I’m writing as a former Mindlink NAP member, and network member,
regarding your statement on Mind’s website.
I just wanted to ask for clarification on a few points.
Have I correctly understood that you are equating volunteering with
Workfare work placements? You write:
Disability Works UK, our local Minds may be involved in offering
specialist support to people with mental health problems helping to
improve their skills and boost their confidence.
Well-structured and meaningful volunteering can be an excellent way to
prepare people for paid work”
You say that Mind will no take part in coercive practices, but, as I
understand it, the terms of Workfare have been much publicised for some
time? Certainly, those subjected to it have been very aware of this.
Does this mean that you were not? How can that be?
You write : Disability Works UK will not play a role in imposing
sanctions and will only seek contracts with providers whose values are
compatible with our own
I wondered if you could explain that? And how Mind’s involvement with
Workfare does not conflict with its stated support of those of us who
have been campaining against the Welfare Refrom Bill? I believe Mind
supported The Hardest Hit campaign, at least, initially?
I would also like to ask why Mind has not been transparent about its
involvement in Workfare via Disability Works UK? Many have been aware
of this for some time but could not find any reference to it on Mind’s
website until now? If it is something that Mind feels is of great
benefit to people who are experiencing mental distress then wouldn’t
Mind have wished to publicise this from the outset?
I look forward to your reply