NSUN weekly bulletin
Monday 26th October 2020
Dear Tracy
Welcome to the Monday 26th October 2020 edition of our weekly ebulletin - full of news, views, events and involvement opportunities.
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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.Article Image
REGISTER: click here 
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.
We have a new website just for the event: NSUN AGM 2020 website.
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:
  1. LGBTQ+ and survivor activism with Meg-John Barker, Sabah Choudrey (further panellists TBC), chaired by Amy Rushton
  2. What do user-led groups need? With Shuranjeet Singh, Steph de la Haye, and Ursula Myrie, chaired by Mark Brown
  3. 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
Article ImageUsually 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 by Friday 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 if you would like to share yours with the network here.
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Article by Lisa Wong via The Star featuring NSUN member Ursula Myrie (Adira), launching the Black Hair Care Project
Blog by Meerat Kaur, Sandra Jayacodi, and Rachel Matthews to launch the new NSUN 4Pi Hub
Blog by Shuranjeet Singh
Article by Michael Bennet via The Lancet Psychiatry
Blog by Rai Waddingham
Postcast with James Moore via Royal College of Psychiatrists 
Article by Noorulann Shahid via Autostraddle
Podcast via Our Sick Society
Article via Mad Covid
Article by Robyn Timoclea via Mad Covid
Events and membership news
National Black Third Sector Summit - Survival in the era of COVID-19
Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust 
Article Image"26, 28, 30 October (online)
As part of its commemoration of Black History Month, the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is excited to announce the first annual National Black Third Sector Summit.
This 3 day virtual national event will bring together Black Third Sector stakeholders including; delgates from statutory organisations, directors of local and national businesses and CEO's and Trustees of community based organisations which all serve Black communities in England.
Black communities have been disproportionately affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, making the black third sector especially critical to an effective national response and ensuring that existing inequalities are not further entrenched or worsened. 
The summit will be held on-line over three days from 13:30 – 17:30. Each day will focus on a priority theme in England’s Black communities. The first day of the event on 26th October stakeholders will focus on health inequalities including sexual, mental and general health. Wednesday October 28th will focus on children, young people and education, and finally, Friday October 30th will focus on Black employment and enterprise."
Black his(herstory) Month - a year on - co-production, whiteness, action research for race equality in mental health 
Lancet Psychiatry 
Article Image"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
6pm - Q&A
To book a place please email who will send a link for the webinar or register via Zoom."
Connecting remotely: peer support conversations 
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:
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"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. 
If you need any help signing up to this event, please get in touch by emailing us at 
Future Dates  
Thursday 29 October 2020, 11am – Click here 
Thursday 12 November 2020, 11am – Click here (register from 15 October)"
Zine, training courses and launch of info service 
Self Injury Support
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"Zine: Self-Injury Support presents a collaborative zine: a space to creatively and openly reflect on and communicate experiences of self-harm.
Please find more information on the project and making submissions here.
The deadline for submissions is 31/10/2020, and if you have any questions at all or need support with making a submission please contact our collaborator Veronica Heney at
Training courses: designed for anyone, and focussing on developing compassionate support skills for self-harm, improving your professional and personal development. Book here.
Information and Navigation Service: looking for information about self-harm for yourself or someone else? Get in touch with our NEW Information and Navigation Service.
Find out more here."
New series of webinars to develop support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities with mental health and support needs 
Race Equality Foundation
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"The Race Equality Foundation with NHS England and Improvement are running a series of webinars to help develop better support for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities with mental health and support needs.
In the context of a range of evidence on the persistence of racial inequality in experiences and outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people with mental health problems, these webinars will:
  • Explore how the personalisation agenda is addressing health inequalities
  • Present findings from a small study of the roll out of Personal Health Budgets to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people in receipt of S117 Care
  • Explore examples of better practice in ensuring PHBs reach and impact Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people
  • Identify actions participants can take in their organisation and in their region to better address health inequalities experienced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people with mental health problems
Alongside Psychosis: Alternatives to Psychiatric Admissions
International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis
Article Image "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.
Register for free here."
Empowering Our Communities Through Self-Advocacy (Leeds area)
Advonet Group
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 "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
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"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.
What peer support projects are we looking for?
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"
This isn't working: reimagining employment support for people facing complex disadvantage 
New Local
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The DWP-led employment support system is failing millions of people who face complex disadvantage, often involving disabilities and long-term health conditions.
Too often, the current system is built around the needs and objectives of those administering it, rather than those it is supposed to support. Processes are transactional at the expense of building meaningful relationships. There is a focus on people’s deficits rather than their capabilities. And a rigid system is incapable of responding to the reality of people’s lives – a problem that has been made more acute by the current pandemic. 
