21 September 2018

A pilot project to develop innovative ways to help people achieve good mental health has been launched in Luton, thanks to a new Big Lottery funded programme called ‘Living Well UK’.  

A partnership of organisations working in the town, including the Trust, successfully bid to be part of a three-year programme to shape how people with mental health needs in Luton have their say in how services are designed and delivered.

Gail Dearing, ELFT’s Associate Director for Social Care in Bedfordshire and Luton, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to work collaboratively with other organisations and transform the approach to mental health care in Luton.

“Most importantly, this work will be shaped by those who matter most and know more than anybody – the service users themselves.”

The Trust is working with the wider community and partner organisations including Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Luton Borough Council, Mind BLMK and Total Wellbeing Luton.

Social enterprise, the Innovation Unit, is leading the Living Well programme, funded by Big Lottery.

The Living Well UK’s programme was inspired by an approach originally developed in Lambeth, South London.

Luton is one of four locations that were successful in their bid to be part of the Living Well UK programme. The other locations are Edinburgh, Salford, and Tameside & Glossop.

Luton will receive up to £100,000 a year for three years to support the programme locally.