Urgent update for anyone thinking of attending tomorrows meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group in Manchester.

The next meeting of the NWMHWRAG takes place tomorrow in Manchester. Full details were contained in our previous post. A number of you may be coming along tomorrow to hear Dan Manville, Mental Health Welfare Rights Officer from Wolverhampton Council talking about Right to Reside cases.

Those of you who read the previous post about this meeting should be aware that entry to the venue requires you to notify of your attendance in advance as per the previous post. Group members on the mailing list have been reminded of the need to do this. However, those wishing to attend who are not on the email mailing list, need to also be aware of the need to do this.

So, there you go.

GMWRAG would like to also point out in light of recent events Manchester Victoria station remains closed to enable forensic analysis and there are a number of transport diversions in place. Please check relevant web sites for updates but, at the time of writing, the situation is as follows:

  • Metrolink:  Victoria station remains closed. The Bury line will stop at Queens Road. The Rochdale via Oldham line will finish at Monsall. There will be no Metrolink services calling or operating through Market Street, Shudehill or Manchester Victoria.
  • Buses: All bus services are operating but there are diversions in place to some services. There are replacment bus services operating from Central Park and Queens Road to Piccadilly Gardens (stand R), Piccadilly Station (Fairfield Street) and Shudehil (stand B).
  • Roads: As roads may be busier than usual, drivers have been advised to consider taking public transport where possible. Trinity Way has reopened to traffic in both directions, but many roads remain closed and highways are extremely busy. Deansgate is currently closed.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group attendees has a new venue.

This is a message for anyone planning on attending the NWMHWRAG meeting on Friday the 26th of May 2017. The venue of the meeting has changed and will now be held in Committee Room 6 of the Manchester Town Hall Extension.

Attendees should note that you will need to arrange to have an email invite in advance from the meeting organiser so that you can enter the extension and collect a pass which will allow you to move through the building. These passes are based on having your email address in the MCC system. Alternatively, you will need to pick up a pass from the reception at the far end of the extension hall on the day and this will require you to know the name of the meeting and the room it’s in.

Minutes of the last meeting remain available via our last post. As of today we have still not had the opportunity to add them to the NWMHWRAG pages.

Manchester GMWRAG meeting agenda now available plus important information if you are attending.

The agenda for the Manchester GMWRAG meeting is now available for download. The minutes of the last meeting remain available from our meetings pages.

As we have previously detailed, the meeting takes place at Manchester Town Hall on Friday the 17th of June 2016. We can now confirm that we have 3 speakers around the ongoing concerns on the impact of benefit sanctions.

The speakers are:

  • Catherine Connors, Skills and Work Board Business Manager – talking about “DWP Benefit Conditionality and Sanctions In Salford – One Year On”.
  • Dr. Lisa Scullion, Research Fellow at Salford Housing and Urban Studies Unit at the University of Salford – talking about www.welfareconditionality.ac.uk.
  • Kester Dean, Salford Unemployed and Community Resource Centre – talking about legal challenges to benefit sanctions and conditionality.

You can find more about the speakers via our previous post.

The meeting will open at 9:30am for a 10:00am start. Please note that, despite our having three speakers, the meeting is a half day and it is intended to close the meeting no later than 1:00pm.

IMPORTANT

As per previous posts about this meeting it remains the case that we find ourselves in the unusual position of needing to ask members for an indication as to who will be attending the meeting so passes can be issued in advance for visitors. We are checking out whether we can herd you into one meeting place and take you through security but, in the meantime, members should email Robin Serjeant at Manchester at r.serjeant@manchester.gov.uk to confirm your attendance.

If you do not confirm your attendance to Robin we cannot guarantee that you will be allowed in. There is currently additional security in place because of the Referendum.

The two of you who contacted us to say you could attend the Thursday meeting… well we hope you can make the Friday. The other one… don’t worry we’ll forward all your emails to Robin.

 

The next GMWRAG meeting is in Manchester in June.

Welsh football teamGMWRAG previously advised that our next meeting would be in Manchester in June. This is correct but the date we gave you was not. We said the meeting was taking place on Thursday the 16th of June 2016. It is not. It is also entirely our error. This will be a relief to those of you interested in football who will no longer need to send your apologies because you’ve sneaked off work to watch the England v Wales game on the Thursday.

The meeting takes place on Friday the 17th of June 2016. It will be a full day meeting and, all being well, there should be at least one speaker. You’ll only be missing Italy v Sweden.

The minutes of our last meeting have been available for some time but if you haven’t spotted the post about that then you can find them on our meetings pages.

As it stands. it remains the case that we find ourselves in the unusual position of needing to ask members for an indication as to who will be attending the meeting so passes can be issued in advance for visitors. We are checking out whether we can herd you into one meeting place and take you through security but, in the meantime, members should “Contact GMWRAG” to confirm attendance where you can. The two of you who contacted us to say you could attend the Thursday meeting… well we hope you can make the Friday.

GMWRAG returns to Manchester. Mild shoppers euphoria descends!

GMWRAG is mildly euphoric to announce that following our return to Bolton for the first time in 8 years we will now be returning to Manchester for the first time in 5 years.

Unusual as this event is in itself, members also need to note the date very carefully. This GMWRAG meeting will not take place on a Friday. The meeting is confirmed as taking place on Thursday the 16th of June 2016 at Manchester Town Hall.

Precise details of the timings; agenda; speakers; minutes of the Bolton meeting and so on will be available in due course.

Please note, we find ourselves in the unusual position of needing to ask members for an indication as to who will be attending the meeting in order that passes can be issued in advance for visitors. We are checking out how absolutely necessary this will be as it does seem as though it was easier to cross the Berlin Wall but in the meantime members should “Contact GMWRAG” to confirm attendance where you can.

We will ask again nearer the time as we appreciate numbers will change owing to other commitments and depending on any announced speakers or presentations.