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  • 1. StonhamBirmingham Mental Health Carer Support Services| Edition 9 | April 2013 | www.homegroup.org.uk | | https://bhammhcarer.homegroup.org.uk | MHCarerService@homegroup.org.uk1
  • 2. 0800 953 0045Send your photos, stories PALS customer relations & artwork to us at… (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Can provide information on a range of mental health Birmingham Mental Health matters, and liaison with all Trust services Carer Support Services Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm Unit 3, Holt Court North, Contact 0800 953 0045 Heneage Street West, Text Birmingham Science Park, 07985883509 Email Aston, B7 4AX pals@bsmhft.nhs.uk Website: Tel: 0121 380 4949 www.bsmhft.nhs.uk Fax: 0121 380 4901 Please note that the PALS team is NOT a medical team. If you have an immediate health problem please contact NHS Direct or your GP Email The Gateway Team IMPORTANT NOTICEMHCarerService@homegroup.org.uk annette.lewis@homegroup.org.uk Before using any of the contacts, information or resources in this Information Pack, you mustStonham Home Group would like to ensure that check it for safety/ reliability/ appropriateness.our clients are at the heart of everything we do Advice in this Pack does not give a full statement of the law. It is intended for guidance only, and is not a substitute for professional advice. Stonham cannot accept any responsibility for Carers Dedicated Website loss or liability occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting onhttps://bhammhcarer.homegroup.org.uk information contained in this Pack.2
  • 3. Contents of this Info Pack Page 2 Send your infoAre you 16 to 30 and looking for 2. PALSmotivation to get fit? 3. Start Again ProjectStart Again can help! Contents 4. Easter holiday fun at your libraryWe hold weekly Football & 5. Filter meWellbeing Sessions in Birmingham. Welcome to B’hams Youth Service 6 Welfare Reform 7 B’ham Adult Education Service I’m Not Alone (Book Review) 8 Grand Slam 9 Half Time Switchover 10 B-Chilled (Health Champions) 11 Benefit Cap April 12 Diversity through the Arts 13 Religions 14, 15, 16 Mental Health Helplines 17 Young Gifted Brum (YGB)Start Again’s Well Being & Football 18 Carers Emergency CardProgramme is… Youth Space 19 Birmingham City Council 20 Community Mental Health Teams Weekly Football Training 21, 22 Refugees & Asylum Seekers Sessions run by UEFA Qualified 23 The Rwandan Community Coaches Mosa’ab Elshamy Exhibition Fitness Checks 24 Release Project Refreshments Compliments, comments & complaints CERS And we help you with… 25 Stonham Carers Support Service Employability Sessions Travel Expenses 26 Change 4 Life One to One Support 27 Equality, Diversity & Human Rights 28 Raffle Gaining Qualifications 29 LGBT Carers Volunteering Opportunities 30 B’ham LGBT, Groups Positive Mental Health Group Find out more at… 31 Mental Health Info & Advice 32, 33 Stonham’s Carers Groups www.start-again.co.uk 34 Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition Call 07974 241194 or mail info@start-again.co.uk 35 To Report a Hate Crime 36 Carers Feedback Sheet Start Again Project CIC Community Interest Company 067363873
  • 4. Easter Holiday Fun at Your Local LibraryJoin in with some activity-packed holiday fun! And dont forget to borrow some extra books over theEaster break.Find out whats going on at your local library this Easter holiday. We will be adding more information tothis webpage as we get it.Boldmere LibraryEaster Holiday Story timesThursday 5 April, 2pm-3pmSuitable for 6-8 year olds. Free tickets available two weeks prior to the event.Friday 13 April, 2pm-3pmSuitable for 3-5 year olds. Free tickets available two weeks prior to the event.Centre for the Child at Central LibraryEaster Story timesTuesday 3 April, 2pm-2.45pmThursday 5 April, 2pm-2.45pmTuesday 10 April, 2pm-2.45pmThursday 12 April, 2pm-2.45pmUnder 5s Fun TimeWednesday 4 April, 10.30am-12 noonWednesday 11 April, 10.30am-12 noonStory Time PlusSaturday 14 April, 2pm-2.45pmWith Makaton signing.Easter Egg HuntWednesday 4 April, 10.30-11.30amGather clues around the library to get your eggs. For children aged 5-11 years. Booking is essential, limited places.Perry Common LibraryEgg-citing Easter Craft and StoriesThursday 5 April, 2.15pm-3pmFor children 5 years and underSaturday 7 April, 2.15pm-3pmFor children 6 years and overCall Perry Common Library on 0121 464 0481 to reserve your space as places are limited.Small Heath LibraryTots Time OutTuesday 3 April, 10.30am-11.30amSaturday 4 April, 11am-12 noonTuesday 10 April, 10.30am-11.30amFriday 13 April, 10am-11amArts and crafts, storytelling, playing games and singing rhymes. For children aged 1-5 years.South Yardley LibraryFamily Fun DaySaturday 14 April, 11am-3pmWith The Great Raymondo - Magic Tricks and Balloon Sculpting. Plus Bhangra dancing with Sohan Kailey and free mehndi.Refreshments available. Free drop-in session.Wylde Green LibraryEaster Story timeFriday 13 April, 10.45am-11.30amStories and colouring for 3-5 year olds. For more information or to book a free place please ring 0121 386 5492. Booking essential.Easter Story timeFriday 13 April, 2.30pm-3.30pmStories and craft for 6 year olds and above. For more information or to book a free place please ring 0121 386 5492. Bookingessential.4
  • 5. Filter.me.uk (Children, Young People and Family Events)Filter.me.uk (Children, Young People and Family Events)Start Date: 19 June 2012 03:46 PMEnd Date: 31 March 2013 03:46 PMwww.Filter.me.uk is the one-stop-shop website to search for events and activities for children,young people and families in Birmingham. Filter the city your way, find the things you want todo and when and where they are happening. Welcome to Birminghams Youth Service Birmingham Youth Service works to provide all young people, aged from 11 to 25 years in Birmingham, with a range of enjoyable opportunities, challenging experiences and effective support that will enhance their personal, social and educative development and sense of identity during the transition to adulthood. The strength of the Youth Service lies in the relationship between its staff and the young people they work with developed over time and which progress in accordance with the needs of those young people. The values and principles that lie at the heart of effective youth work shape these relationships. These principles are: To Educate Providing a range of opportunities enabling young people to gain knowledge and information, learn new skills and make informed choices about their lives. To Participate Encouraging young people to play an active role in the development of their own local, and wider, community and influence decision-making at all levels. To Empower Developing opportunities whereby young people can take responsibility and control and make decisions in a positive and constructive environment. To Enjoy Enabling young people to learn in an attractive, safe, challenging, exciting and creative environment. To Promote Equality of Opportunity To influence attitude and develop a physical environment where all young people will feel safe and comfortable. A place where all forms of opression and discrimination will be challenged and diversity will be valued and celebrated. 5
