Darren Ayres has worked in mental health for 22 years both within Acute and Community settings. His specialist employment service The Richmond Fellowship is commissioned by NHS England to support people with mental ill health both into paid employment and to help retain employment if things become challenging.

Darren has a passion for early intervention and prevention, and is a firm believer in building a positive and progressive structure into people’s lives as the recovery tool to improve symptoms and reduce admission into hospital.

Last February Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen introduced Connections Radio listeners to Darren and today he is joining Wizzi again to recap on what The Richmond Fellowship and his work is all about and catch up on what’s been happening for him and the charity this past year.

Since the start of 2021 James Pinnock has been focusing on launching SIGN – the so it goes network. The concept of which is to connect with ‘street communities’ in Manchester through the 4 C’s: compassion, creativity, communication and community.

SIGN have been working with two organisations in Manchester over the last 6 months – offering mindfulness sessions, educational workshops and one-on-one support / mentoring to help those without homes to get work.

James has appeared on the Business of before where he and Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen discussed mindfulness, meditation and being here now.

Now he’s back to discuss the Business of SIGN…

Chris Gatfield is the Founder and Director of Dove Cottage Day Hospice, a centre that offers palliative day care to people in North East Leicestershire, Rutland and South East Nottinghamshire who are living with a life-limiting illness, such as cancer, motor neurone disease and COPD.

27 years ago Chris Gatfield had a remarkable, life changing experience leading to her setting up her hospice and is here with Louisa “Wizzi” Magnussen to discuss the Business of Fundraising.