Friday 18th September at 3pm at:


Keyll Darree Education and Training Centre, Noble’s Hospital


Guest Speaker
Kathy Murray: Clinical Nurse Specialist (professional leadership team)




Refreshments will be served after the meeting


Conference: Finding the real person

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New Chairperson and Constitution

SUN has updated their constitution and now have it in place it was approved at an EGM on Wednesday 13th Jan.


SUN has a new Chairperson Dawn Corlett who was voted in at the EGM on 13th Jan by the SUN members.


Elaine has now retired from SUN secretary but still does the SUN Socials on a monthly basis.


Hartes Ease along with Marilyn Cullen raised £375 for SUN doing a charity concert on January 4th.


Cathy’s Polar Expedition

Last True World First in the Polar Regions: Quest for the Pole of Inaccessibility


Manx woman to be part of new British expedition


Cathy - kayak trainingCathy Mitchell is set to become the only Manx person to complete a World First Expedition to the centre of the Arctic Ocean in February 2015, known as the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility. Defined as the furthest point from land on the Arctic Ocean and therefore its centre, the Northern Pole of Inaccessibility remains the last truly significant place yet to be reached by mankind. It is over two hundred miles further than the Geographic North Pole and one of four recognised north poles.


She will be part of a team of 28, covering a total of 800 miles over 3 months, which is split into 4 legs. She plans to complete 1 leg covering 200 miles in 20 days, whilst dragging her own body weight in kit, facing temperatures at -40 and gathering scientific research, all in a very inhospitable environment.


Led by accomplished explorer, Jim McNeill through his Ice Warrior Project, their endeavour will be gathering “crucial datasets” to help benchmark the condition of the ocean for NASA funded National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) scientists, led by Walt Meier. These will deliver the reality of climate change to the audiences; the primary objective of the expedition.


Cathy - training with tyresJim is an accomplished polar explorer with over 30 years’ experience of polar exploration. Ice Warrior Project was set up by Jim, to train ordinary people to take part in extraordinary expeditions.


Cathy has a huge fundraising target of £25k, as well as raising funds for a local Mental Health Charity, Service Users’ Network. She is completing the expedition in memory of her brother.


As part of her training, and to help raise both awareness and funds she plans to carry out a TT Tyre pull- dragging a tyre around the TT course starting on the morning of the 7th December 2014, from the Grandstand. This will provide a useful training exercise for her to replicate a day on the ice, dragging her pulk (sled). Come down and support her from the start line.


Further details about the expedition/charity can be found at the links below.


Donate at:

Service Users’ Network:


Find out more about Ice Warrior

Follow my journey to the Arctic Pole
Follow me on twitter


We are advertising for a new Chair and Secretary

The Service Users’ Network (SUN) is a Manx Registered charity which was set up in 2002 and is run by and for users of Mental Health Services. We offer support and information on services available and we also work in partnership with a range of health and social care providers to influence policy and the development of a quality, recovery-focused mental health service for the island’s population. SUN are now seeking enthusiastic and innovative individuals for the positions of Chairperson and Secretary to take our organisation into the future.


About the roles


The successful candidates will play a pivotal role in driving our charity forward with the potential to create new opportunities for service users to become included in a wide range of activities that can make a difference to the help, support and services that are already locally available.


These two positions are voluntary roles, requiring approximately 10-14 hours per month and would ideally suit a service user (past or present), a carer of someone with a mental health condition or anyone who has a specific interest in mental health and who would like to have an active involvement in providing a forum where service users are given the opportunity to contribute to the short and long term development of mental health services on the Isle of Man.*


*CRB checks will be required for these roles




If either of these roles are of interest and you wish to apply or to find out more about them, please contact or send your application to:
Service Users’ Network, Reayrt Noa, Nobles Hospital Site, Strang, Isle of Man. IM4 4RF



Telephone: 616188/457756


Closing date for applications: (three weeks date advert placed)