  • 6. Discretionary Housing PaymentsWe’re expecting that the welfare reform changes in April 2013 will affect approximately 6,500 of ourcustomers.Many may face difficulty in meeting the shortfall in rent following a reduction in their Housing Benefit. Insome cases, customers may be able to apply for a Discretionary Housing Payment.What is a Discretionary Housing Payment?Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) comes from the Discretionary Housing Fund which has been madeavailable to Local Authorities by the government.Discretionary Housing Payments may be claimed if a customer receives housing benefit or council tax benefit,but are having difficulty paying their rent.Who can receive a payment?Customers may be able to get a Discretionary Housing Payment if their housing benefit has been cut becauseof bedroom tax. The government has advised that local authorities must determine who is eligible forDiscretionary Housing Payment and what the specific criteria is. Therefore we are not able to advisecustomers on whether they will be able to receive a payment.How do customers make a claim?To make a claim, customers need to contact their local authority and will usually be asked to fill out a specialclaim form.In your discussions, please signpost any relevant customers to their local council. This includes: • Customers who are experiencing difficulty in making rent payments • Customers who are experiencing hardship • Customers who express an interest in DHPAny customers who are unsure who to contact can use the following website:https://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-council 6
  • 7. Accounts to yoga, childcare to computers we have the right course for you!Birmingham Adult Education Service is one of the largest providers of Adult Learning opportunitiesin the West Midlands. We offer over 3,000 part time courses each year at main sites and localcommunity venues across Birmingham. Each year over 25,000 learners choose to learn new skillswith us.If you are looking to learn new skills to help you get a job, or to keep up to date with the latest I.T. and Digital Media, our coursescould give you just what you need.Or maybe you just want to explore and develop your creative side, learn a new language, or simply meet new people and havesome fun learning something new.Whatever you are looking to learn - start your journey with us A first-of-its-kind, interactive book for teenagers who are dealing with a parent who has schizophrenia, depression or bipolar disorder. Highly relevant for all helping professionals, this practical yet sensitively written book provides the teen reader with information, suggestions for effective coping, and thought-provoking activities.Young Carers in Their Own Wordsby Andrew Bibby, Saul Becker£5.99 SynopsisAn estimated 50,000 young people in Britain today take on the responsibility of caring for a relative who isill or disabled. These young carers were, until recently, a neglected group in society. In this book, theyspeak of their experiences and their relationships with adult professionals.7
  • 8. 08 Apr to 12 Apr, 2013 Grand Slam Car Park This is a free event.Grand Slam Car Park is an adventurous and dynamic arts project, devised and curated by Sabrina Sweeney, where emerging artists work with young people from the local community. Through a series of workshops they will re-vision The Drums undercroft car park as a vibrant and creative space, developing a permanent exhibition of graffiti wall panels, a living document of young people pursuing their dreams and embracing the possibilities of great things in their future. Watch this space for the grand unveiling! Supported by the Starbucks Youth Action Scheme THE UK’s PREMIER BLACK-LED ARTS CENTRE book online or call 0121 333 2444 The Drum 144 Potters Lane Aston, Birmingham West Midlands B6 4UU Call: 0121 333 2400 Fax: 0121 333 2440 Email: info@the-drum.org.uk http://www.the-drum.org.uk/contact/8
  • 9. Half time switchoverApril 2013We started the huge task of rebuilding New Street in 2010, and weve committed to keeping the station open for passengers untilwe finish in 2015.In April 2013, everything changes at New Street as we reach the half way point of the project. The concourse and the existingentrances you use today will close and three new entrances will open into the first half of your new station.While we wont unveil the atrium until the end of the project in 2015, the first half of the station we open in April will have all of thefacilities you expect, plus new lifts and escalators to every platform to improve access.Important information for pedestriansIf you currently enter the station at the main entrance on Smallbrook Queensway, you can either walk along the new walkway wereconstructing (beneath the Odeon) which will take you around to the new entrance on Stephenson Street. Youll need to allow anadditional 5 minutes or so to your journey time to reach the new main entrance from this side of the city. Alternatively, the linkbridge connecting the Bullring to the Pallasades shopping centre will remain open, providing an indoor route into the shoppingcentre and down the new escalators were building to take you in to the new concourse. The existing Pallasades escalators will closeas part of our second phase of station refurbishment.However, if you currently use the Victoria Square exit on Navigation Street, the new entrance on Stephenson Street is just 1 minutewalk away.Important information for vehicle usersThe vehicle drop off and pick up at the front of the station off Smallbrook Queensway closes this April at the same time as theexisting concourse. The new vehicle drop and go will be located on Hill Street, so if youre driving to the station to either dropsomeone off or short stay park, youll need to take an earlier left exit from Smallbrook Queenway, taking you onto Hill Street andalong in to the new drop and go area. The taxi pick up point will remain in its existing location on this side of the city on NavigationStreet. Were currently rebuilding the long stay car park on the roof of the Pallasades which will open along with Grand Central andJohn Lewis in Autumn 2014.See our map showing the new entrances and station layout: 9
  • 10. Community Health Champions Volunteer ProjectB-Chilled - ‘Supporting a Safer Nightlife in Birmingham’It has been increasingly reported that there is a rise in the use of ‘club drugs’, ‘legal highs’ or recreational drugs in the nightlifeenvironment. This has highlighted fresh challenges to those involved and working in the nightlife environment, and there istherefore a need for new approaches to tackle the changes. As a result, Phoenix Futures working in partnership with BDAAT andPublic Health West Midlands have developed the Community Health Champion’s‘B-Chilled ‘Supporting a Safer Nightlife in Birmingham’ Project. The project will offer targeted interventions, providing informationaround drug and alcohol use to members of the public with the aim of minimising the risks associated with drug and alcohol use innight scene. The Community Health Champions ‘B-Chilled ’‘Supporting a Safe Nightlife in Birmingham’ Project has two mainobjectives:Firstly, the project will offer drug and alcohol awareness training to door supervisors, bar and club staff, club and pub managers aswell as event/club promoters. The training will provide owners and promoters with information on trends in local drug use,associated risks and will have a particular emphasis on ‘legal’ highs and recreational drugs. Another important element of thetraining is how door supervisors and club staff respond to drug induced problems or drug related intoxication. It is hoped that thetraining and ongoing support from the ‘B-Chilled’ Supporting