in partnership with

Kent and Medway Social Care Trust
Canterbury Christchurch University
Greenwich University

Awards We have Won

  • Awarded £46,000-00 by the Department of Health South East PSA 16 Innovation Fund to increase employment opportunities for people who use secondary mental health services, enhancing recovery, promoting social inclusion and reducing stigma; providing occupation and employment in the transition to more independent accommodation.
  • NESTA Grant of £40,000 to produce Buddy Scheme Training Manual & DVD, publish an academic evaluation of scheme, and to PAY participating service users and to disseminate the Buddy Scheme both Trust wide and nationally to other Trusts.
  • Buddy Scheme won the “Community Care 2005 Award”, Mental Health Category, sponsored by NIMHE – £5000 to cascade the scheme across the Medway locality and PAY service users.
  • Medway Council Excellence and Innovation Team Award 2006.
  • Professionals, service users and students presented the Buddy Scheme at the RCN Mental Health Conferences in 2006 in Belfast and in 2009 in Edinburgh.
  • Buddy Scheme has helped Gillingham CMHT to win Kent and Medway SHA “Team Mentor of the Year Award” and £1500 to equip a resource room for students and service users.
  • Featured in Nursing Times, Nursing Standard, Health Service Journal, Mental Health Practice, Guardian Public, ‘The Human Factor’ (5-11-09).
  • Wendy was runner up in the 2006 Lilly Outstanding Achievement in mental health awards 2006.
  • Colin Mitchell, nominated by the Buddy Scheme , awarded ‘Volunteer of the Year 2011′ by Kent and Medway Social care Partnership Trust.

We gratefully received a donation for the Buddy Scheme from Margaret and Bill Elliott, in memory of their daughter Isobel.

We are proud to be able to share one of her poems with you as a thank you.

I’m learning to speak the lingo,
sometimes I get it right
dropping names and abbreviations
and never using a word when
an acronym will do
or two.

I’m learning to speak the lingo,
it’s hard to get it right
you have to watch your p’s and q’s
the shifting sands and undercurrents
and who’s who.
be careful to keep a history
polished and ready to air,
perfectly gruesome,
a section or two
and an axe to grind
and grind.

I’m trying to speak the lingo,
will I ever get it right?
I don’t want to bluster or holler or flight
for my meals or my rights
or expenses:
I just want people to know:
Big People who do the managing,
caring deciding spending,
to know that the ones who do the being ill,
are people too
and hurting.