The Greater Manchester’s Mayoral Combined Authority (GMCA) aims to deliver early intervention support. To identify how this aim would be delivered to residents across Bolton, one of Greater Manchester’s biggest boroughs, the Local Authority, NHS, Social Care and Voluntary teams came together to develop Bolton’s Locality Plan. This included giving pupils in schools and college Brain in Hand, to encourage increased independence and quality of life for service users who are better able to manage mood problems. It would also reduce reliance on other forms of support, reducing support service costs and taking the pressure off carers.
Bolton College participated in the programme. One year on, students and support staff share their stories of increased independence.