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Community Partners

The McPin Foundation

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The McPin Foundation is a mental health research charity that prioritises and pioneers ways of working with lived experience expertise to deliver high-quality mental health research and evaluations that deploy collaborative methods. They work to ensure people with direct personal mental health experiences are involved at every stage of the research process, co-producing knowledge to deliver positive change for individuals and communities. 




CLOSER, the home of longitudinal research, brings together world-leading longitudinal studies with participants born throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. CLOSER works to maximise the use, value and impact of longitudinal studies to help improve understanding of key social and biomedical challenges.

Bethlem Gallery

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Bethlem Gallery is a visual arts organisation in south east London which programmes creative activities, projects and commissions, working across South London and the UK. They support the professional development and socially engaged practice of artists, many of whom have experienced mental health services. Bethlem Gallery aims to bridge communities by making art an everyday practice and mental health an everyday conversation.

 Black Thrive

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Black Thrive is a partnership that works to address the inequalities that negatively impact the mental health and wellbeing of Black people in Lambeth. We place the voices of the community at the centre to influence policy, service design and delivery and to provide feedback about the community’s experience of services.

 City of London Sinfonia 

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The Centre is working with City of London Sinfonia on a number of projects, most notably Sound Young Minds, an evaluation of music workshops taking place in the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital Schools. City of London Sinfonia is home to over 40 outstanding professional musicians who come together in the shared belief that music has the power to transform the lives of people across all areas of society.

The Soothsayers

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The Soothsayers and the Centre are collaborating to find ways in which music can be used to explore mental illness and support those with mental ill health, through a series of workshops and knowledge exchange activities.

Thrive LDN 


Thrive LDN is a citywide movement to improve the mental health and wellbeing across London.

As a participation-driven partnership we support a community of organisations, groups and individuals from across the health and care system and the voluntary and community sector to advance social change and equity by engaging with and responding to the needs of all Londoners.

This partnership is an exciting opportunity for Thrive LDN to contribute to research and the evidence base, explore factors that shape and promote health and wellbeing and share learnings to help London become a city where everyone has an equal chance to a healthy, happy and fulfilling life. 

Youth Access

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Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON) is partnering with Youth Access to support evaluation of project activities, including a 5 year project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund which brings young people, voluntary and community sector (VCS) providers and those working in the statutory mental health system together to co-design more effective ways to ensure young people can access the early mental health support they need.