Join us for a panel discussion on New Local’s latest report, This isn’t Working: Reimagining employment support for people facing complex disadvantage which sets out a new vision for a system in which power is devolved to create local, community-led forms of employment support.
Shared Decision Making 2020 and Beyond Conference  
Prof Shula Ramon
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"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:".
Angels of Queerdom: queer mental health stories 
Diversity Radio
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Hosted by Claudia Collett
Every Wednesday at 7pm on Diversity Radio, a community wellbeing project.Diversity Radio is supported by the organisation Real Insight, which is a group of consultants with lived experience of multiple and complex needs. With this unique perspective, they developed a strong belief in service-user involvement leading to their aspiration to give people more control over their health and care.

Bright charity closure 
Bright/Star Wards
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NSUN is sad to hear of the closure of Bright Charity and Star Wards, who aimed to be a catalyst of change through inspiring, collecting and disseminating best practice in inpatient care.
"After 16 years, the Bright Chairty has run its course... the simple reason for this is that we have run out of funds. The more complicated is that the world has changed hugely since we started and man of the things we (and you) set out to do have happened..."
IPLN Forum 
International Peer Leadership Network
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"The International Peer Leadership Network provides a forum for practicing peer supporters in mental health and substance use across the world to come together to shape the future of peer leadership, develop initiatives to continue the spread and adoption of peer support, and develop your skills to mobilise change.
  • Join a global network of professional peer supporters
  • Develop personally and professionally through a co-curated programme of initiatives and activities
  • Develop your leadership skills and have access to professional development opportunities
  • Learn fresh ideas and more about global peer support initiatives
  • Learn what peer leadership can look like
  • Identify and spread good practice and innovation
  • Forge lasting relationships
  • Be part of a global movement that builds collective power for peer supporters
We want to provide the opportunities to become the best leader you can be, with the ultimate aim of building your confidence to thrive. We want our network to be as diverse, global, innovative, and ambitious as possible – so all peers are welcome to connect or join.
Register here. You can find more information on the IPLN Instagram"
Surveys and involvement opportunities 
Peace of Mind: Exploring Universal Basic Income's Potential to Improve Mental Health
University of Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt University
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"The University of Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt University, with the support of the Scottish Universities Insight Initiative, are running a series of online workshops exploring the potential link between universal basic income (UBI) and mental health. 
We are seeking participants with lived experience of mental health problems to participate in our workshops and to share their stories.  Our online audience will include those planning UBI pilots in Scotland, mental health charities and workers, academics and students interested in UBI and mental health and policy makers.
Please contact Prof Matthew Smith ( for more information. You will be paid £120 in Amazon vouchers for your participation in Workshops 3 and 4 (2 half-days) and storytelling workshops."
NEON Project 
University of Nottingham
Article Image"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 here up 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"
Expert by Experience Consultation  
Manchester Metropolitan University, funded by the National Institute for Health Research
Article Image"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.
Contact: Sarah Perry before 1st November."
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
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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.
If you would like to know more about the project, please contact Liz Newbronner on
Papers and reports
Valuing Voices: Protecting rights through the pandemic and beyond
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"A survey reveals how human rights have been breached and access to independent advocacy and health and social care cut during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nearly 450 advocates across England and Wales took part in the survey.
'Valuing Voices: Protecting rights through the pandemic and beyond' shows 76% of independent advocates participating in the survey said the human rights of people they support were not fully upheld during the initial three month lockdown that began in March. 
Almost half (47%) had seen blanket restrictions used to confine care home residents to their rooms or prevent them going outside. Nearly one-third (31%) had seen 'do not attempt cardio-pulmonary resuscitation notices' applied to whole groups of care home residents or other people without appropriate consultation with the individuals or their families. A lack of understanding of people's rights under the Mental Capacity Act was also a common thread through many responses.
The report calls for a reinvigorated focus on human rights and makes a series of recommendations for Government and others."
Social care for adults aged 18-64 
The Health Foundation
Article Image"People aged 18–64 with learning disabilities, mental health problems, and other social needs are a core part of the social care system. They make up around a third of care users accessing long-term support in England and over half of local authority spending on social care.
  • System context: What does the social care system for younger adults look like?
  • Care needs: What care needs do younger adults have and how are these changing? 
  • System performance: How well does the social care system care for younger adults and their carers? 
  • Outcomes: What outcomes do younger adults in the social care system and their unpaid carers have? 
Policies to improve and reform adult social care will not be successful unless they understand and address the needs of younger adults, who must not be forgotten in the policy debate about social care."
