Our service user involvement group, People In Mind have won the Voluntary, Community and Sector Award 2017 following on from the Staying Safe with PIM project. The project, which trained 25 PIM members in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), resulted in many PIM members going on to provide suicide first aid.

Voluntary, Community and Sector Award is part of the Equality Awards which aim to recognise and celebrate the excellent work undertaken by local groups, projects and organisations, to address inequalities in health and wellbeing experienced by some sections of the local population.

The awards have strong backing from numerous partners including NHS Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, Birmingham Voluntary Sector Council, Rights and Equality Sandwell and Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations.

Community Engagement Manager, Kirstie Barnes coordinates many PIM activities and was pleasantly surprised when she heard the news that the service user involvement group had been nominated let alone win.

She said: It’s a huge achievement in its own right to have been nominated for the Voluntary, Community and Sector Award, never mind win!

“It makes me feel very proud for PIM to be recognised alongside lots of other established organisations who work in the local area such as Sandwell Asian Family Support Services, Black Country NHS Apprenticeship Academy and Barnardo’s.”