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Sometimes, we may feature items that you (and we) may not necessarily agree with but we feel it's important to make our members aware of what is happening out there.
A great way to have a look at what's been happening over the last year is to go to our News page, and visit the pages below.
Our 2020 Annual Members' Event and AGM is now open for registration. It is free and will take place over two days on the 24th and 25th November. You can attend as much or as little as you want- have a look at the AGM website here, including our Creative Exhibition which is full of our members' art and poetry. You can find out more in the bulletin below.
In other news, we are advertising for a Policy Officer. It's a post funded for three years, and we're particularly keen to hear from people who don't have a conventional policy/research background. You can find out more and apply here.
Finally, we have recently published a report on peer support and safety, by Alison Faulkner, which you can read here, as well as a short video by Jane from SM Talking Circleson how the NSUN Covid-19 Fund supported their group for adults with a history of selective mutism.
NSUN Members' Meeting and AGM 2020
We are delighted to invite you to our 2020 Members' Event and AGM on the 24th and 25th of November 2020.
This year, our free two-day event will be held online. You can attend as much or as little of the two days as you'd like. We are so excited to welcome back those of you who have attended one of our AGMs before, and we extend a warm welcome to those of you who are joining us for the first time.
The website gives you all the info you need about the event, including the full schedule for both days and a creative exhibition which displays imaginative artwork, poetry and must-watch videos from our amazing members. We will continue updating it with videos and artwork over the next few weeks.
At our event this year, you can:
Listen to keynote speakers Baljeet Sandhu and Micha Frazer-Carroll
Take part in discussion sessions facilitated by Debbie Roberts on various topics such as the future of peer support with Alison Faulkner, and what works and what hurts in mental health services with Emma Ormerod
Watch the ever-popular 3-minute soapbox speeches whenever and wherever you want - why not make one yourself?
Meet the NSUN team - come meet us and say hello!
Attend our Annual General Meeting where we talk through our activities and finances and where we will review the results of this year's proposed motions
Watch our panel discussions:
LGBTQ+ and survivor activism with Meg-John Barker (further panellists TBC), chaired by Amy Rushton
What do user-led groups need? With Shuranjeet Singh, Steph de la Haye, and Ursula Myrie, chaired by Mark Brown
Youth activism and lived experience leadership with Denise Brown, Liv Wynter, Oge Obioha, and Rosie Tressler, chaired by Amy Wells
We look forward to seeing you soon!
The NSUN Team
Please note: Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email and will be on our AGM mailing list. We will send you more information including how to sign up to the different sessions.
Calls to action
Usually at our AGM we have a mix of members who book a soapbox slot in advance with some members speaking on the day. This year for ease we are going to pre-record soapboxes which will then be ready and available to watch whenever you want.
So we would like to invite you, our members, to record yourselves on a three-minute video speaking about anything you like. You could speak about a current issue that's really important to you, you could talk about your experience of what really helped you through your mental health difficulties, or share your views on what needs to change in society to provide people with the care that they really need and deserve - but really just anything you like!
If you would like to take part, please email email@example.com Friday 23rd October with your interest and we will send you more information about how to create your video. Your film will be hosted on our AGM 2020 website (more news on that imminently). We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Articles, blogs, vlogs, and more
We want to use this space to feature members' blogs, posts, vlogs, podcasts and articles. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org you would like to share yours with the network here.
Black his(herstory) Month - a year on - co-production, whiteness, action research for race equality in mental health
"Weds 28th October, 5-6.30pm
This webinar builds on our conference last October focused on identifying whiteness in working across the colour for race equality in the areas of diagnosis, research and counselling in mental health. The event looks at the challenges, benefits and steps needed to develop a race equality research model, an authentic co-production and equity approach to address the over-representation of black people in mental health in the era of COVID-19.
5pm - opening, Akiko Hart, CEO NSUN
5.10pm - Dr Colin King: research, importance of first person black perspective, as a valued epistemology
5.25pm - Dr Michael Bennett: behind the mask: demedicalising race and mental health in professional football
5.35pm - Professor Gillard and Dr Alison Faulkner: moving from third person whiteness to working in a coproduction collaborative research model of Race equality in mental health.
