A bit about us

painting of Hagar by James Tissot

Maurice Lawrence is a qualified social work practitioner who worked in partnership for a number of years with several mental health services in order to support children and adults who experienced a range of mental health issues. He also operated as a member of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who shaped the strategies and services that are developed for the diverse range of patients needing mental health care.

He is a minister in a church in Derby and He has worked in collaboration, with a number of church denominations around the country and abroad to address issues of mental health and dementia. He worked with the Alzheimer’s Society and Mental Health First Aid, England in the capacity of consultant and learning instructor to raise awareness of mental health and to support organisations to create a culture that meet the needs of people experiencing mental health issues

Maurice is an accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor with MHFA England. In this capacity He has delivered a range of MHFA courses online and face to face, to organisations across all sectors in order to ensure they are equipped to manage mental health issues in their field. He is extremely committed to educating as many people as possible in order to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Further, He is passionate in empowering people to developing effective strategies to maintain good mental wellbeing.

Maurice has helped to develop the teaching materials for Encourage mental health and delivers our training to churches.

Our statement of faith

We believe that God loves us and cares for every aspect of our lives. We believe that people are made in God’s image and are of great value to Him. He longs for relationship with His people, and our greatest need is to know and love Him. He put us into communities to encourage, teach, support and love one another, modelling the love He has for us. 

Where there is hurt, illness, and brokenness, God longs to bring people to wholeness in Him, and one day He will make all things new. 

As Christians, we long to care for those struggling with brokenness in this life, including those with mental health struggles. We aim to increase awareness of mental health issues in churches and faith settings, eliminate stigma and improve lives, to the glory of God.

Our mission, vision, and values are based on the Christian faith as understood and revealed through the Bible. What we believe is outlined by the Apostles’ Creed.

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to the dead.
On the third day He rose again;
He ascended into heaven,
He is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.

We are happy to work with people from all denominations of the Church and other faith communities.