Hope is a way of being – what could that mean for communities?

Oliver Townsend

Head of Partnerships and Practice

At Platfform, we believe hope is a way of being, a process. It is why we are excited that we have received funding from the Moondance Foundation for two years of a ground-breaking project in the Caerphilly area.

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  1. Our hope is in each other: a connection-and-community response to funding cuts


    For Mental Health and Social Change

    The announcement of upcoming budget cuts in Wales is a painful situation with no single solution. What is clear is more cuts will deepen further the costs to our mental and physical health here in Wales. The affect will have lasting effects for generations.

    14 August 2023
  2. An evolution: towards a holistic and social justice understanding of mental health

    Dr Jen Daffin

    Community Clinical Psychologist - Trauma Informed Practice Lead

    We have outgrown the story that people having a tough time with their mental health are just experiencing the fate of biology, genetic potluck and lacking ‘personal resilience’. If we understand that distress and mental health is not rooted in disease and pathology then it makes no sense to construct our understanding from this starting point.

    15 February 2023
  3. On bumpy but exciting starts, relationships and complexity

    Ewan Hilton

    Chief Executive

    This is why we believe change urgently needs to happen - to bring about an evolution in how we understand and respond to mental health.

    Read the latest blog from Ewan, CEO at Platfform.

    26 January 2023
  4. Systemic abuse in helping services impacts all of us

    Dr Jen Daffin

    Community Clinical Psychologist - Trauma Informed Practice Lead

    We must stop putting the issue of mental health onto the person and blame them or think of ‘them’ as second-class citizens but we must recognise the role adversity, trauma, distress and injustice have on our mental health.

    21 November 2022
  5. Asset Coaching: healing, human relationships in a broken system

    Oliver Townsend

    Head of Partnerships and Practice

    Positive relationships have been talked about for a long time in housing and support. It’s not a new idea. However, with each year we see more often that our systems get in the way of building positive relationships.

    02 November 2022
  6. The cost of living, and the cost of delay: why deeper change is needed now

    James Radcliffe

    Head of Public Affairs and Influence

    'The energy price cap, while welcome, won’t address the fears of those dreading winter in a cold house. It won’t stop their savings being eaten away. And it won’t undo the damage done to our collective health’ - our Head of Policy explains the need for deeper change.

    04 October 2022
  7. Feeling our way through change

    Oliver Townsend

    Head of Partnerships and Practice

    I have been on a significant learning journey during my time at Platfform, I am coming to understand more how our feelings about our work, and changes to it, can impact on how we act. It is why I am particularly proud of the Wisdoms work that we did alongside Caredig housing association.

    07 September 2022