Title: The Big Issue Mental Health Partnerships
Event Date: 12 October 2016
Venue: BG14, Bournemouth House, Lansdowne Campus
Speakers: Simon Chilcott, Area Services Manager South West, The Big Issue Foundation and Melissa Scott Specialist Practitioner, Mental Health Homeless Service, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Presenting a local overview of the Big Issue Foundation in the Dorset and Hampshire area, focusing on achievements, partnerships, challenges and plans for the future. Melissa's presentation will be about her role in supporting mental health of the homeless community. We will finish our talk by discussing how both organisations work together.
Simon Chilcott, Big Issue Foundation
I am the Area Services Manager for the Big Issue Foundation and responsible for all operational management of services in the Southwest . My responsibility is to line manage Service Brokers, whose key role is to promote access of services to Big Issue vendors, to enable them to continue their journey away from poverty towards social and financial inclusion. Through developing supportive relationships with vendors during sales transactions, one to one sessions, and while on outreach to vendors in the street, by providing the information, advice and guidance needed to support effective signposting and referrals to specialist services and networks.
Melissa Scott Specialist Practitioner
In brief my role is a specialist mental health practitioner for the homeless. My professional background is as an Occupational Therapist and I have worked in mental health for 10 years.
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