Sharing Information about the future for the Planned Environment Therapy Archive, Library and Site - October 2018

 

Dear Friends, Colleagues, Supporters and Stakeholders,

 

We are pleased and excited to be taking over responsibility for the future of the Planned Environment Therapy Archive, the National Childcare Library, the site in Toddington and the many artefacts that it includes within communities’ collections. Mixed with our excitement is some trepidation at the scale of the challenge we face, as we know change is needed in order to secure a stable future - and we also know that change is difficult!

 

The Mulberry Bush is a charity, started in 1948 centred around a residential special school in rural Oxfordshire, accredited as a Therapeutic Community, from which additional services have grown to, in line with its charitable objective, reach more children, families and communities. (https://mulberrybush.org.uk/)

 

We would like to share with you all, some of our thoughts and plans for the future for the archive, the library and the site. This sharing is made in good faith at a point in time where we have made a commitment for the next three years to try and find a way forward for the archive, library and site, but very aware that in order to achieve a successful outcome, there is a great deal of work to do and there are many questions to answer.

 

The agreement we have made with the PETT Trustee board is to take on the site, archive and library and to invest in time and resources that will aim to produce a viable future. We are very aware that despite the best efforts of the current team and teams before it in different iterations, this has not been possible to date. We will need everyone’s support to make a success of it!

 

In making this statement, we do not underestimate the strong attachments that individuals and groups have to the site, the archive and their collections within it and understand that this process has been very tough for many people.

 

The future is going to be different and if we are to be successful, we will need to find a way forward together. This communication will pull no punches.

 

Statement of Intent:

Our vision is to create a valuable addition to the services of The Mulberry Bush that supports its charitable objectives by providing a professionally run and managed archive and library for the education, health and social care sectors, - for adults, children and young people.

The new ‘service’ should be in keeping with the three core principles of The Mulberry Bush which are

 

psychodynamic thinking, collaborative working and reflective practice

 

It will be a welcoming place, open and accessible to all interested parties through a professionally managed team guided by appropriate policies and procedures. The costs of access should be kept to a minimum but should reflect the costs of running the service. It should therefore as a service be at least cost neutral. The archive and library should be sorted and managed in line with nationally agreed archiving practices and in such a way that makes access easy and understandable.

 

We will change the name of the site to be The Mulberry Bush Third Space (MB3), housing the Planned Environment Therapy Archive and the National Childcare Library.

 

The Mulberry Bush is proud of its therapeutic community and planned environment therapy history and believes these ways of working, established in a variety of ways in many organisations over recent history and articulated within archive collections, have a great deal to offer in the development of children’s and adult services into the future. The Mulberry Bush is committed to research and promoting research based practice and the archive and library have a valuable contribution to make to the progress of services in the sector and will provide a valuable addition to The Mulberry Bush Research Department, The Learning and Research Centre as well as the International Centre for Therapeutic Care.

 

The current position has been reached following lengthy conversations between the boards of PETT and The Mulberry Bush, meetings with consultants from the Wellcome Trust, gatherings with Stakeholders and negotiations with consultants, architects, planners, solicitors and many others.

 

We would like to thank them all for their hard work and support!

 

We are currently making arrangements to meet with stakeholders who have been in touch with us and look forward to talking with them. We would really like to remain in touch with all stakeholders and so would be very grateful if you could read through and complete the section below!

 

We will be in touch again with more detailed plans in the next few weeks!

 

Confidentiality and Data Protection

We need you to provide your details in order for us to comply with the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) and so that you can be sure that we protect your privacy. WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO BE IN TOUCH UNLESS YOU DO SO. Please complete our consent form online here: https://mulberrybush.org.uk/contact-consent-form/ or complete the form below.

 

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I consent to The Mulberry Bush Organisation safely storing and using my contact information so that you can respond to my request. The Mulberry Bush Organisation will not share my information with any third party unless I give permission or they are required to do so by law. I know I can read more about this in the privacy policy: https://mulberrybush.org.uk/privacy-policy/

 

Please return the above form as soon as possible to John Turberville, The Mulberry Bush Organisation Limited, Abingdon Road, Standlake, Oxon, OX29 7RW.