Christmas Card Competition 2019


Once again this year at Care in Mind we held our annual Christmas Card Competition. The competition is open to all young people across our services to design a Christmas card. The winning entry is then developed into an e-card to share with families, friends, external stakeholders and Care in Mind staff. The competition was judged by Care in Mind’s Executive Management Group (EMG) who had the tough job of deciding which of the designs would be crowned the winner. There was also a £50 love2shop voucher up for grabs for the creator of the winning design. This year we had a fantastic response with young people across several of our homes submitting their expertly crafted hand drawn designs to be judged by EMG. The competition was extremely tight and it was very difficult to decide on a winner! A decision was eventually reached and we are delighted to share with you the winning design from a young person at Reservoir Lodge. As the standard was so high and to recognise the efforts of all the young people who entered the competition, it was decided to include all the entries in the final E-card. I am sure you will all agree […]

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Award Nomination for Care in Mind YP Champion


We are delighted to report that Laura, one of our Young People’s Champions and previous Care in Mind service user, was recently nominated for an award at the Greater Manchester Care Leaver Awards 2019. The Awards were held at the Royal Northern College of Music on 23rd October. Laura’s leaving care worker, Sarah, nominated her in the “All Round Inspirational Person” award category. The nomination was in recognition of how far she has come since first being admitted into services at age 14, and all the incredible work she does now supporting other young people going through similar experiences. In her role as Young Person’s Champion at Care in Mind, Laura is integral in supporting our Service User involvement work, which includes: Developing and delivering training to new staff; including an introduction to Service User Involvement and the young person perspective on our model of care (TRUSST training) Supporting our interview process for new support workers, ensuring young people are represented Interview training for young people in our services Supporting involvement initiatives across the organisation, for example the 2019 Care in Mind Prom We are delighted that Laura was nominated for this award  and that her achievements (personal and work-related) […]

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New service – Woodside, Huddersfield


We are delighted to announce the opening of our newest home, Woodside, in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire! Woodside provides specialist therapeutic residential placements for up to 5 young people aged 16-25 with complex mental health needs. Woodside will implement Care in Mind’s established model of care, working innovatively to support young people with high levels of risk and complexity in the least restrictive setting. Our specialist model provides an integrated approach, with comprehensive clinical MDT support within the residential setting. Each young person has an allocated clinical nurse specialist and clinical psychologist and is under the care of a consultant psychiatrist. This enables timely, individualised interventions to be delivered to our young people. Least restrictive practice and a therapeutic risk management approach are central in how we work with young people. We approach risk management collaboratively with young people, with the aim of supporting them to develop resilience and responsibility. Our Young Person profile Age: 16-25 Gender: Male and Female We support young people with complex mental health presentations, including: A formal or Emerging Personality Disorder Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Moderate or severe Depression and/or Anxiety Psychotic Illnesses Attachment Disorder Eating Disorders Complex risk presentations (including self-harm) Adverse Childhood Experience […]

Education event details for workshop on Challenging behaviour

Understanding Behaviours that Challenge


Understanding behaviours that challenge  in a community setting for young adults with a complex mental health presentation Wednesday 16th October | 12pm – 4pm | York Racecourse We are delighted to be hosting our next educational event in York on 16th October, considering behaviours that challenge in a specialist residential setting. This half day session will explore: The behaviours that might be considered challenging in a residential setting working with young adults with complex mental health presentations. The functions of these challenging behaviours for our young people. Consideration of key elements of the model of care at Care in Mind and how they work together to support management of challenging behaviours, including; Safewards for Safehomes; Structured Clinical Management (SCM-A), Therapeutic Risk Management, Boundary See-Saw and Staff Support & Reflective Practice. The event will be interactive and will allow professionals working with individuals with complex mental health presentations to learn and share experiences and best practice. The event is aimed at commissioners, social workers, care coordinators, mental health practitioners and other professionals working with young adults with complex mental health presentations. Attendance certificates will be issued at the end of the session. Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day. Booking a place […]

