Be InvolvedHave your Say, Join us at our client involvementmeeting, which regularly meet up to bring ideastogether, working together, for a better service. Doyou want to add ideas to our monthly newsletter, orbring something, or bring something else to the table,do you have ideas about bring carers together, thenlet us know, by contacting 0121 380 4949.Contribute articles.PoemsPhotographsArt WorkOr anything you would like to see appearin these pages.If you have any ideas contact Balkar Shoker on thedetails below.By Phone:0121 380 4949By Email:Balkar.Shoker@homegroup.org.ukOr by Post to:Birmingham Mental Health Carers SupportService.Unit 3, Holt Court North,Heneage Street West,Aston Science Park,Birmingham,B7 4AX.Carers Dedicated Website:https://bhammhcarer.homegroup.org.ukIMPORTANT NOTICEBefore 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 forguidance only, and is not a substitute for professional advice. Stonham cannot accept any responsibility for lossor liability occasioned as a result of any person acting or refraining from acting on information contained in thisPack.PALS customerrelations(Patient Advice andLiaison Service)Can provide information on arange of mental healthmatters, and liaison with allTrust servicesMonday to Friday8am to 8pmContact0800 953 0045Text07985883509Emailpals@bsmhft.nhs.ukWebsite:www.bsmhft.nhs.ukPlease note that the PALSteam is NOT a medical team.If you have an immediatehealth problem please contactNHS Direct above or your GP
How to apply, ask your local client involvement and diversity representative for more informationby phoning our information and referral line on: 0121 380 4949.Or email: MHCarerService@homegroup.org.ukAddress: Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support Service, Unit 3, Holt Court North, HeneageStreet West, Aston Science Park, Birmingham, B7 4AX.Birmingham and SolihullEquality Diversity and Client InvolvementSteering GroupBeHave your Say.We regularly meet up to bring ideas together to ensure that weare continually improving our service with the help of ourclients.You can expect:Support and encouragementOpportunities to take part in diversity & client events andmeetings.Workshops and Training around Client Involvement and Diversity.Diversity does not mean special treatment; it means fair treatment, which may vary forindividuals with different needs. It means understanding society the best way we can, andtaking a positive approach to community thinking.The way we do Business:A business that encourages a diverse cultureattracts people and helps it perform at its best.Diversity & Client Involvement.Working in partnership to help support people within their local communities,working together helps prevent social isolation and improves access toservices that people sometimes so desperately need.Have you everwondered aboutClientInvolvement?Are you passionateabout equality anddiversity?Involved
Reaching Communities.Sexual Health Promotion ServiceThe aim of the service is always to provide effective, culturally-sensitive sexual healthpromotion 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 informationabout this service and others within the sexual promotion service please see:Their work with ethnic communities includes:Research, evaluation and community needs assessmentAdvice and consultancyDeveloping and utilising resourcesTraining for professionalsAwareness-raising and skills-building in communitiesDeveloping peer educationCondom distributionTwo outreach projects working directly to promote sexual health serviceswithin the African (Ubuntu) and African Caribbean (REAL) communities.Attwood Green Health Centre, 30 Bath Row, Birmingham, B15 1LZ.Tel: (0121) 334 0767Fax: (0121) 465 0357Is an online encyclopaedia of medicine that provides a trusted immediatereference resource for clinicians in the UK and internationally.It is updated regularly, and the database consists of over 26,000 pages ofinformation; fast and reliable, many doctors use GP notebook during theirconsultations.http://www.gpnotebook.co.uk/homepage.cfm
Young Gifted Brum(YGB) Workshops(Young Drum Theatre Co)A programme of free weekly creativeworkshops for children and young people.The emphasis is on developing practical skills whilst having fun.If you are between 14 and 25 and have a talent inActing, Design, Filmmaking/Digital Art andScriptwriting, then we want to hear from you! YGBare holding a programme of free weekly creativeworkshops for children and young people. Theemphasis is on developing practical skills whilsthaving fun.Things to look out for in coming months at the Drum.Vocal workshops with Tynie SuperstarGuitar workshopsPrivate (one to one or small groups) music tuitionComedy clubWriters WorkshopYoung Drum Forum - leadership development for 16 - 25 year oldsFor further enquires please call the drum on 0121 333 2444 or phone0773 6925 3866THE UK’s PREMIER BLACK-LEDARTS CENTREbook online or call 0121 333 2444Wednesday: its Thursday Club!!!5:30pm - 7:30pmFree AdmissionThe Drum144 Potters LaneAston, BirminghamWest MidlandsB6 4UUCall: 0121 333 2400Fax: 0121 333 2440Email: email@example.com://www.the-drum.org.uk/contact/
