…probably not the last,though. Indeed there will be another one this week, most likely Friday, with more of the opinion/commentary type stuff, including coverage of the Government’s hat-trick of defeats last week in the House of lords over their welfare ‘reforms’. Let’s just confine remarks at the moment to congratulating the many of us who’ve been campaigning on the issue: the war’s not over by a long chalk, but we’ve won a battle or three. Oh, and one shouldn’t really laugh as the catastrophic display by the Govt’s spokesperson in the Lords for the savage ‘reforms’, Lord Freud the former banker, workfare advocate, who basically lost the plot,but ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh, heck, he’s been voted down, but tries to abuse parliamentary process to get his way. How,er,noble, My Lord.
Straight info and dates for your diary now. It must be noted that these have something of a Newcastle/North Tyneside/Gateshead flavour to them (not exclusively so) so, you know what to do if those aren’t your neck of the woods? Send your info in, and if more do that, more gets sent out to the millions* of readers (* possible number, not yet verified).
Allons-y, let’s go, in roughly chronological order
First up because it’s,um,tonight (sorry, Bill for not getting it out sooner) is the flyer (attached) for the North East Adult ADHD support group. You won’t receive it in time to attend or signpost others, but note the contact details:‘phone Bill on aadhd_ne or go to our website http://aadhd-ne-uk.weebly.com/ which has a convenient contact form
The next meeting of the North Tyneside MDF Bipolar group will take place on Thursday 19th January, 6 – 8 PM at the Shiremoor Centre, Earsdon Road, Shiremoor, Tyne & Wear, NE27 0HJ.
Now news of a focus group/consultation with service users about the use of s.135 and s.136 powers (basically, being sectioned by the police). It’s on the 24th of January, 1 pm at Launchpad, with lunch provided, and tokens for participants’ time. Let us know if you can attend. Details attached.
Thursday 26th of January sees the latest meeting of the North East Healthy Deaf Minds Forum, for those who are D/deaf and experience / have experienced mental ill-health.6.30pm-8.30pm, at Central square,Forth Street, Newcastle upon Tyne,NE1 3PJ(Behind Newcastle Central Station)
Now, do you as a service user or carer, or do service users and/or carers known to you have an interest in the theatre and possibly playwriting? If so, there’s a workshop on the 30th of January (again at Launchpad). Details attached. Do come along (it’s free).
Next, there are a few (not loads, mind) places for a talk on Friday 3rd February by Guy Holmes, author of ‘Psychology in the Real World’ who is coming to the North East to talk about co-facilitating community-based groups with local service users. To book a place, you must e-mail richard.house . The venue is the Lit&Phil Society (just along from Newcastle Central Station), 1.45pm for a 2pm start. The talk is brought to us by the NE Community Psychology Special Interest Group.
Okay, beginning to wind down this e-mail, but five more items to go (loads more later in the week, with added comment too):
Attached is the timetable for future meetings of SURF/canvas, open to all mental health service users and carers in Durham and Chester le Street and Derwentside.
Then we have the latest timetable running from now through to March from our estimable friends at Gateshead Clubhouse, Moving Forward Service, attached as a spreadsheet.
Meanwhile from the Moving Forward Service in Newcastle, we have the January newsletter (pdf attached).
Lastly on the newsletter front, there is the MHNE newsletter, towards which many service users and carers and members of the regionwide network (NEt) and the NTWSU&C network have contributed news items they’ve found in the press and online.
And to finish off, since we’ve made mention of the regionwide service user and carer network, NEt, comes very exciting news. NEt helped to source funding for a play written by a playwright and artist, sean burn, who’s experienced mental health problems himself. That play, "next swan down the river might be black" is being performed professionally, and will be in three regional venues.
A poetic and personal response to being detained under the mental health act, following the authors own ‘sectioning’. Witness the shifting alliances of three young women on a psychiatric ward over one momentous week.
Feb 14th and 15th, 7.30pm Customs House studio, South Shields.
Feb 16th, 7.30pm Queen’s Hall, Hexham.
March 28th, 7.30 pm (BSL interpreted), and March 29th, 2.00pm matinee, and 7.30pm evening performance, Theatre Royal studio, Newcastle upon Tyne
Buy your tickets. here’s the website
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,