I’m Immy, I’m the Mental Health Lead for The Coalition. My job is to manage the mental health team and ensure we are able to listen to as many service users and carers share their experiences of accessing mental health services within Surrey and North East Hampshire. The team then make sure this feedback is given to service providers and the commissioners to let them know what is working well for people and what needs improvement. Our staff and members then work with the professionals to develop ways to create service improvement for our residents.
Outside of work, I spend my time making delicious food and usually a massive mess too. I like to read and am often listening to an audiobook whilst doing other things. Also gardening and visiting new parts of the country with my friends on short trips. I’m also a carer for my father who uses an electric wheelchair.
Hello! My name is Guy and I am the Independent Mental Health Network (IMHN) Coordinator. I have been working at The Coalition since 2018. I really enjoy my role – it’s so varied and it’s very interesting speaking to and supporting people to express their mental health stories. Our aim is to influence and design how mental health services are shaped in Surrey and NE Hants.
Outside of the IMHN, I’m a first dan black belt in kickboxing and I’m studying to get my second dan in 2023 hopefully! I like chess but don’t often get to play. I am a fully qualified Personal Trainer and really enjoy watching six nations rugby and supporting England. I’m also a petrol head and love cars preferably with a V8 engine in them!
Hello, my name is Megan and I wear a bunch of hats at The Coalition!
My main role is Co-production and Community Engagement Officer working on the Community Mental Health Transformation Project for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.
I sit on the Adult Mental Health Alliance Board as an Advisory Forum Representative alongside Collette. Additionally, I co-ordinate the Advisory Forum to make sure lived experience is at the heart of the Alliance.
Every other Monday, Charlotte and I co-facilitate the Young Adults Social Group together where we hold space for young adults to chat and discuss topics relevant to them.
I joined The Coalition in 2022 as Project Officer after getting involved as a volunteer IMHN rep in 2020. I’m currently the IMHN Chair for the 2022/23 term.
When I’m not working, you can usually find me with my nose in a book. I love getting outdoors when I can, and often visit National Trust locations for walks (and their iced coffees!).
I’m Wendy Smith, Co-production and Community Engagement Officer. I’ve had depression and anxiety for most of my life and I’m autistic, so it’s really important to me that people with lived experience are heard, valued and involved in their care. I also deliver courses on mental health and wellbeing for the Recovery College, to help empower people on their recovery journey.
I am Charlotte Payne, an advocate for the practice of co-production, the value of lived experience and the power of stories.
Over the last year, I have worked with members of the Coalition through facilitating the Disability Empowerment Networks in Surrey, special interest groups, virtual social activities and involvement projects. I am now very excited to have joined Megan and Wendy on a partnership project supporting the transformation of community mental health services in Surrey.
I am working full-time, home-based, with Surrey-wide community connections, to raise the voices of service users through co-production and meaningful engagement. My current top three topics of interest are: late-diagnosed neurodivergent women, learning disabilities & employment, and graphic storytelling in the workplace.
In 2023, I hope to complete a big motorcycle trip with friends, who are fellow female adventure bike riders. A personal goal I have for this year is to begin designing my life around my new diagnosis, and to let go of expectation, ideas and systems that don’t work for me.