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Redbridge Concern Enews Bulletin

Mayor welcomes new standards for mental health crisis care across London

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a new set of standards to improve the care of Londoners facing a mental health crisis. The new guidance will ensure Londoners detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act are offered timely, high-quality care, in an appropriate location, that puts their needs first.

In future, people experiencing mental health problems should receive a more respectful, more responsive and less fragmented experience from all agencies involved, from the police and ambulance services, to NHS A&E departments and social and mental health services. 

Jon Abrams, Redbridge Concern for Mental Health said: "We welcome the Mayor's new set of standards to improve the care of Londoners facing a mental health crisis. There is still a huge disparity in the way in which people with a mental health crisis are treated compared to someone who has a stroke or heart attack. It is unacceptable that all to often people experiencing mental distress are forced to wait in unsuitable areas, such as police cells or A&E waiting rooms."

You can read more here

Exciting job opportunities at Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Project Manager - Dementia Befriending Service

We are looking for a highly motivated and organised individual to manage our Dementia Befriending Service which provides personalized companionship for people with dementia either in their own home or in a residential care setting. The successful candidate will be part of the Redbridge Concern for Mental Health team and must be able to travel independently across the borough. 

Find out more and download the application forms here

Sessional Peer Trainers

There are 3 vacancies for sessional peer trainers to provide peer input into a project jointly being undertaken by Redbridge Concern for Mental health, North East London Foundation Trust and Redbridge Institute which will deliver a series of mental health recovery focused short courses and workshops.

The role involves collaborating with NELFT staff trainers in developing and delivering the courses which will be based at Redbridge Institute. The project will be for a year initially with an anticipated maximum commitment over 3 terms of 1 half day per week.

Find out more and download the application forms here

Redbridge Advice Network - Debt Seminar

Wednesday, 11 January 2017 - 12:30 to 16:00

Location: RedbridgeCVS, 16-20 Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1BA
FREE but registraion required

People in Redbridge are often facing financial problems so demand is high for debt advice. Come and learn how Mary Ward Legal Centre supports people in need of debt advice. Learn about Debt Relief Orders, the types of debt they can help with, and how they assess potential clients.

Presentations by:
Cecilia Torsney, and Fiona Morpugo from Mary Ward Legal Centre Network with others in the Information and Advice Giving Sector.

Lunch will be provided at 12.30pm with proceedings starting at 1.00pm.

To take part you need to register online

Time to Talk Day

Time to Talk Day - Thursday 2nd February 2017

Conversations about mental health change lives. At the moment, too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated, ashamed and worthless by other people’s reactions.

But talking about mental health doesn’t need to be difficult. It can be as simple as making time to have a cup of tea or go for a walk, and listening to someone talk about how they feel.

Being open about mental health and ready to listen can make a positive difference to someone’s life.

"It's #timetotalk because if you say something, you realise how many people around you haven't, and needed to"

This is what Time to Talk Day is all about – giving us all the chance to talk and listen about mental health. 
Whatever the hour, every conversation, every text, every share means more people are reached and more lives are changed.

Join us on Thursday 2 February and get the nation talking round the clock

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NELFT Arts' Day

Arts Day is designed to encourage NELFT and other NHS staff, local authority colleagues and service users across the NELFT network to try a range of hands-on, creative activities to help connect with others, have fun and improve your wellbeing.

You will have the opportunity to try out lots of different arts and craft activities.

There will be workshops in:

  • Photography
  • Knitting & Sewing
  • Creative Writing
  • Make-Up
  • Acting
  • Henna Inking
  • Dance
  • Music

If you are feeling adventurous, test the waters with something you've never done before – try creative writing, learn some Bollywood dance steps, cover someone's hands in henna in an artistic fashion, or discover the mysteries of knits, purls, and sewing machines.

Whatever you decide to do, remember there's no minimum standard for entry. Did you know that creative expression is good for you? It's proven to help people connect to others and improve their wellbeing. It's also really fun.

So, if any of that sounds to you like a good reason to come along, we would love to see you there.


Thursday 9 February 2017, 10am-3pm


CEME Centre, Marsh Way, Rainham, Essex RM13 8EU

To register for the free event, visit the Eventbrite website at:

Council Budget Proposals

The Council’s Budget proposals will make major savings to reduce our budget gap over the next 5 years, while protecting frontline services and continuing to care for the Borough’s most vulnerable residents.

You can view the 2017/18 budget proposals here or download the proposals:

View the Equality Impact Assessments 2017/18 (PDF 2.37MB).

What we have to save 

Like other Councils, we're facing an unprecedented financial challenge.

Due to Government cuts, increased demand for our services and inflationary pressures, we have to save a further £42.6 million in the next 5 years.

Next year (2017/18) we have to save £14.8 million.

Work stress? Money worries? Difficulty sleeping? Feeling low? We're here to help.....

We're here to help… It can be difficult having to cope alone and it is often impossible to see a clear way through. Whether your issues are caused by problems you face every day, or by events that have happened in your past - Talking Therapies can help.

We’re a free and confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. We offer expert support from people who know what you’re experiencing and our highly professional team will introduce you to effective, practical techniques that are proven to work. 

Find out more here

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