5.50pm - Niall Boyce, editor: addressing whiteness in psychiatric Journals
Mind, Bipolar UK, Get Up Set Up, NSUN, Together for Mental Wellbeing
These sessions are useful for any of our member groups who use, or want to use, peer support:
"Join the conversation the become part of a growing peer support community
The Connecting Remotely; Peer Support conversation is a fortnightly forum held on Zoom, hosted by Mind, GetUp SetUp, Bipolar UK, Together for Mental Wellbeing, and NSUN (National Survivors User Network). Setup in the wake of COVID-19, the conversation was started to provide a safe space for peer leaders, community groups and organisations to connect, share learning and experiences of peer support during the pandemic and beyond.
You can download the shared learning resource that was written by Alison Faulkner, drawing from the conversations we have been having.
On each session we breakout into up to 3 rooms giving us the opportunity to talk about different topics. This can include conversation around the principles of peer support, how to facilitate online peer support, creative ways of working, and staying safe online.
These sessions will be hosted on Zoom. You can call in or join via video call on your laptop or smart device. We will send out the joining instructions to you in a confirmation email on the day.
Members For Women have just launched a new website: click here.
For Women "contribute to the emotional and physical well-being of women through peer-to-peer talking groups and free educational workshops.
Our vision is a world in which women's well-being is viewed and understood in a holistic way to include the mental, physical, and social aspects of life.
Our mission is to assist and encourage women to strive for wellness in all areas and aspects of their lives and to create spaces where women can support and encourage each other through their experiences."
Free programme in talking for wellbeing
Talk For Health
"How are you… really? In these uncertain times, we need connection now more than ever. At Talk for Health, we provide FREE peer support that’s as effective as therapy.
Click HERE to attend a FREE Talk for Health Taster on 21st October, 3-5pm.
WHAT’S THE IDEA?
It’s important to take care of our emotional wellbeing, just as it is to take care of our bodies. One way of doing this is to connect in a truthful and empathic way with others.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Anyone who wants to take care of their wellbeing and support others.
WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT STEPS?
Attend a Taster and/or do our in-depth 4-day Talk for Health Programme. Then you can:
Come to TALK FOR HEALTH CAFES; continue talking for wellbeing and gain communication skills.
Follow these with ongoing groups for strong peer networks.
It’s all FREE and is commissioned by the NHS. You will learn and have space for:
Honest talking – being the real you
Basic counselling skills
How to set up and be part of an ongoing group to talk for wellbeing.
No Health Without Mental Health Stop Hospital Visiting Restrictions
NSUN member Mike has started a petition to rethink the ban on visiting loved ones in hospital.
"The consequences of enforced isolation from significant others may be unintended; but hopefully by writing this I am supporting many people who have argued the case for enabling carefully managed human contact with significant others for people in hospital or care homes. When unforeseen or unintended difficulties arise, such as damage to people’s mental health, there is an urgent need for a change of policy. There is a lack of logic, clarity and coherence in current policy which is causing confusion and is counter productive... an urgent rethink is needed."
Alongside Psychosis: Alternatives to Psychiatric Admissions
International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis
"Webinar: October 28th, 7.00-8.30pm
We are bringing together speakers who work internationally or in the UK and offer support to people who experience a crisis related to psychosis. Our speakers will talk about rights based and person centred support their organisations offer people in these situations. They will talk about their experiences at Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service, Trieste in Italy, Soteria Vermont in the USA and an activist's experience in Manchester of trying to change the system.
Empowering Our Communities Through Self-Advocacy (Leeds area)
"Wed, 28 October 2020,10:00 – 12:30 GMT
Our free self advocacy event is on in less than two weeks' time! It includes a coproduction workshop for people with mental health difficulties; if you want to attend, please register here. You can read more in our blog here."
