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August information pack 2013

  1. 1. 1 | Edition 13 | August 2013 || Edition 13 | August 2013 || Edition 13 | August 2013 | ||| StonhamStonhamStonham Birmingham Mental HealthBirmingham Mental HealthBirmingham Mental Health Carer Support ServicesCarer Support ServicesCarer Support Services
  2. 2. 2 Send your photos, stories & artwork to us at… Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carer Support Services Unit 3, Holt Court North, Heneage Street West, Birmingham Science Park, Aston, Birmingham B7 4AX Fax: 0121 380 4901 Email Or ring us on 0121 380 4949 Stonham Home Group would like to ensure that our clients are at the heart of everything we do. Carers Dedicated Website What’s in this month edition... Contents Positive Mental Health Group PALS details Fusion B’ham music Festival Quick & quirky facts Filter me Afternoon play A holiday for the mind Bedroom tax Emergency mental healthcare Blood pressure Weight management Healthy living Carers UK Compliments, Comments & Complaints CERS Event calendar What is an eating disorder? Notice board Quit smoking YourMindyourhealth The Drum events Kids week URBRUM training courses Classroom strategies Youthspace Questions to ask the doctor Bromford’s Floating Support Summer day of fun Who cares? A list of books Birmingham library opens on... TOPAZ LGBT mental health PRIDE in sport Local policing Art Group—Kingstanding Carers groups Time-to-change Spokz counselling service Ramadan & Eid Q & A’s Problems with TV Carers Trust Card UK city of culture 2013 Chinnbrook family fun day Birmingham’s heritage Fire safety checks To report a hate crime Carers feedback sheet Page 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31,32,33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44
  3. 3. 3 IMPORTANT NOTICE Before using any of the contacts, information or resources in this Information Pack, you must check it for safety/reliability/ appropriateness. 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 loss or liability occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting on information contained in this Pack. PALS customer relations (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) Can provide information on a range of mental health matters, and liaison with all Trust services Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm Contact 0800 953 0045 Text 07985883509 Email Website: 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 Positive Mental Health Group Monthly Networking Meeting dates for 2013 Come and join one of the biggest Mental Health networking meetings in the Midlands, every month! Just turn up – no need to book. Meetings include guest speakers, information table, light refreshments & a chance to chat and catch up. Thursday 29 August – 2.30pm to 4.30pm Thursday 26 September – 2.30pm to 4.30pm Thursday 31 October – 2.30pm to 4.30pm Thursday 28 November – 2.30pm to 4.30pm Thursday 19 December – 2.30pm to 4.30pm The group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greater awareness of mental health issues across the communities of Birmingham and Solihull. This is your chance to share information, news and views among statutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations, users and carer groups. Everyone is welcome to this lively meeting which includes guest speakers, information stall, light refreshments and a chance to chat and catch up with others. The group meets at the Friends Institute, 220 Moseley Road, Highgate, Birmingham, B12 0DG. Buses route 50 operates to the door of the Friends Institute every few minutes from Moor Street, Queensway, Birmingham City Centre. Inner circle route 8 is a short walk from the venue.
  4. 4. 4 DIRECTIONS TO FESTIVAL SITE: We strongly advise against you travelling to the festival by car as parking is extremely limited. Public transport, both train and bus, provide excellent transport links to the festival site. Please consult your local operator for details. BY ROAD From M42 junction 2 and M5 junction 4 take the A38/A491 exit to Birmingham (SW). At the roundabout take the third exit onto Birmingham Road/A38, then please follow concert signage. BY TRAIN Cross City Line from Lichfield in the North and through Birmingham New Street to Longbridge Station, 0.9 miles from Cofton Park BY BUS All routes from Birmingham – Route 47 terminates at Groveley Lane, Route 45 terminates at Longbridge, Route 98 stops on Lickey Road, Routes 49 and 49A stop at Longbridge.
  5. 5. 5 What is Filter? Filter is how cultural organisations in Birmingham show children and young people up to the age of 24 to things going on in the city that are designed just for them. Filter is your route to a Creative Future and the best way to find out how you can engage with the hundreds of arts, sports, heritage, activities, projects, and showcases in the city. Filter will try its best to tell you about all other activities for children and young people happening in the city. We also try to give you easy access to opportunities and activities plus exclusive discounts, vouchers and competitions. • Birmingham means home (ham) of the people (ing) of the tribal leader Birm or Beorma. • Birmingham's first canal was opened in 1769 and linked Birmingham to Wednesbury. There are many locks on the canals including the famous Guillotine Lock in Kings Norton, which was used to control the flow of water between canals owned by different companies. • Birmingham is home to Cadbury's Chocolate. George and his brother Richard Cadbury moved their successful chocolate manufacturing business from Bull Street, Birmingham to Bournville in 1879. • Built as part of The ICC in 1991, Symphony Hall is the home of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. • Victoria Square hosts one of the largest fountains in Europe, with a flow of 3,000 gallons per minute, it is officially known as 'The River'. • Bingley Hall, the world's first exhibition hall, opened in 1850 on the site now occupied by The ICC • Alec Issigonis was one of the most colourful car designers of modern times. He went on to design the world famous, Birmingham- made 'Mini', which started production in 1959 at Longbridge, Birmingham and is still in production today. • Birmingham is home to the historic Bull Ring - site of a market for more than 800 years. Within the complex are five retail markets attracting around 20 million customers a year. • Two miles from Birmingham city centre is one of the biggest motorway junctions in Europe:Gravelly Hill Interchange, known as 'Spaghetti Junction' to millions of motorists. • Soho House is the elegant home of industrial pioneer Matthew Boulton, who lived their from 1766 to 1809. Boulton in partnership with James Watt developed and patented the steam engine at the nearby but now demolished Soho Factory. • William Murdock, who worked for Boulton and Watt at Soho, Handsworth, invented gas lighting. His cottage at Soho Foundry was the first domestic building to be lit by gas (1798). • James Watt, who lived in Birmingham 1775-1819, developed the steam engine. Through it, the firm Boulton and Watt sold the industrial revolution to the world. Watt also invented the letter copying machine, forerunner of the photocopier. His name stays in our vocabulary through the light bulb measurement - 60 Watts, 40 Watts, etc. • X-Ray photography for medical purposes was pioneered by Major John Hall Edwards; he took the first x-ray in Birmingham in 1896. • Curzon Street Station, Digbeth, was the terminus of the London and Birmingham railway, with a station built by Philip Hardwick in 1838, who designed the original Euston Station too. • Birmingham's international Partner Cities include Chicago (USA), Frankfurt (Germany), Johannesburg (South Africa), Leipzig (Germany), Lyon (France) and Milan (Italy). • Birmingham's Centenary Square is made up of more than half a million individual bricks - all hand laid!
