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Redbridge Concern Enews Bulletin

Redbridge Mobility Scheme- A lifeline

Redbridge Disability Consortium strongly opposes the proposed closure of the Redbridge Mobility Scheme, and we fear it will severely restrict the lives of many disabled people in the borough. 

Speaking at the Health, Social Care and Civic Pride Service Committee meeting on Monday, 84-year-old Albert Sparks said Redbridge Council’s proposal to cut the Redbridge Mobility Scheme would leave him and his wife (who has Alzheimer's) housebound.

Over the last few weeks, we have been contacted by many local residents who are anxious and worried about the proposed cut to the Mobility Scheme:

Ellie Mason

I’m a wheelchair user and it’s my main means of getting around. I use it on a regular basis and I would be completely lost without it as I couldn’t take my electric wheelchair otherwise.

Sheila Penfield
This is so unfair. I don’t know what to do. I can’t tell you how upset I am. I am 86 years old and I can’t use my right hand.  I have had a heart attack and cancer and I regularly have to go to Hospital for appointments. I can’t afford a taxi. It is £24 there and back to Whipps Cross Hospital using a taxicard

You can read our full response here

We are looking for volunteers to join our Dementia Befriending Scheme 

Would you like to help reduce isolation and loneliness for people with early stage dementia? If you have a minimum of one hour a week to give you can help us to offer much neded support to those who are isolated and lonely.

For an informal chat and to book a place please contact Redbridge Concern for Mental Health on or email 

Forest Farm Peace Garden is looking for new buddy volunteers!

We’re an organic, food growing permaculture project running an Ecotherapy Programme. Our Ecotherapy Programme is structured for clients with low-level mental health needs such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. Buddies can make a huge impact to their wellbeing.

We offer 3 days free training focused
on: permaculture, mental health and practical organic horticulture skills. Being a buddy is a great opportunity to gain skills and experience in support work and therapeutic gardening PLUS successful buddy trainees can receive free follow-up training in relevant areas.
To find out more visit the
Forest Farm website

Winter Warming Walks to Start in February 2016

thinkarts! will be starting a set of walks from February 2016
Walking is great way to keep fit and shake off those winter blues!  We will be going out once a week for 10 weeks to new places each week.  
Previous we have been to locations both near and far:  
  • Barking Park, Valentines Park and Mansion, St James Park, Waltham Cross
  • Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the National Gallery, Southwark Cathedral
  • a walk and boat ride along the Thames, 
  • Stratford  Olympic Park
  • Various walks around Lee Valley 
We will meet in a central location each week and make our way out for 2-4 hours of the day. 
If you are interested then please do sign up by getting in contact with Nisha:
  • (mobile)
  • (crest office)

NHS Complaints Advocacy - Voiceability


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NHS Complaints Advocates can help if you or someone you know has not had the care or treatment you expect to receive from your NHS services and you want to complain. When your health care is provided or commissioned by the NHS you are allowed to make a complaint using the NHS complaints process.

An NHS complaint might include something that happened during care or treatment provided by:

• a hospital
• your General Practitioner (GP)
• a dentist
• a pharmacist
• a optician
• an NHS funded care home
• specialist services
• a paramedic or ambulance staff member
• NHS Community staff
• other NHS staff or clinicians.

Mental health crisis care in London's emergency departments and s136 places of safety

Help us create 'I statements' for London's crisis care

Mind is working with Healthy London Partnership, an NHS organisation, to support improvements in mental health crisis care in London.  This includes:
  • guidance to help London's emergency departments (A&Es) care for someone in mental health crisis
  • a specification for health-based places of safety (places where people sectioned under the Mental Health Act by the police are initially assessed)
The results of this survey will help ensure the work meets the needs of service users. It will also be used to develop a set of 'I statements' - first person statements about what people want care services to be like. We want to capture what is important to Londoners with lived experience of mental health crisis so as to support service improvements that meet the expectations of people who use them.
If you or someone you care for has experienced a mental health crisis within the last two years we would greatly appreciate you taking the time to complete this anonymous survey. 

We realise these may be difficult experiences to think about; please consider any support you might want around completing the survey and contact Mind Infoline if you would like signposting to local organisations. 
You can take the survey here
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