The Marsh Awards are back for 2020
Mind, Marsh Christian Trust, PeerFest
"Nominations now open!
This is an opportunity to nominate your peer support group for an award and receive a cash prize.
The Marsh Awards for mental health peer support 2020 recognise excellence in mental health peer support in England and Wales.
We know there is fantastic peer-led peer support running in England and Wales. We also know that during the pandemic many groups have found alternative ways of running their face-to-face meetings with groups moving online or using other digital platforms. We'd love to hear from all of you!
Deadline for nominations is midnight Sunday 8 November 2020.
We will be awarding 9 projects under the categories of:
Peer support in marginalised communities
Doing it for ourselves
Innovative peer support
Your nomination needs to be completed collectively with representatives of the group/project. Each project chosen will receive a cash prize and hear about other events and learning opportunities offered by Mind and PeerFest partners.
We will invite all finalists to a special celebration event which will take place online mid-December 2020.
If you need any help or support about nominating your group or filling in the online nomination form then drop us a message at email@example.com"
Personalised Care: Peer Leadership Foundation - Step One
"Learn what personalised care is and how the whole population can benefit:
As the NHS moves towards a more personalised health and care system, it’s important for people to have a clear idea of what this new, more targeted approach to health and care means for them.
On this course you’ll learn what personalised care is, and how it can benefit the whole population in England. You’ll also hear how it works in practice.
"The Shared Decision Making 2020 and Beyond conference is now to be delivered online.
A Zoom link will be sent to you nearer the conference dates.
As we are aware that people becoming very tired from a whole day Zoom attendance, this conference is now divided into two half days; the first will take place on Tuesday, 17th November 2020 a.m., and the second on Wednesday, 25th November p.m.
Aim: Updating our knowledge, evidence, and implementation of SDM in mental health
Day 1 (17th November 2020): 10.00-13.30
10.00-10.15 Welcome and introduction
10.15-10.45 Obstacles to SDM
10.45-11.15 How does the Springbank ward avoid the obstacles highlighted in 2015?
11.30-12.00 Beginning to Implement Shared Decision Making in HPFT led jointly by service users and providers trainers
12.00-12.30 Decision making concerning the use of medication by pregnant women experiencing mental ill health
12.30-13.00 Comments and Questions
Day 2: Wednesday, 25th November 2020: 14.00- 17.00
14.00-14.15 Welcome and introduction
14.15-14.45 The Montgomery Case and its implications for SDM in mental health
14.45-15.15 The place of shared decision making in the application of the IMR (Illness, Management and Recovery) Programme to the Israeli Arab Population
15.15-15.45 The Role of Shared Decision Making in the application of the Keshet Programme of Working with Family Carers
16.00-16.30 Exploring the influence of SDM and Therapeutic Relationships on Service User’s and Clinicians’ attitudes to Antipsychotic Medication
16.30-17.00 Does it make a difference if we choose?
17.00-17.30 Comments and Questions
To book, please let Shula know which date(s) you would like to attend via email: firstname.lastname@example.org".
Let's watch "Tattoo" together on Wednesday 21st October
Other Ways To Care
We return this month with another collaboration, and so we invite you to join us on Wednesday 21st October at 7 pm (BST) for the screening of Tattoo (2020) by The Outsiders Project.
The Outsiders Projectwill co-host this screening, which means the director and many of the writers-actors involved in the project will share the evening with us and join us in conversation. Tattoo (2020) is a collection of five stories which speak for themselves and as a collective voice.
It is 16 minutes long in total and we will screen it without interruption. We will be there in the chat throughout and we can hang around after to talk for a while, and there will be space to connect with those involved in the film and wider project directly. We hope to learn and enquire about the project's methods, its people, its community and flourishing. We won’t see you, you won’t see us, we will simply write to each other. We estimate we will finish around 8:15 pm (BST).
We will share with you a link to the streaming platform one hour before the screening starts on Wednesday."
