Bright future ahead for Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind

9th December 2015


Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind is looking to a brighter future following the appointment of its new board of trustees.

Members of our charity met at The Street in Scarborough on Wednesday 16 September where it was decided a new board of trustees should be appointed to take the charity forwards.

It has been a difficult time for everyone at SWR Mind during the past year, but thanks to overwhelming support for our Save SWR Mind Crisis Appeal which raised more than £25,000 to save us from closure, our short term future is now secure.

Chairman of the Board Duncan Webster and John Bradshaw stepped down from their roles and we would like to say thank you to them for their efforts. John however, subsequently was co-opted back onto the board in October.

The members of our new board of trustees have a wealth of experience and are from all walks of life.

Among them are an accountant, consultant clinical psychologist, a former psychiatric nurse, a learning and development consultant, people with management experience, education and training, human resources and others who have experience mental health problems themselves.

Our seven new trustees are Christine Miles, John Ferguson, Peter Steel, Dr Steve Donaldson, Michael Hall, Miriam Alcock and John Bradshaw

Head of Services Sophie Hall said: “We are really thankful that we have a new board of trustees with a great range of skills and personalities taking the time to dedicate themselves to improving mental health support.

“The trustees aim is to steer the charity in the right direction and make sure we have a future.

“Things are looking brighter and it’s all going in the right direction. We are looking at what we need to do now to make sure that the organization stays open in the long term.