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1985 - Known as Yeovil Mind we were founded on 15th January 1985 and our aim was to be an alternative resource for people who did not access statutory mental health services. We established drop-in centres and a befriending scheme to support patients coming out of the large psychiatric hospitals some who had been there for many years.
2000 - Demand for our services grew and we received funding from The Big Lottery and Local Authority enabled us to buy premises. The Marwick Centre continued to be the home of South Somerset Mind for the next 14 years. The core services at this point were a counselling service, a befriending service and an open door drop in centre. Over the next 8 years new projects and services began, notably mental health related training to sell to mental health professionals.
2005 - we were providing training and outreach support workers providing help across South Somerset and Mendip.
2007 - we achieved charitable status.
2008 - saw a review of core services and values to better support to service users in their journey of recovery and a new structure was put in place.
2009 - South Somerset Mind became a company limited by guarantee now running a range of services aimed mainly at people with mental health distress.
2010/11 - we now enter into a period of growth increasing its capacity to deliver more public contracts both in South Somerset and Somerset through securing contracts with the NHS to provide counselling and befriending services. We continue to provide training and add accommodation rental to our portfolio of services. Trustees and staff undertook a strategic review process and published its first 3 year strategic plan. We also become affiliated to National Mind.
2015 - Today, South Somerset Mind provides community based services for over 1000 people across South Somerset and Mendip, offering support, training and recovery for those experiencing mental health distress and their carers/funders. We support people aged from 8+ thanks to our many funders and of course people like you who raise money on our behalf.
2015 - 2018 - Our work cannot remain static. Over the next three years we will work with other individuals and groups that need our help and support people likely to develop mental health problems to stay well. Our three year strategic plan is both aspirational and ambitious but we are confident that it is achievable.
One of the founders of South Somerset Mind and current Honorary President Maureen Street has helped us achieve our ambitions and make a real difference to our work. This is what Maureen says:
Little we the original founders know back in 1985 that we would still be in existence 30 years later. I am immensely proud of our history and the huge number of people we have helped to achieve a fulfilled and happy life.