Welcome to our Annual Report.
Welcome to our annual report for 2017/18. As Inspire moves towards our 60th birthday in 2019 the past twelve months have been full of celebrations, growth, challenges and forging new partnerships.
In October 2017 we welcomed the Duke of Cambridge to officially open our Community Resilience Centre and central support offices in Lombard House. The launch was the culmination of our vision of creating a state of the art base for Inspire at the heart of Belfast City Centre. Lombard House counselling suites, training rooms and meeting spaces are operating at near full capacity with likeminded community organisations and partners using the space to help progress our vision of wellbeing for all.
We were delighted that our advocacy volunteers were awarded the Queens Award for Volunteering in recognition of their dedication and service. Inspire’s commitment to excellence in our staff team was further acknowledged when our Performance and Development Team was awarded the CIPD Best Talent Management Initiative for our Nurturing Talent Programme.
Inspire Professional Services has become the delivery partner for Mates In Mind the charity set up for and by the construction industry, to help employers improve mental health and wellbeing of their workforce. This partnership means that construction companies and workers throughout Northern Ireland can access the full support of the Mates in Mind programme through Inspire.
Our research partnership with Ulster University published its first piece of primary research which found people working in the creative industries in NI are almost three times more likely to suffer from mental ill health than the general population. Our anti-stigma campaign Change Your Mind was pleased to be appointed as the main delivery partner for the prestigious BBC Christmas appeal.
Inspire Autism services has flourished in Ireland and we proudly support 338 people with autism in day care, outreach and residential settings. Addiction NI grows from strength to strength and this year we opened new offices and counselling rooms on the Glen Rd in Belfast while plans are underway to celebrate 40 years of Addiction NI leading the way in addiction services in NI.
These are just some of the highlights of the past twelve months and you can discover more as you move through this report.
The volume and impact of our work is impressive, but none of this would be possible without the skill and dedication of the Inspire staff and volunteers, the Boards of Trustees who guide our work and the agencies and donors who support us. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them for making the past twelve months so successful and look forward to the next year as we continue to aim towards our vision of wellbeing for all.
Professor Hugh McKenna
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