Care in Mind’s inaugural Educational Event


Following the success of our last event Yorkshire, we are delighted to announce we will be hosting our next Educational Event in the North West in June. Our second event will take place at The Park Royal Hotel in Stretton, Warrington on Wednesday 19th June 2019, from 12 pm – 3 pm. Our inaugural event in Yorkshire in March began with an introduction and welcome from our Director of Business Development, Julie Smith before a series of presentations by a number of Care in Mind professionals from different areas of the organisation. Presentations started with an overview of Care in Mind, the origins of the company and a brief insight into the future plans of the organisation, delivered by Dr Rachel Scullion, Clinical Director. Care in Mind’s Best Practice Facilitator, Dominique Hooper then delivered an interactive presentation on Safewards for Safehomes, encouraging delegates to take part in group activities and share their thoughts on some the interventions that we use in our services. Following a quick break, presentations resumed with Clinical Nurse Specialist and Clinical Lead for Yorkshire, Josef Comyn-Doyle. Josef explained more about our approach to therapeutic risk management and how specific risks are managed within our homes. An open […]

Care in Mind supports Stress Awareness Month


Throughout April, Care in Mind have been raising awareness and sharing tips and ideas that our employees can take part in to help relieve stress. Stress Awareness Month is a national campaign that has been recognised since 1992, designed to increase the public’s awareness around the causes, cures and effects of stress on your body and mind. Workplace stress can have a huge impact on organisations, so supporting staff in recognising and managing stress in the workplace is key. Our People Services Department led weekly campaigns throughout the month looking at the impact stress can have on individuals and teams and how we can cope with and relieve stress both in and outside of the workplace.   Raising Stress Awareness Throughout the month we shared resources with our staff teams on how stress can affect individuals and how managers can support the positive mental health of their teams. Staff have been considering how stress makes them feel and behave, how it can affect them in the workplace and sharing tips on how they reduce and relieve their own stress. Active Week The aim of Active Week was to promote the positive effects of activity and a healthy lifestyle on mental […]

Cherryhurst, Care in Mind's newest and ninth service in the North West

New Service opening soon: Cherryhurst, West Kirby


We are delighted to announce that our newest home, Cherryhurst, is due to open on Monday 4th March 2019. Cherryhurst is located in West Kirby, Wirral, and will offer specialist residential placements for up to 5 young adults aged 18-30 with complex mental health needs. Working to Care in Mind’s established and innovative model of care, the service will support young people presenting with high levels of complexity and risk in the least restrictive setting. Young adults may transition to Cherryhurst from inpatient settings, and we can also provide an alternative to hospital admission as we are able to manage significant levels of risk in a least restrictive community environment. Our unique model provides 24/7 on-call and crisis intervention, to support young adults to maintain their community placement and avoid readmission. Our evidence-based model of care is supported by a structured MDT including Clinical Nurse Specialists, Psychologists and Consultant Psychiatrists. Cherryhurst is a spacious, detached property located in a quiet community setting. The house has a large open plan kitchen/lounge area, as well as a second lounge, providing plenty of communal space for the individuals placed there. There are 5 bedrooms, some with en-suite bathrooms. The new service expands our […]

Care in Minds Invite for the Educational Event we are hosting in March 2019 in West Yorkshire

Educational Event: Care in Mind


In March, Care in Mind are holding an Educational Event in West Yorkshire. This will be the first in a series of events that we plan to host throughout 2019 for our colleagues in the NHS and social care. The events will provide the opportunity to hear from Care in Mind professionals about our specialist model of care and positive outcomes.   Working with complex young adults in a specialist residential setting: Promoting recovery through least restrictive practice   Wednesday 27th March 2019 | 12 pm – 3 pm Holiday Inn Leeds Brighouse (just off the M62, J25)   This event is aimed at professionals working with 16-30-year olds with complex mental health needs and significant risk presentations. We will be exploring issues surrounding the support of this complex client group in a residential setting. The afternoon will feature presentations and workshops on: Outcomes achieved with complex cases at Care in Mind Dr Rachel Scullion, Clinical Director Self-harm and therapeutic risk taking: the Care in Mind approach Josef Comyn-Doyle, Clinical Nurse Specialist Safewards for Safehomes: applying Safewards in a residential setting Dominique Hooper, Best Practice Facilitator   The seminar will also include a service user’s perspective on the therapeutic risk approach and […]

The Charter for Employers who are positive about Mental Health, that Care in Mind signed in 2017 to make them a Mindful Employer

