Since the Trust was created in 2005, we have worked closely with people who use services and carers to develop our services, improve quality and better meet the needs of the people we serve.
We pride ourselves on our involvement ethos at Surrey and Borders and there are many ways to get involved at a local service level through to helping develop Trust-wide strategic plans.
Below you will find details of how you can get more involved in the Trust. For further details, please contact Joanne Massey Shand, our Involvement and Volunteering Manager by telephone on 01372 216184, SMS text message on 07786 202545 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or ask your care co-ordinator about getting involved.
Become a Foundation Trust member
Becoming a Foundation Trust member enables you to:
- Influence how our services are run and make sure we do what we say we will
- Attend members events
- Receive our quarterly members newsletter
- Vote in our Governor elections or even stand as a Governor yourself
Carers Action Group (CAG)
We also run a Carers Action Group which meets regularly to ensure that the Trust implements the Triangle of Care. The Triangle of Care refers to the essential three-way relationship between professionals, people who use our services, and their carers/families. It was developed by the Carers Trust (in conjunction with carers and NHS staff) to improve carer engagement in mental health services and contains examples of best practice for organisations to follow.
Find out more about our Carers Action Group
Take part in research
Our Research and Development team run research projects that you may be able to help with. Please refer to our Research & Development area for for more information.
If you can spare an hour or two a week or a month, why not consider volunteering for Surrey and Borders Partnership? We are looking for people who can spend some time in our wards, community homes, teams and day centres or you may prefer to help with practical duties in an office. We'll try and find something that suits you.
Whatever you do you will bring something very valuable to the people in our care - yourself. We can guarantee you will get a very warm welcome. Find out more about volunteering.
Our Standards for Involvement
People who use services and carers have developed a set of Standards for Involving People which provide:
- Guidance for staff about how to encourage and support effective involvement
- A means for the Trust as a whole - teams as well as individuals - to check and measure how well people are involved
Find out more about the Standards for Involvement.
Our Forum of Carers and people who Use our Services is a way of having your say about the way we do things and helping us improve services. The area groups meet on a regular basis to provide people with the opportunity to hear about what is happening in the Trust and feedback comments or concerns about the health and social care of people with mental ill-health or learning disabilities.