┆This collection includes an array of minute books, reports, handwritten notes, funding applications, administrative papers, photographs, artwork, newsletters, leaflets, magazines, newspapers, evaluations, and correspondence relating to mental health.
┆Lamp incorporated on 31st August 1989, and began operations on 1st October. It was founded by Jennifer Benton, Teresa Braidley, Rob Ford, Rachel, Monica Stanley and Chris Boulton, who was named Lamp's first CEO. In the 1991 AGM they announced their main objective to be "developing and coordinating the roles of consumers and carers involvement within the mental health field and ensuring they are fully involved in consultation about mental health services."
Initially, funding was provided by grants from the Leicestershire and Leicester Social Services Department and Leicester Area Health Authority, as well as donations. Over the years, the amounts donated, as well as the funders have varied.
Lamp targeted itself towards helping the Black and Asian community in particular. One of the key changes Lamp first made was raising the profile of appropriate language and translation, with translators being made available at Conferences and leaflet and information packets being translated into multiple languages.
One of the core focuses of this charity was ensuring service users had a say in their care, prioritising expertise through experience. Lamp pioneered various groups to achieve this, such as the Genesis project, which ensured the involvement of people using mental health services and carers in consultation processes so planning and delivery within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland would be influenced and informed by the views of those with mental health conditions. Lamp's own magazine, Lamp Post strove to those living with mental health conditions a voice. Lamp recruited an editorial board of those with lived mental health experience, encouraging them to write about various mental health topics to help raise awareness, and also to provide a safe space where people could talk freely about mental health free of stigmatisation. The Van Project was another project headed by Lamp, which consisted of a ten foot van which travelled around the county, raising awareness about mental health.
Lamp has sat on the boards of various groups in Leicestershire, minutes of which has been preserved in the archive. Groups have included NHS run projects, Care Programme Approach (CPA), Leicester Partnership Trust, Leicestershire and Rutland Steering Groups and more.
National Projects concerning mental health are also included in the archive, such as Delivering Race Equality, which aimed to end institutionalised racism within mental health services.