Care in Mind are a Mindful Employer


For the second year running, Care in Mind are pleased to announce that we have been recognised as a Mindful Employer. This illustrates our commitment to supporting our staff who may suffer with mental health difficulties and the approach we have when recruiting staff for our services. As an employer, we recognise and support employees who experience mental health difficulties and the stigma and discrimination that surrounds the topic of mental health in today’s media. In 2017, Care in Mind signed the Charter for Employees who are Positive about Mental Health. As an employer and a mental health provider for young people, we are committed to not only supporting our young people throughout their placements but also supporting our staff and colleagues and focus on creating an open culture environment where staff are able to talk openly about mental health in their place of work.   What does this Charter mean for Care in Mind? In signing this charter, Care in Mind have made an ongoing commitment to our staff to: Provide non-judgemental and proactive support to individual staff who experience mental health difficulties. Not make assumptions that a person with a mental health condition will be more vulnerable to […]

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Care in Mind’s Christmas Party Auction raises money for local charities


On Saturday 8th December, Care in Mind celebrated in style at our annual Christmas Party and Staff Awards Ceremony. This year’s event was a Casino Royale theme and gave our teams the chance to dress up and celebrate a year of amazing achievements.   Care in Mind Auction The celebrations also included a charity auction in aid of three charities: The Seashell Trust ( – supporting children and young adults with complex learning disabilities and additional communication needs The Down’s Syndrome Association ( – “Helping people with Down’s syndrome to live full and rewarding lives” The Stockport Women’s Centre ( – which specialises in providing services for women surviving poverty, social exclusion and emotional trauma consequent to sexual and/or domestic abuse. Expertly compered by Josef Comyn-Doyle, Clinical Nurse Specialist, the auction was a roaring success! Along with the raffle, we raised over £1500 for the charities. We’d like to extend our thanks to all the organisations who got involved providing gifts and experiences – there were some incredible lots up for grabs on the night including: Signed football memorabilia Chauffeur-drive experience Restaurant vouchers Night out experiences The auction followed our annual staff awards ceremony, where our Executive Management Group presented […]

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Care in Mind support The Wellspring Rucksack Project 2018


Care in Mind are pleased to share with you that once again this year we have taken part in The Wellspring’s annual Christmas Project, the Rucksack Appeal. Our receptionist, Karen Hill, led the collection, with donations made to the appeal by staff and young people across our eight residential homes and our head office.   Who are The Wellspring and what do they do? The Wellspring charity is a resource centre for homeless and disadvantaged people. They provide referrals into housing; supporting rough sleepers into getting off the streets and into safe accommodation, 365 days of the year. The overall aim of The Wellspring is to considerably reduce homelessness and eventually, prevent homelessness in the future. The Wellspring also provide many educational, computer and art courses to allow rough sleepers to build their skills base with the hope that they will be back in employment and off the streets in the future.   Staff and service users across Care in Mind have been working together to fill boxes of essential items that are needed not only over the Christmas period but for the next few colder months. Taking part in this project is not only a way to engage staff […]

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Residential Service News – Stubble Bank


Earlier in November, Stubble Bank, our specialist mental health residential service in Ramsbottom, organised a dog walk. Staff and young people from other services across the Care in Mind group were invited to take part in walking around the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Near to Stubble Bank and The Stables in Ramsbottom. Young people, staff and their very well behaved four-legged friends met at a local pub before walking up to the Peel Tower, a historic landmark 335 metres above sea level and has amazing views of the Lancashire landscape.

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Lyndhurst hosts Macmillan Coffee Morning


In October the young people at Lyndhurst, our home in West Yorkshire, worked together to host a Coffee Morning to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. Staff and young people from services across the organisation were invited to come and take part in a variety of activities, including: Pumpkin carving Care in Mind Bake Off Slip and slide Face Painting Raffle Gemma Waddington, Deputy Manager of Lyndhurst says: “This was a fantastic event all the young people and staff had an amazing time. We all loved the food and cakes the young people made some delicious ones and I’m sure everyone enjoyed throwing sponges at me!” Well done to everyone at Lyndhurst for arranging a brilliant day and for raising a total of £100.72!    

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World Mental Health Day 2018 – Young People


The 10th October 2018 was World Mental Health Day and this year the theme was “Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World”, focusing on the different issues that young people are facing across the world today including topics such as: Gender Identity Cyberbullying Suicide Effects of Trauma As Care in Mind are a provider of specialist mental health residential services for young people, we wanted to engage with our young people about what was important to them on this World Mental Health Day, so we asked them to share their own responses to the statement “I wish people knew…” The responses we received were really powerful and inspiring!   Staff at our Head Office also got involved in World Mental Health Day by wearing green to show their support for raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health today for young people.

