EAST Midlands-based mental health and wellbeing charity Shawmind has announced the promotion of its Operations Director to CEO with immediate effect.
Peter Wingrove, who joined the charity in June 2019, has been the driving force behind a new strategic direction in which the charity launched its Breathe community outreach programme as well as fundraising and various mental health education projects.
“We had big plans to expand our Breathe outreach services into more communities this year and we were in the process of securing grant funding to enable us to do this when the COVID-19 outbreak led to the nationwide lockdown.
“Thanks to the team and our supporters, we were quickly able to adapt our services so that we were able to continue offering support to the local community despite having to close our Breathe Café. Lockdown provided us with the impetus to open our services to people across the country using online platforms in a relatively short space of time.
“During the lockdown, we developed and began delivering professional mental health training to businesses, teachers and families. I believe that mental health and wellbeing training and support will help us foster a society in which mental health is more openly spoken about and in which we are all more supportive of one another’s wellbeing.
The charity is set to grow from strength to strength under its new CEO. The recent launch of its fundraising and awareness campaign, Give Five, Save Lives, aims to raise the money needed to train teachers in the basics of mental health support.
Adam Shaw, Shawmind Founder and Chair of the Board said:
“I have been really impressed with Peter’s progress as our Operations Director over the last 14-months. His clear passion for cracking the stigma surrounding mental ill-health is obvious and his fresh approach to a number of our initiatives and particularly our popular training courses has been a breath of fresh air.
“I’m delighted that he has agreed to step up to the role of CEO as the charity moves into the next phase of its development.”
For more information about Shawmind, its support services, its fundraising focus and how you can get involved, please visit: www.shawmind.org