a Safer Nightlife in Birmingham’ project will offer club /pubmanagers and event promoters better management of drug related incidents.The second element of the Community Health Champions ‘B-Chilled’ Supporting a Safer Nightlife in Birmingham’ Project, will be torecruit a pool of 30 plus volunteers to train as Community Health Champions. The CHC Volunteers will receive accredited training atOCN Level II in ‘Working with Recreational Drug Use’ and includes modules on drug and alcohol awareness along with sexualhealth awareness. The CHC’s will be working in partnership with club, pub and events orgainsers to offer clear and conciseinformation and advice to the public around drug, alcohol and sexual health. Services provided by the CHC‘B-Chilled’ Supporting a Safe Nightlife in Birmingham’ Project will include: • Outreach sessions in night time venues • Up to date harm reduction advice and information • One to one crisis intervention and ongoing support • Referrals to specialist treatment services • Information stalls at relevant public and community events • Safer sex and contraceptive advice • Interventions which aim to support and enhance any night time event. • Super club and Festival Work – creating ‘Chill-Out’ Spaces and providing welfare services to help people there access the drugs information, advice and immediate support they may need.The Community Health Champions ‘B-Chilled’ Supporting a Safer Nightlife in Birmingham’ Project will be beneficial for clubs, pubsand event and festival organisers as well as the public. Moreover, the project will contribute to making Birmingham’s nightlifeenvironment a safer place for all. For further information, please contact:Marc Blanchette - Community Health Champions Project CoordinatorTel: 0121 212 1122 Mob: 07966 874776Email: marc.blanchette@phoenix-futures.org.ukRoy Stokes – Community Health Champions Training OfficerTel: 0121 212 1122 Mob: 07817 812923Email: roy.stokes@phoenix-futures.org.ukEmail: chc.birmingham@phoenix-futures.org.uk Web: www.phoenix-futures.org.uk 10
  • 11. Benefit Cap April 2013From April 2013, there will be a cap (a maximum limit) on the total amount of benefit that people can get.The Government announced that this will first be applied to Local Authorities in the London area from April 2013 and will then berolled out to all other Local Authorities during the summer. We do not at this stage know when Birmingham will be affected but theGovernment expects all Authorities to be applying the benefit cap from the end of September 2013. The actual amount of the cap will be limited to: A maximum of £500 a week: o If your household is made up of a couple (with or without children), or o If you are a lone parent (and the children you have responsibility for live with you). A maximum of £350 a week: o If you are a single person and you have no children, or o The children you have responsibility for don’t live with you. What affect will this have? From April 2013, Housing Benefit may go down to make sure that the total amount of your benefit is not more than the cap level. You may have to use money from your other benefits to pay towards the rent for your home if your circumstances do not change before the cap is introduced. How is it calculated? All of your benefits will be counted when working out how much you get each week. An online calculator is available to help you work out if your Housing Benefit will be reduced by the cap on the Governments web site. Households that arent affected by the cap The cap won’t apply to you if you, your partner or any children you are responsible for qualify for Working Tax Credit or have been awarded any of the following benefits: o Disability Living Allowance o Industrial Injuries Benefits o Personal Independence Payment o Attendance Allowance o Employment and Support Allowance, if paid with the support component o War Widow’s or War Widowers Pension How can I find out more about this? The Department for Work and Pensions will be writing to all households that may be affected by these changes. For households that receive a letter they have provided a helpline for more information about how this may affect you. The helpline staff will provide general information about the changes and the support you can get but they will not have access to all of your benefit information. The helpline number is 0845 605 7064 or text phone 0845 608 8551 for people with hearing or speech impairments. The helpline is open from 8am to 6pm. What can I do to stop the benefit cap applying to me? Finding work could mean that the cap wouldnt apply to you. Qualifying for Working Tax Credit will mean that you are not affected by these new rules. A job can also give you the chance to learn new skills, meet new people and boost your confidence. If you’ve been out of work for a while, the thought of getting a job may make you nervous, but there is help and support available for you. By calling the helpline, you may be able to arrange to get this support more quickly. Where can I find more information? Lots of information you might need is available from the Governments web site where you can get help looking for work, and information on how to update your skills, write a CV, apply for jobs and prepare for an interview. You can find out more about Working Tax Credit including how many hours you need to work to qualify for Working Tax Credit. 11
  • 12. Diversity through the Arts Is an art exposition which gives students an outlet to share their artwork with UAB and Birmingham. The event was coordinated by Programs Committee co-chairs Anjali Wagle and Taylor Vines. The USGA-sponsored event also counted as a cultural event for foreign language students. Although the event aims to celebrate diversity, the Programs Committee has opted to have a nebulous theme in order to avoid forcing artists to follow a certain trope. As a result, the artists’ are allowed to interpret the meaning of diversity individually, and decide which unique piece of art to display. USGA Programs co-chair Anjali Wagle says, “It was really about diversity of UAB students, and that could be taken in many ways. When people asked what the theme was, we didn’t want to set in stone or put boundaries on what their art should be.” As a result, a wide variety of art styles, subjects, and cultures were represented. Robert Clifton’s art work won first place in Diversity through the Arts. Sarah Adkins/Staff Photographer According to Anjali, “The main point of it is to allow students from all different majors in UAB to sort of show off their pieces in an art gallery type of setting.” This event was not affiliated with any of UAB’s art academic programs in order to allow a wider variety of students to be featured in the art show. Encouraging students who may not be studying the humanities to practice and share their art was a large focus of the event. This was the first year that performance art was included in the exposition, so visitors’ ears were met with live music and spoken word poetry as they perused the artwork that was on display. Anjali says that next year, performance art will play a greater role in the event, and it will be more a musical exposition with art viewing during the intermissions. The Alumni Society was invited to purchase the students’ pieces. Ten percent of the proceeds were put in the student emergency fund. This fund is for students who have run across tough times and need small loans. The food was catered by Sodexo and they celebrated the theme of cultural diversity in the spread that they prepared for the event. Among the hors d’oeuvres served were samosas, chips with humous and assorted cheeses. The spread had Middle Eastern, Greek, and French foods.12
