The Redbridge News

A community resource to promote better mental health

Published by Redbridge Concern for Mental Health

Report on Freedom Passes

Run-Up has spent over a year investigating mental health service users' concerns over Redbridge Council's Freedom Pass Local Enhancement Scheme and how the withdrawal of passes can exacerbate mental health problems.

Read and find out more here.

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission recently checked up on how well North East London NHS Foundation Trust is meeting essential standards of quality and safety at Goodmayes Hospital during May 2011

Overall the Commission found that Goodmayes Hospital was not meeting one or more essential standards. Improvements were needed. You can download and read the full report here.

Hidden Words

The thinkarts Creative Writing Group has published a collection of poems and short stories.

The book is priced at £4.00 and can be purchased by emailing Asheley Lotter

Celebrating UK Older People's week in Redbridge

Local residents and community groups are helping people stay active as they get older with a week-long programme of activities to mark UK Older People's Day.

UK Older People's Day is officially on 1 October and Redbridge is celebrating with a special Older People's Week in the run up to the national day commencing on Wednesday 21 September through to Friday 30 September.

The week is kicked off by a fashion show with an international flavour and Bollywood dancing on Monday 26 September. This event takes place at the Redbridge Salvation Army Hall from 11am to 1.30pm.

Valentines Mansion hosts a special Health and Wellbeing fair on Wednesday 28 September, with information stalls, a chance to take a guided tour around the Mansion and gardens and free health checks.

Other events include an exhibition of wartime memorabilia at the Allan Burgess Centre; an information day at Fullwell Cross Library; keep fit sessions including Yoga, Zumba and Salsa as well as arts and crafts classes.

The programme has been organised by Redbridge Council, Age UK Redbridge, Vision RCL and Redbridge Institute of Adult Education, working alongside older people and other local organisations.

The events are open to everyone of all ages with the majority being FREE!

For a full list of all events/activities taking place, visit your local Library, Age UK or call 020 8708 5232. Alternatively you can download a programme here.

Volunteering at Forest Farm Peace Garden?

Forest Farm Peace Garden aim to work with a broad cross-section of the local community to promote mental and physical health, social inclusion, intercultural awareness, and environmental sustainability. There are many ongoing projects in the Garden- growing organic vegetables, caring for fruit and berry trees, working with our beehives, tending the herb garden and organising workshops and events that welcome and share skills with the community.

Forest Farm Peace Garden is a volunteer led organisation, and aim to provide their volunteers with useful skills, positive experiences and a friendly community-

Please get in touch with Mairead to find out how you can get involved. Forest Farm Peace Garden, end of Hazelbrouck Gardens (off New North Road), Hainault IG6 2XL

Coming along to one of Forest Farm Peace Garden events is a great way to find out more about the Garden and how you can get involved.

You can also get in touch to schedule a first-time visit to the Garden with Mairead, (, 07587 244459) on a Wednesday or Friday.

For more information and directions please visit the Forest Farm Website

Forest Farm Peace Garden Film Night, Friday 2nd September

Join us at Forest Farm Peace Garden for a Wind Powered Family Film Night. Bring along your friends and family for our first ever film night, made possible by the power of the wind. We will be showing Wallace Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit - a story of adventure, courage and vegetables!

Hot drinks and snacks available. We will be showing the film in the polytunnel, which is protected from rain and warmer than it is outdoors, so even if it's a chilly evening, you should be fine with a jacket or blanket. All ages welcome

Venue Forest Farm Peace Garden, Hazelbrouck Gardens, Hainault, Essex, IG6 2XL

Time: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start

Enquiries: 07587 244459 (Mairead) or 07913089979 (Natalie)

Work Redbridge Jobs and Training Fair

If you're looking for a new career path or the chance to improve your skills then you'll want to attend the Work; Redbridge Jobs and Training Fair.

The seventh annual fair, will give you the chance to learn about job opportunities in and around the Borough and get career and training advice.

Event Details

Date:  Thursday 15 September 2011
Venue: Ilford Town Hall
Times: 10 am to 4 pm

Redbridge Compact 2011-2014 - Consultation

Redbridge Compact is a joint agreement between voluntary groups and public bodies and exists to help the partners improve their relationship for mutual advantage and community gain.

The compact is now being upgraded to set the framework for how: voluntary groups, public bodies (including the Council, NHS, Police and Fire Services) will work together over the next 3 years. To find out more and to respond to the consultation visit Redbridge i

In Crisis and Don't Know what to do? - NELFT Mental Health Direct

NELFT Mental Health Direct is a telephone helpline service available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

If you live in Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham, or Havering you can call for mental health help and advice anytime of the day or night.

NELFT Mental Health Direct can arrange for you to speak with a mental health professional and can also advise you about what service to contact to get the support you need.

Telephone: 0844 600 1111

Calls from a BT landline are the cost of a local call. Calls from other landlines and mobile providers will vary and may cost more.

Is someone hurting or upsetting you because of who you are? We're here to help.

Redbridge Concern for Mental Health is now a Hate Crime Help and Referral Centre. We offer a safe, confidential environment for anybody who has experienced crime, harassment or abuse because of their: race; religion; sexuality; disability; age; gender identity or mental health condition.

Talk to us and we'll tell you about the wide range of options and support available to you. You can contact us on 020 8925 2435 or email: Jon Abrams

For more information about Hate Crime Help and Referral Centres visit Redbridge I

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Redbridge Concern for Mental Health
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