Ethnic inequalities in COVID-19 are playing out again - how can we stop them? 
IPPR and Runnymede Trust
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"The sharply higher risk of death from Covid-19 among minority ethnic groups cannot be explained by differences in underlying health conditions and represents one of the starkest health inequalities of recent times, says a joint paper by two leading think tanks.
Calling for urgent action to better protect ethnic minority communities from the second wave of the virus, IPPR and the Runnymede Trust say the racial inequalities revealed by the pandemic’s vastly different impact are “a stain on our claim to be a civilised society”.
Among their recommendations is that ethnicity be considered as an independent risk factor, alongside age, gender, occupation and underlying health conditions, when deciding priority for limited Covid testing."
The Impact of COVID-19 to date on older people's mental and physical health 
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"This study reinforces what Age UK has been frequently hearing from older people during the last six months: that many are deeply afraid of COVID-19 - and understandably so. As a result, even though the number of COVID cases reduced over the summer, a significant proportion of older people still stayed at or close to home. Now that cases are rising again they will be all the more cautious."
Jobs and recruitment
Policy Officer 
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  • Location: Home-based
  • 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 by 5pm Wednesday 4th November 2020 (interviews via Zoom Wed 11th November).
Peer Support Group Facilitators
Hearts and Minds
Article Image"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 The deadline for applications to be sent in is 4th November 2020."
Communications Officer
Shaping Our Lives
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"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. 
  • Home-based
  • £27,000 per annum (£16,200 pro rata for 3 days a week/21 hours per week between Monday to Friday)
  • Permanent, part-time
  • 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".
Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager
Learning Disability and Autism Engagement Team at NHS England and NHS Improvement
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"We are the Learning Disability and Autism Engagement Team at NHS England and NHS Improvement.
We are looking for a person with a learning disability to join our team as a Learning Disability and Autism Network Manager.
Or contact Jess if you would like a paper copy or have any questions on- or phone 01138 249 686.
Closing date for applications- 28 October 2020."
Together Wellbeing Pathway - volunteer peer supporters
Together UK
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"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
  • You choose when and how you volunteer
  • Build your confidence and social skills

    Please email Adrian to request
    an application pack:"
Grants for UK based BAME groups and organisations
African Health Policy Network, Africa Advocacy Foundation, and House of Rainbow, via Comic Relief 
Article Image"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".
COVID-19 Frontline Women's Fund 
Smallwood Trust
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"Deadline 16th November 2020. Organisations must have an annual income of less than £250k to apply.

The COVID-19 Frontline Women’s Fund is being delivered by Smallwood Trust, supported by The National Lottery Community Fund to provide support to organisations that are working with women most at risk of poverty and financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Organisations will be able to apply if:
  • They are supporting women who experience disproportionate challenges and difficulty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis; and
  • They are providing services and support for vulnerable women, for which there will be increased demand as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
Organisations can apply for grants between £5,000 and £25,000. Funds can pay for core and frontline staff salaries, running costs/overheads, project costs and goods and equipment to support the adaption of frontline services.
Priority will be given to organisations supporting and led by BAME women, women with disabilities and financially vulnerable LGBT+ women.
Funding is open for organisations across England but will be prioritised for women’s sector organisations and services where the pandemic has had the most impact including:
  • Greater Manchester and Lancashire
  • Liverpool and Merseyside
  • West Midlands - Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke-on-Trent and rural Staffordshire
  • East Midlands, including rural Leicestershire and Derbyshire
  • Hull and Humberside, Leeds, Bradford, Sheffield
  • Deprived coastal towns in the north of England
  • Newcastle, Middlesbrough/Tees Valley, other North East areas"
Hardship Fund for the Mentally ill during COVID-19
on gofundme
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"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 OT employed 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.
To apply for funds, please fill in this short online survey (also featured on the page below):
To find out more, please click here.
You can read more about #MadCovidDiaries here or get in touch by email:"
£585,000 of emergency funding for LGBTQ+ organisations and groups! 
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"​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" 
Find out more here.
COVID-19 updates and information
Article ImageNSUN 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.
Disability Benefits Consortium campaign #IncreaseDisabilityBenefits update & CSR (September 2020)
  • 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.
  • The DBC made a submission to the Comprehensive Spending Review 2020
Our resources:
DHSC Covid-19 VCSE partner update 
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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
Food banks - find your local one and donate/help out
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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:
Ways in which you can help include:
  • donate money
  • donate food
  • volunteer
  • become a business partner
Contact your local food bank to find out the best way you can help.

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