This is big news: NewLink Wales is becoming part of Platfform (platfform.org), the forward-thinking mental health charity and platform for social change.

Previously known as Gofal, Platfform has a 30 year history of working with people who are experiencing challenges with their mental health. Rather than focussing on problems to be ‘fixed’, Platfform’s ‘asset-based’ approach identifies the strengths and capabilities that each individual can use to build their own long-term, sustainable wellbeing.

Platfform advocates for health, social care and public systems to adopt this approach, giving people ownership of their own wellbeing and the hope and agency to heal.

Why is this happening?

Platfform’s approach makes perfect sense to us – it closely mirrors our own, and we believe it’s the right way to tackle the huge task of improving systems, communities, and lives. By joining Platfform, we create a stronger team, and a louder voice for wellbeing.

“We are very excited about NewLink Wales joining Platfform, we know that working together means that we are more able to deliver our shared vision and work with communities who want to create a greater sense of connection, ownership and wellbeing in the places that they live.” – Ewan Hilton, CEO, Platfform

“There is a huge sense of shared purpose and vision between the two organisations, and by coming together we will be able to explore and develop many more programmes and activities that are truly asset-based and invest in the strengths of every individual we work alongside.” – John Lowes, CEO, NewLink Wales.

What happens to the projects I’m part of?

Don’t worry – if you’re part of MILE, NewSteps, Buzzin or VOLocity these will still happen in the same place, in the same way, with the same people. That’s also the case for any services you’re involved with at our Bridgend office.

We’ll aim to keep you up-to-date with any changes that may happen further down the line; these will always be made with the aim of creating the best possible projects for you and everyone we work with.

This is really exciting news for us, and for everyone who’s a part of our mission to act as a catalyst for positive change. By adding our successful projects, and the passion behind them, to Platfform’s own, we’ve got the best possible opportunity to create the biggest possible impact.