final Future Workshop today
We have run the first two Future Workshops with stakeholders from Mind in Bassetlaw, East Midlands, including volunteers, managers, the Clinical Commissioning Group mental health lead, service coordinators and of course service users, and today embark on the final workshop, a call to action.
Future Workshops emerged in the 1970s as a form of citizen action for change. They are typically structured quite simply in three stages: 1) critique of an existing situation, 2) creation of a wish list for an ideal situation, and 3) a plan of action for positive change. We found the second week challenging in working with mental health services – it seemed people’s experiences had been so consistently poor that ‘fantasy’ extended to the most humble aspirations, like being able to fund permanent staff to run a central database of services, or just for crisis teams to communicate with families of the individual they have been called out to support.
As a result of those two workshops we go into today’s with a long list of design requirements for mental health service provision. The project always aimed to inform the development of a new venue for Mind in central Nottingham, but the concept of mental health hubs is a popular one at the moment in the UK, and NHS commissioning groups are also considering them. We therefore share these requirements here.
The requirements on the list have emerged over the course of the whole project, and have been expressed not only by service users, but by all stakeholders. As ‘design thinkers’, trying to work with the mental health sector, we have also added our observation that staff time is so pressured, that there is very little opportunity for individuals and organisations to engage with more speculative and creative methods like this.
The participants in these workshops have been incredibly generous and open and brave. We hope we can help you put your plans into action.
list of requirements: Week 3 – action plans