New Service Now Open: Reservoir Lodge, Leeds


We are delighted to announce that our newest service, Reservoir Lodge, is now open and accepting admissions. Reservoir Lodge offers specialised therapeutic residential placements for up to 4 young people aged 16-25 with complex mental health needs. Our innovative and evidence-based model of care is supported by a structured MDT including psychiatrists, psychologists and clinical nurse specialists, and aims to support young people in transitioning towards independent life in the community.   Reservoir Lodge is a spacious, detached house with calming views over Eccup Reservoir. The house has a large garden and a separate guest house, allowing young people to take time for themselves in their own space. The new service expands our offering in the North of England, allowing us to provide much needed additional specialist placements for young people in the least restrictive environment out of hospital settings.   Our Managing Director, Sharron Amri says of the new service: “We are delighted to have further expanded our provision in such a beautiful house where our young people can make some positive steps in being the best they can be and making some positive changes during their journey to recovery.”         For more information about our […]

Care In Minds Candidate Privacy Notice


Care in Mind Candidate Privacy Notice Introduction Through our candidate application and recruitment process Care in Mind will collect, process and store personal information about you. Candidate data is processed for four main purposes which are; (a) application, (b) assessment and (c) pre-employment screening, and (d) worker permissions.   This document explains why we collect your personal information, what information we collect and how it is processed. In this Privacy Notice the term “processing” covers all activities involving your personal information, including collecting, handling, storing, sharing, accessing, using, transferring and disposing of the information. 1) Why do we collect your personal information? To manage your application, we will process certain personal information about you. The purposes for this are set out below. We only process your information which is necessary for the purposes of progressing your application or which is required by law or any regulatory requirements.  There are rules set out by Article 6 (general data) and Article 9 (for special data) that we comply with for the strict purpose of the data we collect, use and store.  Not all of the purposes set out below will apply to you. Application: CV, application form,name, address, employment history, academic and […]

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Restraint Reduction Network Pledge


Care in Mind has recently taken the pledge, with the Restraint Reduction Network, to work towards creating restraint-free environments for young people in our care. What is it that the Restraint Reduction Network do? Their mission is to be clear and transparent when it comes to their commitment to all the people that use, work and are involved in their services. They want all their staff to work together effectively to make sure that the use of coercive and restricted practice is minimised, and the misuse and abuse of restraint is prevented altogether. They will work together with all those who have taken to pledge to build restraint free services that are built on continuous improvement and learning. Why have Care in Mind taken the pledge? “Care in Mind have always been passionate about creating services for young people with complex mental health conditions, free from restraint, we are very committed to provide a restraint free service, promoting inclusion and recovery”. Sharron Amri, Managing Director. What are the Values and Principles of the Restraint Reduction Network? The Restraint Reduction Network agree to abide by 12 common values and principles that they follow and are at the core of all of […]

Investors in People


We are very pleased to announce that Care in Mind has been awarded Investors in People recognition at our first-time assessment. Julie Burton, HR Manager, explains; “This a fantastic achievement for the company and all of the staff that work for Care in Mind. The company has grown significantly over the past two years and we have achieved some fantastic outcomes for the young people we support. This could not have been achieved without the dedication of our staff that work tirelessly to support Care in Minds aims. The IIP assessment highlighted a number of strengths for the company such as the learning we have done as we have grown and the company’s willingness to introduce changes as a result of this. It was also highlighted that our approach to staff support really set the company apart as staff confirmed that the welfare and well-being of both young people and staff were paramount. The next stages for Care in Mind are to develop this recognition further over the next few years and continue to aim to be an employer of choice in the care sector.”

Autumn Event just for our Young People


We value the opinions of all our Young People and we are always keen to develop fun events specifically for them. The next event should be held at the end of Autumn! Let us know your ideas. More details to follow.

We had a lovely day yesterday in Lyme park


We had a lovely day yesterday in Lyme park, although some were left a little sunburnt! We all met early Sunday and went for a 6-mile walk through muddy fields, up steep hills, passed deer, and around a cage before chilling out at the cafe and treating ourselves! The next ramblers walk is just being organised!! #CareinMind #Ramblersclub

Congratulations and a massive well done


Congratulations and a massive well done to all those that have completed their Qualification as part of the Care in Mind Academy! #Success #CareinMind #CareinMind Academy

We did it!


We did it!! 16 staff and young people rocked up to Tesco in Macclesfield for the start of the Middlewood way. 10 miles walking to raise money for the NSPCC.