Swift bulletin of meetings,events for the coming week in mental health and health and social care related stuff

Let’s keep this brief: brevity is the soul of wit, though that doesn’t mean this is going to coruscate with bon mots. The terseness is principally because there’s football going on (apparently).
So, first up because it’s tomorrow at the time of writing, quite possibly today at the time of reading, and in the distant past if you’re reading this from the far future, we have the Adult ADHD Support Group Meeting on Monday 16th June 2014.

Location: seminar room, Adult ADHD Service Collingwood Court,

St Nicholas Hospital, Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE3 3XT

· 6.15 – 6.30pm: arrivals, meet, greet & coffee.
· 6:30 – 7:30 Special Guest: Tim Donaldson (NTW Foundation Trust’s Chief Pharmacist). We are delighted to say that Tim Donaldson will be coming along to meet with us again. Many of us have concerns about AD/HD medications; so, this is a great opportunity to have your meds related questions answered by an expert in the field.

· 7:45 onwards discussion: sharing practical strategies, organisational tools, useful software, apps, tricks for staying on task and time, dealing with decision-making, hyper or inability to focus, annoying paper trails, clutter, memory problems.

Travel directions: it is very easy to find: just go through the main gates of the hospital, take the first left and it is the modern building at the top of the cul-de-sac on the left. Nearby parking is free after 6pm.

Next, chronologically is the rather marvellous première of a film:

‘Apples is Apples: NAGAS the Movie’

On Wednesday 18 June the première of film, ‘Apples is Apples,’ will be held at the Star and Shadow Cinema on Stepney Bank. The movie reveals the essential work of a creative charity which provides a service for adults in the North East who are experiencing, or at risk of mental health problems. However due to lack of funding, the service’s future is now hanging in the balance.

To help raise awareness of its work and stimulate funding, Newcastle and Gateshead Art Studio (NAGAS) formed a yearlong partnership with Artist, Andrew Wilson to produce ‘Apples is Apples.’ The film focusses on the lives of individuals affected by mental health issues, subtly covering culturally relevant themes of human experience and interaction.

NAGAS Studio Manager Bob Malpiedi, explains the challenges faced by the charity: “We’ve been providing creative services for our Members for eight years and we’re so proud of our fantastic community. However, during such austere times projects like ours find covering the basic costs needed for us to survive really hard. To help get things back on track, we’re making a concerted effort to let the public experience some of the magic we share by showcasing our work".

“The premiere of our film, Apples is Apples provides a snapshot, demonstrating how we work together with Artists like Andrew Wilson and the great characters in our group. It’s an insight into the lives of the fantastic people who benefit from our creative service. We welcome we public at large to join us and see our movie at the Star and Shadow Cinema on Stepney Bank on Wednesday 18 June.”

Doctoral Researcher, Victoria Armstrong explains why NAGAS is so important to its Members. “On countless occasions I observed many Members demonstrating the same care and compassion to their peers which had been offered to them by the Staff. I believe it is this nexus of supportive working relationships which makes much of the NAGAS magic possible and the Studio’s atmosphere so endearing".

“Apples is Apples is a window into the heart of this exceptional organisation. It playfully suggests what makes the place special despite its juxtaposition with the current socio-political climate.”

The film will be screened twice at the Star and Shadow Cinema on Wednesday 18 June at 7:30pm and Thursday 19 June at 1:30pm. The Star and Shadow Cinema is located at the top of Stepney Bank, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2NP. Both screenings will be open to the public and free of charge. The Wednesday evening screening will be immediately followed by a live performance from the NAGAS Music Group which has recorded the soundtrack to the film.

To book your screening tickets visit: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/apples-is-apples-nagas-the-movie-tickets-11462136559?aff=es2&rank=1

And thirdly, please find attached the draft (very draft) minutes for the next NTWSU&C network, which will gather at the aforementioned NAGAS studio (directions here) on Friday the 20th of June at 12.30pm. The agenda will be as per usual, a mere fig-leaf of order for a riotous assemblage of flim-flammery,scurrilousness,and nonsense on stilts. Plus maybe a bit of business.

At this juncture, your author was going to put in about 12-15 links to articles from just the last week or two about welfare "reform", its many profound flaws, failings and the varied ways in which the wheels are coming off IDS’ flagship programmes. Maybe another time,,,let’s just say for now it’s one heck of a flustercuck, which would be comic were its impact upon the marginalised not so contemptibly damaging.


Alisdair Cameron
LAUNCHPAD Team Leader,
NTWSU&C n/wk co-chair (with Mish Loraine)
(for network business: ntwsuc)

Offices 210 and 211,
Holy Jesus Hospital,
City Road,
Newcastle upon Tyne,

Tel 0191 2330382 (personal mobile 07736074213)
E-mail launchpadncl

or alisdairscameron

NTWSUCN Minutes May 2014.docx

One thought on “Swift bulletin of meetings,events for the coming week in mental health and health and social care related stuff

  1. All these lovely meetings and great weather but I need my health check tomorrow and I know it will make me poorly the procedure
    take care Carol

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