  6. 6. 6 AfternoonPlayBoardgames FREE company/2013/07/07/afternoon-play- boardgames Afternoon Play is a casual monthly board game meet up on the first Sunday of the month. Those who like the thought of spending a lazy Sunday afternoon with tea, cakes and games are very welcome to come join us. People usually bring along a range of games, and you're welcome to bring along your game of choice. Although we're selling this as a board game afternoon, if there is anything else you're keen to play within the confines of a coffee shop then we'd love to give it a go. Due to the increasing popularity of the event, we will now be playing games at both Urban Coffee, 30 Church Street, and Food With Benefits (formerly Coffee Lounge), 10-11 Navigation Street. On the 2nd of June the following games were played across 3 locations in Birmingham: Coffee Lounge • Hydra • Love Letter • Kingdom Builder • No Thanks • Ugg Tect • King Of Tokyo • Looting Of London • All Wound Up • Mercurius • Carc • Ttr Team • Ttr Europe • Agricola All Creatures Big And Small • Hey That’s My Fish • Pandemic • Fluxx • Ladies And Gentlemen • Magical Athletes • Paniclab Urban Coffee • Flux • Masters Of Commerce • Coup • Carcassonne Evening Play • Dixit • Forbidden Desert • Shadows Over Camelot Card Game • Suburbia • Pit • Summoner Wars • Formula D - Monaco • Cornucopia • Skull & Roses • Marrakech
  7. 7. 7 Tuesday 6th, 13th & 20th August at 7.30pm—All welcome!
  8. 8. 8 What do you mean by ‘Wise Move’? If you live in a council property that is too big for you, and you would like to move to a more manageable home that is better suited to your needs, then Wise Move is the scheme you need. We provide a range of support to help you to organise a move and we may be able to cover some of the costs to adapt your new home to your needs. These Frequently Asked Questions explain more about the scheme. Please note that Wise Move is currently being piloted. If you have any further questions that are not answered here, please contact us (see details below). I am thinking of moving house. Am I eligible for Wise Move? You could be. To be eligible for Wise Move you need to be a Birmingham City Council tenant living in a house or maisonette with three or four bedrooms and thinking of downsizing to something smaller. How do I express an interest in Wise Move? You need to telephone us on 0800 953 0483 or write to us at Wise Move, Independent Living, Old Wyndcliff School, Little Green Lane, Birmingham, B9 5BG. We will let you know whether you qualify for the service within one working day if you telephone us or within three working days if you write to us. Do you have a selection of properties that I can choose from? Yes, Wise Move is part of the Homes and Neighbourhoods Directorate so you will be able to select from properties that are available for allocation through the Housing service. Is Wise Move available in all areas of Birmingham? Yes. The service is city-wide, as long as you are a Birmingham City Council tenant. If your tenancy falls under another local authority, you will not be eligible. What sort of work can I have done on my new home? We are able to give you help to make you feel at home in your new property. This can range from decorating and floor covering to small repairs and adaptations. You can discuss your individual needs with your Wise Move advisor. How can I share my views on the Wise Move service? We will give you a customer satisfaction survey to complete once you have moved home. If you have any other comments, you can email them to, or send a letter to Wise Move, Independent Living, Old Wyndcliff School, Little Green Lane, Birmingham, B9 5BG. Who do I contact if I have any questions about Wise Move? Please telephone us for free on 0800 953 0483.
