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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: www.findfoodbanksbrum.org.uk/2018/11/help-during-christmas-new-year

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 – www.findfoodbanksbrum.org.uk/advice

See other useful links here >

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Elderly AOP Citizen

Support services available for the over 50’s

We have listed the following services that are available for people aged 50 and over. Others will also be listed in due course.

In the new year we will also create two new pages on the website with resources on services for elders, disadvantaged and job seekers that can be viewed or downloaded.

Contact The Elderly:
Contact The Elderly run hundreds of groups meeting every month across England, Scotland and Wales for fun, friendship, tea and cake!
Tel : 01522 306565 | Web : www.contact-the-elderly.org.uk

Independent Age:
Independent Age provides (alongside other services) regular phone calls or visits from a trained volunteer.
Helpline : 0800 319 6789
Web : www.independentage.org

See other general and advice and support services here >

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Food Meals Green Papaya Salad

Food Cycle (Meal & Hampers) for families

As part of its regular meal provision at Birmingham Settlement on 19 December from 1.30pm onwards, Food Cycle will be running a family session where they will also be providing FREE Christmas hampers.

FoodCycle Birmingham runs in partnership with Birmingham Settlement, a community organisation that provides services for vulnerable people in the Aston and surrounding area. They cook a healthy meal at the Settlement every Sunday lunchtime.

FoodCycle Birmingham Aston is only made possible with the great volunteers giving their time, enthusiasm and energy. We have opportunities available for people to come along and cook, host guests and be involved in collecting the surplus food donations from local suppliers.

Read more here >

Please email birmingham@foodcycle.org.uk for more information.

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FindFoodBanksBrum Website

FindFoodBanksBrum: Find food banks and other help in Birmingham

FindFoodBanksBrum (FFBB) was initially set up to provide an interactive online listing service for food banks situated in Birmingham and the wider Black Country regions, formally launched in July 2013.

As well as a directory listing, the website also provides news and information on issues related to food banks, other charitable services and national developments on food and economy.

Other features include:

  • Privacy advice and tips to help visitors remain anonymous

  • Registered providers can contact FFBB to add any listings

  • Visitors are welcome to submit news for publication on the website or in the FFBB e-newsletter

The Directory is always free at the point-of-access for providers and the public.

FindFoodBanksBrum has a responsive design, and can be used easily on desktops, tablets and mobile/smart phones.

Visit the website here >

Every Mind Matters image

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.”

Download the full news release here >
Read more here >

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Volunteers Colorful hands

Free Big Lottery funded arts in health workshops from BCAT

BCAT are delighted to be in a position to offer your CVS organisation an array of FREE arts-based workshops that are intended to improve the health and wellbeing of your beneficiaries and enhance your organisation support.

The project will begin from 15 October, so we are now open to referrals for any CVS organisation providing community services.

Delivered by BCAT’s fantastic team of facilitators and volunteers, they can provided anything that you would like – such as jewellery making, clay, art, drama, music, dance/ movement, creative writing, glass painting – anything is possible, so have a word with your group and see what they would like to do!

Workshops are FREE for 4 weeks. After 4 weeks workshops are charged at a rate of £25ph or can be subsidised depending on the organisation size/ income. A referral form and risk assessment will need to be completed for all workshops. One-off workshops are available.

If you would be interested in becoming part of this exciting arts in health movement then please contact BCAT, and share this information with your colleagues.

BCAT will also be delivering a FREE arts therapies and language development project for young people with English as an additional language need. So if this is your client group, please get in touch for further information.

Click here to visit their website >

Contact BCAT for more information:
Phone: 0121 440 8273
E-mail: talktobcat@gmail.com

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Therapy session

Mind and Agenda launch the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme

Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, are delighted to announce that their £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme is open to applications, with a closing date of 15 October.

The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantages, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:

  • Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives with women experiencing or at risk of multiple forms of disadvantage

  • Capacity building, knowledge, and networking and influencing ‘Hubs’ to support and promote delivery of women’s mental health peer support

Find out more and how to apply on their website here where you can also sign up to attend a face-to-face information session – seven are being held across England and Wales – and to take part in live webinars.

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