Welcome to Brighter Berkshire
Brighter Berkshire Community Interest Company (CIC) incorporated in January 2018.
It builds on the community led year long initiative over 2017 which aimed to help reduce stigma about mental health & improve local opportunities through engaging as many people as possible locally in conversations about mental health, helping to normalise and give parity to mental health issues.
The activities were driven and delivered by hundreds of people who have been affected by mental health issues, people who have used mental health services, carers of people affected by mental health issues and people who have worked in mental health services. It is through their passion and commitment we engaged many thousands of people in positive conversations about mental health.
As a group of volunteers, we worked in partnership with Berkshire Community Foundation to help raise £200,000 to fund local projects and voluntary organisations supporting those with mental health issues, plugging some of the gap left through austerity and cuts to local services. This money will be given to local mental health services on 7th March 2018.
We also worked in partnership with BBC Radio Berkshire to help raise awareness through a monthly show called Taking Heads which was presented by 3 people who had lived experience of mental health issues.
We are now evaluating the activity from last year with a new Board of Advisors who will help steer how we engage the community in valuing mental health, talking openly about it and getting the right support and help and the right time when you need it.
Thank you to everyone who has contributed, volunteered and spread the word for Brighter Berkshire already this year
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