  9. 9. 9 If a person's mental or emotional state gets worse quickly, this can be called a mental health emergency or mental health crisis. In this situation, it's important to get help quickly to stop the person harming themselves or others. Mental health emergencies can include: • threats of suicide or self-harm • self-neglect, such as stopping eating or drinking • aggressive behaviour • being extremely distressed • going missing In an emergency, you may need to contact someone for help. The care plan of the person you care for (usually drawn up under the Care Programme Approach if they have severe mental health problems) should contain details of who to contact in a mental health emergency. If this isn't in their care plan, call their GP first. If you need urgent help when the GP surgery is closed, you should be able to call an out-of-hours service for help. The details will be given on a recorded message if you call the GP surgery when it's closed, or you may be automatically put through to the out-of-hours service. If the person is known to the community mental health team (CMHT), it is likely that they will have an assigned care co-ordinator or mental health worker. Contact them or, if you need urgent help out of hours, you should be able to speak to a duty worker, usually on the same number. If you cannot find who to contact, your local social services has a mental health crisis team, which is available both in and out of hours. Contact details will be available through your local council. If you think there is any immediate danger, call 999. If the person you care for has written something on Facebook about struggling to cope or suicide, and you can't contact them, you can report the suicidal content to Facebook. Facebook will put Samaritans in touch with the distressed friend to offer their expert support. How to cope in a mental health emergency A mental health crisis can be very distressing, even if you've already been through one with the person you care for. If you're struggling to cope, you could contact a crisis support service such as Samaritans. If you feel you are in immediate danger, go somewhere you feel safe, such as a friend or relative’s house. It’s a good idea to prepare for a mental health emergency before one happens. Having a care plan in place with 24-hour contact numbers will be very helpful. Find out more about getting a care plan. In the meantime, keep any numbers for out-of-hours services or crisis teams where you can easily find them. Ask for a Carer’s Assessment for yourself, so you can make sure your caring duties are covered if you have an emergency and are unable to fulfill your usual caring role. Carer emergency schemes If a carer becomes ill, has an accident or personal crisis such as a funeral, a transport delay or a last-minute appointment, they may be unable to carry out their caring duties. An emergency plan will outline what should happen in this event and who will ensure the person cared for is safe. This could be a husband, wife, friend or neighbour, for example. Emergency schemes are often run by your local authority or carers' centre. A typical scheme simply involves registering and having skilled workers help you draw up your emergency plans. The scheme will keep a copy of the plan and provide a 24-hour response service. You'll be given a card with the scheme's telephone number and often a unique PIN number to avoid any personal details appearing on the card. In an emergency, you or someone with you can call the scheme to put the plan into action. The telephone operator will look up the individual emergency plan and arrange for replacement care, such as contacting friends or family, or arranging professional help. Emergency plans are shared so that the individual requirements of the person needing care, such as medication, will be known by whoever provides replacement care. What happens to someone after a mental health crisis? Most people who have been through a mental health crisis will receive standard hospital treatment and may leave whenever they choose. Any aftercare may be carried out in the community. However, this will depend on the severity of the crisis and the person's previous history. If a hospital stay is required and their behaviour is considered dangerous, they may be compulsorily detained in hospital under the mental health act. You can read more about this in the section on mental health.
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  13. 13. 13 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 Service In the event of an emergency The CERS team will work with the Carer and the person they care for, to mutually agree a Contingency Plan which would include details of what they would like to happen in the event of An emergency. CERS would then put the plan into action You have to be registered with CERS to access the service For More Information and to Register Please Contact: 0845 468 1338 or email: * This valuable service is FREE Carers UK Birmingham wants to help carers tackle problems by bringing carers here in Birmingham together. We want to increase support. Why support Carers? Carers save the public purse an estimated £119 billion per year! Carers UK Birmingham draws members from all age groups, lifestyles and backgrounds. Working with statutory organizations and voluntary groups but run by carers for carers, we: Research and campaign nationally and locally; Identify carers through outreach programmes Give information, advice and support; Provide a telephone helpline, advocacy services, quality breaks; Assist with carers assessments; Arrange activities to improve health and well being; Signpost to other services. Services are for anyone in Birmingham whose life is restricted because they care for someone who is mentally ill, physically disabled, has learning difficulties or whose health is impaired by sickness or old age.
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  15. 15. 15 What is an Eating Disorder? An eating disorder is not just a dieting craze or something a person does for attention; it is a serious mental health problem and involves having a negative attitude towards food that affects eating habits and behaviour. There are many different types of eating disorder, but the main three are: anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder. Food and eating form a central part of our everyday life and routines, but for people with an eating disorder this may become a much more central focus of their life. Most people don’t eat the same thing everyday; what you eat and how much depends on personal preferences, your size, where you are and who you are with. Eating and eating habits can be healthy or unhealthy in terms of physical health and keeping a balanced diet is important for our wellbeing. However, if eating is used in any way to deal with painful emotions such as feeling bored, upset, alone, worried or ashamed then this could develop into an eating disorder as eating and food are used to cope with these feelings. What is Anorexia? Anorexia is an eating disorder which is complex, severe & life threatening. Anorexia is a disorder which makes eating very distressing and makes the person extremely anxious to maintain or reduce their body weight through rigid control of their calorie intake There are two main types of anorexia: • The Restricting type: you avoid eating food as much as possible and restrict any calorie intake to an absolute minimum. • The Binge / purging type: you eat a small amount of food but you might purge it afterwards through vomiting, laxatives or excessive exercise.
