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  • 1. Information Pack for Carers| Edition 8 | March 2013 | https://bhammhcarer.homegroup.org.uk | www.homegroup.org.uk
  • 2. Be Involved Have your Say; Join us at our client involvement Order your Quit Kit todaymeeting. We regularly meet up to bring ideas together to ensure that we are continually improving our Take the first step towards quittingservice with the help of our clients. Would you like tocontribute to our monthly newsletter? Or do you have by ordering your free Quit Kitany other ideas of how we can bring carers together? today. Youre on your way to a Let us know, by contacting 0121 380 4949. happier and healthier lifestyle. The Quit Kit is available to residents of England only, while stocks last. Please note that contents of the Quit Kit may vary. https://smokefree.nhs.uk Contribute articles, Poems Photographs or Art Work IMPORTANT NOTICE Please either contact the number stated below or send your ideas to: Before using any of the contacts, By Email: information or resources in this MHCarerService@homegroup.org.uk Information Pack, you must check it Or by Post to: for safety/ reliability/ Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service. appropriateness. Advice in this Pack Unit 3, Holt Court North, does not give a full statement of the Heneage Street West, law. It is intended for guidance only, Aston Science Park, and is not a substitute for Birmingham, B7 4AX. professional advice. Stonham cannot By Phone: accept any responsibility for loss or liability occasioned as a result of any 0121 380 4949 person acting or refraining from acting on information contained in this Pack. Carers Dedicated Website: https://bhammhcarer.homegroup.org.uk
  • 3. Supporting Diversity – Stonham Home Group The way we do Business: A business that encourages a diverse culture attracts people and helps it perform at its best. At Home Group we believe in Diversity, and aim to work with partnership organisations and other charities to help support people within their local communities, working together helps prevent social isolation and improves access to services that people sometimes so desperately need.Diversity does not mean special treatment; it means fair treatment, which may vary forindividuals with different needs. It means taking society as you find it, not as we think it oughtto be.How can we learn more?Diversity Tool KitOur tool kit has been implemented to help people to understand diversity. It also allows peopleto think about the various issues that surround diversity. We will be delivering toolkit trainingover the following months for both staff and clients. Please talk to you Support Worker if youwould like to be involved.Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support ServicesWe are a city wide service that supports carers who care for individuals with mental health needs.We aim to provide support that is accessible to all members of society including Black and ethnicminorities with various religions, woman, disabled people, gay and lesbian individuals and youngpeople.For more information contact ourinformation and referral line on:0121 380 4949
  • 4. Innovative Projects around BirminghamWe believe here at Stonham that networking with otherorganisations and forming partnerships we are better able to support local communities and groups within Birmingham. Innovative community project Ubuntu Promote sexual health services to African communities in Birmingham Mathew Nyashanu, Ubuntu co-ordinator, said: “The scheme is unique in that it targets the African community in Birmingham and bridgesthe gap in sexual health promotion. This is the opportunity for all Africans to come together and show their commitment to sexual health promotion initiatives across the city.” Ubuntu means a person is a person through other people. The name was chosen to reflect the importance of family and community links in African culture, which can influence personal relationships and attitudes towards sexual health.”The scheme will be working with Terrence Higgins Trust, the local African Forum and National African HIV Prevention Programme For further information on the Ubuntu project: On 0121 446 1088 The sexual health promotion service is part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals
  • 5. Ethnic Communities Sexual Health Promotion Service The sexual health promotion service has been commissioned to prioritise two particular groups, African communities and African Caribbean Communities. The work that they do is strongly community developed, emphasising on capacity building within communities and working with professionals who work within the community The aim of the service is always to provide effective, culturally-sensitive sexual health promotion to reach the most vulnerable people within communities. The service does a lot of work with ethnic communities including developing peer education, awareness raising and skills building in the communities, and much more, for more information about this service and others within the sexual promotion service please see: http://www.sexualhealthpromotionbirmingham.info/EthnicCommunities.aspx New developments in 2011Two new sexual