We kicked October off with a visit from Lord Blunkett. He was really interested to hear about the services we offer and the crucial role played by the voluntary sector in essential health and social care delivery. It was a great opportunity for us to pick his brains and we discussed everything from service commissioning, the national perspective on mental health and the need for early intervention and also the need for statutory and voluntary service sto work better together - we also discussed the merits of decent bread when it comes to making a welcome buffet - our staff know how to push the boat out!