New CEO Appointment for South Kent Mind

South Kent Mind has appointed Simon Dolby as its new Chief Executive.

This is such an important time for mental health charities because of the pressures we are all under caused by Covid19 and the economic and social impact of the lockdown.

I am proud to have been appointed to help lead South Kent Mind and am making my first priority to find members of the community to take on fundraising challenges on our behalf. Whether you organise an online quiz night with your work colleagues, a socially distanced coffee morning in your garden with a small group of friends or take on a socially distanced walking challenge – we would love to hear from you.

Simon Dolby

Fundraisers will have their challenge promoted on the South Kent Superstars page on the charity’s website and through its social media platforms.

Funds raised will be used by South Kent Mind to strengthen its services to support people with recovering their mental wellbeing and their long term mental health. Support includes courses on coping with anxiety, healthy sleep, food and mood, confidence and assertiveness, goal setting and self esteem.

I am delighted Simon Dolby has accepted the post of CEO of South Kent Mind. This has now become a full-time position as we recognise how important the services we provide will be to our local community as we emerge from the pandemic.  Simon joins at an exciting time as we seek to build and develop the organisation more widely across South Kent.

I’d like to thank our interim CEO, Steve Inett for leading the organisation for the past nine months, during what was has been a very difficult period for everyone.  His leadership has ensured the organisation is in a much stronger position to deliver mental health services and is ready to build on the challenges we face going forwards.

Penelope James, Chair of South Kent Mind

Read Steve Inett’s ‘farewell’ here.

Mr Dolby was previously the Chief Executive of the KM Charity Team and Inspire Schools which he led for two decades and delivered events including the Kent Teacher of the Year Awards, Kent Volunteering Awards and Kent Literacy Awards. Its services included the walking bus and Walk on Wednesday initiatives used by more than 30,000 children and families at 100 Kent schools.

To sign up to be a South Kent Superstar call the team on 01303 250090, email contact@southkentmind.org.uk or visit southkentmind.org.uk. Read more about the Superstars Fundraising scheme here.

Fact-file

  • The adult population of south Kent is approximately 170,000 and at any one time 23,800 (14 per cent) will have a common mental health problem such as anxiety and depression.
  • 8,500 (five per cent) will have longer term and more complex mental health problems.
  • 11,900 (seven per cent) will have mental health problems associated with their physical health needs.
  • South Kent Mind helps clients find hope, re-establish a positive identity, identify the steps to build a meaningful life and take back responsibility and control.
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