health community outreach schemes specifically focusing on African and African Caribbean communities have been developed through community consultation and needs assessment. Sexual health outreach work with African communities: Ubuntu Scheme Ubuntu is an exciting new scheme, created to support the effective delivery of sexualhealth promotion services to the African communities of Birmingham through the provision of direct community-based one-to-one, group work and outreach initiatives. Sexual health outreach work with African Caribbean communities The African Caribbean Sexual Health Community Outreach Scheme has been developed in response to the community consultation process Each one, teach one.The scheme aims to support the sexual health of African Caribbean communities in Birmingham by providing information, advice and sexual health resources in community-based settings. The scheme has also developed the African Caribbean Arts Project, a collection of art exhibits invarious media by local artists, designed to communicate positive messages about sexual health to people from African Caribbean communities. For more information about our work with ethnic communities, Please contact: 0121 334 0767 Sexual Health Promotion Service St. Patricks Centre for Community Health, Frank Street, Highgate, Birmingham B12 0YA Telephone: 0121 446 1088
  • 6. 08 Apr to 12 Apr, 2013Grand Slam Car ParkThis is a free event.Grand Slam Car Park is an adventurous and dynamic arts project, devised andcurated by Sabrina Sweeney, where emerging artists work with young people from the localcommunity.Through a series of workshops they will re-vision The Drums undercroft car park as avibrant and creative space, developing a permanent exhibition of graffiti wall panels, a livingdocument of young people pursuing their dreams and embracing the possibilities of greatthings in their future. Watch this space for the grand unveiling!Supported by the Starbucks Youth Action SchemeTHE UK’s PREMIER BLACK-LED ARTS CENTREbook online or call 0121 333 2444The Drum144 Potters LaneAston, BirminghamWest MidlandsB6 4UUCall: 0121 333 2400Fax: 0121 333 2440Email: info@the-drum.org.ukhttp://www.the-drum.org.uk/contact/
  • 7. The theme for 2013 is high blood pressure World Health Day 7th April 2013The world health organisation highlights a priority area of health concern in the world each year.The Theme this year is high blood pressure.High blood pressure also known as raised blood pressure or hypertension is known to increase the risk ofheart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. If left uncontrolled, high blood pressure can also cause blindness,irregularities of the heartbeat and heart failure. The risk of developing these complications is higher in thepresence of other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes. One in three adults worldwide has high bloodpressure. http://www.who.int/world-health-day/en/However, high blood pressure is both preventable and treatable.In some developed countries, prevention and treatment of the condition, together with other cardiovascularrisk factors, has brought about a reduction in deaths from heart disease. The risk of developing high bloodpressure can be reduced by: • reducing salt intake; • eating a balanced diet; • avoiding harmful use of alcohol; • taking regular physical activity; • Maintaining a healthy body weight; and avoiding tobacco use.The main objective of the WHO campaign is to raise the awareness of the causes and consequences ofhigh blood pressure. Greater awareness, healthy behaviours, improved detection, and enablingenvironments, the ultimate goal of World Health Day 2013 is to reduce heart attacks and strokes.This year the campaign aims to provide information on how to prevent high blood pressure andrelated complications, encourage adults to check their blood pressure and follow the advice ofhealth care professionals. Who aims to encourage self – care to prevent high blood pressure.Who also aims to incite national and local authorities to create enabling environments for healthybehaviours. More importantly provide more information on blood pressure.http://www.who.int/world-health-day/en/
  • 8. St Patricks Day Festival and Parade 2013 Start Date: 17 March 2013 12:00 PM End Date: 17 March 2013 06:00 PM This year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade Will take place on St Patrick’s Day itself, Sunday 17th March 2013. The highlight of the festivities starts at 12 noon with the annual balloon release. The theme this year is: ‘The Gathering.’This encourages anyone of Irish descent to pay a visit back home to the county, town and or village of their ancestry. The parade Organised by the St Patrick’s Festival Committee in partnership with Birmingham City Council, will include Pipe and Drum Bands, along with vintage motorbikes, classic cars and Willie “Fergus” Finnegan’s massed tractors plus many decorated floats. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and celebrate. For more information visit: www.stpatricksbirmingham.com Venue Information Birmingham City Centre, West Midlands, main outdoor venues for public gatherings include Victoria Square, Chamberlain Square and Centenary Square.