  • 13. Religions Religion can be explained as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs. Featured religions and beliefs• Atheism Atheists are people who believe that god or gods are man-made constructs• Bahai One of the youngest of the worlds major religions• Buddhism A way of living based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama• Candomblé A religion based on African beliefs, originating in Brazil• Christianity The worlds biggest faith, based on the teaching of Jesus Christ• Hinduism A group of faiths rooted in the religious ideas of India• Islam Revealed in its final form by the Prophet Muhammad• Jainism An ancient philosophy and ethical teaching that originated in India• Jehovahs Witnesses A Christian-based evangelistic religious movement• Judaism Based around the Jewish peoples covenant relationship with God• Mormonism The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints• Paganism Contemporary religions usually based on reverence for nature• Rastafari A young religion founded in Jamaica in the 1930s• Santeria Afro-Caribbean syncretic religion originating in Cuba• Shinto Japanese folk tradition and ritual with no founder or single sacred scripture• Sikhism The religion founded by Guru Nanak in India in the 15th Century CE• Spiritualism Spiritualists believe in communication with the spirits of people who have died• Taoism An ancient tradition of philosophy and belief rooted in Chinese worldview• Unitarianism An open-minded and individualistic approach to religion• Zoroastrianism One of the oldest monotheistic faiths, founded by the Prophet Zoroaster13
  • 14. Mental Health HelplinesWhether youre concerned about yourself or a loved one, these helplines can offer expert advice. Depression, anxiety, obsession and mental health Rethink Mental IllnessSupport and advice for people living with mental illness.Phone: 0300 5000 927 Website: www.rethink.org Depression Alliance Charity for sufferers of depression. Has a network of self-help groups. Website: www.depressionalliance.org CALMCALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably, for men aged 15-35. Website: www.thecalmzone.net MDF: the bipolar organisationA charity helping people living with manic depression or bipolar disorder. Website: www.mdf.org.uk SamaritansConfidential support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair.Phone: 08457 90 90 90 (24-hour helpline) Website: www.samaritans.org.uk SaneCharity offering support and carrying out research into mental illness.Phone: 0845 767 8000 (daily, 6pm-11pm)SANEmail email: sanemail@org.uk Website: www.sane.org.uk MindPromotes the views and needs of people with mental health problems.Phone: 0300 123 3393 Website: www.mind.org.uk The Mental Health FoundationProvides information and support for anyone with mental health problems or learning disabilities. Website: www.mentalhealth.org.uk 14
  • 15. YoungMindsInformation on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.Phone: Parents helpline 0808 802 5544 Website: www.youngminds.org.uk PAPYRUSYoung suicide prevention society.Phone: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141 Website: www.papyrus-uk.org Abuse (child, sexual, domestic violence) NSPCCChildrens charity dedicated to ending child abuse and child cruelty.Phone: 0800 1111 for Childline for children0808 800 5000 for adults concerned about a child Website: www.nspcc.org.uk RefugeAdvice on dealing with domestic violence.Phone: 0808 2000 247 Website: www.refuge.org.uk Addiction (drugs, alcohol, gambling) Alcoholics AnonymousPhone: 0845 769 7555 Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk Narcotics AnonymousPhone: 0300 999 1212 Website: www.ukna.org Gamblers Anonymous Website: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk Alzheimers Alzheimers SocietyProvides information on dementia, including factsheets and helplines.Phone: 0845 300 0336 Website: www.alzheimers.org.uk Cruse Bereavement CarePhone: 0844 477 9400 Website: www.crusebereavementcare.org.uk Crime victims Rape CrisisPhone: 0808 802 9999 Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk 15
  • 16. Victim SupportPhone: 0845 30 30 900 Website: www.victimsupport.org Eating disorders BeatPhone: 0845 634 1414 Website: www.b-eat.co.uk Learning disabilities MencapCharity working with people with a learning disability, their families and carers.Phone: 0808 808 1111 Website: www.mencap.org.uk Obsessions OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) ActionSupport for people with obsessive compulsive disorder. Includes information on treatment and online resources.Phone: 0845 390 6232 Website: www.ocdaction.org.uk OCD UKA charity run by people with OCD, for people with OCD. Includes facts, news and treatments.Phone: 0845 120 3778 Website: www.ocduk.org Panic and anxiety Panic attacksWebsite offering free online course for people who suffer from panic attacks.Phone: 01273 776 770 (to enrol only) Website: www.panic-attacks.co.uk No PanicVoluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and OCD. Offers a course to help overcome yourphobia/OCD. Includes a helpline.Phone: 0800 138 8889 Website: www.nopanic.org.uk Family LivesPhone: 0808 800 2222 Website: http://familylives.org.uk Anxiety UKCharity providing support if youve been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.Phone: 08444 775 774 Website: www.anxietyuk.org.uk RelatePhone: 0300 100 1234 (for information on their services) Website: www.relate.org 16
  • 17. 29 May, 2013 YGB It’s Thursday Club!!!Wednesday: Its Thursday Club!!!5:30pm - 7:30pmFree AdmissionYGB WorkshopsYoung Gifted Brum (YGB) is a programme of free weekly creative workshops for children and young people.Workshops have an emphasis on developing practical skills whilst having fun.Young Drum Theatre Co.If you are between 14 and 25 and have a talent in Acting, Design, Filmmaking/Digital Art and Scriptwriting,then we want to hear from you!After a series of successful productions YGB, is diversifying and will establish itself as a fully-fledged company,creating new work and developing the best scripts from Africa and Asia.First auditions took place during winter and the second round of auditions will happen at the end of YGBssummer school in August.You dont just have to act; we would like to hear more if you have skills in writing, design, lighting or sound.Follow us on Twitter @GiftedBrum throughout July to find out more.Things to look out for in coming months;" Vocal workshops with Tynie Superstar" Guitar workshops" Private (one to one or small groups) music tuition" Comedy club" Writers Workshop" Young Drum Forum - leadership development for 16 - 25 year oldsFor any enquiries, please call us directly on 0773 692 3866 or add us on BBM: 2A7A52AB. If you cannot make asession or need to check times, call or text us and if you do not get a response, Drum Box Office is 0121 3332444. 17
  • 18. Carers Emergency Details Youthspace programme aims to support a preventative approach to youth mental health difficulties and targets the 14-25 year age group. Youthspace offers advice and information from clinicians, professional staff and young experts on all aspects of mental health & emotional wellbeing. Please see for more information:http://www.youthspace.me18
