What is MindSpace?
MindSpace Stamford is a local charity committed to improving the mental health and wellbeing of the whole town, helping people to flourish. We encourage conversations around mental health in our homes, businesses, and schools and offer a range of activities based on the 5 ways to wellbeing, that anyone can access (for free!) to encourage positive mental health and wellbeing.
Faced with the lack of local services to support mental health, Dr. Dan Petrie founded the Stamford Mental Health Forum in 2015, bringing together members of the community to discuss what services were required locally, and how to overcome the stigma of mental illness. This led to the creation of a drop-in café: a ‘safe space’ where anyone could come along to talk or listen in a non-judgemental atmosphere. This approach developed into what we now know as MindSpace Stamford.
The number of services offered may have grown considerably and we now have our own premises, but the aim of MindSpace remains the same –increase the knowledge and understanding of mental health in the community, by providing ways to prevent ill health through better conversations.
Our activities now run every weekday, and our fundraising efforts mean that these continue to be offered free of charge to all of our members (members being the term we use for those who attend our events – there is no ‘formal’ membership!).
We also invest in local initiatives and work with businesses and schools to educate people and equip the whole community so that they can support loved ones, friends, colleagues, and neighbors, to reduce the burden of loneliness and mental ill-health.
For further information about what we aim to achieve and how we work, please take a look at our vision and mission.
Board of trustees and team
Our board of trustees brings together seven local professionals with a range of skills and includes a former headteacher, a marketing director, an education project manager, an accountant, a hospital doctor, a GP and a former nurse and non-executive director of the local NHS Trust. All trustees work for MindSpace on a voluntary basis.
Together the group has developed both an aspirational strategic plan and a detailed operational plan to guide us in working towards achieving our vision.
We also wouldn’t be who we are without our wonderful team of volunteers and our members – you can read comments from our members at the bottom of this page and click here for some from our volunteers.
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Dr Dan Petrie
Founder, Vice Chair and Trustee
I am a GP in Stamford where I live with my family and where my children go to school. As someone who often comes into contact with people who have mental health problems, I launched MindSpace Stamford to reduce the stigma associated with such difficulties and give local people the help and support they need to improve their mental wellbeing. I am proud of the range of activities we offer, whether they be physical or mindful or just the chance for people to share their story with others. I believe this will help the mental wellbeing of our local community as a whole to flourish.
Chair of Trustees
I am a retired French teacher, Senior Leader in schools, secondary school Head Teacher, school inspector and school improvement professional in both the primary and secondary sector. I have always been very aware of the importance of emotional health and wellbeing and how all of us can be susceptible to mental health challenges. Having moved to Stamford in 2005 I am passionate about our wonderful town! It is an amazing place to live. I always vowed to make a social contribution in my retirement (in between grandparent duties!). Through MindSpace Stamford we have an opportunity to do something unique. We hope that you can support us in whatever way possible.
I worked as a Director of Nursing for the former Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals until 2002 and have since worked as CEO of an international charity providing health services in the developing world, before returning to the local area to work as a Development Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support. As well as being a Trustee for MindSpace Stamford, I am also a Non-Executive Director for the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust. MindSpace is a great opportunity to apply my professional experience to support the local community.MindSpace is a great opportunity to apply my professional experience to support the local community.
I am passionate about helping people with mental illness to navigate life. With a background working in the medical field and lived experience of mental illness, I know first-hand just how much a community based approach can help. MindSpace Stamford was initially part of my own recovery and now, sitting on the board of trustees, I bring that lived experience perspective to the team. I love anything related to sports, the outdoors, my family and my church.
Trustee - Finance
I am a qualified accountant (ACMA) and have a background in operational finance. I moved to Stamford in 2007 and after having my children, became aware that emotional health is just as important as physical health. I have returned to work following a short career break but continue to enjoy using my work-related skills to help Stamford residents get the support they need to improve their mental wellbeing. In my spare time, I enjoy being a baby swimming instructor.
Trustee - Marketing and Communications
I am a marketing professional and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. My experience has predominantly been gained through working with professional services firms who I continue to advise as a freelance marketing and communications consultant. Having seen the impact MindSpace Stamford has had in the local community, I am pleased to offer marketing advice and support as a member of the board of trustees. Outside work, I have a busy family life with four children and enjoy good food, spending time with friends and (trying) to keep fit.
I am a textbook extrovert who gains energy and joy from people. I grew up in Essex but chose Stamford as my hometown. Being a trustee of MindSpace helps me to support my community and be informed and resilient enough to support friends, neighbours and relatives in maintaining positive mental health. I have worked across the NHS, the Police and now at The University of Leicester delivering collaborative outreach and engagement projects. My current project supports young people in overcoming barriers to higher education in areas where GCSE results are good, but fewer students continue their education post-18. I have to work hard at maintaining positive mental wellbeing but I find wild swimming and being outdoors really help, as does cooking for friends.