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Failings in mental health care are violating basic human rights

General attitudes to mental health may have become more enlightened but as Rob Behrens who is the parliamentary and health service ombudsman points out inadequacies remain in how we care for and treat mental health patients

"I visit many NHS hospitals throughout the year, and I see much great work being done by staff in very difficult circumstances. And it is important to emphasise that the cases in my report are not systemic across mental health care. 

"However, we should never have to ask any care providers to consider whether they are treating people in a decent and respectful way, or see cases coming to us where care appears to be Dickensian in its lack of compassion. Sadly, my findings highlight too many cases where this reflection is necessary."

You can read more here

Go out and Vote

Disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health problems represent over 14% of the population in London, yet we remain one of the most marginalised groups in society. Participating in the democratic process is our right.

Make sure that you are registered to vote

To vote in the local and Mayoral electionsyou must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 17 April and be:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • A resident in the London borough
  • A British, Commonwealth, Irish or EU citizen

To register to vote, go to

Information for Disabled Voters

All voters have a right to vote independently and in secret. Local authorities in Great Britain now must take proactive steps to ensure that polling stations don't disadvantage Disabled people. 

This resource pack should help people with a learning disability to understand voting and politics. This pack supports people with a learning disability and their support workers to understand what voting is, why it is so important, and how you can vote.

Question your Candidates

We are now less than three weeks away from the local elections, and this is an ideal opportunity to question your local candidates and to make sure that politicians and other decision-makers know what you think about the things that affect you and your neighbourhood. It is also an opportunity to influence what happens in your community.

Below are some suggested questions for Parties standing in the Local Elections:
  • What will you do to increase the volume of genuinely affordable and accessible social housing in this Borough and will you ensure the Disabled Facilities Grant is increased to reflect rise costs since 2008?
  • How will you support Disabled residents and people with lived experience of mental health problems left with no income as a result of benefit changes, delays, and sanctions?  
  • What measures will you put in place to ensure that there are enough local advice and information available for benefit claimants impacted by the roll out of Universal credit and that this is accessible to Deaf and Disabled people with a range of communication support needs?  
  • How will you ensure that local transport planning takes into account the needs and views of local Deaf and Disabled people?
  • Will you work towards introducing, double swiping for Taxicard?
  • How will you improve Council engagement with Deaf and Disabled people, ensuring that consultations and council meetings are accessible to us? 

Mental Health & Dementia Awareness Day 2018

Date: Tuesday 22nd May 2018
Time: 11.00am – 2.30pm
Venue: Redbridge Central Library, Ilford, IG1 1EA

One Place East and Vision Redbridge are hosting an event to celebrate Mental Health & Dementia Awareness Day. This will include information stalls, guest speakers and presentations from services. Light refreshments will be available.

If you would like to book an information stall, please contact Chris Day by Friday 4th May

Calling all artists ... The Art of Pollution - TATE Modern Annual Art Competition and Exhibition 2018

This is an annual event led and funded by Uniting Friends in partnership with Tate Modern, One Place East, London Borough of Redbridge London Borough of Waltham Forest. For the first time, the contest is open to adult artists with learning disabilities, mental health, older persons and those living with dementia.

You can find out more and download and application form here

The contest - Winners announced at 1 pm on 15th June
Venue: Leytonstone Learning Link, 23-25 N Birkbeck Rd, Leytonstone, London E11 4JF
Date: 10-15 June
Time: Noon-5pm.

The winner's exhibition
Venue: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Date:26th June
Time: 11am-4pm (At 1.30pm there will be a showing of the film entries)

Young Adult Carers Awareness Training

Date:   Thurs 3 May or Tuesday 5 June 2018
Time:   9.15am to 12:45pm
Venue:  York Room, Ilford Library, Clements Road IG1 1EA

Course Outline:
All staff who work with young adults should attend this training, especially those providing frontline support to vulnerable young adults aged 14 - 25. If you work with someone who has physical or mental health difficulties, a learning disability, alcohol/substance misuse, is ill, frail or elderly, then it is likely they have a carer.

This course will give participants the awareness and skills to support the carer in their caring role and know where to signpost them to if this is something your service cannot offer. This knowledge will not only benefit the carer but also the person they care for, as the carer is often their main source of support and if they are not coping then this can have a detrimental effect on the person they care for. A lot of the information is also relevant to younger and older carers.

Spaces are limited so please contact Emma Smart to book a place:

Routes out of Poverty

Date: Tuesday 24th April 2018 
Time: 11.45 - to 13.30 
Venue: Gloucester Room, Central Library, Clements Rd IG1 1EA 

Redbridge Faith Forum warmly invites you to their next Network Open Meeting to come and hear what practical help is available in Redbridge for “Routes out of Poverty.” 

  • Freeing people from the miserable grip of UK Poverty” – Christians Against Poverty 
  • Transforming homes, transforming lives – TCL Reuse Centre 
  • Restoring dignity, revising hope” – Redbridge Foodbank 

Please email to book your free place or contact the office on 0208 708 2478/2445.

Advance registration is appreciated to help with arrangements but is not essential. 

Refreshments will be provided.

Free oral health workshop

This interactive session led by a dental health professional for key workers and carers aims to provide basic preventative advice to service users and signpost them to NHS dental services.

The session will cover:

  • Dental diseases - their causes and implications specific to your service users
  • Links between oral health and general health
  • Simple evidence-based preventative advice
  • Hands-on brushing demonstrations

When:  Tuesday 1 May 2018
Time:   10.30-11.30am
Where: Redbridge Forum Office, 98-100 Ilford Lane, Ilford  IG1 2LD.

To book a place call Redbridge Forum on 020 8478 7571 or e-mail

Discretionary Housing and Hardship Payments

Discretionary Housing Payments (DHP) are extra payments to help meet the shortfall between Housing Benefit and your eligible rent. Hardship Payments (HP) are extra payments to help meet the shortfall between Council Tax reduction and the amount of Council Tax you are liable to pay.

Find out more here

Stress, Anxiety? Money worries? Difficulty sleeping? Feeling low? We're here to help

It can be difficult having to cope alone, and it is often impossible to see a clear way through. Whether your issues are caused by problems you face every day, or by events that have happened in your past - Talking Therapies can help.

We’re a free and confidential NHS service that will work with you to help you feel better. We offer expert support from people who know what you’re experiencing, and our highly professional team will introduce you to effective, practical techniques that are proven to work. 

Find out more here

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