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What’s in this month edition...
Positive Mental Health Group
Fusion B’ham music Festival
Quick & quirky facts
A holiday for the mind
Emergency mental healthcare
Compliments, Comments &
What is an eating disorder?
The Drum events
URBRUM training courses
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
Spokz counselling service
Ramadan & Eid Q & A’s
Problems with TV
Carers Trust Card
UK city of culture 2013
Chinnbrook family fun day
Fire safety checks
To report a hate crime
Carers feedback sheet
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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
Monday to Friday
8am to 8pm
0800 953 0045
Please note that the PALS team is NOT a
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
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
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
DIRECTIONS TO FESTIVAL
We strongly advise
against you travelling to
the festival by car as
parking is extremely
limited. Public transport,
both train and bus,
transport links to the
festival site. Please
consult your local
operator for details.
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.
Cross City Line from Lichfield in
the North and through
Birmingham New Street to
Longbridge Station, 0.9 miles from
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.
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
• 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
• 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!
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
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:
• Love Letter
• Kingdom Builder
• No Thanks
• Ugg Tect
• King Of Tokyo
• Looting Of London
• All Wound Up
• Ttr Team
• Ttr Europe
• Agricola All Creatures Big And Small
• Hey That’s My Fish
• Ladies And Gentlemen
• Magical Athletes
• Masters Of Commerce
• Forbidden Desert
• Shadows Over Camelot Card Game
• Summoner Wars
• Formula D - Monaco
• Skull & Roses
Tuesday 6th, 13th & 20th August at 7.30pm—All welcome!
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
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 email@example.com,
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Emergency plans are shared so that the individual
requirements of the person needing care, such as
medication, will be known by whoever provides
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
* 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
What is an
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
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
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
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
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
24 Aug, 2013
Black Uhuru ft IQulah Rastafari plus
changes in their 40-
Even more artists will
be added to this
outstanding line-up in
order to make it a
spectacular roots and
culture occasion, an
vibration in the heart
of the nation!
The vibrant communities of
Newtown, Lozells and Aston
combine and fizz into life in
this community street party
that is the A34 Festival,
Birmingham's famous cultural
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.
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.
• 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
• Help students use realistic and positive statements about their performance and outlook for the
• 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
• 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
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
• 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-
• 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
0121 678 4455
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
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
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 :-
• Humorous stories
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
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
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
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
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.
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
• 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.
You can also visit the Library
online. A brand new Library of
Birmingham website goes live in
Please bear with us during the
final stages of preparation. Your
new Library of Birmingham will be
well worth the wait!
(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 / email@example.com)
Mental Health ‘Signposting’ Drop-in
Have YOUR say
On local policing
You can always email us for
more information about the
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
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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
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
(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!
Group Frequency Venue
2 – 4pm
Monthly on a
7 Victoria Road,
Carers Drop In
2nd Tuesday of the
Farthing Lane, Sutton
2 – 3.30
Every 4th Tuesday
Ward End Library
Mixed Group 27th
Every 2nd Tuesday Callum Lodge
242 Lodge Rd,
Carers Group 6th, 27th
Harrison Road, (off
Erdington High Street)
Carers Group 7, 14, 21,
11 - 1pm
Group Frequency Venue
Small Heath Health
42 Chapman Road
Carers group 7th
2 – 4pm
2nd Wednesday of
99 Bradford road
Digbeth B12 0NS
88 Bristol Road
Mixed 7th, 21st,
Centre, 10 Park
Way, Rednal, B45
Mixed 14th, 28th
100 Showell Green
5 – 7pm
Last Wednesday of
130 Hob Moor Road,
2 – 4pm
Art Group Weekly
New Heights St Johns
Centre Warren Farm
Mixed Group 7, 14, 21, 28
10 - 12pm
1st Thursday of
6th June 2013.
2A Addison Road,
Kings Heath, B14
Mixed 1st August
Group Frequency Venue
Second Thursday of
Victorian Tea rooms
Kings Heath Park
On the Move
3rd Thursday of
Carers group Last Friday of every
64 Water Street
Take a break 30th August
2 – 4pm
Carers Group 1st
Friday of Every
1 High Street
10 – 12pm
Last Friday of
64 Water Street
2 — 4pm
Every Friday for 6
weeks starting 26th
Our Place Community
1& 2 South Cottages,
Farthing Lane, Sutton
Coldfield, B72 1RN
On the Move
Various Various Mixed Carer’s
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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
• 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).
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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
• 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
• 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
• Fact: Nearly 3 in 4 young people fear the reactions of
friends when they talk about their mental health
I'm confused. Do you celebrate it every time you see the
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
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
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
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.
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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
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
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Birmingham and the West Midlands is a mosaic of
urban and green spaces. There are more acres of
parks and open
any other UK city,
there are eleven
Reserves in the
region and the
Medals at the
Show. British Waterways promotes Birmingham as
Britain's Canal City, with an Inland Waterways
Festival taking place in and around the National
• 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)
• 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
• 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.
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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