  • 9. 15th to 21st April 2013. For more information about depression awareness week, please visit Events listings will soon follow www.justgiving.com/depression/donate. fundraising@depressionalliance.org. If you would like to Share your story about your experience and how to overcome depression, and you would like to become a depression alliance case study volunteer, and would like more information please visit.Depression Awareness WeekThe Mental Health Foundation will be using this week to work with people andorganisations across the UK, to help raise awareness of the importance ofpublic mental health issues which are often neglected.For further information about Mental Health AwarenessWeek please follow the link below:http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/our-work/mentalhealthawarenessweek/Raise AwarenessDepression Alliance trying to end the stigma associated with DepressionAnyone can join Depression Alliance and Help Out
  • 10. Spring Craft Fayre on 28 April 2013Doors Open: 11am: Free admissionDoors Close: 28 April 2013 04:00 PMHighbury Hall, Moseley.Get over the winter blues. A great day out for all the family. Come and visit Highbury Halland explore this magnificent house, do a bit of indoor shopping for some unusualpersonalized gifts, from a variety of stalls and relax in our pop up tea room. Outdoor BBQand ice creams will be on sale (weather permitting).Easter Basket Weaving Nostalgia WalksStart Date: 29 March 2013 10:00 AM Start Date: 20 March 2013 10:30 AMEnd Date: 29 March 2013 12:00 PM End Date: 20 March 2013 02:00 PMCome and learn how to Part of a series of walks.weave your own Easter Each walk aims to capturebasket from willow. the seasonal and Wildlife changes occurring throughBooking essential in advance. the park.Please follow this link to reserve a place To book a place please follow this linkVenue InformationHandsworth Park Ve Venue InformationAddress: Cannon Hill ParkHolly Road, Handsworth Address:UK. 2 Russell Road Moseley, BirminghamMeet at the Sons of Rest Building, Holly West MidlandsRoad, Handsworth. UK B13 8RDAdmission: FREE Meet by the Garden Tea Rooms, Russell Rd. Moseley, B13 8RD. Admission: FREE
  • 11. Music for YouthA six day music festival showcasing inspirationalyoung musicians from across the UKMore details about the 2013 National Festival Birmingham coming soon on their website.The National Festival is a six day celebration of music bringing 12,000 youngmusicians from across the UK to Birmingham to perform in some of its top venues.Throughout the week there are performances of jazz, orchestral, rock, folk and world,wind and brass, pop, choral and chamber music.For More Information please visit:http://www.mfy.org.uk/coreseason/national/birminghamTaking place at IKON
  • 12. Music for Youth mfy Festival Series MUSIC for Youth organise festivals and concertsFor More Information. across the UK for any group to perform in aged 21 and under.Music for Youth The festivals showcase all styles of music and are3rd Floor, South Wing a great opportunity to get feedback from musicSomerset House industry professionals.StrandLondon Music for youth organise lots of workshops, master classes and collaborations throughout theWC2R 1LA year.T 020 7759 1830F 020 7759 1831 Free Concertsmfy@mfy.org.uk Music for Youth runs an inspirational series of free concerts at venues across the UK. These concerts are performed by young people for young people, providing first hand experience of live music-making. © Music for Youth 2010 Charity No. 285831Below are just a few organisations where the 2012 National FestivalBirmingham is delivered in partnership with, for more information pleasevisits their website:
  • 13. Birmingham Photographic Society for under 21s was set up in October 2012. Birmingham Photographic Society for under 21s Set up in October 2012. Website: http://www.bpsu21.co.uk/The basic mission statement of BPSu21 is to inspire young people toexplore their creativity and provide for them the equipment, space,guidance and the community to develop their skills and experience asphotographersBPSu21 welcomes anyone who has a real passion for photography andwants to further extend their expertise behind the lens. Some membersare hobbyists, while others aim to eventually work in the industry.Either way, BPSu21 will do our best to cater for all abilities, for moreinformation please see their website.The Society meets on a Saturday between 12:00pm and 3:30pm at theCustard Factory in Birmingham, as well as for events, trips and projects atother times during the year.The Society was formed as an off-shoot of Birmingham Photographic Societyin response to a large number of enquiries from young people who wanted tocome along to meetings.There are 20 spaces available in the Society and members are agedbetween 15 and 21.For More information please visit their website on:http://www.bpsu21.co.uk/Or call Eddie on 07769 956947 or Email: edmund@bpsu21.co.ukAddress: Birmingham Photographic SocietyThe Custard FactoryGibb Street, DigbethBirminghamB9 4AA
  • 14. Supporting youth groups. Supporting young people. For more information please call: Call us: 0121 460 5870 Or visit their website on: http://www.bayc.org/What we do? bayc is a voluntary sector youth organisation workingto create opportunities for change in the lives of young people. They work with young people, withyouth workers and youth groups, and with other agencies and organisations to advocate foryoung people and youth work. Bayc is an umbrella organisation dedicated to serving the needsof youth groups in Birmingham, the Black Country and the wider West Midlands.The Birmingham Association of Youth Clubs work directly with young people, and in partnershipwith youth workers, youth groups, Public Sector organisations to advocate youth work as a basisfor effective engagement with young people. They have up to 200 affiliated youth groups andwork in Birmingham, the Black Country and surrounding areas. They also work to engage withyoung people as equal partners through our 4 main service delivery areas.Youth InvolvementYouth ArtsWorking with Young Women