  • 19. Mental Health Teams Our ServicesSocial workers provide a range of services for people with mental health problems, theirfamilies, and also to other professionals. These include: • information, advice, assessments and support on mental health issues and on the Mental Health Act 1983 • Community Care Assessments under the NHS and Community Care Act, 1990. The NHS and Adults and Communities are working together to offer a service to all users of mental health services, whether in hospital or in the community. A care plan will be developed, stating the type of support and services to be provided, following an assessment of the persons needs. • assessing the ability of a carer to provide and to continue to provide care, under the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act, 1995. This assessment is taken into account when devising the care plan.Services are provided mainly to people between 18-64 years. Mental Health Act assessmentsand services are also provided to older people with their formal and informal carers. How to Contact the Mental Health TeamsOn making initial contact with mental health social work teams in your area, please ask for theduty officer.If you have already been allocated a social worker, please ask for them; if they are notavailable at the time of your call, ask for the duty officer or the Team Manager.These are the contact details for all the mental health social work teams The services we provideSignpostingInformation and advice on mental health services from other organisationsCommunity-based services and supportSupport, Time and Recovery (STaR) service: a new service for adults offering support and time to recover frommental health difficulties.Accommodation-based services and supportMental Health Accommodation Care and Support Services Team 19
  • 20. Community Small Health CMHT 42 Chapman Road The Old Fire Station Longbridge CMHTMental Health Small Heath 288 Bordesley Green 10 Park WayTeams (CMHT’s) Road Birmingham Birmingham Great B10 0PG Bordesley Green Park Birmingham BirminghamTen Acres CMHT Phone: 0121 301 7200 B9 5NA B45 9PLDogpool LaneStirchley Phone: 0121 685 7700 Phone: 0121 301 2900Birmingham B30 2XH Stratford Road 572 Stratford RoadPhone: 0121 301 2800 Newbridge House Sparkhill Yewcroft Resource Birmingham 130 Hobmoor Road Centre B11 4EA Small Heath Court Oak RoadWarstock Lane Birmingham HarborneMental Health Phone: 0121 301 3900 B10 9JH BirminghamResource CentreWarstock Lane B17 9AB Patrick House Phone: 0121 685 6608Billesley 5 Maney Corner 0121 301 3550Birmingham Birmingham RoadB13 Sutton Coldfield Soho Hill B72 1OL 176 Soho HillPhone: 0121 301 3450 Hockley Phone: 0121 301 6685 Birmingham B19 1AG Tel - 0121 685 6090Service for DeafPeople Osbourne HouseMindelsohn Way CMHT Zinnia Centre CMHTEdgbaston 55 Terrance Road 100 Showell GreenBirmingham Handsworth LaneB15 2QS Birmingham Sparkhill Birmingham B19 1BP B11 4HLPhone: 0121 301 2460 Tel - 0121 301 1710 Tel - 0121 301 5300Holly Hill CMHT HomelessRubery Lane Northcroft CMHT TeamRubery 190 Reservoir Road The Matthews CentreBirmingham Erdington Dudeston ManorB45 9AY B23 6DW Road NechellsPhone: 0121 678 3272 Tel - 0121 301 5200 Birmingham B7 4LZ Tel - 0121 301 3350 20
  • 21. Refugees and Asylum SeekersThe Brasshouse Language Centre www.birmingham.gov.uk/brasshouseThe Brasshouse Language Centre in Birmingham produce various publications including two-way Phrase Books to help asylumseekers and refugees to use some basic words of English.Multikulti www.multikulti.org.ukAdvice and guidance on immigration, health, housing, benefits, employment and education in many languages including Arabic,Albanian, Bengali, Chinese, Farsi, Gujarati, Urdu and Soomali.Immigration Advisory Service www.iasuk.orgThe Immigration Advisory Service is a charity with over thirty years experience and more than 250 staff members. It has brancheslocated throughout the UK and participates in the Community Legal Service scheme. All of their advisers are professionalsspecialising in immigration and asylum.Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants www.jcwi.org.uk"JCWI is an independent, national voluntary organisation campaigning for justice and combating racism in immigration, nationalityand asylum law and policy."Institute of Race Relations www.irr.org.ukThe Institute of Race Relations (IRR) is at the cutting edge of the research and analysis that informs the struggle for racial justice inBritain and internationally. It seeks to reflect the experience of those who suffer racial oppression and draws its perspectives fromthe most vulnerable in society.Refugee Council www.refugeecouncil.org.ukThe Refugee Council is the largest organisation in the UK working with asylum seekers and refugees. They offer help and supportand also work with asylum seekers and refugees to ensure their needs and concerns are addressed.Asylum Aid www.asylumaid.org.ukAsylum Aid is a charity which provides free legal advice and representation to refugees and asylum-seekers seeking safety in the UKfrom persecution. They also campaign for the fair treatment of refugees in the UK.The United Nations Refugee Agency www.unhcr.ch/The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United NationsGeneral Assembly. 21
  • 22. Useful Links and Resources for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Continued…Amnesty International UK www.amnesty.org.uk/This site is the UK arm of Amnesty International, providing information on the history of the organisation, information aboutcampaigns and education and resource materials. The organisation states it is one of the main campaining bodies in the refugeesector.The Commission for Racial Equality www.cre.gov.ukThe Commission for Racial Equality is a publicly funded, non-governmental body set up under the Race Relations Act 1976 to tackleracial discrimination and promote racial equality.The Electronic Immigration Network www.ein.org.ukThe Electronic Immigration Network aims to link major information providers with advice workers and practitioners dealing with allissues relating to immigration, refugee and nationality law and practice in the United Kingdom.Human Rights Watch www.hrw.orgThis site highlights the plight of refugees in different parts of the world with reports, commentary and perspectives from refugees intheir own voices.Medical Foundation www.torturecare.org.ukMedical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture is an independent charity that provides care and rehabilitation to survivors oftorture and other forms of organised violence.Advice Guide www.adviceguide.org.ukA web site provided by the National Association of Citizen Advice Bureaux, which offers free, confidential, impartial andindependent advice.Subjects include Benefits, Employment, Family, Health,Civil Rights and Immigration. 22
