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A short history of MHM Wales


*      1984 Inaugural meeting to discuss the establishment of a Mind group, this opportunity was created around the purchase of a property in Bridgend to provide accommodation for people with mental health problems and the need for this to be managed by a voluntary group.

*      1985 Ogwr Mind founded and a part-time Development worker (funded under Urban Aid money) employed and based at Sunnyside Social Services Dept. A Sunday afternoon drop-in functioned from Ty’r Ardd Day Centre, this depended entirely on volunteers.

*      1987 Purchase of 63 Nolton Street with money from the Tudor Trust. One full-time development worker employed.

*      1988 – 89 Renovations and refurbishment of building completed. Second hand shop fronted the small sitting room used as a ‘drop-in’; this was a common idea at the time and was intended to protect people using the centre from stigma and discrimination.

*      1990 The All Wales Mental Illness Strategy (1989) facilitated the employment of 2 workers – a full time co-ordinator and part-time Centre Development Worker (this strategy focused on the closure of Victorian Psychiatric Hospitals and the development of community based services)

*      1992 Employment of a part-time housing worker for housing project – staff now consist to 1 full-time worker, 2 part-time workers  6 shop volunteers.

*      1993 Extensive review of the shop facilities and drop-in. Unanimous decision to close the shop – people felt there was more stigma attached to using a second hand shop than there was to a mental health drop-in centre! Big step for the organisation in terms of becoming ‘user’ focused and involving people who use the service in its developments. Centre members agreed to role of future volunteers and wrote a job description plus took an active part in the recruitment process. The centre was open 3 times per week utilising mainly volunteers.

*      1996 Appointment of a part-time Information Worker and Admin worker with recurring money from Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust.

*      1 full-time worker

*      5 part-time workers


*      1997 Organisation becomes Mental Health Matters (Bridgend County Borough), rational behind this was that the trustees were spending more and more time having to respond to consultations and papers from National Mind that they had little time to address local issues.

*      Availability of additional funding via the Local Mental Health Grants Scheme meant an expansion to the centre staff – 3 centre assistants appointed 13 hrs each week. Two of the existing volunteers were successful in their application. Centre members very active in this whole process.

*      Appointment of User Involvement Officer (Lottery funded), the Patients’ Council post (2000) is a development from this.

*      2001 Extension to housing services – appointment of 2 housing workers (part-time)

*      2003 Staff team split to establish a Central Office at Cambria House, with all service providers remain at Nolton Street.

*      2004 Appointment of 3 staff for the Community Advocacy Service – this was a milestone in the development of advocacy for people not in a hospital setting.  

*      2005 - Staff team now total 15

*      Appointment of a Befriending Co-ordinator – this marked an important step forward in terms of how MHM is able to roll out services across BCB.

*      Implementation of first stages of strategic plan.

*      Appointment of Assistant Director,

*      Review of Object of Mental Health Matters and

*      Move to becoming a Company Limited by Guarantee (greater financial protection for trustees)

*      2007 rebranded and became Mental Health Matters Wales

*      September 2007 Mental Health Matters Wales becomes an accredited IMCA service training provider

*      October 2007 MHM Wales launches IMCA services across South Wales operating in Swansea - Port Talbot - Bridgend - Vale of Glamorgan - Rhondda Cynon Taff - Cardiff - Caerphilly - Merthyr Tydfil - Blaenau Gwent - Newport - Torfaen – Monmouthshire

*      November 2008 MHM Wales Launches IMHA service in the South East Wales area, covering Caerphilly - Blaenau Gwent – Newport - Torfaen – Monmouthshire

*      2010 Mental Health Matters Wales celebrates its 25th silver anniversary. The Organisation has been running for 25 years and now employs 26 staff across 12 unitary authorities.

*      October 2011 Working in partnership with Bridgend People First a Befriending Project for people who have mental health related problems or learning disabilities over the age of 50 in the Bridgend County Borough is launched.

*      January 2012 The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 (Part 4) includes compulsory patients under sections 4 and 5 Mental Health Act 1983 to access an IMHA means an expansion of the IMHA scheme.

*      April 2012 Working in partnership with Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) Mental Health Matters Wales launches over 50’s Befriending Café’s in the Bridgend County Borough.

*      September 2013 Working with Bridgend Association of Voluntary Organisations (BAVO) as part of the Big Lottery Fund Community Voice, Mental Health Matters Wales launches ‘Self Harm-Self Help’ It aim to establish self-help groups for people of adult age who self-harm this will provide local intelligence to Commissioners, providers on the delivery of services relevant to people who self-harm.

*      May 2014 Commissioned to deliver the IMCA services in the Hywel Dda Health Board Area (Carmarthen, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion).

*      January 2015 Sees MHMWales Launch “Talking Connections” a new counselling service in the Bridgend Borough.

*      April 2015 The Befriending service launches a telephone befriending project for the over 50’s living in the Bridgend Borough.

*      April 2015 MHM Wales is commissioned to provide the Paid Relevant Persons Representative (PRPR) in Rhondda Cynon Taff & Merthyr.

*      February 2016 Development of the “Litigation Friend” service

*      October 2016 MHM Wales launches its Mental Health & Wellbeing Advocacy Service in Bridgend Borough, funded by the Lloyds Foundation. 

*      November 2016 MHM Wales is asked if it can take over the eating disorder group delivered in Bridgend to stop it from closing. This is agreed and the Eating Disorder Group SORTED is launched as the previous supporter would not allow their name to be used.

*      January 2017 MHM Wales is commissioned to provide pilot cognitive therapeutic care to those with an impairment of the brain or mind at UHW Cardiff – Due to success of pilot, service is continued.

*      April 2017 MHM Wales is commissioned to deliver the pilot Independent Professional Advocacy Service (IPA) in the Bridgend Borough in line with the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 Part 10 (and related parts).


MHMWales continues to be independent of government and is ‘value-driven’. As a charity we are determined to achieve our aims and values supporting those affected by mental health across Wales


Charity Number: 1123842 Registered Company Number: 6468412

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