  • 15. My Personal Best is about young people inspiring and supporting each other to bethe best they can. My Personal Best is a national project ran by Beat, the UKs campaigning eating disorder charity. The My Personal Best project has created a young-people led, web based community focusing on promoting well-being and positive self-esteem. The website has been developed and managed by volunteers across the UK, who have conducted research, built a range of resources; leaflets and downloads, video clips and podcasts. Please see the website below: www.mypersonalbest.org.ukFilter.me.uk (Children, Young People and Family Events)Start Date: 19 June 2012 03:46 PMEnd Date: 31 March 2013 03:46 PMwww.Filter.me.uk is the one-stop-shop website to search for events andactivities for children, young people and families in Birmingham. Filterthe city your way, find the things you want to do and when and wherethey are happening.For further information email info@filter.me.uk or contact BirminghamCity Council Culture Commissioning Service on 0121 464 616 Youthspace programme aims to support a preventative approach to youth mental health difficulties and targets the 14-25 year age group. Youthspace offers advice and information from clinicians, professional staff and young experts on all aspects of mental health & emotional wellbeing. Please see for more information: http://www.youthspace.me
  • 16. Skills West Midlands is the biggest skillsand careers event happening in theregion.Aimed at 15-24 year olds this free event will inspire and motivate.Hands on interactive features will give you a chance to get a real taste of differentfuture career options whatever your dreams or ambitions.Get along to Skills West Midlands, the regions biggest skills and careers event for15-24 year olds. Whether youre at school or college, starting work, a teacher,parent/carer or family this is the one event that could change your future. Visit and beinspired, motivated and thrilled with over 70 organisations providing interactivefeatures from every major career sector imaginable.Two day exhibition takes place at New Bingley Hall,Birmingham.Opening Times Wednesday 21 March 20129.30am – 3pm and Thursday 22 March 2012 5pm to 7pmSkills West Midlands is open to visitors for two days.Wednesday and Thursday between 9.30am – 3pm is aimed at organised groups,attending in staggered time slots giving everyone a chance to try the interactivefeatures. The evening opening on Wednesday 21 March is aimed at families, soparents can visit with their teens, and ask the questions their children are to shy toask, engineering, construction, science, automotive industries andtelecommunications.For More Information Visit the link below:http://www.skillswestmidlands.co.uk/site/1/Event_Format.html
  • 17. Key Industries • Manufacturing, engineering, construction, science, automotive industries and telecommunications • Hospitality and catering, travel, leisure & tourism and retail • Transport & logistics and financial services • Hair & beauty, performing arts and music • Public sector, IT and business, legal & financial and voluntary sectors • Environmental industries, land & waste management and utilities, horticulture and animal welfare • Health & social care, sport & fitness • Armed and emergency services • Education and training • Information, advice and guidanceExhibitors will consist of employers, training providers, sector skillscouncils, universities, charities/voluntary sector organisations andcareers and business advisers providing as diverse a range ofopportunities as possible.BOOK NOW HAVE TO BOOK Interested in exhibiting? For further information on exhibiting at Skills West Midlands and to book your stand space please call our sales team on 01823 362800, fax 01823 333796 or emailsales@regionalskillsevents.co.uk. Interested in visiting? For further information about visiting Skills West Midlands call our marketing team on 01823 362800, fax 01823 333796 or email visit@regionalskillsevents.co.uk.
  • 18. Write On! Creative writing groupsfor young people aged 8-16Start Date: 01 December 2012 10:30 AMEnd Date: 01 June 2013 12:00 PMThe Birmingham Write On! Writing Squads are for young peopleaged 8-11 years who are interested in creative writing of any kind.10.30am-12 noon in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,monthly on Saturdays until June 2013.Professional writer Helen Calcutt will help young people develop their skills, discovernew techniques and learn about being a writer in a relaxed, informal environment.Sessions cost £5 on the day.For full information and to reserve places please contact:Joanne Penn, Writing West Midlands. Tel: 0121 246 2774.There will also be sessions for young people aged 12-16 years from 1.30pm-3pm atThe Custard Factory, Birmingham.The Birmingham Write On! Writing Squads are a project of Writing West MidlandsRegistered Charity Number 1147710 and is supported by Birmingham Libraries andThe Custard Factory, Birmingham.Venue InformationBirmingham Museum & Art GalleryAddress:Chamberlain SquareBirminghamWest MidlandsUKB3 3DHTelephone Number: +44 (0)121 303 2834
