Room update for the imminent meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

Full details of the next meeting have been previously posted at

That post did promise to inform attendees of the room for the meeting, We can now confirm it will take place in room 4003. We’ll see you there.

Speakers for the next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

GMWRAG would like to wish all members a happy new year. We’re not sure why – Esther McVey is now in charge of the DWP – but we’ll do it anyway. Someone somewhere will be having a good new year! Anyways…

The next meeting of the NWMHWRAG will be at 1pm for a 1.30pm start at Manchester Town Hall on Friday the 26th of January 2018. Details of the room and how to access it will follow next week but you broadly know the routine. Make sure you’re on the mailing list. Get sent an email invitation. Get issued with a pass on the day. Find someone whose pass works!

Minutes of the last meeting can be found at Remember to DM @GMWRAGtweets if you don’t know the password.

The speakers will be Dr Sarah Woodward, Clinical Psychologist and Ellen Anderson, Assistant Psychologist, from Manchester Early Intervention Team on “Understanding Psychosis.”

Please note the change of time of the meeting. This is a one off due to availability of rooms.

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
  • 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.


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 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.