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NSUN comments on Theresa May's mental health speech
Promises, promises...in a toxic context
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User led Clubhouse plays host to the North East together (NEt) AGM.
provided a warm welcome to North East together (NEt)
members for their 2016 annual general meeting 1 February. Attended by over 40 people from across the North East
Sarah Yiannoullou from NSUN was invited to talk about DWP's Work, health and disability green paper: improving lives, exploring what the key proposals might mean for people who are receiving benefits.
Mish Loraine provided a report of what NEt has accomplished over the last year including supporting the Welfare Action Reform Group (WRAG). The WRAG is a group of people with experience, past and present, of using mental health services, receiving benefits and working.
WRAG has produced their manifesto in consultation with members across the North East.
Chair, Catherine Haigh was delighted to be elected again and thanked everyone for their support in ensuring that the only user led co-ordinated regional network continues to thrive into 2017.
ReCoCo: Recovery College with a difference!
This Collective of over 30 organisations is an independent entity, supported by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. Based at Broadacre House in Newcastle, it has over 300 active students. Since it went into partnership with
Launchpad, Volsag and Chilli Art Studio earlier this year the amount of courses, workshops, peer support and interest groups has increased tenfold.
Alisdair Cameron, Team Leader of the user led organisation Launchpad says, 'The keys to the proposal are that it not only centres on user-led peer support, but also that it is “open source” or non-proprietary, working across organisations within the locality... It gives the most supportive, progressive yet flexible way for people to utilise their lived experience for the benefits of others, and to empower themselves in doing so, working across different agencies and communities without
Find out more here.
March against austerity
On 19th April, a group of social workers and supporters will set off from Birmingham on a seven-day walk to Liverpool, to arrive the day before the British Association of Social Workers hold their 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference there - and they want you to get involved.
The event is called
boot out austerity, social workers marching for social justice.
To register your interest, encourage those walking, offer to host an event en route, highlight a service, offer accommodation or simply state your support please take a few moments to complete the questionnaire here.
Outsider Gallery London would like to welcorne you to C.R.E.W Part 1
'Creativity for Recovery, Enablement and Wellbeing' An exhibition of Musica Art and Perfonnance
The exhibition which is the first of three explores peoples' therapeutic journeys during our creative art and music therapy programme.
Yoga Matters building, 32 Clarendon Rd, Wood Green, London N8 0DJ.
All the music, videos and artworks in the exhibition have been made by people who can be termed 'Outsiders'_ Some have been patients in hospital. Some have suffered from injury or disability and all are in some way considered outsiders in our society.
The exhibition is open to the general public and attempts to challenge some of the stigma that surrounds mental health as promote feelings of empowerment and confidence among the individuals taking part.
Read a review here.
Rewired: the Brain, Art, and Innovation
Presenting an evening at the intersection of art and science!
Rewired features leading neuroscience researchers, tech innovators, and top artists.
The event includes topics on:
- Neural mechanisms of intelligence - exploring virtual reality in research
- Becoming an artist - developing the deep-sea diving and flying wheelchairs
- New advances in neurological illnesses - the UK's first early diagnostic motor disorder clinic
- Reading the brain - the brain on drugs vs disorders
- Living beyond boundaries - stories of disability through dance
live dance and live music
Date: 10th March 2017
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
Location: Ondaatje Theatre, Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
Tickets and Booking
General Admission: £12
Book via Eventbrite here.
Supported Housing survey
Rethink Mental Illness is launching a survey on supported housing. They’d like to find out more about the experiences that people with mental illnesses have had in accessing housing services, their stories about living in supported housing, and their hopes for the future.
The survey will only take 10-15 minutes to complete, so click here
to take it now.
Your contribution will inform Rethink's response to an ongoing Government consultation on future funding for supported housing as part of our A Place to Call Home campaign.
It will also provide information for additional campaigning and research projects on supported housing for people with mental illness.
This is a vital opportunity to share your stories, so please click here to take this survey.
Peerfest, is the annual national event bringing peers together for inspiring workshops, the latest research and creative activities. Peerfest16 was the biggest and most colourful event yet.
is an exciting opportunity to showcase your group or organisation by delivering and hosting the event. Whether you're large or small, this is a unique opportunity to raise your profile, prove your abilities and collaborate with Mind and other partners on a national level to deliver a powerful celebration of peer support.
If your group or organisation is peer-led we want to hear from you. To learn more, complete an application or find out about our exciting Expression of Interest events, please visit the Mind website.
Expression of Interest applications must to be completed by 17 March, so don't delay.
You can also email the team at Peerfest@mind.org.uk
Bipolar Uk news
SURVEY: If you used Bipolar UK services in 2016, they'd love to hear your feedback. Whether you attended their Support Groups, logged in to the eCommunity, read the website, or used any of their services, your views will help improve future services.
Please take a few minutes to complete the survey.
Bipolar Uk is support REACT, a new research study exploring a toolkit to support family members and friends of individuals with bipolar.
Find out more here.
LGBT*IQ History Month 2017
February is LGBT*IQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual trans*, intersex, queer) history month. The theme this year is ‘Citizenship, PHSE and Law’, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.
Some resources and articles
National Institute for Health Research seeks public members
The National Institute for Health Research Central Commissioning Facility (NIHR CCF)
is currently looking for members of the public to join several of its panels.
Deadline for applications: 12pm on Monday, 27 March 2017
For more information about the panels concerned and how to apply, please visit the Shaping Our Lives website for a full list.
Work, health and disability green paper: improving lives
The green paper sets out 'a ten-year vision of how the Government will halve the employment gap for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions, through changing attitudes and working with employers to transform disabled people’s access to employment.'
Disability Rights UK have a helpful overview of the main points here.
As well as the full version of the green paper there is a Plain English version available.
You can respond to the consultation here. This consultation closes on
17 February 2017.
Last week at the DoH:
Petition: ring-fence NHS from trade deals
As the UK leaves the EU, the NHS should not be used as a bargaining tool in trade negotiations and deals with other countries - you can sign the petition
Open competition to provide fundraising training to small, local charities
Open competition process is to select a provider(s) to deliver fundraising training
Department for Culture, Media and Sport is seeking a partner(s) to provide subsidised fundraising training to small, local charities and community groups. The accompanying guidance explains how to apply.
Form: Application form and guidance for open competition to deliver fundraising training for small, local charities
It is 10 years since the 'Doing it for ourselves’ service user conference in Birmingham. It was at this conference in 2006 that the vision of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) was taken forward, leading to funding in 2007 and becoming a fully independent organisation in May 2010.
We have survived! To enable us to continue to connect, communicate and influence, we need your help. Please spread the word to help raise funds to continue our work through our #NSUNthrive10 campaign. You can also raise money by shopping online with the Giving Machine