The Redbridge Link

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

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

Info Directory

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

Your Shout

If you use local mental health services or care for someone who does and you want to have a say about how mental health services will be delivered in the future then come along to Your Shout on Thursday 5th June 2008, 2pm to 4pm .

The event is being held in the ALDBOROUGH Room, Fullwell Cross Library, High Street, Barkingside, Ilford, IG6 2EA

Old Man Stoer climb

At the end of July, a party of rock climbers - including a local carer - will be participating in a sponsored climb of The Old Man of Stoer, off Scotland's rugged and windy west coast, to raise funds for The Alzheimer's Society.

You can donate online at:

Make Your Own Elderflower Cordial

On Sunday 11th May - 11am to 4pm, Forest Farm Peace Garden are running an Elderflower Cordial Workshop. Learn to make this delicious and simple drink - and take your own produce home with you.

To find out more, contact Gareth at Alternatively, please call him on 0791 308 9979.

Publishing and New Media Workshop

thinkarts are running a workshop on Tuesday 6th May from 10.30am to 12 noon at the OT Department, Goodmayes Hospital. The training is for volunteers who are interested in developing their skills to work on the thinkarts newsletter production.

If you are interested in the arts, magazine publishing or new media this is an opportunity to gain skills and experiences.

Places are limited. If you are interested please contact Vivienne or Mary-Anne on 0844 600 1218 or via email at:

Dementia End of Life Care Project

The End of Life Care Project has been set up to improve the quality of care for people with advanced dementia and their caregivers.

A local stakeholders conference will be held on Wednesday 28th May 10am - 3.30pm in Room 2, Community Mental Health Team for Older People, Goodmayes Hospital, Barley Lane

The aim of the conference is to share information and to discuss how to tackle different areas of the project.

For further information contact Eluned Santos, Director, Redbridge, Epping and Harlow Crossroads on 020 8518 4090 or email:

Alzheimer Cafe - Redbridge, Tuesday

For everyone interested or affected by Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia, John Rahman from the Welfare Benefits and Money Advice Team will be attending.

The event will be held on Tuesday 13 May 2008, from: 11am to 1pm at the Aldborough Room, Fullwell Cross Library, Barkingside IG6 2EA.

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

Capital Party - Tuesday 17th June

Capital Volunteering invites you to a memorable evening in the stunning setting of LSO St Luke's, a unique heritage space in central London. Join us in our celebration and recognition of the achievement of service users and volunteers who have been involved in Capital Volunteering.

There will be awards, live music, performances, dance, great food and much more.

The date for the party is Tuesday 17th June 2008, 4pm to 8pm at LSO St Lukes, 161 Old Street, London EC1V 9NG

If you would like to attend please email Sofie Gullberg by 16th May 2008 or call her on: 07521 728 611.

The Redbridge Progress Team

The Redbridge Progress Team has recently formed as a result of the merger of Redbridge Voluntary Services and Occupational Therapy Day Services, following the review of Voluntary Services in 2006.

The team focuses on assisting people with a severe and enduring mental health problem to engage in purposeful activity. We promote and encourage involvement in education, work and leisure activities with the aim of promoting recovery, wellbeing and social inclusion.

This is achieved in 3 different ways:
1. By providing goal orientated and time limited groups which facilitate "throughput" into mainstream community focused services.
2. By providing community and hospital based projects which meet the social and wellbeing needs of individuals who would otherwise be socially isolated.
3. By providing the opportunity for individuals (with or without mental health difficulties) to undertake volunteering or work experience placements.

The team will be based in the old Patient's Library, Goodmayes Hospital and can be contacted on 0844 600 1223, internal 4383.

New Care Programme Approach guidance

The Care Programme Approach (CPA), established in 1991, is the care assessment, planning and review system for people with severe mental illness using specialist (secondary) mental health services. The system is designed to coordinate activity to meet individual's needs for treatment, support and care across a range of services, (e.g. medication, therapy, housing, finances, education, personal aspirations).

The Department of Health have recently issued new guidance which updates policy and sets out positive practice guidance for trusts and commissioners to review local practice to refocus CPA within mental health services. You can read and download the publication here

Jon Abrams
Web Site Editor
Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
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