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Young Lives Matter – Intergenerational health and wellbeing conference

The West Midlands is a diverse region, serving a culturally and socially diverse population, Birmingham alone is estimated to have a population of 1,137,100. In conjunction with other relevant policies, procedures and strategies, the West Midlands is keen to see health and wellbeing inequalities significantly reduced.

The conference takes place on 30 March 2019, 09.30am to 4.00pm
Location: Birmingham City University, C192, Curzon Building, 4 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD

The West Midlands takes its obligations under Equality Legislation seriously and aims to provide fair and equitable treatment to population it serves. Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities continue to experience inequalities within the UK mental health system despite major government policy initiatives.

The promotion of equality and achieving the elimination of unlawful discrimination within the West Midlands is paramount. The recent mental act review highlights and addresses racial inequalities amongst communities from BAME backgrounds particularly in the areas of mental health.

People from minority communities are often diagnosed with severe mental health problems up to eight times more compared with the wider population. Moreover, these communities experience more restrictive measures within the health system, including being subjected to forensic services and locked wards.

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Equality Delivery System (EDS2) Event

Equality Delivery System (EDS2) Event 22nd March 2019

Taking place on Friday 22 March 2019, 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Road, Birmingham, B13 8QG

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) would like to invite you to be a guest at their Equality Delivery System (EDS2) Event on the 22nd March 2019 to help grade the service provided to its communities and patients.

The main purpose of the Equality Delivery System (EDS) grading event is to help BSMHFT, review and improve their performance by listening to the views of patients, carers, local communities and those who work in the NHS.

The EDS is used to support the Trust to deliver better outcomes for patients and communities and better working environments for staff, which are personal, fair and diverse. The EDS is all about making positive differences to healthy living and working lives for everyone.

At the heart of the EDS2 is a set of 18 outcomes grouped into 4 goals. These outcomes focus on the issues of most concern to patients, carers, communities, NHS staff and boards. It is against these outcomes that performance is analysed, graded and action determined.

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People for Public Services Forum: 7th March 2019

Citizens having a voice about adult social care services in Birmingham.

This event is taking place on 7 March 2019 from 10:30am to 12:30pm
Location: The H Suite, 100 Icknield Port Road, Birmingham, B16 0AA

About this Event:

The People for Public Services is the new monthly forum which will focus and discuss adult social care issues with citizens, members and staff.

The monthly forum will provide opportunities for engagement and co-production with citizens in all areas of adult social care as well as give citizens the opportunity to ask questions and have a say on key areas of service delivery which will affect services in the future.

The approach to citizen engagement has been designed by citizens as part of a planning group with the Citizen Involvement Team.

The meetings are co-chaired by citizens, discussions are led by citizens and the forum receives agenda items from citizens and staff alike.

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Turn2us : Help when you need it most!

Turn2us is a national charity helping people when times get tough. They provide financial support to help people get back on track.

Anyone can be a missed pay-cheque, illness or bereavement away from a real financial crisis, which is why Turn2us can help you find the support that you need.

The Turn2us Benefits Calculator takes less than 10 minutes to complete and it will tell you which means-tested benefits you may be entitled to, including tax credits.

The Grants Search can help you look for funds that might be able to give you a grant or other types of help.

Turn2us also award their own grants from the Turn2us Elizabeth Finn Fund, the Turn2us Response Fund, and the Turn2us Edinburgh Trust.

Support is also available through the Turn2us helpline for people who find it hard going online. (Call on: 0808 802 2000, 9.00am – 5.30pm Mondays-Fridays (except bank holidays).

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New LouDeemY Project ‘A Healthy Obsession’ workshops

provided by: LouDeemY Productions
date: January 2019

“Join us at our ten free creative sessions using fun, imaginative drama, writing and creative techniques and activities to explore issues around food, health and well-being”.

Learn how to develop and put on a creative performance show, learn what happens before, during and after a show is performed

The sessions will provide a safe environment where participants feel comfortable and supported in sharing experiences around food, health, and well-being, whilst engaging in open exploration.

The sessions will look at what you think is healthy. With these insights participants will develop a performance piece using drama, creative writing, poetry and music.

As well as facilitating an exploration of the subject matter, the activities will provide participants with a range of long lasting soft, transferable skills which will help increase self-confidence, self-worth, self-esteem, self-expression, communication and interaction with others”

Places are limited so please email with contact details to book your place.

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Freephone helpline for stressed families to be launched

source: Guardian Society
published: 21 January 2019

A national freephone helpline for people in stressed-out families who feel they have no one else to talk to is to be unveiled by the Duchess of Cambridge.

Aimed at people struggling with issues including family rows, money worries, new parenthood and relationship difficulties, Family Line will be launched on Tuesday by the duchess, who is focusing her charity work on early intervention in domestic problems, including supporting people who are about to start family life.

The line will be open every weekday evening from 6pm to 10pm and at weekends from 10am to 1pm. Its launch follows research suggesting one-third of people in families want someone to talk to about their problems as social isolation grows.

The service joins other free helplines such as Childline, which was founded by Esther Rantzen 33 years ago, and Samaritans, which provides support to anyone in emotional distress, struggling to cope or at risk of suicide.

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Help During Christmas & New Year

source: Find Food Banks Brum
originally published: 19 November 2018

Birmingham-based community group, Find Food Banks Brum, have published some useful information and guides for the Christmas & New Year period.

These include an online guide to managing within your means, Christmas dinners, other services, volunteering opportunities/appeals and more.

To read more please visit:

Don’t suffer in silence, help is available!
FindFoodBanksBrum has also compiled this short list of some key organisations and agencies that can point you in the right direction if you need help, advice or emergency assistance. Visit –

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