in partnership with

Kent and Medway Social Care Trust
Canterbury Christchurch University
Greenwich University

Belinda Garnett

Creator of the Buddy Scheme. Team Manager, Rehabilitation Service, Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT)Previously Senior Nurse Practitioner, Gillingham Community Mental Health Team.

“The idea behind creating the Buddy Scheme was to change culture and attitudes and to ensure that the education of students is underpinned by the experience of mental health service users, to directly improve the provision and development of health and social care services”

Geoff Turner

Senior Social Work Practitioner, Gillingham Community, Mental Health Team KMPT

“In my seventeen years of working in mental health, I have found that no other intervention has had such a positive impact on service user recovery as The Buddy Scheme”

Warwick Owen

Service User Buddy Scheme Coordinator

“I am so grateful that I can turn my negative experiences of psychosis into a positive learning experience for both myself and students”

Colin Mitchell

Service User Buddy Scheme Coordinator

“As a service user, I would like to be a voice for the service users and make people aware we are people behind the illness”

A new Buddy writes

“I am very pleased that the opportunity that this scheme provides can influence the future of mental health services in Britain”