Connect Partners

Professor Martin Smith

Anniversary Professor of Politics at the University of York

Principal Investigator for the Connect project

The aim of this project is to build on partnerships already being developed in North Yorkshire to find better ways of dealing with mental health issues through increased collaboration, the identification of ‘what works’, the production and sharing of research information and improved and more systematic training. We are grateful to all our partners for the time, expertise and enthusiasm that they have brought to the project, and their determination to change the way issues of mental health are dealt with in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police came into being back in 1974, although the North Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary dates back to 1856.

College of Policing

The police service faces a series of challenges – from the transformational change that police forces must make to deliver savings and reduce crime, to the increasing complexity of the threats to national security, public safety and public order.

University of York

Our vision is to make the University of York a world leader:

  • in the creation of knowledge through fundamental and applied research
  • in the sharing of knowledge by teaching students from varied backgrounds
  • in the application of knowledge for the health, prosperity and well-being of people and society.

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust (TEWV)

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust (TEWV) provides a range of mental health, learning disability and eating disorder services for the people living in County Durham and Darlington, the Tees Valley and most of North Yorkshire. We are very grateful for the support of the staff from TEWV who will be delivering the mental health training intervention.

York Teaching Hospital

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides a comprehensive range of acute hospital and specialist healthcare services for approximately 800,000 people living in and around York, North Yorkshire, North East Yorkshire and Ryedale – an area covering 3,400 square miles.
In April 2011 we took over the management of community-based services in Selby, York, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale and in July 2012 acquired Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust, bringing Scarborough and Bridlington Hospitals into the organisation.

North Yorkshire and York Forum

We are a strategic body which champions the voluntary sector by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises:

  • We connect over 4,000 organisations with the people, partners and resources they need to make the biggest difference.
  • We represent voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in discussions with colleagues from the public and private sector to influence policy and decision making.
  • We support the voluntary sector by working in partnership and providing a range of services and products including the Employment Advice Service, DBS Checking Service and disseminating vital, up-to-date information every day.


HEFCE funds and regulates universities and colleges in England. We invest on behalf of students and the public to promote excellence and innovation in research, teaching and knowledge exchange.

North Yorkshire County Council

We are responsible for providing a wide range of public services to around 600,000 people living in around 256,600 households in North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire is England’s largest County covering 3,103 square mile and is predominantly rural.

Selby District Council

We will be engaged with our community, leading that community and being clearly at the hub of the community in delivering our mission. We will work with partner organisations in improving quality of life issues and to become the first class authority local people deserve.

The Home Office

The Home Office leads on immigration and passports, drugs policy, crime policy and counter-terrorism and works to ensure visible, responsive and accountable policing in the UK.

Home Office is a ministerial department, supported by 29 agencies and public bodies.

City of York Council

At City of York Council we value every contact we have with our customers – whether it is giving advice on moving to the city, setting up a business, supporting environmental issues such as keeping the streets clean, providing education and leisure facilities for all, to caring for and protecting our most vulnerable customers.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Services

The duties and powers of the new Combined Fire Authority are contained within the Fire and Rescue Services Act, 2004. This prescribes the framework within which all fire authorities must operate. See also Regulatory Responsibilities.

British Transport Police

We are the national police force for the railways. Every day, we police the journeys of more than six million passengers. Our aim is to get you home safe, secure and on time.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust was formed on 1 July 2006 when the county’s three former services merged.

It covers almost 6,000 square miles of varied terrain, from isolated moors and dales to urban areas, coastline and inner cities. It employs over 4,670 staff and provides 24-hour emergency and healthcare services to a population of more than five million. Over 1,055 volunteers also make a vital contribution to the service.