Social security for all of us - agreeing a way forward event
Commission on Social Security
"The Commission on Social Security, led by Experts by Experience has identified 8 ideas for a better benefits system. The Commission is undertaking a public consultation to see what people think of the proposals.
These online sessions will enable people to discuss these proposals in more detail. Each session will: • Explain the background to the Commission on Social Security • Talk through the proposals for a better benefits system • Have small group discussions using zoom breakout rooms"
"We’re delighted to announce the Social Care Future On-Line Festival and hope that you’ll come along to help build a brighter future between November 4th-6th 2020
What is social care to you? What should it be? How can we build something better?
Social Care Future is not only about imagining something better but also action to bring it about. That is why the presentations and debates go beyond sharing ideas and developments to prompt and propose follow up action. Many of the sessions will update on current actions, others will start new ones and invite others to join in. Everything links to our inquiry “Whose social care future is it anyway” led by a panel of people with lived experience of social care. All sessions will be co-produced and delivered.
New survey request - remote communication technology
Shaping Our Lives
"During the Covid19 pandemic many appointments, meetings and leisure activities have taken place remotely. Shaping Our Lives want to find out if remote communication technology is a good way for you to take part or receive a service. Or, if remote ways of communicating are difficult or impossible for you to use.
Shaping Our Lives would be very grateful if you answer a short survey. This survey is only for d/Deaf and Disabled people.
You will not be asked to give your name and all answers will be kept anonymous. What you and other people tell Shaping Our Lives will then be used to tell people in national and local government the support d/Deaf and Disabled people need to use remote communication technology and if it is suitable all the time.
To complete the survey you can either: 1. Click here 2. Send an email to: email@example.com and we can send a Word version of the survey for you to complete. 3. Call Becki on 07956 424511 and do the survey over the telephone or by Zoom.
The survey will take about 15 minutes."
University of Nottingham
"Narrative Experience Online (NEON) study:
The NEON study is running three trials looking at whether access to stories of recovery from mental health problems can help people affected by mental health problems. NEON is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
Stories have been collected from all around the world, and our collection includes stories of recovery outside of mental health services, despite poor experiences with mental health services, and with the support of mental health services. We have tried to be as inclusive as possible in our definition of the term recovery.
If you would like to offer your story for use in NEON, you can find out more here. All stories are welcome. Our current focus is on including more stories from people whose mental health has been harmed by the prejudices of others. We hope that these stories will make a big difference to others.
You can sign up for a NEON trial hereup until March 2021. All participants will receive access to the stories we have collected, either immediately or after a year.
Dr Caroline Yeo-Fox, Survivor Researcher and Activist"
Understanding alcohol use among people with lived experience of a mental health problem
University of Liverpool
"Do you have a diagnosis of either bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or other psychotic condition? Do you currently drink alcohol or are a non-drinker (but have previously drank alcohol)? Are you aged 18 or older? Are you based in the North West of England?
If you answered yes to these questions, we would like to invite you to take part in a telephone-based research study at the University of Liverpool. We want to interview you about your experiences of drinking or not drinking alcohol and how this may have changed over time. We are a group of individuals who have lived experience of a mental health problem. If you take part you will be paid with a £20 voucher (Love2Shop).
If you are interested in taking part or would like more information please contact Jo-Anne Puddephatt via email at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Expert by Experience Consultation
Manchester Metropolitan University, funded by the National Institute for Health Research
"This is an opportunity to discuss your thoughts about a possible new NHS service for children and young people distressed by hearing voices, seeing visions, or other "unusual" sensory experiences or thoughts that don't feel like their own.
I would like to discuss plans for the service with you and hear your thoughts through an informal teleconference call on Zoom. You will recieve a £20 amazon voucher for your time.
You can take part if you are aged 16+, have direct experiences of hearing voices and other sensory experiences or are a parent/carer or a young person who has voices and visions, and have sought support from practicioners in NHS children and young people's mental health services for you or your child.
Improving the health of people with mental and physical health problems - what are the questions you would like to see answered by research?
