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How we approach inclusion

At SEL Mind we take inclusion seriously. We recognise that this is an evolving process that requires a continuous review of our approaches, attitudes and general culture.

So what are we doing about it?

In April 2019, we created an Inclusion Review Group (IRG) made up of service users, staff, volunteers, trustees and external experts.

The group creates a more inclusive organisation, with a greater understanding of everyone we support and interact with, resulting in a meaningful, positive change in culture and practice.

After 18 months of detailed work, the group produced the SEL Mind Inclusion Review Report (published October 2020). This report has generated recommendations for us to achieve.

The recommendations focus on a range of areas, including:

  • our approach to engagement and recruitment
  • our language and imagery
  • how relevant and accessible our services are to diverse groups of people.

Some of the things we have achieved so far can be found below.

April 2024 actions

  1. Completed the merger of two local Minds with diverse groups of staff, volunteers and clients, to become South East London Mind, covering 5 London boroughs
  2. Increased the diversity of our Board, with the appointment of four new Trustees – all of which have a good understanding of the needs of Lambeth and Southwark communities
  3. Offered group coaching sessions to staff experiencing menopausal symptoms at work
  4. We have now completed 86% of our original inclusion recommendations 

October 2023 actions

  1. EDI Skillshare lunches – a programme of topics set up by Shukri Mohamed (HoS Greenwich) – open drop-in sessions for all staff members to discuss their experiences and expertise with EDI topics, sharing learning across the organisation. First group in October covered Black History Month
  2. Greenwich & Bromley Mental Health Hubs Inequalities Projects – we have been awarding grants to small voluntary sector and community groups in Bromley & Greenwich that work to reduce inequalities in wellbeing and mental health.
  3. Greenwich Queer Space – a safe space group run by LGBTQIA+ counsellors. The meetings are welcoming and completely informal, and open to anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and lives in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

April 2023 actions

  1. Training on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Awareness and Inclusion arranged for staff
  2. LGBTQ+ and Young Parents groups added to our Mindful Mums service provision in Lewisham, with existing Diversity Matters groups to continue
  3. Registered with the Disability Confident scheme, committing to a number of actions to improve inclusion for disabled people

October 2022 actions

1. Lived-experience informed sessions on neurodiversity and better supporting Muslim communities provided to staff across SEL Mind.

2. Recruitment of Inequalities Project Workers within the Bromley and Greenwich Mental Health Hubs, to focus on building relationships within the local communities and helping the service address inequalities.

3. We signed the Greenwich Equity and Equality Charter.

April 2022 recommendations and actions

  1. 15 Inclusion Champions recruited and undergoing training for the role.
  2. Secured funding to develop our Mindful Mums programme for expectant and new mothers to specifically meet the needs of culturally diverse communities in Lewisham, including through a new befriending service.
  3. All SEL Mind Trustees and Senior Managers received Unconscious Bias and Anti-Racism training. Inclusion is a focus of the Leadership Development Programme being delivered to over 20 leaders across SEL Mind from April-July 2022.