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‘Face-down restraint must end’: an open letter to Jeremy Hunt

An open letter to the health secretary from the chiefs of eight mental health organisations

Dear Jeremy Hunt,

New figures released by Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, have highlighted the routine use of physical and face-down restraint against women and girls in mental health settings. Although government guidance is clear that physical restraint should only be used as a last resort, this research shows that in many trusts it is widespread.

Given that more than half of women who have mental health problems have experienced abuse, restraint not only risks physical harm and can be frightening and humiliating, but being restrained, particularly face-down, can also re-traumatise those with a history of violence and abuse.

Mental health units are meant to be caring, therapeutic environments, for people feeling at their most vulnerable, not places where physical force is routine. That is why we believe face-down restraint must end and other forms of restraint should only be used as a last resort.

Instead, women and girls’ particular needs and experiences, including their histories of trauma, must be taken into account by mental health services and support given to tackle the underlying issues they face.

You can read the letter here

Have Your Say - Redbridge 2025

Redbridge Council want to know what you think about the future of the borough.

Redbridge is changing, and we need to start planning for the long-term future of the Borough. To help plan for the years to come and to understand what our Borough might look like, we need you to tell us what’s most important to you and what you think could change to make Redbridge even better. 

Whether it’s feeling safer, better health care, more community based activities or a reduction in pollution we need your ideas to help us protect and improve Redbridge so it continues to be an attractive place to live, work and visit. We want to get the widest possible views from people and organisations throughout the Borough, so please share your thoughts with us before 27 March 2017. 

This consultation will close on 27 March 2017

You can respond to the consultation here here

Benefit Cap Inquiry

Benefit Cap Inquiry
How has the benefit cap impacted on you and your family?

Have you had to move house or make any other changes?
Please inform Inclusion London by 31 March 2017 of your experience of the benefit cap to inform the evidence we submit to the inquiry.  Send information to
More information about the benefit cap inquiry is available at:

Housing Inquiry
Deaf and Disabled people - your housing needs
There is a severe shortage of housing suitable for Deaf and Disabled people. To help understand the reasons why and improve the situation, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched an inquiry into housing for Deaf and Disabled people.
Please inform Inclusion London about your housing situation and needs to inform the evidence we submit to the inquiry. Send in information to by 11 March 2017
More information about the inquiry is available at:

Women’s History Month

Redbridge Libraries are offering a range of events throughout March 2017 in celebration of Women’s History Month. Highlights include an exhibition organised by Eastside Community Heritage as well as talks on famous women of the 20th century.

For the full programme, pick up a copy of the Winter DoMore guide.

Redbridge Equalities and Community Council General Meeting on Human Rights Act

The Human Rights Act is a UK law passed in 1998. It means that you can defend your rights in the UK courts and that public organisations (including the Government, the Police and local councils) must treat everyone equally, with fairness, dignity and respect.

However the Government wants to repeal this Act in favour of a British Bill of Rights. Do come along to our ‘Human Rights Workshop’ with Shamin Rahman from Amnesty UK who will brief us on the nature of the Human Rights Act and the importance of defending it.

Date: Monday 13th March 2017
Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Venue: New Hall Gants Hill Reformed Church, Ethelbert Gardens IG2 6UN 

Coping with self-harm A Guide for Parents and Carers

This guide was developed from talking to parents and carers of young people and is aimed at helping parents, carers, other family members and friends cope when a young person is self-harming. It includes information on the nature and causes of self-harm, how to support a young person when facing this problem and what help is available.

You can read more here

Redbridge Institute for Adult Education  - Working in Mind

FREE and exciting opportunity providing specialist support to help get you into work!

We can provide you with:

  • 1-2-1 support from a Work and Wellbeing Coach
  • Wellbeing Courses,
  • Employability Workshops
  • Qualifications and much more…..

Come along to one of our workshops held at the Salvation Army, 15 Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1BH

Alternatively, contact Angela Van Gelder:

Participants must currently be receiving Job Seekers Allowance or Work Related Employment Support Allowance and not currently on the Work Programme

You can find out more on the Redbridge Institute website:

Stress, Anxiety? 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

Free Buddy Training At Forest Farm Peace Garden – March 2017

FFPG is looking for new buddy volunteers!

We are offering 2 days free training focused on permaculture, mental health and practical organic horticulture skills. Being a buddy is an opportunity to gain skills and hands on experience in support work, therapeutic gardening. PLUS successful buddy trainees can receive free follow-up training in relevant areas.

Potential buddies are very welcome to visit the project on our open morning “Permaculture and People-Care” in the garden on Wednesday the 8th March from 11am to 1pm. More info about the event here:

If you would like to take part in the training please complete the application form (download 2017buddyapplicationformffpg ) and send it back to:

Fran Reeves

  • 020 8477 1655 (Answer phone)

Please feel free to contact Fran if you have any queries about the training.

Come and join us as we celebrate another successful year of Healthwatch activities

Join us to help shape our work plan for the next twelve months - Breakdfast Included

When: Tuesday 21st March 2017
Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm
Where: City Gates Church, Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1BH

To book your place, please call Healthwatch on 020 8553 1236
Have Your Say - Draft End of Life Plan

We would like to invite you and the people you support to comment on our draft End of Life Plan 2017-20.

In recent years, the need to improve end of life care has become a priority at national, regional and local level. Redbridge Council has produced a draft joint plan for end of life services for adults in Redbridge which provides an update on local achievements and a new action plan for 2017-2020.

We would like to know what you think of our plan and would welcome your thoughts and ideas on what further actions you think will help us to continue to improve and achieve our vision for the future.

The closing date for responses is 31 March 2017.

You can find the consultation online at

If you would like to access the documents in an alternative format, please let me know.


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