Time is tight and it’s a Monday, so we’ll forego the usual prolixity and analysis/opinion/ranting (delete as applicable), for some rapid news of upcoming meetings and events that really are worth your while attending.
- First up, naturally, is the next NTWSU&C network (Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Service User and Carer network) meeting this very Friday, the 21st of October, from 12.30pm at Moving Forward Newcastle, in Carliol square. Do come along, and hey, even encourage others to do so,too, especially mental health service users and carers.
- Next, as previously flagged, but of real significance is the Hardest Hit rally on Saturday the 22nd of October. Do please come along and show your support.
March 10.30 Bigg Market
Rally 11.30-12.30 Monument
Disabled people in the North East, along with their families and friends,
are taking to the streets in Newcastle to protest against Government cuts to
disability benefits and services. Join us and help to make sure all our
voices are heard.
The march will leave Bigg Market at 10.30 (http://binged.it/mWhXzA), walking
to The Monument (http://binged.it/obFOpL) where a rally will start at 11.30.
We plan to have a range of speakers who will keep us informed and
entertained. Confirmed so far is MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery, Clare Williams
from the Northern Public Services Alliance and Kevin Rowan the TUC Regional
Secretary who will share their views on the proposed changes. We will also
be joined by a number of local people who can speak from their own
experiences about what the proposed cuts to benefits and services will mean
to them as disabled people trying to live independent and fulfilling lives.
A map of Newcastle City Centre showing Bigg Market and the Monument can be
This also shows the nearest rail and bus stations, city centre parking and
As new speakers and contributors are confirmed we will be adding them to
this page, so do keep an eye out for any changes. Please also help us spread
the word about Hardest Hit. By bringing together disabled people from across
the North East we will be able to make our stand against the cuts to DLA and
unfair changes to Employment Support Allowance. Listening to the stories of
disabled people and hearing of the support of key local figures from
politicians to civil society leaders will show that people across the city
and wider region are on our side. Speakers will help us make our argument,
whilst those coming along will have the chance to show how strongly they
feel, either as disabled people themselves, their friends and family, or
just as people who believe that the disabled are being hit the hardest by
the government cuts.
Please come along, and bring as many friends and family as you can. Help us
to send a clear message to the Government: stop these cuts.
- Thirdly is an invitation for service users and carers to attend a day looking at the NTW Foundation Trust’s plans for the future of services, a.k.a its Service Model review. That is on the 3rd of November for mental health (flyer attached), and your input at the day would be very welcome indeed.
- Fourthly, we have a flyer for two events (one in Newcastle, one in Gateshead) for service users, carers,family and friends on Family work and Psychosis on the 28th of November.
- Finally, for this brief mail-out we have news of an event regarding mental health,service users,personalisation and care packages and pathways,which (for the NTW area) is on the 18th of November (flyer and booking form attached). Looks a good, informative event.
Regular, ranty service in regard to mailouts will resume shortly. In the meantime, do enjoy this marvellous appearance by the Nabob of the NHS, the Supreme Architect of the Health and Social Care Bill, the inimitable Imperial Commander, Andrew Lansley on Question Time last week, in which he showed all of the common touch and considerate, compassionate concern for the grass-roots workers for which he is renowned.
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)