Kushinga Carers ProjectRun by the African Community Council for the Regions (ACCR)Kushinga support African Informal Carers who look after their family, partners or friends because theyare ill, frail or have a disability. Whether the Carer is an adult or young person, the Kushinga will offer alistening ear.The Services Offered by the KushingaProjectInformation, Advice, Guidance and Advocacy.Any Carer is welcome to drop into our centre during its opening hours.They offer culturally and linguistically specific counseling and emotional support.Whatever your African background, we are here to help you.Advice, Support and Counseling sessions are confidential.They provide information and support to enable African Carers to integrateinto the Birmingham Carers Forums and to gain access to other widerCarer Network Services and local community organizations.They provide anti-stigmatising and anti-discriminatory support for Carers, helping to enablethem to understand cultural references and overcome social/ cultural barriers.They also offer assistance with Job Search and CV writing, Training opportunities, Leisureactivities and information on Health and Wellbeing.Contact Details.The Kushinga Carers Project(ACCR), Prospect Hall, 12 College Walk, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 2LEOpening timesMonday to Friday, 9:30am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4:00pmPhone: 0121 415 6670
New Heights have organised aday trip toonFor more details contactNew Heights on0121 384 2333 orStonham Carers on0121 380 4949to book & confirm your place£20.00
Aspiring to be yourself?Young people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures can be affected by Asperger`sSyndrome.For information visitwww.projectaspie.comThe project website provides essential advice and information that is specific to the unique needsof young people that have Asperger`s Syndrome. Our forum and chat room enables membersvoices to be heard. It also offers parents and carers of loved ones with Aspergers Syndrome helpand support and features a counselling service for all members.Help on offer from LadywoodCommunity AdviceLadywood HealthLadywood HealthLadywood HealthLadywood Health & Community Centre& Community Centre& Community Centre& Community CentreSt Vincent Street West, B16 8RP.St Vincent Street West, B16 8RP.St Vincent Street West, B16 8RP.St Vincent Street West, B16 8RP.Ladywood Community Advice are holding sessionsLadywood Community Advice are holding sessionsLadywood Community Advice are holding sessionsLadywood Community Advice are holding sessionsMondays and Thursdays between10am to10am to10am to10am to 1:30pm.1:30pm.1:30pm.1:30pm.Do you need help or advice about changes to welfare?Do you need help or advice about changes to welfare?Do you need help or advice about changes to welfare?Do you need help or advice about changes to welfare?Unsure how changes affect you, or struggling to cope?Unsure how changes affect you, or struggling to cope?Unsure how changes affect you, or struggling to cope?Unsure how changes affect you, or struggling to cope?Unable to get online to make an application or bid?Unable to get online to make an application or bid?Unable to get online to make an application or bid?Unable to get online to make an application or bid?Anyone can drop-in to get help and advice particularly around the changes to benefits that affect a lot ofclaimants from the start of April. The sessions are taking place downstairs in the Community Centre wherethere is a suite of computers which are available for people to pop in and use for things like universal jobmatch, housing bids and making online applications.For more details contact HarryFor more details contact HarryFor more details contact HarryFor more details contact Harry onononon 0121 456 3212.0121 456 3212.0121 456 3212.0121 456 3212.
This year the main festival site is wristbands only, tickets are currently on sale at the early buy priceof £5 per day or £8 for a weekend ticket.Tickets can be exchanged for wristbands on the Pride weekend.Tickets are on sale online from the Pride website and seetickets.com or in person from all the city’sleading gay venues, bars and clubs. Plus on sale from Prowler and Clone Zone stores.More info Find our more info as it becomes available at birminghampride.com
Do You Identify As Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Queer Or Transgender? Not Straight?LGBT Carers ForumAn online & in person support group for LGB&T carers and professionals across theUK but with particular focus on the North West of England.Registration is quick and confidential; all you need to do is click on the registerbutton via the website. You can also connect with Facebook to access the groupwith your Facebook account. Please website for further information.http://support.lgf.org.uk/For some carers, meeting other carers face-to-face is the best way for you to get theinformation and support that you need. Therefore, there will be a monthly supportgroup for carers to come along to on the last Monday of the month – either as a one-off drop in to pick up information or for more regular support. This group willunderstand your needs as an LGBT carer and can be your first step into other LGBTfriendly services to support you.Also, keep up to date with news, find out about events, and chat with other carerswho understand how you feel, on the new LGBT Carers Online Forumhttp://support.lgf.org.uk/For more information, and for advice on support for carers, email firstname.lastname@example.org://www.blgbt.org/Birmingham LGBThttp://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/Birmingham LGBT Centre is a project ofBirmingham LGBTBirmingham LGBT CentreBirmingham LGBT CentreBirmingham LGBT CentreBirmingham LGBT CentreYou can call the Birmingham LGBT Centre on: 0121 643 1160Birmingham LGBT will work with community groups and members of the community todevelop an exciting range of cultural and community events, ensuring that the centre actsas a hub for LGBT community activity in the city.The Birmingham LGBT centre is located in the heart of Birmingham in the Southsidedistrict, close to all major transport hubs. Address: 38/40 Holloway Circus, Birmingham, B1
