A Time to Change Hub is primarily a partnership between people with their own lived experience of mental health problems, representatives from health and wellbeing boards, local authorities and mental health/voluntary sector organisations. Hubs also typically work with a whole range of other sectors that have an interest in mental health such as CYP / education, NHS / health, emergency services and local employers, to name just a few.
Partners work together to deliver their own anti-stigma campaigning activities. These support schools, workplaces and communities to take action. Time to Change provides each Hub with £25,000 to deliver these activities of which £10,000 is apportioned to a Champions Fund. This is to enable people who have experienced a mental health problem and is a registered Time to Change Champion living within a Hub area, to apply for up to £500 to lead on activities to tackle stigma and discrimination. More details on this can be found here.
Improving the health and wellbeing of local communities as well as tackling stigma and discrimination is a strategic priority for all our partners; becoming a Time to Change Hub gives them the opportunity to achieve this.
How to apply
To become a Time to Change Hub all partners must 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 schools, workplaces or other community settings
- Proactively campaigning to improve people's attitudes and behaviours towards mental health
Earlier this year, we set up four hubs in Suffolk, Leeds, Cumbria and West Sussex.
The second group of Time to Change Hubs will be in the following locations:
- West Midlands
- East Midlands
- South West
- London regions
If you work for a Local Authority or are a member of a Health & Wellbeing Board in one of these regions, your organisation is able to apply on behalf of your local area. Download our information paper to find out more about what's involved in becoming a hub.
Please note applications for the second tranche of Hubs are now closed. The next round of applications will open in mid 2018.
Due to an overwhelmingly positive response from our first round of applications, we have developed an ‘organic’ Hub model. This allows us to provide support in areas we were unable to appoint as ‘funded’ Hubs but who demonstrated their commitment to the campaign in their application.
We provide organic Hubs access to our training, branding, local and regional contacts and all Time to Change tools and materials. We also provide a limited amount of staff support centrally to help organic Hubs develop.