  • 23. 08 Apr to 01 May, 2013Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Communityin the UKThe Rwandan diaspora tell their own stories and engage the public in innovative ways in a new multimedia exhibition.Keeping Memories: The Rwandan Community in the UK combines audio, text, photographs and paintings tocommemorate Rwandas past and celebrate the future.In telling their stories, participants aim to promote a better understanding of the 1994 Rwandan genocide andpreserve the memories of the Rwandan diaspora. The exhibition also explores themes of prejudice, ignorance,forgiveness and reconciliation, encouraging visitors to think deeply about the past as it relates to the present.06 Mar to 27 Apr, 2013Mosaab Elshamy Photographic Exhibition: TahrirThe Drum144 Potters LaneAston, BirminghamWest MidlandsB6 4UUCall: 0121 333 2400Fax: 0121 333 2440Email: info@the-drum.org.ukhttp://www.the-drum.org.uk/contact/Free AdmissionTo commemorate two years since Egypts revolution began, The Drum hosts an exhibition of photographicimages from Cairos Tahrir Square, taken by Egyptian Photojournalist Mosaab Elshamy over twenty fourmonths.With scenes of rebellion, immeasurable bravery and art triumphing over walls, the exhibition capturesdifferent aspects of events that have unfolded in Egypt since the revolution."These images are very personal to me; some were taken while I was being chased by thugs or the army,while others ended in injuries - for me or for the subjects. By bringing Tahrir to The Drum - a hub ofmulticultural expression - I hope to be able to show all who see these photos what it is like to be in the midstof people determined to claim their rights." - Mosaab Elshamy23
  • 24. If you have any concerns or queries do not hesitate to contact us: 0121 354 5614, Sean on 07521444478 & Aphra on 07521443996 Erdington & Sutton Coldfield YMCA was successful with a big lottery funding bid to fund their three-year Release project, which reaches out to young carers who feel isolated. Release project, which reaches out to young carers who feel isolated.Youth workers will provide much-needed support via home visits, activities and support groups to help develop a quality standard to ensure schools can also provide inclusive support to young carers.Volunteers who have been young carers themselves will act as mentors and other volunteers will provide weekly respite support. The young carers will also spend time with a life coach to help them build coping strategies, set personal goals and overcomeobstacles and they will also manage an online blog, community radio station and e-newsletter so they can share information with others. You can contact Release via telephone 0121-354-5614 or email Releaseymca@gmail.com You can contact your local G.P about any concerns you may have and they may be able to refer your child onto the Release project. Compliments, comments and complaints Stonham encourages compliments, comments and complaints from everyone we work with and we welcome anything you have to say on how we do our job Please let us know what’s on your mind – everything helps us improve our service. Is this a? (Please tick): Compliment Comment Complaint Date……………………… ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. .………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. .. You name and contact number (optional) ………………………………………………………………………. Are you? (Please tick): Client Carer Stakeholder Referrer Other Carers Emergency Response ServiceIn the event of an emergencyThe CERS team will work with the Carer and the person they care for, tomutually agree a Contingency Plan which would include details of whatthey would like to happen in the event of An emergency. CERS wouldthen put the plan into actionYou have to be registered with CERS to access the serviceFor More Information and to Register Please Contact:0845 468 1338 or email: info@cers.org.ukThis valuable service is free of charge24
  • 25. Stonham Support Services for Carers in Birmingham Carers are family members or friends who, without being paid, regularly look after someone who wouldnt be able to manage at home without help. Carers may be adults or young people either living with the person they support or somewhere else. We offer many different services and types of support for people looking after a family member or friend living in Birmingham. Being a carer can be a lonely experience, but it doesnt need to be like that. Carer support groups are a good place to meet with other carers in Birmingham who understand the pressures of being a carer. Stonham Carers Support Service offers with a wide range of support in Birmingham. We can help with: • advice and information on the condition of the person being cared for, • support from other carers in a similar position, • events and social activities, • campaigning and advocacy, • advice on respite and taking a break from caring, • finding groups and organisations that can help the person being cared for, • Just knowing that there are other people who know what it’s like to be a carer. • short breaks for you and/or the person you look after to give you a rest • care at home for the person you look after to give you a break • a Direct Payment - funds for you to arrange and manage your own services and support instead of receiving a direct service from us See our groups section later in this information pack for more details on groups. Stonham Carers Support Service – Gateway Birmingham 0121 380 4949 This is the first point of contact information advice and a listening ear for all family carers. The service can be contacted by phone, email or home visit. There is a range of social activities; 17 carers support groups around the city which enables carers to have support from other carers; Stonham Carers Birmingham also has specialist support for young carers aged 4 – 17 years & a monthly newsletter. Carers support workers to advise and help with questions about financial and legal matters, health and social care services, getting respite and holiday breaks and more The Mental Health Carers Support Service. This service provides information and support for family members caring for, or affected by the mental health problems of another person. They can provide advice and information about mental illness and treatments and provide short-term support to carers in critical or stressful situations. They can be contacted by phone on 0121 380 4949 or by email at MHCarerService@homegroup.org.uk25
  • 26. http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Change-4-Life-activity-planner.aspx We can all feel low, anxious or panicky from time to time. Check your mood using this simple questionnaire and get advice on what might help. Depression self-assessment - If youve been feeling low or down about things, take this short test to find out if youre suffering from depression. Provides advice and links to getting help if you need it. Wellbeing self-assessment -Good mental wellbeing - or happiness - is about more than avoiding mental health problems. It means feeling good and functioning well. Take this short test to see how you rate on the wellbeing scale. Workplace stress test - Are you stressed by your job? Take this test to find out if youre experiencing too much pressure at work. Mental health video wall - Watch these real-life stories to get an insiders view of life with a mental health condition. See how people have overcome their illness and used their experiences to help others. 26
