Welcome to Suffolk User Forum

  Providing feedback to inform, shape and improve services.  Active across the whole of Suffolk.  

SUF Ipswich office :  Unit 3a, Grange Business Centre, Tommy Flowers Drive, Kesgrave,  Ipswich IP5 2BY  

 Telephone 01473 329307

  Email us directly at: hello@suffolkuserforum.co.uk or through our Contact Us page

SUF Annual General Meeting 20th October at the John Peel Centre

for Creative Arts in Stowmarket

This year we have a photographic exhibition in association with Cooke64
To book your place contact Claire 01473 329307

Agenda for the AGM 2015

SUF Annual Report for the year ending 30th June 2015 pdf

SUF Financial Statements for the year ending 30th June 2015 pdf

Appendix 1 pdf

Draft minutes of the SUF 2014 AGM  

A version in an easy read style is also available here

if you would like any of these documents in a different format such as large print please call us 01473 329307

   Celebrating 15 years of the Human Rights Act

The Great SUF "Cake Off" was held on the 7th October at our offices in Kesgrave, Ipswich to celebrate this anniversary. We had the wonderful local baker, Janette of Beautiful Bakes show us icing of her cup cakes, and then down to really interesting and wide conversations with the group. Thank you to everyone who came along.


SUF Trustee Treasurer Vacancy

  SUF is here to make a difference and you could be part of that change.

We have over the past two years and continue to attract, resources from other funding bids. We are looking for a Trustee Treasurer with knowledge of managing different restructed funds and their timelines.

The Treasurers role is a voluntary position and as such attracts travel expenses to perform the duties but is not a funded position. For more information can be found here Trustee Treasurer role.

The monthly board meetings are usually held at the SUF office in Kesgrave and occasionally at Stowmarket. The format is friendly and fun with a lot covered in the 2 hour meeting.
If you are interested in finding out more about the trustee role or would like to attend a board meeting, please contact Jeannie Wright Chair of Trustees Tel 01473 329307

 Visit our trustee page to see previous board meeting minutes

The latest SUF enewsletter is available now to download as a pdf

 This latest issue contains:-

  •  Wendy Shepherd, SUF's Service User and Engagement Lead update

  •  Getting to know Peter Haylett, Membership and Engagement Officer at NSFT

  • Included in the newsletter is an insert Human Rights case study number 2    

    "Discrimination when being sectioned"  - free to download here

  •  Tell us what you think about mental health services provided by Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) in Suffolk. Click to survey monkey here

NSFT was placed into special measures after a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection in October 2014 which resulted in it receiving an overall rating of ‘Inadequate’. CQC found the trust, which provides mental health and learning disability services to a large population across Norfolk and Suffolk, needed to make a number of improvements to ensure it was consistently delivering safe and responsive services.

Since this time, the Trust has been working hard to deliver on a new action plan that will improve care outcomes and focus on delivering improved relationships with staff, patients, carers and service users.
We are working in partnership with Healthwatch Suffolk to find out how these changes have made a difference to your care or the care of your friends or relatives. We have prepared the following questions together based on the findings from the CQC inspection that resulted in the Trust being placed in special measures.
This survey will only take 5 minutes of your time and all responses will remain anonymous. The findings from this survey will help to plan the agenda for a “Stepping Forward” event on the 18th November at the Ipswich CoOperative Education Centre in Kesgrave.

If you would prefer a paper copy of the survey or have any questions please do call us 01473 329307

Healthwatch Suffolk


 Mental Health Awareness Workshops

                Suffolk User Forum have developed workshops that can be delivered in your workplace,                                       for your staff and managers.

These workshops introduce the benefits of maintaining a mentally healthy workplace. They look at the steps anyone can take to look out for others at work and a short DVD is shown to provide examples of early warning signs. The focus of the workshop is discussion around the knowledge of mental ill health already existing with staff and how these “Hidden Talents” can be used to benefit the whole company.

see our workplace wellbeing page for more information

1 in 6 employees are currently experiencing mental ill health which, every year, costs British businesses in terms of lost production over £1000 per employee. 

View a 4 minute long presentation film here

 In business mental health is everyone's business

Suffolk User Forum (SUF) is a user led mental health Charity.
This means that all of our trustees, staff and volunteers have lived experience of mental ill health. This matters to us because we have a genuine understanding of living with or caring for people with mental ill health.
We are dedicated to speaking out for the mental health & wellbeing of service users in Suffolk when they need help to do so. SUF covers the whole range of services from wellbeing to support; from GP led care and treatment through to voluntary and statutory sector services including in-patient care.

To find out more about SUF and our key priorities for 2015-2017 please follow

this link to our About Us page.



Connecting people with the experience of mental illness

to support a stronger user voice. Tel 01473 329307