Cllr Simon Wales is currently lead Member for Finance, Assets and the Voluntary Sector on Sutton Council and is in his third term as a councillor. He is Sutton Council’s mental health champion and is the lead member on the Our Place! Embracing Mental Health programme, for which Sutton has just won funding from DCLG to develop the Central Sutton mental health partnership. He is also the Council's representative on the local Dementia Action Alliance, and a Dementia Friend.
This role combines many things about which he feels passionately: joining up services across a wide partnership of providers, delivering more efficiently, and, most importantly, the opportunity to address the misconceptions and stigma which surround mental health. The voluntary sector in Sutton, for which he has been lead member for 4 years, has a long track record of delivering mental health services and he has witnessed at first hand the value of their interventions in this area, and their ability to change lives. The previous Mayor of Sutton’s charity was the Sutton Mental Health Foundation.
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