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New mental health campaign launches in the West Midlands

Public Health England (PHE) is encouraging adults to look after their mental health as they do their physical health through its new Every Mind Matters campaign – It launched the pilot exclusively in the West and East Midlands on World Mental Health Day (10 October).

The new campaign highlights that while we can all feel stressed, anxious, low or have trouble sleeping, there are simple actions we can take to manage them and prevent these issues from becoming more serious.

It encourages people to visit the Every Mind Matters guide, a free NHS-approved online resource, which provides expert advice, practical tips, and experiences from real people to help manage these issues and those of others.

Each year, around one in four people in England experience a mental health problem and the proportion of diagnosable common mental health conditions has increased by 20% in 20 years

Sandra Griffiths, Co-Director of Catalyst 4 Change, said:
“It’s great to see that PHE are launching a new campaign encouraging people to look after their mental health as many people do with their physical health. We work with black communities in the West Midlands so we fully understand the challenges and barriers that prevent some members of the community talking openly about their mental health, social stigma and fear of mental health services.

“Catalyst 4 Change actively supports the development and promotion of campaigns that encourage black communities in the West Midlands to take the necessary action to improve their mental health. The Every Mind Matters guide will provide useful information and inspirational stories that we hope will encourage more Black people to talk about their mental health sooner before it becomes a crisis.”

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Celebrate and remember Black History at the International Slavery Museum

source: The Voice Online
published: October 2018

While the UK celebrates Black History Month in October, the International Slavery Museum (ISM) uses every day to remember and celebrate black history.

The International Slavery Museum is the only national museum in the world to cover the Transatlantic Slave Trade and modern slavery, as well as celebrating black African culture.

A visit to the museum can be a powerful and moving experience, as we remember the past and think about a better future. A visit to the International Slavery Museum is an essential education.

Entry to the museum, and all our events and activities throughout the year, are free.

During Black History Month alone you can take part in African dance, drumming, craft activities, and a special Capoeira youth event.

Join the ISM to celebrate and remember >

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Arts and Heritage Project

This half-term Birchfield Big Local and Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust will be presenting a FREE arts and heritage project for local young people aged 8 – 16.

The project runs from Monday 29 October till Friday 2 November at Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 3NP and will start each day at 10 am and finish at 3 pm.

The week will include a creative writing workshop, heritage workshop, music, dance and arts. There will be a trip to Soho House Museum and St Francis Centre and a film showing.

All tickets and transport will be provided for the trips out.
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To find out more and book a place please contact iycatuk@gmail.com or call Russell at Birchfield Big Local on 07419213430.

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“Play Works” Training

Ashebo CIC were funded through the Birchfield Big Local small grants scheme to provide a play training course for local people interested in children’s outdoor play.

The training, led by Kemi Folarin, was one day per week over four weeks and 14 people attended in total. One participant said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained a new outlook on children’s play. It has inspired me to advocate for play opportunities for local children.”

The course was so popular that there was a waiting list. Birchfield Big Local will be looking for further opportunities to provide play training and promote children’s play outdoors.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help at the Secret Garden, a community garden and play space hidden away behind Grosvenor Avenue, Westminster Road and Hutton Road.

If you are interested, please contact us.

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Help with living costs and grants for people in Birchfield

The Thomas Bromwich Charity provides grants for living expenses, help with small debts and more, for people that live within the following postcode areas:
B6 B18 B19 B20 B21 B42 B43 B44 (and some parts of B66 B74 WS5 WS9)

That is anyone who lives in:

  • Handsworth (the ecclesiastical parishes of St Mary, St Andrew, St James, St Michael, St Peter and the Holy Trinity, Birchfield and St Paul, and Hamstead);

  • Great Barr (that is, the ecclesiastical parish of St Margaret)

  • Perry Barr (that is, the ecclesiastical parishes of St John the Evangelist, Perry Barr, St Luke, Kingstanding, and St Matthews and Perry Beeches)

Grants are available to help with:

  • living expenses

  • repair or replacement of appliances

  • help with small debts

  • emergency payments for those with no recourse to public funds

  • a range of other needs

Find out more and apply click here >

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Big Difference Scheme

Get support from the Severn Trent Water Big Difference Scheme

The Seven Trent Trust Fund is available to consumers who can apply to get a reduction on their water bill or help to pay it.

Here are some key features of the scheme:

  • It is accessible to all customers who receive either water and/or sewerage services from Severn Trent Water

  • It is available to all customers regardless of age and employment status

  • Offers customers a reduction ranging between 10% – 90%* off the average yearly charge

  • Is valid for 12 months from date of acceptance

  • Can provide extra help for anyone finding it difficult to pay water charges

If you have a low income you may be able to get a BIG reduction to your existing bill (even if you have already paid it).
This can be as much as 90% reduced.

Apply online click here >

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Help with benefits & claims for Birchfield residents

There are a range of services and online resources available in and around Birchfield that can help benefit claimants. We have listed some of these in the following.

Birchfield Library

Verification Service:
Birchfield Library provide a free document verification service for local residents.

Essentially, this regards checking and sending any formal documents that you are required to submit (e.g. birth certificates, tenancy agreements, bank statements etc) with welfare or housing benefit claims.

Available Tuesday: 9am to 12:30pm, 2pm to 4pm

Universal Credit claims:
They can also help you to make new claims for Universal Credit, child benefits etc.

Staff at the library can assist you with completing a claim for Universal Credit (or associated benefits). You can be referred by the Jobcentre or just walk in.

Available Thursday: 10am to 12:30pm, 2pm to 5pm

Contact them on 0121 464 4202


Citizens Advice Birmingham

Citizens Advice can help you make sense of the benefits system.

Unsure of what you are entitled to claim? Has your benefit been reduced or stopped? Do you want to challenge the decision?

Citizens Advice Birmingham can give you practical support. They can;

– help you to work out your entitlement to benefits

– help you to fill in the appropriate forms

– help you to write review and appeal letters

– provide benefit checks and ‘better off’ calculations

– help you if you have to pay back overpayments

– help you if you have been a victim of fraud

Call the advice line on 03444 77 1010


Birmingham City Council : Benefits and support

The Council website has many resources and information about various benefits including Housing Benefit, Council Tax support and other housing and benefit related matters.

There is also information about benefit appeals, private renting, emergency food and essentials.

Click the link above for further details.

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