Mental health and housing : joined up thinking for 21st Century community mental health ....
A freelance collective RJA consultancy is a loose-knit informal collective of development consultants, all with a background in either housing or mental health services, or both, and all of whom work with RJA on a freelance basis. Click here for RJA’s statement of principles over equality and diversity.
Main office: 48, Church Drive, Carrington, Nottingham NG5 2BA Tel: 0115 9603111 Mobile: 0797 9864418 Email: email@example.com
Partnership working RJA is, in law, an unincorporated partnership – the initials “RJA” originally stood for ““Robin Johnson Associates” - and we are always keen to work in partnership with other organisations, bringing complementary skills and networks to the task of development and opportunity mapping (see services) . Similarly we are keen to encourage others to explore the world of freelance work; and if we can provide a protective umbrella for those wishing to “test the waters”, we will certainly try to do so.
A private practice that thinks it’s a voluntary organisation? Please note that RJA is not formally a not-for-profit company, since that is incompatible with retaining freelance status for partners. (A company would be deemed by the UK Inland Revenue to be formally an employer of workers who derived any regular or substantial part of their income from that single source.) However, as a principle, a significant proportion of RJA time is devoted to our own policy, research and development interests. It is RJA’s funded and contracted work which allows us to undertake such work on a pro bono basis. This all makes RJA rather a curious hybrid - a private sector operation that acts like a voluntary organisation. Perhaps it’s just a sign of the times.
Top right: In the traditional Yurt, each area has it’s specific time-hallowed function,
finely tuned over centuries to the needs of a nomadic pastoralist lifestyle.
Centre: In earlier times, getting a community to act together seemed to require little
more than ribbons and beer....
Left: Our own approach to co-operative working perhaps owes more to the rock bands
of the 60s and 70s, where superstars dropped by to play as session musicians on each
RJA is primarily a development practice, and not an academic institution. We will however undertake small scale research work which is immediately related to development tasks and priorities, such as action learning research; needs analysis, service appraisal, outcomes assessment, opportunity mapping, feasibility studies; and data gathering and analysis. The appointment of Robin Johnson as a visiting fellow at Nottingham Trent strengthens the practice’s links with the academic research community We do believe however that there is a major research development task ahead, in bringing together and capacity building with research agencies and other stakeholders to map the evidence base for the impact of housing and the built environment on mental health. We seek to maintain contact with academic researchers, and may at times be able to advise on other work being undertaken elsewhere in the field, in the UK and abroad. We are also keen to help develop aresearch agenda to trace the full impact of housing on mental health, and vice versa. Consultancy Consultancy has been described as the art of the possible. Nowhere is this more true than in inter-agency work. It is hard to know what is possible, until you try. At RJA we have developed new approaches, such as opportunity audit, which are carefully attuned to the more complex issues of partnership, and the subtle needs of locality momentum in inter-agency work.