University of York
As part of our mental health research here at the University of York, we want to give people living with both mental and physical health problems a voice in deciding the most important questions to be answered by future research. To do this, we are undertaking a research priority setting project.
Our aim is to identify questions about what would help people with mental health problems look after their physical health, and what treatments and services, if examined by research, could make a real difference to peoples’ lives.
If you would like to add your questions and ideas, you can do so by taking part in a short online survey here.The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete and you do not need to give your name or contact details, unless you would like to hear more about the survey results.
"Our report, Pushed from pillar to post: Improving the availability and quality of support after self-harm in England, shows that there is no consistently effective support available to people who self-harm. This situation must improve to better support people and tackle rising rates of self-harm.
"'Psychosis Outside the Box' has been designed as a non-research, grassroots knowledge generation project with the goal of bringing together diverse accounts of experiences associated with psychosis that have been traditionally neglected. Specifically, we focus on visions and quasi-visual experiences, 'felt presences,' and alterations of time and space. The compilation includes both first person descriptions and, for those who opt to provide this, strategies developed to address any distressing aspects of these experiences.
"In this paper the authors build on their practical experiences to explore how a strengths based approach to wellbeing could transform the quality of our community life. Disabled people and families show us the power of self-direction and building on the assets in our communities. Now is the time to radically rethink the role of public services and to shift power to citizens and local neighbourhoods.
Read and download the free pdf in your browser here."
Inequalities of experience and outcomes
Centre for Mental Health
"People with the poorest mental health too often find the help they are offered is the least effective, the least relevant and, for some, the most coercive. This is most dramatically evident for people from Black communities in the UK, who experience higher levels of coercion and poorer long-term outcomes.
This third briefing from the Commission for Equality in Mental Health explores why communities with higher rates of mental ill health often get the least effective support. Poorer experiences of mental health support are also reported by many other groups, including LGBT+ people, who find their experiences are not well understood by services, and autistic people, who find services poorly adjusted to their needs. People in the criminal justice system are also more likely to have had negative experiences of mental health care in the past, as well as difficulties getting help for their mental health while in prison or after their release."
Jobs and recruitment
Salary: £23,709 NJC SCP 26 (FTE £29,636) per year (funded for 3 years until Dec 2023)
Job type: Contract, Part-time
Hours: 28 hours per week (4 days a week)
We are looking for someone with relevant skills to deliver NSUN’s policy function and to articulate a rights-based mental health policy, with a focus on the impact of poverty/precarity, housing and un/employment on mental health.
Funded for 3 years by Trust for London, this work will explore how poverty, lack of social security, poor housing or poor working conditions impact on Londoners’ mental health. Alongside the CEO, the Policy Officer will develop a series of achievable policy changes across different areas which would improve Londoners’ mental health. The work will amplify and connect the grassroots work of user-led and community-based campaigning groups working in London, and will collect, support and publicise system-changing ideas and voices. Whilst the main focus of the work is London, as NSUN is an England-wide charity, there will be opportunities to influence at a national level.
We would particularly welcome applications from individuals from marginalised or racialised communities, and from individuals who do not have a traditional policy or research background.
How to apply
Please find the full job listing and job description/person specification here. Please send your completed application form and EOP form to email@example.com 5pm Wednesday 4th November 2020 (interviews via Zoom Wed 11th November).
Peer Support Group Facilitators
Hearts and Minds
"We are recruiting new peer support group facilitators!
Hearts & Minds are currently in the process of setting up new specialist monthly sessions for members of our community who face additional discrimination, marginalisation and systemic barriers to accessing support. There will be 4 new monthly groups that members can access in addition to the weekly programme, specifically for:
As such, we are looking to recruit peer support group facilitators to lead on each of the groups. In order to ensure these individuals are representative of the groups they will work with, we are looking for applicants who under 30, have lived experience of mental health difficulties/distress and share the lived experience relevant to each group.
Please click each group name above (or via this link) to access and download the relevant job pack. If you share more than one of these lived experiences, you are welcome to apply for more than one of the roles.