  • 27. Equality, diversity and human rightsThe governments equality strategy Building a fairer Britain is underpinned by the two principles of equaltreatment and equal opportunity.By eliminating prejudice and discrimination, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust candeliver services that are personal, fair and diverse and a society that is healthier and happier. For the NHS,this means making it more accountable to the patients it serves and tackling discrimination in the work place.Given the multi-cultural nature of the population it serves, and the staff it employs, our trust is committed toensuring that equality and diversity is at the heart of all we do. This means ensuring equality and diversity inthe delivery of services to our local community, and ensuring equality and diversity in employmentopportunities and employment practices.Why is equality and diversity important to us?• We wish to provide greater ease of access to our services for the community we serve.• We wish to recruit and keep the most creative and committed staff to work with us from all groups.• We have amoral and legal obligation.We are keen to ensure that our services recognise and deliver culturally sensitive, inclusive, accessible andappropriate services which make a difference to individual lives and to ensure that the services we provide doso without discrimination. We are committed to ensure that our approach to our staff is the same as ourapproach to our service users being open and transparent, focussed and valuing.What is equality and diversity?Although sometimes use interchangeable, the terms ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ are not the same.Equality is about making sure everyone is treated fairly and given the same opportunities. It is not abouttreating everyone the same way as they may have different needs to achieve the same outcomes.Diversity means ‘difference’. When it is used in the same context as ‘equality’, it is about recognising andvaluing individual as well as group differences. It is also means treating people as individuals and placingpositive value on diversity within the community and within the workforce.Meeting our legal duty As a public sector organisation, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has a statutoryrequirement to ensure that diversity, equality and human rights are embedded into all our functions andactivities as per the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution.As a public sector organisation, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust has a statutoryrequirement to ensure that diversity, equality and human rights are embedded into all our functions andactivities as per the Equality Act 2010, the Human Rights Act 1998 and the NHS Constitution.The Equality Act 2010 patients’ rights to a comprehensive and fair NHS replaced the existing anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. The Act is now a key part of the legal framework that underpins the waythe NHS provides its services and supports its staff. 27
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  • 29. Do You Identify As Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer Or Transgender? Not Straight? Have You Provided Care For Another Significant Adult? (Partner, Family Member, Friends, Neighbour…) We would like to invite you to participate in a discussion group about issues, concerns, strengths and resources of LGBTQ people who provide or have previously provided care for another significant adult in their life. The aim of the discussion group is to share experiences, identify key issues and develop a wider set of ideas for further research exploring the relationships of LGBT people providing unpaid care for others. We also welcome people who have provided formal support to or have been in contact with LGBT carers to share their thoughts on this topic. Two discussion groups will be held in England and Wales: Birmingham, England Monday 28th June 2010 12.30pm lunch followed by 1.30pm meeting Carers There are over 6 million carers in the UK Caring can take on many forms. You may: • do the shopping and prepare meals for your partner who is ill • help your mum to manage her finances because she has dementia • help your disabled child to take a bath and go to the toilet • provide emotional support to your brother who is addicted to drugs and alcohol. Carers face many issues. You may worry about: • juggling work and care • debt and other money issues • finding time for yourself • looking after your own health and well being • getting help in an emergency, or • navigating your way through social services Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans and a carer can bring about additional issues. One such worry may be that existing services to support you and the person that they care may not be LGBT friendly, or you may also feel uncomfortable about ‘coming out’ to people who can help. On these web pages you will find information and links to places that can support you as an LGBT carer. Also, keep up to date with news, find out about events, and chat with other carers who understand how you feel, on the new LGBT Carers Online Forum http://support.lgf.org.uk/29
  • 30. Positive Mental Health Group Monthly Networking Meeting dates for 2013http://www.blgbt.org/ Come and join one of the biggest mental healthhttp://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/ networking meetings in the Midlands, every month! Just turn up – no need to book. Meetings include guest speakers, information OUT EAST table, light refreshments & a chance to chat and catch up. Thursday 28 February – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Youth Group based in Thursday 28 March – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Sutton Coldfield. Thursday 25 April – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Tel 07795 611781 Thursday 30 May – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Thursday 27 June – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Thursday 25 July – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm INSIDE OUT (Sandwell) Thursday 29 August – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm A youth club for LGBT & Thursday 26 September – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm questioning young people Thursday 31 October – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm and their friends. Thursday 28 November – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Thursday 19 December – from 2.30pm to 4.30pm Tel 0845 352 1276 BIRMINGHAM BLAZE LGBT Friendly Football BIRMINGHAM BULLS. LGBT friendly rugby team. Team. www.birmingham-blaze.co.uk Call Andy on 07708 536416 Or visit www.birminghambullsrfc.com 30
  • 31. Mental Health Information and Advice This page lists the major web sites for mental health. If you would like a more detailed list, please download the attachment at the bottom of the page. Dont miss out on the new Books on Prescription scheme. Your doctor can prescribe a book to help you. We also have a list of fiction relating to mental health Birmingham Mental Health sites EQUIP stands for Electronic Quality Information for Patients. The mental health part of the web site gives plenty of relevant information, plus links to other web sites and organisations in the West Midlands. www.equip.nhs.uk/topics/neuro/mental.html Mind is a leading mental health charity working to improve the quality of life of those who have experience of mental distress as sufferers or carers. Also see www.mind.org.uk National Mental Health sites The Mental Health Foundation website includes the latest news, events and advice about mental health issues in the UK. www.mentalhealth.org.uk Internet Mental Health is a Canadian website with an online encyclopaedia about mental health issues. It includes self- diagnosis questions and information about medication. www.mentalhealth.com Rethink is a UK charity dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by severe mental illness. Their site provides information on all aspects of mental health, including medical treatments, legal rights and entitlement to benefits. www.rethink.org31
