The Redbridge Link

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

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Info Directory

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

What's going on in Redbridge

To find out please browse our Events' Diary at

Air Football

Air Football is a programme providing specialist five and seven-a-side training for adults with substance misuse, mental health problems and those involved with the probation service. It provides an opportunity to increase fitness, confidence and self-esteem while looking to assist with progression through treatment.

The programme also provides access to banking and nutrition advice, training and courses: sports, drug and alcohol education, IT, and further education.

Referrals and self-referrals from all services welcome.

To find out more visit the Air Football Website alternatively phone - 07944 000 823 -or email Head Coach Colm

Internet Cafe Official Opening

Jane Atkinson, NELMHT Chair will be officially opening the Internet Cafe on 10th March 2008 at 12-2pm in the Boutique, Goodmayes Hospital. All Staff & Service Users are welcome to attend.

Please RSVP to Trish Munday, Site & Non-Clinical Support Services Manager via email

Thinkarts' Summer Newsletter

Read about an inspiring exhibition of photographs taken by a group of Thinkarts' volunteers and our annual art exhibition - Paint The Town Red - held at Ilford Central Library.

You can read and download a copy of the newsletter here.

Healthy Redbridge Community Cafe

Healthy Redbridge is a five year action plan from the Redbridge PCT and Redbridge Council to improve the physical activity, healthy eating and mental wellbeing of Redbridge residents.

The views of local Redbridge residents are are essential in making sure health initiatives work. The Community Cafe events are an informal way of sharing your point of view. Come and share your views with others.

There will be a series of community cafes in early March in the following wards: Orchard Estate (3rd March), Clayhall (5th March), Clementswood (6th March), Loxford (10th March), Valentines (11th March) and Hainault (13th March.

For more information about the venues and times please download a flyer here.

NELMHT Fit for 2012 - 3rd July 2008

Following on from last year's successful Sports' Day, Nelmht will be holding another event on 3rd July between 11am and 3pm. The day will celebrate all of the work that is being undertaken by the Trust with service users on physical fitness and the arts.

There will be a range of activities in the ground of Goodmayes Hospital including: tai chi; well-being advice; aerobics; cricket; rounders; five a side football; netball and presentations.

For further information please email John Harrington.

Women and Faith

On Wednesday, 5 March 2008 the Redbridge Faith forum is holding a public forum entitled Women and Faith to mark International Women's Day.

We warmly invite you to attend our public forum to explore the role of women from the viewpoint of three faiths: Christianity, Judaism and Sikhism.

We have three speakers: Marcia Samuels - Chief Officer of Redbridge Community and Voluntary sector; Mitzi Cutler - Jewish Joint Burial Society and Jaspir Kaur Panesar - Women's Sikh Alliance and Interim Chair of Sikhs in England.

Each speaker is allocated a 15-minute slot. The event takes place at Gloucester Room, Ilford Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, from 6.30pm (for 6.45 start) to 8.30 pm. Refreshment will be provided.

Happy Soul Film and Arts Festival

Following the success of the first Happy Soul Festival in July 2007, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust is proud to be hosting an even bigger and better festival this March.

The second Happy Soul Film and Arts Festival will cover a number of south London boroughs, including Wandsworth, Merton, Kingston and Richmond, and will offer screenings to appeal particularly to South Asian, African-Caribbean and Korean communities.

We have an exciting line-up which includes films and music, and a number of actors and directors will be appearing in person to talk about their work.

For more information visit the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust website

National audit of violence in mental health units

This is the second national audit of violence in mental health services conducted on behalf of the Healthcare Commission by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. There are about 30,000 in-patients in mental health units in NHS and independent organisations in England and Wales. The audit involved 211 units at 69 of those organisations and for the first time looked separately at services for working-age adults and wards for people over 65.

Read and download the report here.

Jon Abrams
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