Welcome to the 07 May edition of our weekly ebulletin that contains lots of updates, news and views.
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Mental Health Act review: an update from NSUN
Last week, the Mental Health Act Review published its interim report.We have listed points of interest. You can read our article here.
Sarah Yiannoullou, our Managing Director and a member of the review’s advisory panel, said she was “critical” of the “very short” time allowed for engagement with service-users.
In the news: we could face closure as latest victim of competition from large, non user-led charities
In response to our letter to members, NSUN Managing Director Sarah Yiannoullou was interviewed by Disability News Service.
Involvement Workers Group to meet
The Involvement Workers Group is for anyone with lived experience who has a role in supporting others with lived experience to influence organisations, e.g. to have an impact on organisational policies and strategies and the employment and training of staff.
The Group is open to people living anywhere in the country who would like to exchange ideas and information with other Involvement Workers, to share experiences and to gain support with problems posed by the role. We also put an emphasis on recruiting Group members who are as demographically diverse as possible.
Attendance at meetings is free of charge, but you will need to be able to cover your travel expenses and lunch, because there is no funding for the Group at the moment.
Date: Friday 01 June,
Time: 11.45am - 3.45pm
Venue: London. (The exact venue is still to be fixed.)
If you are interested in joining the Group, please contact Dorothy Gould, the Group’s facilitator, for further information at email@example.com, or on 07565 399 422.
'Reigniting the Space' project needs steering group members - you can apply until 10 May
The Collective Voice of User/Survivors from Racialised Groups:‘Reigniting the Space’ is currently recruiting members for a Steering Group to oversee, advise and support the development of a national network of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) mental health service users and survivors.
Theproject, funded by Lankelly Chase Foundation, aims to bring together BME user/survivors and their groups to create a forum for collective political voice and action through facilitating networking, information sharing and collaboration.
To know more about about Reigniting the Space, please click here
To apply to be a steering group member, please click here
Closing date Thursday 10 May 2018
NSUN attends member group events in Hertfordshire and Hounslow
The service user led group Viewpointheld it's annual general meeting in Hertfordshire last week. NSUN's Sarah Yiannoullou was invited to present and run a workshop. She joined Viewpoint members in looking back over the year's achievements and struggles. As with many groups, Viewpoint has continued to
provide support for people who have used mental health or drug and alcohol services despite a significant reduction in funding and resources. Viewpoint achieves this in a variety of ways including: service user representation. local forums and meetings, specialist workshops, surveys and online media, training.
Members spoke about the value of groups such as Viewpoint, particularly reflecting on how Viewpoint staff and supporters provided an environment of acceptance, support, encouragement and opportunities. Members are facilitated to develop their own ideas and initiatives are nurture.
During the workshop everyone had the opportunity to say what Viewpoint meant to them. This was a powerful session working towards identifying some priorities for Viewpoint to take forward over the coming year.
Hounslow User Involvement Service User Forum
The Service User Forum is for people who have been an In-patient in Acute services or have used, or continue to use, local West London Mental Health Trust services within the last two years. The Forum is a chance for people to have a say in how services are run; their aim is to influence continuing improvement to both the in-patient ‘experience’ and services in the community.
At the meeting refreshments will be provided as will a sandwich lunch and reasonable travel expenses for unpaid service users and carers.
If you would like to attend but are unsure how to get to the venue, Mish Loreaine, North East Together secreatry, will be meeting people at Newcastle Central Station to travel by train to Darlington and can also meet people at Darlington station to walk to the campus which is only a short walk from the station.
Mindful employers Leeds conference: focus on mental health
You can expect keynote speakers, employer led workshops, practical wellbeing activities, lived experience stories, group discussions, and a market place of local mental health support services
By attending this conference, you will:
Acquire the skills and knowledge you need to make mental health sustainable at work.
Learn new ways to support staff with mental health issues in your workplace, thereby impacting positively on productivity and sickness absence.
Develop practical skills to manage stress - both for yourself and for the people you manage or work with.
Link with other employers (local and national) to discover how they’re improving their workplace wellbeing.
Date: 26 june
Time: 9am - 4:30pm
Venue: Cloth Hall Court, Leeds City Centre
For more information and booking, please visit this page
Suffragette city summer solstice walk in London
Artist Michelle Baharier invites you to walk though Suffragette City with her on 23 June staring at 11.45 pm meeting South side Tower Bridge, meeting the Cook, Hannah Griggs or Wonder Woman - ending outside house’s of Parliament at Boudiccia’s sculpture .....it will be a night of fun and frolics...playing games and telling stories Celebrating the hidden legacy’s of women who have made changes though their contributions to societal transition.
23 June 2018, at 11.45 pm meeting South Side Tower Bridge at 42 bus stop.
This walk is supported by NSUN, Hoarding UK and Colin and Strawberry Jazz.
Independent Review of thre Mantal Health Act - summary of work so far
Along with Easy Read and BSL versions of the interim report, this page offers a summary of the review's work so far.
Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) explained | The King's Fund
The Kings Fund explains whatsustainability and transformation plans (STPs)
Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) explained | The King's Fund
really mean? And what will they mean for the NHS and for local populations?
STPs were announced in NHS planning guidancepublished in December 2015. NHS organisations and local authorities in different parts of England have come together to develop ‘place-based plans’ for the future of health and care services in their area. Read more here.
Review announced into training NHS staff to use AI and robotics
Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, has announced a review into how tens of thousands of NHS staff can be trained to use artificial intelligence and robotics.
Universal Credit and prison leavers
Informationfor prison leavers, work coaches and probation officers about Universal Credit.
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