups - empowering people to help
themselves is a key part of our approach.

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