  • 19. Youth Offending ServiceBirmingham Youth Offending Service is the largest metropolitan Youth Offending Service inthe country, serving a population of approximately 1 million people, containing over 112,00010 - 17 year olds. It is staffed by approximately 270 full and part-time staff drawn fromChildrens Social Care Services, Probation, Police, Education, Health, Connexions and otherstatutory and voluntary agencies.This multi-agency approach aims to be responsive to local needs whilst addressing nationaltargets. We are striving to be an accountable service that is relevant and links to the servicesand plans of other agencies in Birmingham in addressing youth crime across the city. Staffsare trained to deliver programmes and projects that reduce offending by directly confrontingyoung people who offend with the underlying causes of crime. This will, we believe, be to thebenefit of the victims of youth crime.It has several tools at its disposal to tackle youth offending: • Being able to engage with young offenders earlier, will enable the service to tackle offending behaviour before it becomes chronic • Systematic assessment of a young person and the factors which lead to their offending will enable the service to devise programmes which will have the maximum effect on offending behaviour • Working with young people in the context of their families will help parents to ensure that their child does not re-offend • Working with communities will help to instil in young people a sense of ownership and pride in where they live and a duty of care and concern for those who live around them • Working with victims of crime and organisations representing victims to ensure that their needs are addressed are carefully as those of the offenderWant To Know More?If you want more information about the Youth Offending Service in Birmingham youcan write to:Youth Offending ServiceKingsmere18 Gravelly Hill NorthErdingtonBirminghamB23 6BQTelephone: 0121 464 0600Fax: 0121 464 0609Email:Andrew.Blyth@birmingham.gov.uk
  • 20. Personal experiences of health and illnessWould you like to take part in research into the experiences ofservice users and carers of being offered ECT (ElectroconvulsiveTherapy) and the development of a new Internet resource forservice users, carers, and the public and health professionals?Many people with who are offered ECT can feel anxious or concerned:What will it be like? How can I prepare myself?www.healthtalkonline.org is an award winning website that will answerquestions like these by providing access to the experiences of others whohave faced the same concerns. On the website you can watch video clips,listen to the voices or read the accounts of people relating their experiencesof being offered ECT - themselves or having a friend or family member whowas offered ECT - what it involved and how it affected them.Taking part in the project would involve being interviewed about yourexperiences of being offered ECT (including if you refused it) about whathas happened to you or your friend/family member, what your thoughts andfeelings have been at different stages, how you have got information, howyou have made decisions and what have been the good and bad parts ofthe experience. Health professionals can also learn from your story and useit to think how they can improve the way that they interact with patients.For more information on taking part, please contact Laura GriffithAddress: Health Experiences Research Group, Department of Primary Care Health Sciences,University of Oxford, 23-38 Hythe Bridge Street, Oxford OX1 2ETTelephone: 07774 125 059 or 01865 617 767 (answer phone 24 hours);E-mail: Laura.griffith@phc.ox.ac.ukStudy approved by Berkshire Research Ethics Committee 12/SC/0495
  • 21. CITY CENTRE CAB & CABCONSUMER ADVICE CENTRE TYSELEY CABGround Floor 744-746 Warwick RoadGazette Buildings Tyseley168 Corporation Street BirminghamBirmingham B4 6TF B11 2HGMonday 9.30am to 6.00pm Monday CLOSEDTuesday 9.30am to 6.00pm Tuesday 9.30am to 6.30pmWednesday CLOSED Thursday Wednesday 9.30am to9.30am to 6.00pm 12.00pmFriday 9.30am to 12.00pm Thursday 9.30am to 6.30pmTel:0121 683 6900(ADMIN ONLY) Friday CLOSEDFax: 0121 683 6909 Tel:0121 683 5696(ADMINTextphone: 18001 0121 214 8320 ONLY) Fax: 0121 683 5691 CAB -COUNTY COURT NORTHFIELD CAB KINGSTANDING CAB WELFARE 734-740 Bristol Road 392 Kingstanding Road Room A134, 1st Floor South Kingstanding The Priory Courts Northfield Birmingham 33 Bull Street Birmingham B44 8LD Birmingham B4 6DS B31 2NN Monday 9.30am to 6.30pm Monday 9.00am to 4.00pm Monday 9.30am to Tuesday 9.30am to 6.30pm Tuesday 9.00am to 4.00pm 6.30pm Wednesday 9.30am to Wednesday 9.00am to 4.00pm Tuesday CLOSED 12.00pm Thursday 9.00am to 4.00pm Wednesday 9.30am to Thursday CLOSED Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm 12.00pm Friday 9.30am to 12.00pm Tel.: 0121 681 3125 Thursday CLOSED Tel: 0121 244 1090(ADMIN For Mortgage or Rent arrears cases Friday 9.30am to 6.30pm ONLY) & Homelessness only. Tel: 0121 683 Fax: 0121 384 9947 5767(ADMIN ONLY) Fax: 0121 683 5766 Carers Emergency Response Service. The CERS team will then work with the Carer and the person they care for to put together a Contingency Plan detailing what they want to happen in an emergency, for use in the event of an emergency. In the event of an emergency affecting the carer, CERS will put the plan into action. You have to be registered to access the service. For More Information and to Register Please Contact: 0845 468 1338 Or email info@cers.org.uk. The service is free of charge.
