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Archive for July, 2010

One year of our forum development worker

We celebrated Peter’s first year with an informal meeting with cake.

News from the self help groups

  • Tony told us about a couple of groups meeting in Earlestown and Newton – meetings are open to all and they welcome new members –
  • Earlestown social group meets at the Crownway Centre – Tuesdays 1-3pm and Thursdays 2-4pm. Contact CDP for more information
  • Newton men’s group meets on Fridays at Martin Avenue. Contact Mind for more information.

  • The Oasis group meets every Monday at the United Reformed Church – contact Together for more details or just drop in – all welcome.

Art exhibition for World Mental Health Day
  • See the attached flyer.
  • Please do enter a piece in the exhibition – it can be a photograph or embroidery as well as a painting or drawing. Entry is free and we are aiming to display all work.

Arts in Prescot

  • The Forum Development Worker, Peter, told us about his involvement with the arts festival held in Prescot. Do speak to him for more information about events in Prescot.

Carers meeting

  • John Edwards from 5 Boroughs /  St Helens Council is speaking to the carers group on 14th July.

Collective Voice – regional network

  • No news to report.
  • Next meeting 9th October in Preston.

The single point of access – Open Mind.

  • Their leaflet says that they can provide “information, advice and access to local mental health services for anyone over 16 years old”. Their phone number is 0800 183 0206.
Patient Opinion – http://www.patientopinion.org.uk

This service gives you an opportunity to tell your story about your experience of health services. It then goes anonymously straight to the person who could do something about it – either to improve things or to thank the people involved.

There aren’t many postings from people in St Helens. Remember you can post any story – it doesn’t matter whether your experience was good or bad, or whether you have any suggestions on how to improve services. The website is easy to use but you can also phone them  ( 0845  113 0012 ) and they’ll put the story up for you.

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