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Redbridge Concern Enews Bulletin

Mental Health Cuts are undermining 'parity of esteem'

An important piece of research  commissioned by the Department of Health's, Chief Medical Officer explores the gaps in mental health funding, access, treatment and care.

Professor Thornicroft, lead researcher, Institute of Psychiatry concludes:

"The results of this overview suggest that there have been substantial reductions in the resources dedicated to mental health treatment and care in England since 2008, that such reductions seem not to have been applied to physical health services, and that these findings appear to run counter to the government policy of �parity of esteem; for mental and physical healthcare".

Jon Abrams, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health said:

"This is an important piece of research and appears to back up what we have been saying about local mental health services over the last few years.  First of all, it needs to be acknowledged that there has been improved funding for talking therapies in Redbridge.

"Nonetheless, the overall picture is gloomy. Mental illnesses are the largest source of disability in England and funding hasn't matched the increasing demand for services. The fact is the large majority of people in Redbridge do not receive treatment
for mental health problems. Moreover, in recent years we are seeing more and more people facing hardships and crisis.  It is evident that very substantial changes both locally and nationally are required to achieve 'parity of esteem'."

Read the full research here

Have Your Say - Development of a Redbridge Integrated Health & Adults Social Service

Date: 09 September 2015
Start: 10:30
Finish: 11:00

The North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) and the London Borough of Redbridge are proposing to expand their current partnership in order to deliver a wider range of services jointly and we are holding an event to find out your views

The service will be for people aged 18 and over, who have either community health or adult social care needs, and these may include:
  • older people
  • adults with a learning disability and, or those on the Autistic Spectrum
  • adults with a physical and, or sensory disability
  • adults with mental health issues

If you would like to attend and have your say please contact us:

Our response to Redbridge Council's Parking consultation

With rush hour traffic and limited parking, driving into Redbridge can be a trial. Yet, how often do you have to worry about the kerb being too high or too low to get out of your car? Alternatively, if the only place you can park will be vacant?

How often is another car parked so close to yours that you are forced to wait hours until the owner return s to allow yo u to go home? Finally, how often do you have to lift a heavy wheelchair out the boot of your car so you are able to g o shopping with your partner? Not often, if at all?

Read our full response here

Celebrating Older
People's Week

UK Older People�s Day is on 1 October 2015 and this year Redbridge is once again celebrating with a programme of events, from Friday 25 September to Saturday 3 October.

A variety of different events and taster sessions will be taking place throughout the week, including a health and wellbeing fair, exercise sessions, talks, exhibitions etc.

So why not get involved and try something new? Most events are FREE and open to all.

View the programme on-line here  

t:   to request a printed copy.

RedbridgeCVS publishes
two Fairness reports

The Fairness Commission was established in 2015 to advise Redbridge Council how to deliver public services fairly at a time of budget restrictions.

RedbridgeCVS worked with the Council, helping it to involve different local communities. Ross Diamond, RedbridgeCVS's Chief Officer, is a member of the commission.

In particular, RedbridgeCVS ran three public meetings, to help local people have their say on these issues. We also ran an innovative Peer Research project to ensure that the view of communities were heard which are sometimes excluded. You can download reports below from these two pieces of work. These reports are now available to download on our new Fairness Commission page.

Work Redbridge Jobs
and Training Fair

Date: Thursday 17 September 2015
Time: 11:00am to 3pm
Venue: Redbridge Town Hall, Ilford
Looking for employment, apprenticeships, training or volunteering opportunities? Then Head down to the 2015 Work Redbridge Jobs and Training Fair and get the employment advice and support you need. This year�s event offers:
  • free entry
  • access to over 100 vacancies
  • CV and Careers Advice Clinic
  • opportunities to speak directly to employers including Barclays, City Airport, Crossrail, the London Borough of Redbridge, NHS, Wilkinson�s and Toys R Us
  • apprenticeship vacancies, training and volunteering opportunities 
  • workshops including: working in education, how to prepare for interviews, working in construction and working in care  
If you�re looking for a job, one of the best ways to increase your job prospects is by attending the Work Redbridge Jobs and Training Fair. Be there.
Register here for the Work Redbridge Jobs and Training Fair to beat the queues on the day.
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