  • 22. Carers Advocacy ServiceIn BirminghamAre you a carer aged 18or over? PALS customerDo you carer for someone relations16 or over? (Patient AdviceDo you need support to and Liaisonmake sure your needsas a carer are listened to? Service)If so, one of our advocates Can providemay be able to help you. information on a range of mental health Our Advocates support carers to: matters, and liaison • Get help if they cant cope • Apply for services with all Trust services • Make a complaint Monday to Friday • Speak up in meetings 8am to 8pm • Get help if their situation changes Contact 0800 953 0045This service is free for carers in Birmingham Text 07985883509 Email pals@bsmhft.nhs.uk Phone: 0800 23 49 490 Email: Birmingham@careradvocacy.org Website: www.bsmhft.nhs.uk Text: 07773334555 Please note that the PALS team is NOT a medical team. If you have an immediate health problem please contact NHS Direct above or your GP
  • 23. Opportunities Fair2013 “Making it real”FREE ENTRYOpportunities Fair 2013 is a FreeEvent to help:Opportunities Fair 2013 is a Free Event to help:• adults with learning difficulties/disabilities Edgbaston Cricket Stadium• adults with mental health difficulties Edgbaston Road• adults with autism Birmingham, B5 7QU.• adults with disabilities 23 April 2013• young adults in transition 11.00am to 5.00pm• family carers, paid carers and older adultsYou’ll find tasters and activities, leisure and learningopportunities, information and advice about services, supportand funding as well as health and wellbeing, all under one roof from over 100 organisations.www.birmingham.gov.uk/opportunitiesfair | 0121 303 4044
  • 24. About Carers TogetherCarers Together is an exciting new volunteering project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and delivered byTimeBank and Carers UK. The project offers face-to-face mentoring to 70 carers in Birmingham, plus tailoredonline support to 300 carers across the country. It aims to reduce social isolation, improve emotional well-being and help carers cope with the stress and strains of caring.How does it work?Drawing on its extensive experience of volunteer mentoring, TimeBank recruits, trains and supportsvolunteers who have current or previous caring experience and who would like to act as mentors to othercarers. Mentors are able to share their own experience and techniques that have helped them. We offerface-to-face and online mentoring. Carers are matched with a volunteer mentor to help them take a freshlook at their own situations and identify goals .Mentoring enables carers to work through the difficulties theymay be experiencing and receive support, as well as signposting to other sources of help.What is involved?Volunteer mentors in Birmingham will meet with carers for around five hours a month over a period of 6-12months. Online volunteers should be available to give around three hours’ support over two months. This isavailable through a dedicated - and completely secure - web-based messaging site.Getting StartedCarers Together is a new project and is in the process of getting up and running. We are now takingtelephone and written referrals for volunteers and beneficiaries. We take both self and professional referrals.We can be contacted on 0121 236 2531, or by sending the referral form to Carers Together, Timebank , 10Water Street, Birmingham, B3 1HL. In addition we accept mentors and beneficiaries through our website atwww.timebank.org.uk/carers-together or by sending the referral form to carers@timebank.org.uk. Follow us on Twitter: @TimeBankIf you are caring for a friend or relative And Facebook:and feel in need of support, take a lookat our website at http://www.facebook.com/volunteerukwww.timebank.org.uk/carers-together.Or you can email us atcarers@timebank.org.ukOr telephone on 0121 236 2531.Carers TogetherTimeBank, 10 Water Street, TimeBank is an ONE20 initiative. ONE20 is a company limited by guarantee registered in EnglandBirmingham, B3 1HL and Wales no. 3695114 and a registered charity no. 107383; Scotland.
