A little bonus mail-out, just to keep everyone on their toes.
It’s not all doom and gloom (though the final two items aren’t cracking news, merely confirmation of what has been reported).
- First up are the March Marches (flyer attached).
Some may know that the networks (the NTWSU&C and NEt) have been closely involved in the regional Time to Change anti-stigma/ tackling mental health discrimination campaign (it relates to the national Time to Change campaign, although didn’t receive resources from their millions, which doesn’t rankle at all, and nor does the attempt by some national bodies to use the national resources for covert commercial marketing grate, not one bit…). Anyhow, we’ve kept working away, because as service users and carers we believe in the message. If others want to play silly sausages at national level,or to profit off the back of the work, then it simply reflects badly on them.
So we reach the next phase of the regional campaign with the aforementioned March Marches. Please note that to take part you really do have to sign-up/let us know you’ll be coming along on the day, as we are limited to around 100 people per march. Email register stating which event you will be attending
The March Marches will take place at the following venues:
Newcastle upon Tyne Tuesday 22nd March 2011. 12 noon.
From the clock tower at the Civic Centre
to the clock tower at Times Square.
People are asked to meet at the Civic Centre clock tower at 11.45am, and will
walk down Northumberland Street and Grey Street, past the Cathedral Church
of St Nicholas finishing at Times Square.
Morpeth Thursday 24th March 2011. 12 noon.
From the clock tower in Morpeth town
centre, through Carlisle Park and back
to the clock tower.
People are asked to meet at Morpeth Market square at 11:45am, and will walk
away from the clock tower down Bridge Street, through Carlisle Park and back
to the clock tower.
Darlington Monday 28th March 2011. 12 noon.
From the clock tower in Darlington town
centre and back again.
People are asked to meet at the clock tower in Darlington town centre at 11:45am,
and will walk through Darlington’s South Park, back to the clock tower.
- next up is the latest newsletter from the Mental Health carer support service in South Tyneside (attached).
- Next is coverage in a national newspaper of issues that have been flagged up over a long period of time in these mail-outs: the dubious nature of atos healthcare assessments for benefit entitlement, the problems with the speed and scale of welfare reform, and the misgivings by experts and architects of the new system at the manner of its implementation, and the apparent mood in Number 10 to privatise everything that isn’t nailed down, and them jemmy up that which is and flog that off too (I paraphrase slightly…)
Now observant readers may note that all of this was flagged up and/or predicted in these mail-outs months if not years (in the case of the welfare reform, which New labour started) ago.informed and thus prescient, or mystically talented? To find out which, here are Saturday’s Lotto numbers: 17,22,23,31,37,41.
LAUNCHPAD Team Leader,
NTWSU&C n/wk co-chair (with Mish Loraine)
(for network business: ntwsuc)
Offices 210 and 211,
Holy Jesus Hospital,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
Tel 0191 2330382 (personal mobile 07736074213)