  16. 16. 16 What is Filter? Filter is how cultural organisations in Birmingham show children and young people up to the age of 24 to things going on in the city that are designed just for them. Filter is your route to a Creative Future and the best way to find out how you can engage with the hundreds of arts, sports, heritage, activities, projects, and showcases in the city. Filter will try its best to tell you about all other activities for children and young people happening in the city. We also try to give you easy access to opportunities and 16
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  19. 19. 19 The Drum are proud to present Black Uhuru, making their debut with an exciting concert consisting of Duckie Simpson, Andrew Bees and Kay Starr. They will be joined by stellar musicians featuring the Reggae Ambassador IQulah Rastafari. The Grammy award winning Black Uhuru (Swahili for freedom), are described as "the most dynamic and progressive reggae act of the 1970s and early '80s" by Reggae: The Rough Guide. Over the years they have maintained their high quality despite numerous personnel 24 Aug, 2013 Black Uhuru ft IQulah Rastafari plus guests changes in their 40- plus-year history. Even more artists will be added to this outstanding line-up in order to make it a spectacular roots and culture occasion, an uplifting spiritual vibration in the heart of the nation! Free Admission The vibrant communities of Newtown, Lozells and Aston combine and fizz into life in this community street party that is the A34 Festival, which celebrates Birmingham's famous cultural diversity. Join us in reclaiming our streets and parks for young people and families through an inspiring day of dance, drumming, live music, spoken word, stand-up, arts and crafts, and cultural cuisines.
  20. 20. 20 The URBRUM Project is community driven which aims to promote a much needed dialogue on issues related to mental well-being. It is specifically targeted at young people who may have been given a raw deal or people who just need a second chance, but URBRUM is not exclusive - it endeavours to include everyone and to appeal to the masses. The project provides opportunities for young people to give back to their community and the website and magazine provide an accessible platform from which you can make your voice heard.
  21. 21. 21 • Reduce some classroom pressures. • Break tasks into smaller parts. • Reassure students that they can catch up. Show them the steps they need to take and be flexible and realistic about your expectations. (School failures and unmet expectations can exacerbate the depression.) • Help students use realistic and positive statements about their performance and outlook for the future. • Help students recognize and acknowledge positive contributions and performance. • Depressed students may see issues in black and white terms— all bad or all good. It may help to keep a record of their accomplishments that you can show to them occasionally. • Encourage gradual social interaction (i.e., small group work). • Ask parents what would be helpful in the classroom to reduce pressure or to motivate the child. • Spend extra time with the student, when necessary, and assist the student with planning and time management. • Reduce some classroom pressures by being flexible with deadlines or by providing notes or helping the student find a note taker from the class. • For disability-related reasons, students may need to miss class or even leave the room in the middle of the class. Your understanding and any assistance with filling in the gaps will help reduce the stress and anxiety related to getting behind or missing assignments. • Allow the student to tape-record lectures. • Clearly define (and put in writing) the course requirements, dates of exams, and when assignments are due; provide advance notice of any changes. • When in doubt about how to assist the student, try asking what they need. • Encourage school administration to identify personnel and resources to support teachers of students with depression. Youthspace Y outhspace aims to raise awareness, challenge discrimination & promote positive mental health for young people by offering advice, support & information to anyone interested in finding out more about mental health. We aim to: • encourage personal responsibility for mental health by understanding 'how it works' • encourage people to support and motivate each other • promote a wider awareness & understanding of mental health & illness • offer up-to-date information about maintaining emotional wellbeing and self- confidence • provide useful help and advice to anyone in distress • provide general links and resources for people wanting more information • reduce negativity, prejudice and stigma through increased understanding Tel: 0800 953 0045 or 0121 678 4455
  22. 22. 22 Can you explain what the diagnosis means? What can we expect in the near future and over time? What treatments are available? Why have you chosen this particular treatment? How long will it take for the medication to work? How long will the person have to take the medication? What are the possible side-effects - and how common (or uncommon) are they? Would talking therapies or CBT be helpful? How often should the person come to see you? Are there things we can do to help ourselves? Is it safe for the person to drive? Do you have any written material about the illness and its treatment? If not, who does? Are there any organisations or local community services that may be of help? Who do we contact if we need help 'out of hours'? Remember to arrange the next appointment before you leave. Regular and well prepared visits to the doctor, or with other members of the mental health team, will make sure that you both get the best care and support.
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  25. 25. 25 This is a list of stories showing what it is like to be a young carer of :- • A parent • An ill or disabled brother or sister • An elderly relative But it is also for young people who are interested in reading about :- • Romance • Humorous stories • Drama All of the following books are available from Birmingham Library Services and can be reserved free of charge. You can reserve books on-line through Birmingham Libraries Catalogue Cole, N - Bring In The Spring Sarah's life finally changes when Bel, who is helping out on a school placement, recognises Sarah's attempts at communication and proves to Bel that she is not completely brain damaged. Life is not easy for Bel at the moment but, she is determined to help Sarah even if it means going against the school's authority. Cross, Gillian - Tightrope Ashley's life at home is difficult as she has sole care of her mother but she has another secret life, as a dare-devil graffiti artist. She sneaks out at night and risks her life to write her pseudonym in beautiful detail, in extraodinary places. Desai, Anita - Village by the Sea Set in an Indian village this is the story of a family of four children who have an ill mother and a father with a severe drink problem. They have no other adults to support them and consequently the two oldest children have to support the whole family and forego their own education and youth. The story does have a positive ending. Fine, A - The Granny Project Ivan and his brother and sisters cannot believe it when their parents want to put their Grandmother into a home for the elderly. They refuse to allow this to happen and find out what it is like to look after someone else. Feeny, Josephine - The Day My