  • 25. Positive Mental Health GroupThe group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greater awareness ofmental health issues across the communities of Birmingham and Solihull. Yourchance to share information, news & views with statutory agencies, voluntarysector organisations, user groups - and individual users/carers/staff.Monthly Networking Meeting dates for 2013Come and join one of the biggest mental healthnetworking 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 28 March – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 25 April – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 30 May – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 27 June – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 25 July – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 29 August – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 26 September – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 31 October – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 28 November – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmThursday 19 December – from 2.30pm to 4.30pmALL MEETINGS ARE HELD AT –Friends Institute, 220 Moseley Road, Highgate B12 0DGOnly eight minutes by bus, right to the door of the Friends Institute building.BUS ROUTE 50 runs every few minutes from BIRMINGHAM CITY CENTREStop “MS2” Beside Bullring / across the road from rear of M&S / Moor Street Station.Stop “DS1” Outside Birmingham Voluntary Services Council, Digbeth.PALS (Patient Advice and Liaison Service) at BSMHFT can offer information on this group and othervoluntary or user groups within Birmingham and Solihull – Phone 0800 953 0045 http://www.blgbt.org/ Birmingham LGBT http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/ Birmingham LGBT Centre is a project ofBirminghamBirmingham LGBT Centre Birmingham LGBTFor health & wellbeing. You can call the Birmingham LGBT Centre on: 0121 643 1160The centre will work with mainstream service providers as well as specialist LGBTorganisations to act as a one stop shop for community health. Birmingham LGBT will alsodevelop services to address gaps, such as the Older LGBT Project. As well as Health &Wellbeing services, Birmingham LGBT will work with community groups and members of thecommunity to develop an exciting range of cultural and community events, ensuring that thecentre acts as a hub for LGBT community activity in the city.The Birmingham LGBT centre is located in the heart of Birmingham in the Southside district,close to all major transport hubs. Address: 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham, B1 1EQ.For information please call Birmingham LGBT Centre on 0121 643 1160
  • 26. Birmingham Hearts and Minds ServicePromoting a Healthy LifestylePractical and emotional support, informationand signposting for those concerned abouttheir memory or recently diagnosed withdementia.Free Activity Cafes (seated yoga, tai chi andmore)For further information on services please contact one ofour AdvisersOn 0121 706 7695Email:anette.knesch@alzheimers.org.uk or :anette.knesch@alzheimers.org.ukEmail:deborah.vatansever@alzheimers.org.uk deborah.vatansever@alzheimers.org.uk
  • 27. To Report it Dial 999, 101, 0800 555 111 To Report a Hate Crime West Midlands Police Are please to certify that Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service Is an official Third Party Reporting Centre for Hate Crime Or Telephone: 0121 380 4949 Have you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident?Hate crimes and incidents many come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on thegrounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you orsomeone you know, that you report it.True Vision is here to give you information about hate crime or incidents and how to report it.www.report-it.org.ukOn this website, you can: • Find out what hate crimes or hate incidents are. • Find out about the ways you can report them. • Report using the online form. • Find information about people that can help and support you if you have been a victim.Reporting makes a difference – to you, your friends, and your community. By reporting hatecrime when it happens, you can help stop it happening to someone else. You will also help thepolice to better understand the level of hate crime in your local area, and improve the way theyrespond to it.
  • 28. Venue Type of Group Frequency When Contact Address groupHear for you Postponed until further noticeL.A.F Group Twice a month Samantha (Ladies Sure Start Alum female carers 2nd and 4th 12th and 26th BricknellActive Focus Rock only Tuesday of the March Group) month 10am-12.30pm 07713385892 Start Again Bridgehouse Samantha 509 Aldridge Wellbeing Last Monday of 25th March W.I.G.S Road group every month 11am-1pm Bricknell Great Barr 07713385892 B44 8NA Chinese New community Second Samantha Chinese Chinese centre Wednesday of 13th March Bricknell carers onlycarer group 99 Bradford every month 11.30am-1.30pm 07713385892 road Zinnia Centre SamanthaNew Carers 100 Showell Mixed carers Third th Green Lane Wednesday of 20 March Bricknell group group Sparkhill the month 5.00pm-7.00pm 07713385892 B11 4HL Small Heath Health Centre First SamanthaNew Carers 42 Chapman 6th March Carers group Wednesday of Bricknell group Road 2.00pm-4.00pm the month 07713385892 Small heath B10 0PG Maryam House Twice a month SamanthaNew Carers Bridge Road 2nd & 4th 13th and 27th Carers group Bricknell Group Saltley Wednesday of March B8 3SF the month 6.00pm-8.00pm 07713385892 Creative Support Once a month SamanthaNew Carers 64 Water Street th Take a Break Last Friday of 29 March Bricknell Group Digbeth the month 2.00-4.00pm 07713385892 B3 1HN