These roles are 1 day per month at £130 per day.
To apply, please complete and send your application form and diversity monitoring form to Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for applications to be sent in is 4th November 2020."
Shaping Our Lives
"Shaping Our Lives are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated and experienced Communications Officer to help them transform. Having received a four year grant to expand their services, transform their identity and raise the profile of their work, Shaping Our Lives is embarking on an exciting period of growth. The Communications officer will be critical to the this future growth.
£27,000 per annum (£16,200 pro rata for 3 days a week/21 hours per week between Monday to Friday)
Closing date: 30th October
Shaping Our Lives are a user-led organisation that hosts a national network of user-led groups, service users and disabled people. They specialise in user-led research and inclusive involvement practice ensuring that diverse and excluded communities are represented in the policy making, planning and delivery of health and social care services.
Further details are on the Shaping Our Lives website here".
"We’re recruiting new board members. At LGBT Foundation we believe in a fair and equal society where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people can achieve their full potential. We campaign for equality and deliver a huge range of vital services to LGBT people.
We are seeking people who can help us drive forward the vision of LGBT Foundation over the coming years. We’re looking for people who are passionate about LGBT rights and want to join us on our journey of achieving equality, promoting safety and encouraging wellbeing.
We want to increase trans representation on the board. Many folks in these communities often feel marginalised and alone, from those outside the LGBT community, and even from within.
Trustees are responsible for the governance and strategic direction of the charity, and there are certain roles and responsibilities that all trustees will be required to undertake. Being a trustee is a voluntary role, but we do pay reasonable travel and subsistence expenses.
The closing date for applications is 23rd October 2020. Interviews will take place week commencing 2nd November 2020.
You can apply and find out more about this role and multiple others currently available with the LGBT Foundation here.
Or contact Jess if you would like a paper copy or have any questions on- email@example.com or phone 01138 249 686.
Closing date for applications- 28 October 2020."
Together Wellbeing Pathway - volunteer peer supporters
"Together is a national charity that works alongside people with mental health issues on their journey towards leading independent and fulfilling lives.
We recently launched a new service called the Together Wellbeing Pathway supporting people who are screened on the London Offender Personality Disorder Pathway. In partnership with NHS England and the National Probation Service we aim to improve the experience and outcomes of people who have experience of personality disorder and who are in contact with the criminal justice system.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to recruit Peer Support Volunteers to work within our new service. As a Peer Supporter, you will use your own lived experience of personality disorder and the criminal justice system to support others with similar experiences towards better wellbeing.
You will work directly with individuals with similar lived experience, to help them develop a belief in their own abilities to deal with various situations; the confidence to have control over their own motivation, behaviour and social environment; and the ability to successfully achieve their goals in life.
The best parts of becoming a peer supporter:
Meeting new people with similar life experiences
Make a real difference to someone’s life
Personal development and training opportunities
Variety of opportunities to be involved in all levels within the organisation
Service User Network Group Facilitator/Peer Support Worker
"1 year fixed term contract initially
Various locations in Surrey
The Peer Support Worker will be working closely with a mental health practitioner to deliver regular Service User Network (SUN) groups in different community-based locations across Surrey.
Fundamental to creating empowerment and engagement in the SUN Project is the therapeutic community principle, that the effectiveness of the service depends upon engaging group members in the task of running, delivery, development and evaluation of the service. The utilisation of SUN members’ own resources and expertise is integral to the model of peer support upon which the SUN groups are based. Peer support workers will have regular supervision and support in this role.
"We are looking for support workers and a team leader with lived experience of self-harm to join our new Information and Navigation Service pilot working with people who have attended A&E for self-harm treatment.
These roles have been developed specifically for people who have lived experience of self-harm. Self-harm can take many forms but for the purposes of this role we mean things which someone has done to themselves with the clear intention of causing harm.