Parents Ran Away Sarah's dad has a nervous breakdown. Then, just when he seems to be getting better, he runs away. Her mum sets out to bring him back and Sarah has promised to tell no one they have gone. She is left alone with her two little sisters but how long can she keep the secret? Fowler, T - The Wind Is Silver Jennifer's world is turned upside down when the accident happens. Margaret, her older sister, is away in Melbourne so Jennifer takes responsibility for running the family home, a test that she faces with a strength and courage which surprises everyone and alters her life dramatically. Gavin, J - I Want To Be An Angel Effie has always had a secret dream of playing an angel, but life is so busy she misses the auditions for the school nativity play. Effie cares for her disabled mum, but to keep the family together she must find help, everything seems to be going against her, then Mum mentions Auntie Janice.... Gleitzman, Morris - Two Weeks With The Queen Colin's younger brother Luke is dying of cancer and Colin decides to find a doctor who can cure him. Colin moves to England, and during one of his visits to a top London hospital to find a doctor who will help Luke, he befriends a man called Ted, whose friend is dying with Aids. Laird, E - Oranges in No Man's Land Ayesha is a young girl living as a refugee in war-torn Beirut. Her grandmother needs medicine which can only be obtained from the wrong side of the green line. Ayesha's adventures show people at their best and worst and that no side is completely right or wrong in this simply told, effective and moving tale. Laird, E - Red Sky In The Morning A very moving sensitive story that is both sad and funny. The story tells how Anna comes to terms with her new baby brother Ben who is born with a disability. The characters and situations are so real you are drawn into the story from the very beginning. Mahy, Margaret - Memory Johnny still blames himself for his sister's death. He searches for Bonny, who was his sister's best friend. During his search, he meets up with Sophie, an elderly lady who has senile dementia. He is horrified to learn she lives alone, and decides to do something about it. Moore, Ishbel - Daughter Fourteen year old Sylvie enjoys fashion, parties, music and is beginning to be interested in boys too, but her mum is starting to behave strangely. Some days she can't even remember her daughter's name and Sylvie's life is turning upside down. A touching teenage novel about a family coping with Alzheimer's disease. Paul, Bette - Becca's Race Digby sees life as one big movie. Even when his sister is diagnosed as having Leukaemia and he has to look after his younger brother he cannot help seeing events as a 'scene' in a film he is going to make. However the extra responsibility and his first serious relationship with a girl makes him come back down to earth ... sometimes. Sallis, S - No Time At All When Matt and Sam move with their family to a bungalow, Sam, who is in a wheelchair, finds life a lot easier. However the bungalow is not as normal a home as they had expected and they uncover ghostly secrets from the past. Wilson, Jacqueline - The Illustrated Mum Many people say that Marigold is a dreadful mother but to Dolphin she is the best and most beautiful mum in the world. She is totally covered in tattoos and has mood swings due to manic depression, so Dolphin and her sister work hard at trying to make her happy. Wilson, Jacqueline - The Mum-Minder Sadie's mum is a childminder who minds three young children. Disaster strikes when Sadie's mum gets the flu. All of the other mums get together to sort out the childcare arrangements; some of them are great fun for Sadie although she often has to take control. She also has her mum to look after, a task she does very willingly and calls herself a 'mum-minder'. Zindel, Paul - A Begonia For Miss Applebaum Miss Applebaum is a popular teacher whom Henry and Zelda adore being around. They are horrified to discover she has left the school because she has a terminal illness. All three share a wonderful relationship during the last few months of her life.
  26. 26. 26 on 3 September 2013 are entering the final stages. We have worked very hard to maintain services in Central Library for as long as possible. It is essential that we now wind down services, so that we are ready to open the Library of Birmingham on time. This means that. • From 4 January 2013 Central Library will be closed from Floor 3 upwards. Business & Learning services on the first floor will also close from this date. A much reduced library service will be available on the ground and first floors, with a basic lending library offer including children’s books and space to study. The Internet Centre will remain open. • The current Central Library will close to the public forever at 5pm on 29 June 2013 (apart from reception, Tourist Information and The REP’s Box Office until September). Hours extended at some Community Libraries Birmingham has 39 Community Libraries and until September 2013, those closest to the City Centre – Spring Hill, Ward End, Erdington and Handsworth – will open longer. New website You can also visit the Library online. A brand new Library of Birmingham website goes live in early 2013. Please bear with us during the final stages of preparation. Your new Library of Birmingham will be well worth the wait!
  27. 27. 27 (We also need volunteers to assist people to access the project. We need people to join our group to Befriend/Mentor people from the older LGBT community in Birmingham. Training and ‘out of pocket’ expenses will be provided. Contact Rose Page on 0121 643 0821 / Mental Health ‘Signposting’ Drop-in
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  29. 29. 29 Have YOUR say On local policing You can always email us for more information about the panel on Bw_partnerships@west- If you complete the survey you will be entered into a prize draw as a thank you for helping to make your community a safer place. Prizes include a £50 iTunes vouchers and a pair of tickets to an Aston Villa home game. Aged between 16 — 30? Do you live in any of the following areas? • Handsworth • Lozells • Aston • Newtown • Winson Green • Summerfield? We want to know what YOU think about crime, anti-social behaviour and policing in YOUR neighbourhood. Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey on this link
  30. 30. 30 Carers art group based at New Heights Kingstanding have finished their first project titled 'stages of...'. Over the past 6 months we have met every Thursday to chat and have a go at using pastels, chalks and acrylic to explore our creative sides and relax. The materials we used to produce this work were all sourced from pound shops showing you don't need to spend much to produce something really effective. It has been really good to see people have a go and get over any fears that they can't paint and draw to find it really relaxing. It has also been good to see people's skills develop over the months just like the stages of the rose on the canvas.(Patricia, Carer and volunteer from Kingstanding) The art group is a few hours to escape from the everyday responsibilities of my caring duties and gives me the recuperation to continue for the rest of the week. I have really enjoyed our project (Nicola Carer from Great Barr) We run every Thursday 10am to 12pm at New Heights St Johns Centre Warren Farm Rd Kingstanding. Come along and have a go, suggest a new project or just pop in for a cuppa and a chat and see what we do. We'd love to meet you!
