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Redbridge Concern Enews Bulletin

Mentally ill patients sent home 
unsupported, experts warn

Pressure to free up mental health beds may be leaving vulnerable people at risk, says a watchdog. Healthwatch England put in a Freedom of Information request and found psychiatric patients now spend six fewer days in hospital than in 2012-13. Healthwatch England says some patients are being discharged too early and without enough support.

Jon Abrams, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health said:

"Of course spending more time at home and in the community rather than a hospital bed can be beneficial. However, it is crucial that if people are being treated in the community that they are getting the right help and support, at the right time and in the right place.

"Regrettably, we often hear from people experiencing mental health problems as well as family members and carers that community support and home treatment is at times lacking. We also get calls from local residents in crisis who struggle to access the appropriate crisis treatment at home."

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Mental Health 
peer support training
The peer support training course is an intense but highly engaging (and fun!) 8-day training course. You will learn skills such as:
  • Sharing your own story and safe disclosure
  • Active listening
  • Problem solving and coaching Skills
Training will take place at a venue to be confirmed on the following dates. Please note: You must be able to attend all of the training dates:
  • July 21st , 27th and 28th
  • August 5th , 6th , 12th , 13th and 19th

Application forms and background information about the course can be downloaded here. The closing date is Friday 19th June.

Volunteering opportunities
at Forest Farm Peace Garden
Forest Farm Peace Garden is an organic community garden in Hainault, located on a beautiful two-acre site with vegetable beds, fruit trees and a herb garden.

We offer a therapeutic gardening programme for volunteers seeking to improve their mental wellbeing and to experience the positive effects of spending time outdoors and meeting new people. Our therapeutic gardening sessions are free of charge and take place on Wednesdays and Fridays.

If you want to find out more about opportunities at Forest Farm Peace Garden, please contact us:

Contact:  Ben, Ecotherapy Worker
Dementia Party in the Park

Do you work with people with dementia or the carers of people with dementia?  On Thursday 16 July, Redbridge Music Lounge in partnership with the Redbridge Dementia Partnership will be holding a one-day music festival in and around Valentines Mansion.

The event will run from 10am to 3pm and there will be lots of music, refreshments and information stalls. If you are an organisation that would like a stall on the day please contact:

Contact: John Pushkin
Organisation: Redbridge Music Lounge
Tel: 07961819728

Round Up of Local Events
  • Peer Support Group - 6 June, 11am
  • Run Up Network Meeting - 24 June, 5.30pm
  • Carers Week - 8th to 14th June 2015
    RCSS in partnership with Redbridge Libraries will be out and about during Carers Week, delivering advice and information to carers and raising awareness of our services.
  • Have your say on fairness in Redbridge
    RedbridgeCVS will be running three “Open-Space” meetings for local people - in June and July - to share their ideas and concerns and to let the Fairness Commission know what they feel are the most important issues facing Redbridge.
Redbridge Council
Freedom Pass Update

If you have a Letter of Authorisation saying you’re entitled to a Disabled Person’s Freedom Pass you must take it to the Post Office before 30th June 2015.  Ideally, the sooner the better, to avoid any problems. This is because from the 30th June the Post Office will no longer be responsible for renewing London Freedom Passes. 

From June 8, Redbridge Council will be responsible for processing new applications. The form, therefore, requests all new applications to include a recent passport style photo as well as the requested evidence of impairment, identity and address.  Lost, stolen and damaged Passes will still be dealt with by contacting London Councils.  

Talking Therapies in Redbridge

North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT) is asking you to look after your mental health by contacting its talking therapies service if you are experiencing depression, panic attacks, stress, relationship difficulties or anxiety disorders. 

There are many types of talking therapies available and some are better for certain problems, conditions and people than others.

To find out more contact talking therapies:

  • Tel:  
  • Email: 
Vacancy: Peer Researcher

RedbridgeCVS is undertaking research for the Redbridge Fairness Commission which has been set up to investigate poverty and inequality in Redbridge and look at how the Council and its partners are taking action to address it. RedbridgeCVS is now recruiting Peer Researchers to conduct one-to-one interviews with Redbridge residents to gather their views on aspects of life in Redbridge that they feel are unfair.

Full training will be given and researchers will be paid to attend the two training days, to undertake four one-to-one interviews. Peer Researchers will gain useful skills and experience – as well as helping to raise the voices of local people in important discussions about the future of Redbridge.

£9.15 per hour (plus travel expenses) for approximately 18 hours (during May and June 2015).

You can find out more here
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