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Homelessness, Mental Health and Wellbeing in Nottingham City research project

 

The overall aim of this project is to explore and understand the mental health needs of Nottingham City's homeless population to inform Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group's (NCCCG) efforts to work with local partners to better meet these needs.

 

The study is being undertaken by a research team at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, based at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), as part of a wider study funded by Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottingham City Council.

 

Research is being conducted by Dr Kesia Reeve and Dr Sadie Parr.

 

To help the research team understand the needs and experiences of homeless people with mental health needs they would like to talk with representatives from a range of organisations and services. Are you willing to take part in an interview, either over the telephone or face-to-face, to discuss your views? The interview will take about 30 minutes and can be arranged at your convenience.

 

Questions will be around the following broad areas:

 

  • The services available for homeless people with mental health needs in Nottingham.
  • Barriers faced by homeless people in accessing services, treatment and accommodation.
  • Challenges faced by professionals providing services.
  • The nature and extent of inter-agency working.
  • What is working well and where could improvements be made.

 

All information will be treated confidentially. Individuals and organisations will not be named in research reports. The research has received university ethical approval and the research team will ensure that it meets your own ethical and procedural standards.

 

Please contact Dr Kesia Reeve (Project Director) on 0114 225 4519 /  k.reeve@shu.ac.uk or Dr Sadie Parr on 0114 225 2904 / s.parr@shu.ac.uk.

 

 

 

SEA and Dual Diagnosis Forum Welfare Reform and Benefit Survey 2017

 

The Dual Diagnosis Forum and SEA (Services for Empowerment and Advocacy) are collecting anonymous feedback on the effects that welfare and benefits changes have had on people. Please help to promote this survey with your clients and service users where appropriate.

 

The survey is being carried out by Glen Jarvis, Service User Involvement Officer at the CDP in partnership with Zoe Bendelow at SEA on behalf of the Nottingham Service User Forums.

 

They are doing this research to show how welfare and benefits changes in the past three years have impacted on people within Nottingham. The report will be publicly launched and shared locally and online with decision makers and those working with vulnerable people to raise issues and effect policy change.

 

Facilitated drop-in sessions are being held at the following locations to assist people to complete the survey. Please consider giving your feedback or encourage service users/clients to do so. All responses will be anonymous.

 

Emmanuel House Monday 22 Jan 2018 9am-11.30am (Users of the service only)

 

An online survey is also available.

Click here to answer the online survey.

 

For more information, please contact Glen Jarvis (glen.jarvis@nottinghamcity.gov.uk) and Zoe Bendelow (zoe@seaparticipation.org.uk).

 

 

 

D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan refresh: consultation event for the VCSE

This event was due to have taken place on Tuesday 12 December 2017. Please note that the event has been postponed until January/February 2018. Anyone already booked onto the event has been contacted directly.

 

One East Midlands has provided the following statement:

 

The launch of the Government's Industrial Strategy White Paper on 27 November has significant implications for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and their future planning activity. This has meant that we are now having to revisit the planned approach to our Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) refresh and therefore the specific proposed content on which we intended to consult.

 

The LEP does not expect substantial changes to the broad priorities for the D2N2 area. However, as the revised SEP will form the basis of our future D2N2 Industrial Strategy (and as such our formal contract with Government) it is sensible to ensure that our approach is compatible with future expectation of the LEP in relation to that strategy.

 

Over the next 2-3 weeks we will be hoping to understand better what will be expected of D2N2 and therefore will be better informed as we move into consultation.

 

We expect consultation will commence mid to late January and February. We will rearrange the VCSE consultation event for late Jan / early Feb  and the new date will be advertised once confirmed.

 

 

 

Mapping health and wellbeing interventions in Nottingham City

 

Deadline for responses: Friday 19 January 2018

 

This survey from Nottingham City Council is intended for organisations from all sectors that provide health and wellbeing activities for citizens. Your response will enable us as a city to have a clear overview of the wealth of activity taking place across all sectors to improve the health and wellbeing of Nottingham’s citizens. In return, completing the survey will help to increase the visibility of your organisation and improve cross-sector communications.

 

Click here to participate. The survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete.

 

 

 

Active Notts 'Getting Active Together' Strategy consultation

 

Deadline for responses: Friday 26 January 2018

 

'Getting Active Together', Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s physical activity and sport strategy 2017-2021, is now available in draft form, ready for further input from partners and colleagues across the County and beyond.

 

Download a copy of the draft strategy here (pdf)

 

Access the online consultation questions here.

 

Contact info@activenotts.org.uk with any questions.