The basic mission statement of BPSu21 is to inspireyoung people to explore their creativity and provide forthem the equipment, space, guidance and the communityto develop their skills and experience as photographersBPSu21 welcomes anyone who has a real passion forphotography and wants to further extend their expertisebehind the lens. Some members are hobbyists, whileothers 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 and3:30pm at the Custard Factory in Birmingham, as well as forevents, trips and projects at other times during the year.For More information please visit their website on:http://www.bpsu21.co.uk/Or call Eddie on 07769 956947 or Email: email@example.comAddress:Birmingham Photographic SocietyThe Custard Factory,Gibb Street, Digbeth,Birmingham,B9 4AABirmingham PhotographicSociety for under 21sBirmingham PhotographicSociety for under 21sSet up in October 2012.Website:http://www.bpsu21.co.uk/
My Personal Best is about young people inspiring and supporting each other to be the bestthey can. My Personal Best is a national project ran by Beat, the UKs campaigning eating disordercharity. The My Personal Best project has created a young-people led, web based community focusingon promoting well-being and positive self-esteem. Please see the website below:www.mypersonalbest.org.ukYouthspaceProgramme aims to support young people with a preventative approach to youth mentalhealth difficulties and targets 14-25year age group.Youth space offers advice and information from clinicians, professional staff and young expertson all aspects of mental health & emotional wellbeing.Please see for more information:http://www.youthspace.me
Personal experiences of health and illnessMany people with who are offered ECT can feel anxious or concerned:What will it be like? How can I prepare myself?Would 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?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.firstname.lastname@example.orgStudy approved by Berkshire Research Ethics Committee 12/SC/0495
Civil LegalAdvice helplineCivil Legal Advice (CLA) is a nationaladvice line for England & Wales,Paid for by legal aid.Who can use the CLAservice?People living on a low income orbenefits, who are eligible for legalaid can get specialist legal adviceon benefits and tax credits, debt,education, housing, employmentand family problems.How do people getadvice from CLA?Online adviceTelephone adviceCall0845 345 4 345OrText ‘legalaid’ and your name to80010. CLA will call back within 24hours.Open Monday to Friday 9.00 am to8.00 pm and Saturday 9.00 am to12.30 pm.Text relay 0845 609 6677Free translation service for callerswhose first language is not EnglishGet advice in British SignLanguage (BSL)CLA can also talk to someone onbehalf of the clientThe information provided here isintended for guidance only, and isnot to be taken as a substitute forprofessional advice. Stonhamcannot take any responsibility foradvice given by civil legal adviceline.
Carers EmergencyResponse Service.The CERS team will thenwork with the Carer andthe person they care for toput together a ContingencyPlan detailing what theywant to happen in anemergency, for use in theevent of an emergency.In the event of anemergency affecting thecarer, CERS will put theplan into action. You haveto be registered to accessthe service.For More Information andto Register Please Contact:0845 468 1338Or email email@example.com.The service is free ofcharge.Carers Advocacy ServiceIn BirminghamAre you a carer aged 18or over?Do you carer for someone16 or over?Do you need support tomake sure your needsas a carer are listened to?If so, one of our advocatesmay be able to help you.Our Advocates support carers to:• Get help if they cant cope• Apply for services• Make a complaint• Speak up in meetings• Get help if their situation changesThis service is free for carers in BirminghamPhone: 0800 23 49 490Email: Birmingham@careradvocacy.orgText: 07773334555
OHealth Exchange Mutual CaringAre you caring for someone or are they caring for you?Do you have a disability and have changing care needs?Do they need support through this journey?For more information speak to a mutual care advisor on:Our health, our communitywww.healthexchange.org.ukThis free support scheme is being delivered by the health exchange andthe disability resource centre to assist people through this journey.Mutual Carers need the right information and support to continue to carefor each other. This could meanBeing able to talk to someoneHaving a break from caringHelp with practical tasksBeing able to have a life outside of the caring roleGetting the right equipmenthttp://www.healthexchange.org.uk/our-services/self-managed/mutual-care/If you have any questions about this or any other service offered by DRC/HealthExchange, please contact either Alison Green or Rachel Georgiou at HealthExchange on 0121 663 0007.Health Exchange.Avoca Court, 27Moseley Road,Digbeth,Birmingham.B12 0HJ.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.If you are caring for a friend or relativeand feel in need of support, take a lookat our website atwww.timebank.org.uk/carers-together.Or you can email us email@example.comOr telephone on 0121 236 2531.Carers TogetherTimeBank, 10 Water Street,Birmingham, B3 1HLFollow us on Twitter: @TimeBankAnd Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/volunteerukTimeBank is an ONE20 initiative. ONE20 is acompany limited by guarantee registered in Englandand Wales no. 3695114 and a registered charity no.107383; Scotland.
