The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Disability Living Allowance reform - public consultation

This consultation seeks your views on the Government's proposals to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) with a new benefit - Personal Independence Payment. The Personal Independence Payment will continue to be a non-means tested, extra costs benefit. This consultation asks for views to inform policy for reforming DLA and introducing a new assessment process.

Closing date: 14 February 2011

Read and download the consultation here.

Alzheimer Cafe - Tuesday 11th January 2011

For everyone interested or affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia - the Alzheimer Cafe, Redbridge has invited Cyprian Crowley - Self Directed Services Development Worker and Tahira Mohammed, Senior Independent Living Advisor (Penderels Trust) to talk about Direct Payments.

The event is on Tuesday 11th January 2011 at IRDSA Hall, Craven Gardens, Barkingside, IG6 1PS (Next to car park)

For further information please contact: Eileen Tan, Admiral Nurse on 0844 600 1212 or Coral Kathro, Alzheimer's Society on 0844 600 1197

Calling All Carers in Redbridge

Are you providing regular care for someone? Are you registered with a Redbridge GP? Is the person you are looking after also registered with a Redbridge GP?

If you want a free Health Check delivered by qualified NHS nurses, call us on 020 8822 4053 Or, you can email: caring4carers@redbridge. We are running clinics at different sites in Redbridge Places are limited, and available on a first come, first served basis

Out and About in Redbridge - What's Going on?

There are a whole range of events going on around Redbridge over the next month including the thinkarts creative writing group; five-a-side training and football with airfootball and open sessions at the Redbridge Music Lounge.

To find out more please browse our Events' Diary

Valentines Park Winter Nature Walk, Sunday 16th January 2011

How do you fancy a guided winter stroll around the picturesque grounds of the mansion and Valentines Park, followed by tea and biscuits back at the mansion? If so then wrap up warm and join one of the rangers for a journey in one of Redbridge's most picturesque parks.

Valentines Park, meet at the front entrance to the mansion via entrance gate off Emerson Road, Ilford,IG1 4XA, 11.30am-1pm, Enquiries: 020 8559 2316

Rape Crisis Centre for Redbridge Launches

People who have experienced rape and sexual abuse can now benefit from a dedicated professional support service in East London.

Rape Crisis East London was launched by Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor of London for Policing, on Thursday November 18. The service caters for both men and women from seven East London boroughs, offering long-term support and counselling for those aged 14 and over who have been raped or sexually abused.

You can contact the service by phoning the London Rape Crisis helpline on 0808 802 9999.  The phone line is open every day of the year from midday to 2.30pm and 7pm to 9.30pm.

Rape Crisis services are not places for people to report crimes or places of forensic investigation.  They are designed for those who have been a victim of rape or sexual abuse, either recently or in the past, to get the support they need to help them deal with their traumatic experience.

Those who use the service do not need to have reported their experiences to the police and research shows that many victims contact such services years, or even decades after they have been raped or sexually abused.

Hate Crime Strategy Consultation

The Redbridge Safer Communities Partnership has been working on a new Hate Crime Strategy for several months. Relevant public and voluntary sector organisations and members of the public have been consulted throughout the process, beginning with a needs assessment day and continuing throughout the development of the strategy. In addition a wide range of research from academics, public bodies and campaigning bodies have been considered and incorporated.

The strategy is near completion and the Partnership will soon start implementing it. However, before it is implemented, it wants to ensure that everyone who has an interest in the strategy has had a chance to influence its contents. Please feel free to look through the strategy and action plan and if you think there is anything which is wrong, or there is something missing, please send your comments to the address below.

The consultation deadline is Wednesday 12 January 2011.

Please send responses to:

Edward Smith, Room 35, Perth Terrace, Perth Road, Ilford, IG2 6AT

Email edward.smith@

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