BLG Mind wins national Mind Excellence Award for inclusion

Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich Mind has been recognised for its “expertise, vision, commitment and courage” in fostering diversity, equality and inclusion across the organisation.

BLG Mind CEO Ben Taylor and Deputy Voluntary Sector Service Manager Reanne Parkash were presented with a Mind Network Excellence Award for our work in this area at a ceremony at Warwick University on Tuesday 31 January.

The BLG Mind Inclusion Advisory Group. From left: Logan Puddy, Ben Taylor, Saira Addison, Jessie Coote, Reanne Parkash, Neville Walters; on the screen, top: Chloe Waters, bottom, Florance Mutoni, right, Donald Burford

The awards are open to all local Minds who have been reviewed for the Mind Quality Mark.

Applications for the awards are considered by a panel of judges who have lived experience of mental health issues. Only those local Minds which are judged as going above and beyond expectations are shortlisted.

The judges were impressed by BLG Mind’s “willingness to reflect and look at inclusion and diversity from a wide range of perspectives by implementing an inclusion review group with trustees, volunteers, staff and clients drawing on lived experience and making recommendations, which is overseen by an inclusion advisory group”.

They added that our work in this area displayed the hallmarks of “expertise, vision, commitment and courage”.

Sally, Reanne, BEn and Debbie picking up the national Mind Excellence award
The BLG Mind team at the awards ceremony, from left: Director of Operations, Sally Jones, Deputy Voluntary Sector Service Manager, Reanne Parkash, Chief Executive, Ben Taylor, Director of Finance and Resources, Debbie Witherick

The BLG Mind Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG), which is co-chaired by Ben Taylor and Reanne Parkash together with HR and People Development Manager Imogen Moore and BLG Mind Vice Chair of Trustees Don Burford, brings together a diverse group of representatives from across the three boroughs we operate in to monitor the progress of our Inclusion Review recommendations.

CEO Ben said: “Our work to become a more inclusive organisation has been one of the most important things we’ve done over the last few years, and has led to a real shift in the organisational culture, as well as many practical changes.

“It is fantastic for all those who’ve contributed to receive this recognition as we continue our ongoing inclusion journey.”

BLG Mind wins national Mind Excellence Award for Inclusion. The video features the Holistic Well Women service, part of our Culturally Diverse Communities project.

BLG Mind was also nominated in the Leadership category at the Excellence Awards.

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