  • 32. List of Stonham’s Carers Groups in Birmingham Type of Group Venue Address Frequency When Contact Group Longbridge health and th th Janet 10 , 24 April Longbridge community centre, 10 Mixed Carers 2013. Summers Park Way, Rednal, B45 Support Group Every Two WeeksCarers Group 11am to 1pm. 0771338588 9PL 8 Kinmos Centre 1 th Dinesh 5 , April, andCarers Group High Street Mixed Group 1st Friday of Every rd 3 May 2013. Chauhan Kings Heath, B14 Month 12pm – 2pm 07713 385891 7AR Osborn House 55 Twice a month 3rd & 17th Drop In Safia SawalHear for You Terrace Rd, st rd 1 + 3 Wednesday April 2013 Group 07713387325 Handsworth B19 1BP of the month 10am – 12.30 Hazelwell Street 18th April Dinesh Stirchley Stirchley Mixed 3rd Thursday of 2013 ChauhanCarers Group Birmingham, B30 Group Every Month 11am – 2pm 07713 385891 2JX To be confirmed, please call for further Bridge House 509 Wellbeing information. W.I.G.S Aldridge Rd Great group Wellbeing Information Guidance Sessions (Group). Barr B44 8NA Telephone: Safia Sawal 07713387325. th The Stechford Club nd 11 April, & Stechford 2 Thursday of th 9 May 2013 Joanne Davies 7 Victoria Street, Social GroupCarers Group every month 07711378476 Stechford 7pm - 9pm Sure Start Centre, th rdLadies Active Female carers 9 & 23 April Safia Sawal 80 Anthony Road, Twice a month Focus nd th 10.30 – Alum Rock, 2 + 4 Tuesday 12.30pm 07713387325L.A.F. Group Birmingham Newbridge 130 Hob Moor Road, 24 April & th Mick Brown House Advice and Last Wednesday of th 29 May 2013. Small Heath. 07713 385 Info Group Month 6pm – 8pmEvening Group Evening Group 893 Newbridge 130 Hob Moor Road, th Advice and Last Wednesday of 24 April & Mick Brown House Small Heath. th 29 May 2013. Daytime Info Group the Month 2pm to 4pm 07713 385 893 Day Time Group Group. Sutton Community Hub th Sutton Last Thursday of 30 May Mick Brown Farthing Lane, Sutton Mixed Group 2013Carers Group Coldfield Every Month 6pm – 8pm 07713 385 893 New Heights St Johns Centre Warren Farm Weekly 10 - 12Arts & crafts Road, Kingstanding Mixed Group Joanne Davies Every Thursday 2 hours Group B44 0QN Morning 0771137847632
  • 33. Venue Type of Group Frequency When Contact Address Group Phoenix Phoenix Centre, Carers Centre Weekly 11am – 1pm Joanne Davies Harrison Road, (off Clinical Drop – In Erdington High Every Wednesday 2 hours 07711 378476 Drop - In Street) Erdington Our Place Community Computer Hub. 1 & 2 South Computer group looking for new members, all Computer Group for Cottages, Farthing ability ranges welcome; please register your Class Carers Lane, Sutton Coldfield, interest by calling Joanne Davies on 07711378476. B72 1RN New 9th April, &Carers Drop In Community Hub Mixed 2nd Tuesday of 14th May Joanne Davies Group every month Farthing Lane, Sutton Group 2pm – 07711 378476 Coldfield 3.30pm 1 ½ hours Chinese community centre th 10 April & 8 thNew Chinese Chinese 2nd Wednesday of Safia Sawal 99 Bradford road carers only May 2013-04-carer group every month 02 11.30am to Digbeth 07713387325 B12 0NS 1.30pm Zinnia Centre 100 Showell Green Mixed carers Third Wednesday th 17 April Safia SawalCarers group Lane group of every month 2013. Sparkhill 5pm – 7pm 07713387325 B11 4HL Small Heath Health Carers Centre First Wednesday of 3rd April, & 1st group 42 Chapman Road Carers group Safia Sawal every month May Small heath 07713387325 2pm – 4pm B10 0PG Maryam House Twice a monthCarers group Bridge Road 2nd – 4th Carers group 10th & 24th Safia Sawal Saltley Wednesday of April B8 3SF every month 6pm – 8pm 07713387325 Creative SupportCarers group 64 Water Street Once a month 26th April Safia Sawal Digbeth Take a break Last Friday of every 2013 B3 1HN month 2pm – 4pm 0771338732533
  • 34. The Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition WILL: • Recruit and convene Birmingham area leaders at regular intervals to discuss issues related to human dignity and equality; • Invite members and member organizations to share information about their own missions and activities; • Invite members and member organizations to support others’ missions and activities as may be appropriate, and • Take collective actions to promote community understanding, justice, and unity. The Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition WILL NOT: • Supplant or undermine any member organization’s mission and activities; or • Take partisan political stands or support candidates for political office The Mission of the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition is:To serve as a catalyst for one community living in harmony, where diverse, independent leaders create understanding, justice, and unity through honest dialogue, principled advocacy, and courageous engagement on issues related to human dignity and equality; To create systematic, constructive dialogue among broadly-representative leaders to build community, consensus, and action agenda on issues related to Birmingham metro area’s growing diversity; and To support the missions and activities of its member organizations. The Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition WILL:• Recruit and convene Birmingham area leaders at regular intervals to discuss issues related to human dignity and equality; • Invite members and member organizations to share information about their own missions and activities; • Invite members and member organizations to support others’ missions and activities as may be appropriate, and • Take collective actions to promote community understanding, justice, and unity. The Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition WILL NOT: • Supplant or undermine any member organization’s mission and activities; or • Take partisan political stands or support candidates for political office. We invite you to meet some of the board members and management team who dedicate their time and expertise to help the Birmingham Metro Diversity Coalition accomplish its commitment to community-building: • Greg Townsend, Co-Chair (gcarlostownsend@gmail.com) • Wade Black, Co-Chair • Velma Williams, Vice-Chair • Howard Bayless, Treasurer • Patricia Cole, Secretary Membership in the coalition is open to any individual, faith organization, business, corporation, firm, association, club, service agency, government body, educational institution, or other group that endorses the purpose of the organization and is committed to achieving this mission. 34
  • 35. To Report it Dial 999, 101, 0800 555 111 Or 0121 380 4949 To Report a Hate Crime West Midlands Police are please to certify that Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service is an official Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate CrimeHave you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident?Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on thegrounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to youor someone you know, that you report it.True Vision is here to give you information about hate crime or incidents and how to reportit.www.report-it.org.ukOn this website, you can: • Find out what hate crimes or hate incidents are. • Find out about the ways you can report them. • Report using the online form. • Find information about people that can help and support you if you have been a victim.Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. By reporting hate crimewhen it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else. You will also help the police tobetter understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they respond to it. Follow us on Twitter - @true_vision_hc Like Our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/acpotruevision 35
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