  31. 31. 31 Group Frequency Venue Address Type of Group When Contact Library Carers Group Every 4th Monday from 17th June Springhill Library, Springhill, Hockley, Birmingham, B18 7BH Mixed Carers Reading and Social Group 12th Aug 9th Sept 2 – 4pm Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Stechford Carers Group Monthly on a Monday The Stechford Club 7 Victoria Road, Stechford Mixed Group 19th August 7—9pm Joanne Davies 07711 378476 New Carers Group Every Tuesday Starting 18th June Maryam House Bridge Road Saltley B8 3SF Mixed Carers Group 13th, 20th & 27th August 1- 3pm Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Carers Drop In Group 2nd Tuesday of the month Our Place Community Hub Farthing Lane, Sutton Coldfield Mixed Group 13th August 2 – 3.30 Joanne Davies 07711 378476 Ward End Library Group Every 4th Tuesday of month Ward End Library Westwood Heath Road B8 2HF Mixed Group 27th August 11—1pm Mick Brown 07713 385893 Personality Disorder Carers Group Every 2nd Tuesday Callum Lodge 242 Lodge Rd, Winson Green, B18 5SJ Carers Group 6th, 27th August 10th, 24th Sept 5.45—7.30 Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Phoenix Centre Carers group Weekly Every Wednesday Phoenix Centre, Harrison Road, (off Erdington High Street) Erdington Carers Group 7, 14, 21, 28 August 11 - 1pm Joanne Davies 07711 378476
  32. 32. 32 Group Frequency Venue Address Type of Group When Contact Carers group 1st Wednesday of every month Small Heath Health Centre 42 Chapman Road Small heath B10 0PG Carers group 7th August 2 – 4pm Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Chinese carer group 2nd Wednesday of every month Chinese community centre 99 Bradford road Digbeth B12 0NS Chinese carers only 14th August 10.30— 12.30 Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Northfield Carers Group Alternate Wednesdays Creative Support, 88 Bristol Road South, Northfield, B31 2NS Mixed 7th, 21st, August 4th Sept 2—3.30pm Janet Summers 07713 385888 Longbridge Carers Group Alternate Wednesdays Longbridge Health and Community Centre, 10 Park Way, Rednal, B45 Mixed 14th, 28th August 11 -1pm Janet Summers 07713 385888 Carer for Carers Group 3rd Wednesday of every month Zinnia Centre 100 Showell Green Lane Sparkhill B11 4HL Mixed carers group 21st August 5 – 7pm Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Newbridge House In-patient Group Last Wednesday of Month 130 Hob Moor Road, Small Heath, Carers with Patients in Hospital 28th August 2 – 4pm Mick Brown 07713 385893 Art Group Weekly Every Thursday Morning New Heights St Johns Centre Warren Farm Road, Kingstanding B44 0QN Mixed Group 7, 14, 21, 28 August 10 - 12pm Joanne Davies 07711 378476 Kings Heath Carers Group 1st Thursday of every month starting 6th June 2013. Mind Furniture Shop 2A Addison Road, Kings Heath, B14 7EW Mixed 1st August 5th Sept 12.30—3 Janet Summers 07713 385888
  33. 33. 33 Group Frequency Venue Address Type of Group When Contact Walking Group Second Thursday of month Victorian Tea rooms Kings Heath Park On the Move Groups 8th August Meet 10.30 to walk 10.45 Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Stirchley Carers Group 3rd Thursday of Every Month Hazelwell Street Stirchley Birmingham, B30 2JX Mixed Group 15th August 11—2pm Janet Summers 07713 385888 Sutton Carers Group Last Thursday of Every Month Sutton Community Hub Farthing Lane, Sutton Coldfield Mixed Group 29th August 6–8pm Mick Brown 07713 385893 Carers group Last Friday of every month Creative Support 64 Water Street Digbeth B3 1HN Take a break 30th August 2 – 4pm Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Carers Group 1st Friday of Every Month Kinmos Centre 1 High Street Kings Heath B14 7AR Mixed Group 2nd August 10 – 12pm Janet Summers 07713 385888 Carers group Last Friday of every month Creative Support 64 Water Street Digbeth B3 1HN Mixed Carers Group 30th August 2 — 4pm Safia Sawal 07713 387325 Computer Classes Every Friday for 6 weeks starting 26th July Our Place Community Hub, 1& 2 South Cottages, Farthing Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1RN Mixed Carers Group 26th July, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th August 11—1pm Joanne Davies 07711 378476 On the Move Groups Various Various Mixed Carer’s Group See posters Safia Sawal 07713 387325
  34. 34. 34 Facts about portrayals of mental health in TV dramas and soaps Research was carried out around portrayals of mental health in television drama & soaps, this found: • over a 3 month period 74 programmes contained storylines on mental health issues of these there were 33 instances of violence to others and 53 examples of harm to self • almost half were sympathetic portrayals, but these often portrayed the characters as tragic victims • the most commonly referred to condition was depression, which was mentioned 19 times, breakdown was mentioned 8 times and bi-polar 7 • 63% of references to mental health in TV soaps and drama were "pejorative, flippant or unsympathetic" terms included: "crackpot", "a sad little psycho", "basket case" , "where did you get her from?", "Care in the Community?" and "he was looney tunes" Statistics about violence and mental illness • The majority of violent crimes and homicides are committed by people who do not have mental health problems. In fact, 95 per cent of homicides are committed by people who have not been diagnosed with a mental health problem • People with mental health problems are more dangerous to themselves than they are to others: 90 per cent of people who die through suicide in the UK are experiencing mental distress • In 2009, the total population in England and Wales aged 16 or over was just over 43 million. It is estimated that about one in six of the adult population will have a significant mental health problem at any one time, (more than 7 million people). Given this number and the 50–70 cases of homicide a year involving people known to have a mental health problem at the time of the murder, clearly the statistics data do not support the sensationalised media coverage about the danger that people with mental health problems present to the community. • Substance abuse appears to play a role: The prevalence of violence is higher among people who have symptoms of substance abuse (discharged psychiatric patients and non-patients). General enquiries Email: Tel: 020 8215 2356 Mental health myths and facts • Myth: Mental health problems are very rare. • Fact: 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year. • Myth: People with mental illness aren’t able to work. • Fact: We probably all work with someone experiencing a mental health problem. • Myth: Young people just go through ups and downs as part of puberty, it’s nothing. • Fact: 1 in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem. • Myth: People with mental health illnesses are usually violent and unpredictable. • Fact: People with a mental illness are more likely to be a victim of violence. • Myth: People with mental health problems don't experience discrimination • Fact: 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination. • Myth: It’s easy for young people to talk to friends about their feelings. • Fact: Nearly 3 in 4 young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.
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  36. 36. 36 I'm confused. Do you celebrate it every time you see the moon? No, that would be ridiculous. But it is confusing. Especially when it comes to Eid. And who is this Eid? Eid is basically a rave-up at the end of Ramadan, when families and friends get together to feast after fasting. It starts with a prayer at the mosque and then we eat as if we haven't eaten in a month. ***** Ramadan to begin on July 10, Eid on August 9 10 facts about Eid-ul Fitr? 1) Eid ul-fitr follows the blessed month of Ramadan and falls in the first 3 days in the month of Shawwal,the 10th month in the Islamic calendar. 2) It begins with the sighting of the new moon. 3) Fasting is forbidden on this day. 4) One must bathe and dress with clean or new clothes if possible. 5) There is special Eid prayer that is performed in congregation, followed by a sermon. 6) Prior to the start of the prayer, every Muslim must pay zakatul-fitr-an alms for the month of Ramadan. This money goes to the local needy people so that they can make Eid purchases. 7) Eid ul-fitr is one of two holidays in Islam, the other being Eid ul-adha which comes in the 12th month. 8) It is a day of celebration to mark the end of a whole month of fasting. 9) Its a day of joy and everyone gives gifts to one another if they can. 10) It only comes once in a year. Ramadan: 10 things you might need to know Do all Muslims have to fast? Isn't it a bit hot to do it in July? How do you know when to start? Remona Aly answers some frequently asked questions It's the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and Muslims have been fasting throughout it for more than 14 centuries. And yet non-Muslims are always full of questions. Here are the answers to some of the most common: So you don't eat at all? No, we only fast during daylight hours – from dawn until sundown. This year in the UK, that means over 18 hours of nil by mouth – we can't eat, drink, smoke, or have sex during those hours. Easy, tiger. Don't you get hungry? Is the Pope a Catholic? Yes, we get hungry and thirsty, but that's the point. We eat Sehri, a pre-dawn meal, and at sunset we break the fast (called Iftar), usually with a date and a glass of water. A date with whom? A date with introspection. Ramadan is an opportunity to focus on the soul rather than the body, so we get through the day trying to be more spiritual, as well as seeking to improve our behaviour. We empathise with those in need and give thanks for having food at the end of the day, when millions of people don't have that luxury. Surely kids don't have that kind of self-control? Children don't have to fast, but they can if they really want to. Although once puberty hits, there is no escape. Also exempt are the elderly, the sick, and anyone who has a medical condition. Isn't it a bit hot to fast in July? Muslims follow the lunar calendar, so every year it moves back 11 days. The last time Ramadan was in July was 1980. So it all started on Wednesday? Well, not quite. Every year there is a bit of chaos, because of the different ways of measuring. Generally speaking, Muslims follow the traditional method of sighting the new moon with the naked eye and we look to Saudi Arabia to declare it. Then there is the local sighting issue – do we follow the moon being sighted in the UK or do we follow the opinion that the first Muslim to see the new moon, no matter where, means the rest of the world can start Ramadan? Or there is the argument for astronomical calculations rather than naked-eye sightings.
