33 people attended our AGM on 30 November in The Hive. We were delighted to welcome our guest speaker, Dick Fitzpatrick, who is now commissioner for the move of CAMHS Tier 4 services to the RIE site at Little France in 2017. Dick gave us a general overview of NHS Lothian’s five year mental health strategy which ends next year. Consultations will be held in 2016 to plan the next five year strategy, again using an inclusive approach to ensure that service users have the most influence on the strategy.
Our Chair, Patricia Whalley and Co-ordinator, Simon Porter, spoke to our Annual Report, highlighting our loyal core of experienced volunteers and the high quality of the new volunteers recruited this year. New recruits are always welcome!
We elected Alison Robertson, Patricia Whalley, Martin McAlpine, Albert Nicolson, Shirley Gowers, Eileen Hay and Stephen Polockus to our management committee.