This edition features new groups and service developments in Sheffield. St. Wilfrid's will soon be opening a major residential project; Rainbow Heron’s late night art cafe for young people has just opened; and Compassion Convoy and SAGE Greenfingers are offering new opportunities for people to access support. All these activities contribute to building a mental health friendly Sheffield, which is the aim of Sheffield Flourish, which reports on its recent competition asking people to share their ideas on this theme.
The groups and activities featured focus attention on the importance of community, which is identified as the key historical strength of the user/survivor movement in an article by Patrick Wood, who was Training and Development Worker for the Sheffield based national user/survivor organisation UKAN from 1995 to 2007. A selection of readers' letters highlights some of the reasons why Your Voice matters to people, including helping to overcome social isolation, our unbiased position, and our role in enabling mental health service users to speak to each other.