  37. 37. 37 If you watch Freeview, you need to read this. What’s happening and why? New 4G mobile services are coming to your area. They operate at 800 MHz, a similar frequency to Freeview, and so may cause problems to your Freeview service such as loss of sound, blocky images or loss of TV channels. If you experience problems with Freeview, please call our contact centre. We can send you—free of charge—an at800 filter, which connects between your aerial and your television, set top box or signal booster. It is straightforward to fit and can enable you to continue watching Freeview as normal. We recommend you keep this information in case you need to contact us. Only those whop watch Freeview will be affected: you are unlikely to experience problems if you watch cable or satellite TV. If you need help or more information: Visit Call: 0333 31 31 800
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  39. 39. 39 Birmingham Bids To Be UK City of Culture 2013 We all know what a great place Birmingham is but now we’ve got a great opportunity to show it off to the world as it bids to become UK City of Culture in 2013. The REP is very proud to support this campaign and we’d like to encourage you to lend your support. 2013 is of course a very significant year for us. It’s our 100th birthday and our Centenary Year will also see the opening of the newly refurbished REP building alongside the new Library of Birmingham. Our joint development with the new Library of Birmingham will create an internationally unique centre of culture and knowledge in Centenary Square. The development is the largest public-sector cultural project in Britain and will be at the centre of the city’s celebrations in 2013 alongside Birmingham City University’s new arts the largest media campus in Eastside. In addition, there will be a brand-new Autumn Festival and a special exhibition of the extraordinary Anglo Saxon Hoard at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, along with A City in the Making, a groundbreaking new history gallery which will tell the story of Birmingham and its people. There will also be a whole programme of activity designed, led and curated by Birmingham’s young people and the UK City of Culture is also as much about activities in local neighbourhoods as it is about the big celebrations in the City centre. There are lots of opportunities to get involved in the bid and to help shape the celebrations. The City has created the Big Blank Canvas to make sure a UK City of Culture in 2013 is full of things that the people of Birmingham want to do. Now Birmingham has been shortlisted (one of four cities to be part of the final selection process) the City will talk to people who have posted their suggestions on Big Blank Canvas and provide support to help them develop their ideas. You can find out more about Birmingham’s bid to be the first UK City of Culture in 2013 and post your ideas on what you’d like to see happening as part of the celebrations by visiting the Birmingham Big City Culture website. Let’s make it happen
  40. 40. 40 Registered Charity Number: 1124758 Ofsted Registration Number: 227 245 Registered office address: Company Registration Number Registered in: 213 Trittiford Road, Billesley, Birmingham B13 0ET 4733989 England and Wales Supported by: FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL ‘’This is an event to support families who care for someone with a disability/additional need” Friday 20th September 2013Friday 20th September 2013Friday 20th September 2013Friday 20th September 2013 6 00 pm6 00 pm6 00 pm6 00 pm ---- 8 00 pm8 00 pm8 00 pm8 00 pm The whole family is Welcome to attend FREE ENTRANCE Fancy dress optional 213 Trittiford Road Billesley Birmingham B13 0ET Tel: 0121 464 4772 Fax: 0121 464 4917
  41. 41. 41 Birmingham and the West Midlands is a mosaic of urban and green spaces. There are more acres of parks and open space in Birmingham than any other UK city, there are eleven National Nature Reserves in the region and the city's Parks Department is blooming having won 14 consecutive Gold Medals at the Chelsea Flower Show. British Waterways promotes Birmingham as Britain's Canal City, with an Inland Waterways Festival taking place in and around the National Indoor Arena. • The region was once home to William Shakespeare, George Eliot, J R R Tolkien, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Birmingham and the West Midlands continues to be a hot-bed of talent, a small selection of famous actors and entertainers with roots in the region include: Frank Skinner, Lenny Henry, Jasper Carrot, Julie Walters, Cat Deeley, Tony Hancock, Meera Syal, Jimi Mistry, Robbie Williams, Pete Waterman, Ozzy Osbourne, Led Zeppelin, Ocean Colour Scene, Charles Dance, Goldie, Neil Morrissey, Mark Williams (The Fast Show), Pato Banton, Trevor Eve, Benjamin Zephaniah and Josie Lawrence. Future stars include James and Oliver Phelps (the Weasley twins in the Harry Potter films) Heritage • The Triennial Music Festival, first held in Birmingham during the 19th century, commissioned new works from Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Elgar and Grieg. Sir Edward Elgar was the first conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. In 2002, the CBSO in its new home of Symphony Hall and under the direction of Sakari Oramo won the most prestigious Record of the Year award at the classical music 'Oscars', the Gramophone Awards. They beat the Berlin Philharmonic, conducted by Oramo's CBSO predecessor Sir Simon Rattle. • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery holds one of the world's largest and finest collections of Pre-Raphaelite art. An exhibition of work by the Birmingham-born Edward Burne-Jones, staged jointly with New York and Paris attracted more than 400,000 visitors. • Oscar Deutsch opened his first Odeon cinema in Birmingham. Now Star City has the UK's largest cinema complex with 30 screens. Six screens are devoted to Asian films, making this the largest Bollywood movie centre in Europe. The Star City complex will soon also boast the UK's largest casino with 40 gaming tables • Birmingham is the centre of the UK's Asian music industry, producing almost 90 per cent of bhangra music. • The Royal Shakespeare Company performs more plays to more people than any other company in the world. Birmingham’s Heritage Today, Birmingham is the most culturally mixed city in the UK, a fact which is reflected in many of the region's strengths.
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  43. 43. 43 On 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 crime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else. You will also help the police to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way they respond to it. Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds 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 you or someone you know, that you report it. True Vision is here to give you information about hate crime or incidents and how to report it Follow us on Twitter - @true_vision_hc 'Like' Our Facebook page – To Report it Dial: 999, 101, 0800 555 111, or West Midlands Police are please to certify that Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service is an Official Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime Have you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident? To Report a Hate Crime
  44. 44. 44 Please use for your comments, feedback or complaints & return to… Unit 3, Holt Court North Heneage Street West Birmingham Science Park Stonham Carer Services