CAMPAIGING for increased access to leisure centres, securing funding for a horticultural project in Knowle and shining a light on mental health services in Solihull.
Those are just some of the things highlighted in Peter Brown’s, a service user governor at Solihull and Birmingham Mental Health Trust ( BSMHFT) and chair at Solihull Mind, nomination for the Local Hero Award.
Peter said he is still surprised he has been recognised for the things he does in the community.
He added: “Whoever wins, we are all winners. As a community we can be stronger and more supportive to one another by taking a bit of time being there for each other.
“There are many of us vulnerable, lonely people who sometimes are grateful just for someone saying ‘Hello how are you’.”
The 45-year-old has been in both roles for the past nine years and has been working hard to improve and deliver mental health services in the borough.
In his role as service user governor at BSMHFT he questions to the board of directors about the services and gets to go out visit hospitals to see staff and patients and the environment for which those who live and work there.
When working for Solihull Mind he has helped secure funding for horticultural projects and helped extend the charity’s drop-in service to help those in need access support more easily.