About Bury Involvement Group (BIG in Mental Health)

Bury Involvement Group (BIG in Mental Health) is an independent charity run by, and for, people with personal experience of mental distress. BIG's Mission is to empower adults experiencing mental and emotional distress towards their recovery and improved quality of life by providing mutual support and hope.

BIG's Purpose is to build a healing and compassionate community for those seeking sanctuary and support, to help gather people with shared experiences together to help each other to understand the ways we can learn and grow together. 

BIG's Vision is to ensure we are able to provide high quality peer support to any adult in Bury, reducing isolation, providing support in times of crisis, and providing hope to those experiencing significant mental and emotional distress.

BIG's Core Values, which undeerpin the work we do:

Led by Lived Experience: We value and listen to each person’s unique lived experience to deliver support grounded in our philosophy whilst ensuring our Charity remains focused on growing to meet the needs of the people who join our community.

Involve to Empower: We involve people with lived experience at all levels of the Organisation to empower them to use their experience in new and meaningful ways to move towards the lives they want to live.

Collaboration: We work with external partners to ensure the voice of people with lived experience is at the heart of the all conversations in the mental health and social care economies across Bury and Greater Manchester.

Safety, Mutuality & Choice: We provide spaces which are safe and allow people to connect and build relationships based on mutuality, respect, trust, and hope, whilst supporting people’s right to have choice and control in their own lives.

Trustworthiness & Transparency: We aim to be clear and straightforward, open and transparent in everything we do.

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