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Representatives from Suffolk County Council and Suffolk Community Foundation visited Boston Lodge in Lowestoft on Thursday 2nd October to present the award certificate and cheque. They also participated in our celebrations with representatives from both Young People in Mind and NSFT Youth teams.
The Joint Working Award, is an awards programme promoting closer working between voluntary sector organisations and with public and private sector organisations. Award winners had to demonstrate having achieved outstanding outcomes, which were better than would have been achieved had the organisation not worked with others. The award recognises both parties, with the voluntary agency being awarded a cash prize of £5000.
The outcomes achieved through the partnership were:
• Creation of a real working partnership between Norfolk Suffolk Foundation Trust and YPiM
• Increased communication and information sharing, benefiting both services and young people accessing them
• Easier access and smooth transitions between services for young people (not having to tell their story again and again)
• Increased access to appropriate services for young people with mental health problems, resulting in improved mental health
• More young people are engaged with mental health services
• Young people reported improved coping strategies to better manage their mental health
• Young people reported reduced levels of risky behavior (self harm, substances, use of crisis services)
• Young people reported increased levels of involvement with meaningful activity (eg education, voluntary work, employment)
The Award panel were impressed with the working relationship and the shared aim to improve access to and experience of mental health services for young people aged between 14 and 25 years.