The Redbridge Link

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Please let us know what is going on

If you have some information to share with the community please email: Jon Abrams

Info Directory

Visit our online mental health info directory an up to date guide of mental health services in Redbridge.

What's going on in Redbridge

To find out please browse our Events' Diary

Funding Opportunity

The London Borough of Redbridge needs to allocate funding of approximately £100,000 which it has received from the Department of Health in respect of Mental Health Capital Expenditure. The purpose of the allocation is to facilitate mental health service user access to services.

Capital expenditure can be defined as expenditure where the benefits last more than 12 months. For the most part, this means expenditure on assets such as buildings, equipment or computers which can be used over a long period. Items such as salaries, supplies and purchasing of services, therefore, would not be funded under this programme.

Please email your proposals to: The deadline is Friday 30th June.

Confidence Building Group

Anxiety Care is running a Confidence Building Group every Thursday - 7pm to 8.45pm - at the Redbridge Resource Centre, 497-499 Ley Street, Ilford, IG2 7QX. No pre-booking is required - just turn up. Please note, there is a charge of £5 per session.

Monitoring Ethnicity - Why it is Important

It is generally recognised that policies, by themselves, are not enough to change things. According to the Commission for Racial Equality: "It cannot be assumed that just because an organisation states that it intends to offer equal opportunities to all job applicants, employees and service users regardless of colour, ethnic or racial origin, this will actually happen."

It is very important, therefore, that we all collect information about the ethnic origin of our employees, volunteers, job applicants and service users so that we can analyse the extent to which our services are meeting the needs of different ethnic groups in the community.

Organisations in Redbridge should now be using a monitoring form based on the 2001 census, a copy of which you can download here.

Adult Protection in Redbridge

Redbridge Adult Social Services and partner organisations are working to make life safer for adults who are most at risk of being abused, neglected or exploited. This includes people who need help because of a disability or illness and cannot take care of themselves or stop others from harming them. Abuse to vulnerable people can happen anywhere and can include emotional, physical, financial or sexual abuse, as well as neglect and discrimination.

You can help - By being aware that such things can happen. You can make a difference by finding out if there is anything you can do to help, and reporting concerns you may have. All concerns, including those reported anonymously, will be taken seriously and dealt with sensitively.

A new leaflet has been produced which offers help and information around exploitation and abuse of vulnerable adults. For your copy, please call 020 8708 5232. This leaflet will be available throughout the Borough.

If you have concerns about a vulnerable adult who may be being abused, please contact the Community Care Advice Centre on 020 8708 7333 (Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm) or The Customer Contact Centre on 020 8554 5000.


thinkarts - a great, new arts based newsletter - is looking for volunteers. Perhaps you would like to be a featured artist of the month or maybe you would like to write for the newsletter or have your own gallery on the internet. To find out more read the May edition which you can download here.

Enjoy a free massage at the Carers Drop-In

The Carers Drop-In Day on Friday 16th June from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm is for anyone who is looking after someone with a disability or illness. There will be a range of different information stalls as well as refreshments, free head and shoulder massages and a raffle.

The event is being held at the Central Library Ilford, Gloucester & York Rooms (first floor), Clements Road, Ilford IG1 1EA

For further information please email michele.davis or alternatively call her on 020 8708 5581.

Volunteer Friends & Escort Scheme For People With Dementia

Following the award of a Redbridge Capital Volunteering grant for a scheme to provide escorts for older people with dementia to get out and about to improve their lives, we wish to invite any interested persons who feel they may be suitable to help recruit, train and support between about 6-8 volunteers in the first year of this project. If the scheme proves successful we would look for future funding.

The post pays £11 per hour and is part time - 7 hours per week. For further information and an informal chat please contact Jim Philips on 020 8708 9151 or email him at:

Capital Volunteering - Small Grants

Capital Volunteering tackles issues of mental health and social exclusion by increasing supported volunteering opportunities in Redbridge. As part of the first round of Small Grants a number of local organisations have been given money to undertake specific projects. For instance, the Dementia Resource Partnership have been given a grant to develop a volunteer escort scheme for older people with dementia. If you want to find out more about the different projects please read the flyer.

Choosing Health in Redbridge - Community Engagement

In November 2005, Redbridge PCT ran a conference, in partnership with the Council and Redbridge CVS. Subsequently, a Report has been produced - a copy of which can be downloaded from our website - that contains a series of promises made by the participants to improve health in Redbridge

Mentoring Training

The ChangUp programme currently being delivered by Redbridge CVS will be introducing a pilot mentoring scheme for Managers in the Voluntary and Community Sector. Icilda Stewart, who has established an award winning mentoring programme for Redbridge Social Care, is working with RCVS to develop the pilot for the voluntary sector. Two workshops will be held on Wednesday 21st June 2006 between 10.00am - 12 Noon and 2pm - 4 pm. For further information, please contact Harjit Sangha on 0208 514 9610 or email her at

Truth Hurts

Truth Hurts - which you can download here - is the final report by the National Inquiry into self-harm among young people aged 11-25 years old. The National Inquiry is calling on the Government to launch a UK-wide initiative to develop better and more appropriate responses to young people who self-harm, starting with an awareness campaign targeted at professionals, parents and young people.

Jon Abrams
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