Meriden announces the first presentation of the


The award was presented on the evening of 16 October as part of the Meriden 10th Anniversary celebration event held at the Holiday Inn in Solihull, West Midlands, U.K. 
Nancy Falloon presented the award to Dr. Julian Pitt for the ACT Service (Addysg y Chymorth Teulodd) Education and Support for Families at St. Tydfil's Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales.





Dr. Pitt





Dr. Pitt is seen above with Nancy Falloon


Below are the criteria observed for the 2008 application process.

Professor Ian Falloon who sadly died in 2006 worked throughout his career to ensure that those with serious mental health difficulties receive high quality care.  He was particularly influential in developing services for families, and his evidence-based psychoeducational model of family work is employed worldwide.  In order to honour his memory, Ian’s family are establishing a biennial award for services demonstrating excellence in developing services to families of those with mental health difficulties.  Recipients of the award will receive an award as well as a cash prize of £2,000 which their service can use for the benefit of family members.




As Ian worked around the globe, the award is open to any services worldwide that demonstrate that they are providing excellent services to families of those with mental health difficulties.

The panel of judges will comprise Dr Margaret Leggatt (Australia), Ms Diane Froggatt (Canada), Professor Dale Johnson (U.S.) Dr Gráinne Fadden (U.K.) and Miss Nancy Falloon (Ian’s daughter)

Entries will be administered through the Meriden Family Programme where the model developed by Ian continues to be implemented.  Please send for the application form to .Send completed forms to same email or to:
Mrs Sam Farooq, Business Manager, The Meriden Programme, Tall Trees, The Uffculme Centre, Queensbridge Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QY.  Tel: 0121 678 2712   Fax:  0121 678 2891

Entries should relate to services being delivered currently and within the last five years.

Judging Criteria
Judges will look for evidence of ways in which the service has improved the quality of life of families where a family member has a mental health problem in the following ways:


In addition, the judges will look for projects that can:

Closing date for entries for the 2008 award is 15 September 2008.  The winner will be notified by 30 September 2008.  The award

For enquiries, telephone Sam Farooq on (+44) 121 678 2712


Meriden U.K.
Conference 2007:

Working with Families - Developing Caring Partnerships

The conference, held at Stratford-upon-Avon in the Spring of the year was the second of its kind organized by Meriden that was devoted to family work. The talks ranged from ensuring functional teams to being sensitive to the needs of children and young carers, plus a variety of presentations on different ways of offering support to carers. To learn more about this conference click here.

As before in 2003, Dale Johnson, President, and Diane Froggatt, Secretary of WFSAD, both gave presentations. We were particularly interested in making delegates aware of our upcoming conference and the launch of our publication: Families as Partners in Mental Health Care - A Guidebook for Implementing Family Work.