Positive Mental Health GroupThe group is open to anyone with an interest in promoting a greaterawareness of mental health issues across the communities of Birminghamand Solihull. Your chance to share information, news & views withstatutory agencies, voluntary sector organisations, user groups - andindividual 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 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 ATFriends 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 andother voluntary or user groups within Birmingham and Solihull – Phone 0800 953 0045Confused about the changes to benefits?Do you have a mental health condition or care for someone who does?Then come to the The Phoenix Hub & Clubhouse Harrison Road, Erdington, B249AAWednesday 15thMay11:30amBirmingham City Council’s Benefits Advice Teamwill be giving a talk and taking contact details for individual adviceFor more information contact The Phoenix on 0121 685 6801
Coffee Morning!13th May 2013Duke Street ChapelDuke StreetSutton ColdfieldB72 1RJJoin us for somedelicious home made cakes,freshly brewed coffeeand help raisefunds for carersWalk & Talk EventMonday 10th June 2013This year’s theme for the week is‘Prepared to care?’- are youaccessing all the practicaland emotional support you need tocontinue caringand look after yourself?The Carers Support Team invites you to join them on ahealth and wellbeing event for Carers to help mark thebeginning of Carers Week 2013 in Birmingham.If you would like to join the team, other carers andProfessionals for a leisurely walk followed by a gentle cooldown exercise and laughter session (optional) then youcan meet us in the courtyard at therear of the Midlands Arts CentreCannon Hill ParkMonday 10th June 2013Meet at 10am to start walking at10:30amFor more information on this walk orother issuesContact the Carers Support Team on:Tel. 0121 466 4314Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite:www.bhamcommunity.nhs.uk/carers-supportPlease remember to dress appropriately for the Britishweather and bring along any refreshments or equipmentyou may need whilst walking i.e. a drink, walking aids etc.Please Note: Whilst the terrain at Cannon hill Park isreasonably flat and the cool down session very gentle ifyou have not taken part in any exercise recently or haveany pre-existing medical condition you should consult yourGP before undertaking the walk. Birmingham CommunityHealthcare Trust or the Carers Support Team cannot beheld responsible or liable for any claim, loss or damageresulting from attendance at the walk.
To Report it Dial 999, 101, 0800 555 111Or 0121 380 4949To Report a Hate CrimeWest Midlands PoliceAre please to certify thatStonham Birmingham Mental Health Carers Support ServiceIs an officialThird Party Reporting Centre for Hate CrimeHave you or someone you know been a victim of a hate crime or hate incident?Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on thegrounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to 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 avictim.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
List of Stonham’s Carers Groups in BirminghamGroupVenueAddressType ofGroupFrequency When ContactLongbridgeCarers GroupLongbridge Healthand CommunityCentre, 10 ParkWay, Rednal, B459PLMixed CarersSupportGroupEvery Two Weeks08thMay22ndMay05thJune201311am to1pm.Janet Summers07713385888Carers GroupKinmos Centre 1High StreetKings Heath, B147ARMixed Group 1stFriday of EveryMonth3rdMay2013.12pm –2pmJanet Summers07713385888NorthfieldCarers GroupCreative Support,88 Bristol RoadSouth, Northfield,B31 2NSMixed GroupAlternateWednesdays15thMay29thMay12thJune26thJune2013Janet Summers07713385888Kings HeathCarers GroupMind FurnitureShop2A Addison Road,Kings Heath, B147EWMixed Group1stThursday ofevery monthstarting6thJune 2013.6thJune20134thJuly2013Janet Summers07713385888StirchleyCarers GroupHazelwell StreetStirchleyBirmingham, B302JXMixedGroup3rd Thursday ofEvery Month16thMay2013201311am –2pmJanet Summers07713385888W.I.G.SBridge House509 Aldridge RdGreat Barr B448NAWellbeinggroupTo be confirmed, please call for furtherinformation.Wellbeing Information Guidance Sessions (Group).Telephone: Safia Sawal 07713387325.StechfordCarersGroupThe StechfordClub7 Victoria Street,StechfordB33 8AJSocialGroup2ndThursday ofevery month9thMay20137pm -9pmJoanne Davies07711378476NewbridgeHouseEveningGroup130 Hob MoorRoad,Small Heath.B10 9JHEvening GroupAdvice andInfo GroupLast Wednesdayof Month29thMay2013.6pm –8pmMick Brown07713 385 893