  • 29. Type Venue Group of Frequency When Contact Address Group Kinmos Centre Dinesh 5th April Carers Group 1 High Street Mixed st 1 Friday of Chauhan Group 12pm – Kings Heath, B14 Every Month 07713 2pm 7AR 385891 Hazelwell Street Dinesh Stirchley Stirchley Mixed 3rd Thursday of 21st March Chauhan Carers Group Birmingham, B30 Group Every Month 11am – 2pm 07713 2JX 385891 Joanne The Stechford Club ND 14th March Stechford Social 2 Thursday of Davies 7 Victoria Street, & 11th April Carers Group Group Every Month 0771137847 Stechford 7pm - 9pm 6 Newbridge Carers 130 Hob Moor with Last Wednesday of 27th March Mick Brown House Road, Patients Month 2012 07713 385 In-patient in Small Heath, Evening Drop In. 6pm – 8pm 893 Group Hospital Newbridge Carers 130 Hob Moor with Twice a Month 24th March Mick Brown House New Day Time Road, Patients 2012 07713 385 In-patient in Advice and Info Small Heath, 2pm to 4pm 893 Group Hospital Group Stockland Green Joanne Time 4U Methodist Church Carers Weekly 11 – 1.30 Davies Carers Group Slade Rd, Erdington Group Every Tuesday 1 ½ hour 07711 B23 7JH 378476 Phoenix Phoenix Centre, Carers Weekly Joanne Davies Harrison Road, (off 11am – 1pm Centre Clinical Every 07711 Erdington High 2 hours Drop – In Drop - In Wednesday 378476 Street) Erdington Carers Drop New 19th March Joanne In Community Hub Mixed Every other 2pm – Davies Group Farthing Lane, Group Tuesday 3.30pm 07711 378476 Sutton Coldfield Community Hub Mick Brown Sutton Mixed Last Thursday of 28th March Carers Group Farthing Lane, Sutton Group Every Month 6pm – 8pm 07713 385 Coldfield 893 New Heights St Johns Weekly 10 - 12Arts & crafts Centre Warren Farm Mixed Every Thursday Joanne Davies Group 2 hours Road, Kingstanding Group Morning 01213804949 B44 0QN
  • 30. Are you a carer for someone experiencing mental health difficulties?Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust are working in partnership with Birmingham Mental Health Carer Support Service to provide a support and information group for carers of service users within mental health services.The group will provide practical and social support as well as educatingcarers; utilising the Meriden Programme, to help them feel equipped to cope with their role. When: Third Wednesday of the month 5.00pm – 7.00pm At: Zinnia Centre 100 Showell Green Lane Sparkhill, B11 4HL For more information please or to book a place please call Samantha Bricknell at Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carer Support Service on 0121 380 4949/07713 385892 or Tracie Adkins on 0121 301 7244 / 301 5417 In Partnership
  • 31. A chance to take a break and share experiences Receive Receive important information for carers and sign posting Last Friday of each month 2pm- 2pm-4pm Location: Creative Support 64 Water Street Birmingham B3 1HN For information on the group please callSamantha Bricknell at Stonham Birmingham Carer Mental Health Carer Support Service 0121 380 4949 or 07713 385892
  • 32. Do you care for someone with a mental condition? health condition? Interested in talking to other carers, getting information, advice & support all while doing something new & creative? Then come along to our Friends & Family Drop-In Every Tuesday’s 11.30am -12.30pm BEECHCROFT, to the rear of 501, Slade Road, Erdington, Birmingham, B23 7JGPeople who look after others often benefit from meeting At the St. John’s Centre, Warren Farm Road Kingstanding, , Kingstanding, B44 0QN with people in a similar situation. Time-4-U will offer Every Thursday carers mutual support and practical information from 10AM– 10AM– 12PM carers groups/services from across For more information call Stonham Birmingham Mental Health Carer Birmingham. Support on So just drop-in, it’s a friendly, relaxed and supportive 0121 380 4949 or text/ call Jo on environment to talk about any worries and share your 07711378476 Computer FREE Computer Classes for CARERSCome along to our taster day and find out more At The Phoenix Centre about using computers for fun. Harrison Road Erdington For further information please contact our on Every Wednesday 11am – 1pm contact Jo on 07713 378476 At Are you a Carer for someone with Mental Heath Issues Our Place Community Hub, Would you like more 1 & 2 South Cottages, Farthing Lane, Sutton information on benefits, Coldfield, B72 1RN education, housing or any other issues Come along for an Never used a computer before? No informal chat and a chance to meet other problem! carers and carer support All abilities welcome. workers Refreshments will beContact Birmingham Mental Health Carer Support Service availableGateway Team on 0121 380 4949 or call/text Jo on 07713 For any further 378476 information please Please note this is subject to sufficient interest and commitment from Carers contact Jo on 07711 378476 or Donna on 07985 882806
  • 33. Carer’s Support Group atLongbridge Health and Community Centre, Park Way, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 9PL 11am to 1pm fortnightly on: Contact Fathima on 07713 387324 or Jan on 077133 85888 or just come along
  • 34. Stonham CarerPlease use for your Services Unit 3, Holt Court North Heneage Street Westcomments, feedback or Birmingham Science Park Aston, B7 4AXcomplaints & return to:

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