resource iconThe Mental Health Development Service at SCVS facilitates joint working between voluntary organisations and statutory organisations.

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The service enables voluntary organisations to have their views taken into account when decisions are made regarding the planning and delivery of mental health services across the ABMU health board. The development service also supports and facilitates the local voluntary sector Mental Health Forum.

The Mental Health Development Service consists of the Mental Health Development Officer and the Information and Research Worker, and is funded through the Local Mental Health Grant Scheme and monitored by the Local Health Board. The service is part of Mental Health Action Wales (MHAW) which is the Association of Local Mental Health Voluntary Networks in Wales which brings local voluntary organisations together.

What does the Mental Health Development Service provide?

A Development and Support Network

The service supports and facilitates the local voluntary sector Mental Health Forum. The forum has developed a range of tools and services including a service directory, Crisis Cards, the Transcend peer mentoring project, events and consultations. For more information on the Mental Health Forum please click here. 

Service Development

The Mental Health Development Service supports the third sector in delivering services as well as brokering access to advice and guidance relating to health legislation, governance, funding, best practice and training. The service also promotes the role of the third sector in local, regional and national service provision and explores development opportunities in mental health and emotional well being.

Partnership and Planning

The service is an active member, where appropriate, in local and regional planning processes including sub groups. It also links local network forums to the regional partnerships and planning processes. The service also aims to be an active member in national planning and partnerships such as Mental Health Action Wales and its subgroups.


The development service provides information relating to relevant training opportunities available to the third sector.


The development service is committed to responding to appropriate local, regional and national consultations around policy, service legislation changes within mental health and well being. By working locally and regionally will seek the views of the third sector to develop joint consultation responses where appropriate


We provide mental health related information to the voluntary and statutory sector, service users and carers and the general public. If you would like more information please contact Beth Preston - Mental Health Information Officer on (01792) 544030 or email [email protected]

For more information on the Mental Health Development Service, please contact Helen Foster or Rachael Jenkins - Mental Health Development Officers on (01792) 544021 / 544020 or email [email protected] / [email protected]