Over the next four years (2017 – 2021), we will be working with groups of local organisations and mental health champions to help change the way people think and act about mental health in their communities. It’s part of our broader strategy to embed and sustain Time to Change as a social movement in local communities.
We’re doing this by creating a network of Time to Change hubs. They combine the insights from the national campaign with local knowledge to support communities, workplaces and schools to help end the negative attitudes and behaviours towards people experiencing mental health problems where they live.
Time to Change hubs are local partnerships which demonstrate their commitment to:
- Putting people with personal experience of mental health problems at the heart of their work
- Embedding anti-stigma and discrimination work locally, whether that be local schools, workplaces or other community settings
- Proactively campaigning to improve people’s attitudes and behaviours towards mental health.
In 2017, we set up four funded hubs: Time to Change Suffolk, Time to Change Leeds, Time to Change Cumbria and Time to Change West Sussex. In 2018, they were joined by Time to Change Bristol, Time to Change Nottingham, Time to Change Waltham Forest and Time to Change Worcestershire.
Along with funded hubs, which receive a set-up fund of £10,000, there are over 25 organic hubs across England which campaign in their local area.