 

 

 

Changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE: call for evidence

 

Deadline for responses: 11.45pm Monday 12 February 2018

 

The Department for Education is considering how to update the existing Sex and Relationship guidance which, was last updated in 2000, and is therefore now out of date. The updated guidance will support schools in delivering the new subjects of Relationships Education at primary and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at secondary, as well as, potentially, Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

 

This call for evidence is open to anyone with an interest in these issues, including charities, schools and parents and carers.

 

Click here to complete the online survey

 

 

 

Transforming children and young people's mental health provision: green paper consultation

 

Deadline: 12 noon on Friday 2 March 2018

 

The government is asking people for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people. The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, especially in and linked to schools and colleges.

 

The proposals include:

 

  • creating a new mental health workforce of community-based mental health support teams.
  • every school and college will be encouraged to appoint a designated lead for mental health.
  • a new 4-week waiting time for NHS children and young people’s mental health services to be piloted in some areas.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

 

Introducing ‘opt-out’ consent for organ and tissue donation in England

 

Deadline: midnight Tuesday 6 March 2018

 

The Department of Health has launched a consultation about organ and tissue donation. The government wants views from as many people as possible on plans to make it easier for people to give consent to be an organ donor. The proposed change is that people are considered willing to be an organ donor after their death, unless they have ‘opted out’.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Conditions for which over the counter items should not routinely be prescribed in primary care: a consultation on guidance for CCGs

 

Deadline for responses: 14 March 2018

 

NHS England has launched a public consultation on reducing prescribing of over-the-counter medicines for 33 minor, short-term health concerns.

 

These prescriptions include items for a condition:

 

  • That is considered to be self-limiting and so does not need treatment as it will heal of its own accord
  • Which lends itself to self-care, i.e. that the person suffering does not normally need to seek medical care but may decide to seek help with symptom relief from a local pharmacy and use an over the counter medicine.

 

Vitamins/minerals and probiotics have also been included in the consultation proposals as items of low clinical effectiveness which are of high cost to the NHS.

 

Click here for more information

 

 

Help the Charity Commission develop digital services

 

The Charity Commission is developing a number of digital services to make it easier for you and your organisation to complete tasks online. As part of this development they are testing services with the charity sector, and using the feedback to improve them.

 

Several sessions are being hosted with real users across the country over the next few months to help create the best possible experience online. Could you be one of those users?

 

By taking part in user research and testing sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to positively influence Charity Commission services.

 

If you think you can help, complete this online form to register your interest.

 

 

 

Big Lottery Refund - has your group lost out?

 

The Directory of Social Change (DSC) is reminding us all that the Olympic Stadium and other facilities were part paid for by a 'loan' from the lottery that has not been paid back. DSC has called for the £425million borrowed from the Big Lottery Fund to be repaid immediately.

 

DSC has been running this campaign for several years, and is now stepping up the profile. They are keen to hear from local groups who have lost lottery funding and who this refund could help.

 

The campaign identifies how much has been taken away from local charities, stating that £425m would have:

 

  • funded at least 10,000 charities
  • enabled the formation of approximately 1,300 new charities
  • enabled approximately 4,000 charities to continue operating
  • helped over 8 million people

 

Also that:

 

  • Nearly 80% of the £425m would have been awarded to small and micro organisations (income less than £10,000 a year), in the form of small grants
  • £425m works out to approximately £650,000 foregone from every MP’s constituency in the country.

 

If you have something to say about this, go to the Big Lottery Refund website and find out how you can help. You can also email biglotteryrefund@dsc.org.uk.

 

 

 

Independent Inquiry into the future of Civil Society

 

An independent inquiry into the future of civil society in England was launched at the NCVO Conference on 20 April 2017. This is being chaired by Julia Unwin, and aims to give the sector the tools it needs to address and find solutions to challenges facing society.

 

Over the next two years the inquiry will explore how the sector can adapt to the changing political and economic landscape, as well as how it can shape the future, so there will be a number of opportunities to get involved.

 

See the Civil Society Futures website for more information.

 

 

 

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) Truth Project

 

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up to look at the ways in which organisations in England and Wales have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and make recommendations to better protect children in the future.

 

The IICSA wants to hear from you if:

 

  • you were sexually abused as a child and
  • you were let down by an organisation that should have protected you.

 

You can share your views and experiences in a supportive and confidential setting through the Truth Project. You will be listened to with compassion and won't be judged. Your name will not be published or made public. You will be provided with support while you engage with the Truth Project.

 

To find out more or share your experiences:

 

 

 

What would you like explained about the health and social care system?

 

The King's Fund is currently seeking ideas on what you'd most like to see explained about the health and social care system. The King's Fund already produces a range of articles, briefings/short reports, explainers, short videos, animations, infographics and other content to explain how the health and care system works.

 

Have your say on priorities using the short survey here, or tweet using #kfexplain.

 

You can find existing explainer resources here.

 

 

 

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