In February, Our Time increased its engagement in Brent, attending various local engagement and stakeholder meetings to raise awareness of its interventions, and to advocate for the needs of Children of Parents with a Mental Illness (COPMI) to be acknowledged in planning and commissioning local support services and projects for children and families.
Our Time has been an active member of the Brent Children and Young People’s Alliance, (hosted by Place2Be), and Brent Young People Thrive Expert Reference Group for some time. These groups are attended by organisations and agencies responsible for children and young people’s wellbeing in the borough, including partners across health, social care and education. Our Time’s involvement in these local steering groups is key to keeping COPMI on the agenda, and to building local connections and partnerships to help the charity reach more children and young people in London.
Additionally, on 12th February, our Development Director attended an engagement event on ‘Parents’ Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing’ hosted by Brent Council and Clinical Commissioning Group. This event created a public forum for parents, carers and families to discuss their emotional wellbeing, and how to recognise mental health issues in themselves and their children. This was supported by talks and presentations by Brent Young People Thrive and the Council’s Director of Public Health.
Our Development Director was pleased to be part of this debate and was able to talk to families and professionals about their concerns and raise awareness of Our Time’s interventions, as well as make new links and connections.