As a role centred on lived experience the focus for these roles will be on:
working within a small team with lived experience of self-harm to deliver a service based on the principles of mutuality, empathy and a holistic focus on strengths and needs
where appropriate sharing ideas about ways of achieving goals, drawing on personal experiences and a range of coping, self-help and self-management techniques
assisting people to decide on the outcomes and goals they want to achieve based on their circumstances and personal resources
The main purpose of these roles will be to:
Offer tailored follow up support to people who have attended A&E for self-harm treatment including face to face or video chat meetings, to research community support and offer guidance in finding and using self-help resources, as well as respond to public enquiries to our information and navigation service.
Hours: Up to full time – we are open to part time working and job shares to fill the roles with the right people
Contract: November 2020 – July 2021 (8 months)
Location: Central Bristol and Bristol Royal Infirmary, Southmead Hospital Bristol and Weston General Hospital, Weston-Super-Mare
Deadline: Mon 26th October"
Grants for UK based BAME groups and organisations
African Health Policy Network, Africa Advocacy Foundation, and House of Rainbow, via Comic Relief
"Deadline Oct 30
Resilience and rebuilding from the grassroots: BAME healthy communities surviving COVID-19
Calling all CICs - we would like to support BAME LGBTQI communities, those with no recourse to public funds or those living with difficulties or long term conditions. We will fund organisations that provide critical care during this pandemic.
If you wish to apply, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org".
Hardship Fund for the Mentally ill during COVID-19
"We are Jo Edge and Bethan Edwards, both survivors of mental illness and the psychiatric system. Jo is a doctor of medieval history, currently working at the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, beginning a stint as Women's Rep on the National Executive Committee of the University and College Union in May 2020. Bethan is a Research OTemployed by the NHS, and is also undertaking her PhD . She is professionally registered with the HCPC. Both Jo and Bethan are Welsh.
Money will only go to those who need it: folks who do not have access to other available funds from employers or through the government.
£585,000 of emergency funding for LGBTQ+ organisations and groups!
"LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to support their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
METRO Charity in partnership with NAZ, Equality Network, The Rainbow Project, Umbrella Cymru, Yorkshire MESMAC and Birmingham LGBT, will be cascading the £585,000 fund from Comic Relief, raised from ‘The Big Night In’.
The partners will be convening grants panels in each nation - Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England to ensure the maximum reach to grassroots community-led LGBTQ+ organisations across the UK. Organisations and groups with income under £100,000 will be able to apply for over 100 grants ranging from £500 to £15,000.
Register your interest in applying for a grant here"
NSUN is a community of people and groups who come together to support each other. We come together in many ways: physically, digitally through social media or through sharing information.
During these uncertain times, we will try and share with you what we can that is useful. In particular, we will think of ways of being together, when we can’t physically be together. And finally, we will continue our campaigning role, ensuring that policy and legislative changes are scrutinised and are rights based.
Submissions to the Joint Committee on Human Rights (July 2020)
We have submitted written evidence to the JCHR's inquiry: "The Government’s response to COVID-19: human rights implications". You can read it here.
You can also read the British Institute of Human Rights' submission via the previous link or see a summary from them here.
NSUN is part of the DBC and is supporting the campaign to keep the £20 uplift on Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit and extend it to those on legacy benefits. You can read more from this Joseph Rowntree Foundation blog post here.
NSUN is a VCSE (Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise) partner of the Dept. of Health and Social Care's (DHSC) Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HWA).
Covid-19 Health Inequalities Task and Finish Group
Meetings are continuing with HWA members being linked in to the Task & Finish group, its priorities and subsequent actions. We will update you with news when we have any.
Food for vulnerable people
Further conversations are taking place with Defra about access to priority supermarket deliveries (which are still oversubscribed) and a number of other commercial food box schemes they have collated in this guide.
We will update you on these items when we receive more news. In the meantime, if you have any questions you would like us to put to DHSC, please email us at email@example.com.
Food banks - find your local one and donate/help out
Food banks are playing a very important part in ensuring people have enough food to eat in these challenging times.
If you are either in need of help yourself or would like to find out how you can help, find and contact your local food bank here: