Minutes of the last North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group plus speaker notes now available.

The minutes of the May 2017 meeting of the NWMHWRAG meeting are now available within their pages within this site. Along with these, speaker Dan Manville has kindly provided a copy of his notes and some guidance and these are available on their “Presentations to the group” page.

If you’re a member of the group then you’ll already know that the minutes are password protected and you’ll know the password. If you have a legitimate need for access to the minutes then please DM @GMWRAGTweets.

The date of the next meeting is already up on their pages. Full details of any future speakers will of course be posted as soon as we know them.

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.

Next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

The next meeting of the NWMHWRAG will be on Friday the 26th of May at 9.30am for a 10am start.

It will be in Committee Room 6 in Manchester Town Hall extension.

Please note the change of venue!

Our speaker will be Dan Manville, Mental Health Welfare Rights Officer from Wolverhampton Council.

He will be talking about Right to Reside cases.

Important! – please let Helen Rogers know on 0161 217 6003 if you are planning to attend the meeting by 5pm on the 10th of May 2017 as we need to submit email addresses of all attendees so that you can access the meeting. Instructions will be emailed nearer the time with as to how to get into the building.

You’re on your own when it comes to getting out 🙂

This post also includes the notes on Upper Tier decisions from Robin Serjeant, our speaker at the last meeting in February 2017.

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.

Next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group has been confirmed.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group will be on Friday the 24th of February 2017 at 9.30am for a 10am start.

Our speaker will be Robin Serjeant an Appeals Officer at Manchester City Council.  He will be talking about representing clients at appeal tribunals and using case law.

The meeting is at the Community Room at Manchester Central Fire Station, Thompson Street, M4 5FP.

The entrance is via Cassidy Close off Thompson Street. You take the first left off Cassidy Close and the room is straight ahead of you.

The room has its own entrance.  Please don’t enter the building by any other entrance.

There’s a car park on Thompson Street. You can’t park in the Fire Station places.

The room can be difficult to find if you haven’t been there before. If you get lost, you can phone Helen Rogers on 07800 617 866.

Minutes of that!

The minutes of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group (apparently it’s NOT called the “NWMHWRAGOWTFDTM) for November 2016 are now available for download from here. Their web pages have been updated accordingly.

We have been made aware that some minutes are AWOL from 2016. These can still be found via a search (now we’ve found the “search” option again) and we’ll attempt to fix this as soon as the opportunity arises.

Yeah yeah. That thing AGAIN. NWMHWRAGOWTFDTM

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group will be on Friday the 25th of November at 9.30am for a 10:00am start.

The speaker will be Stuart Erskine who is seconded from Stockport Council to be a Budgeting Support Officer for claimants of Universal Credit at Stockport Job Centre. We have a vague sense we may have told you this before. He will be talking about Universal Credit; some of the pitfalls that it has caused for clients and some of the remedies that are available.

The meeting is at the Community Room at Manchester Central Fire Station, Thompson Street, M4 5FP.

The entrance is via Cassidy Close off Thompson Street. You take the first left off Cassidy Close and the room is straight ahead of you.

The room has its own entrance.  Please don’t enter the building by any other entrance.

There’s a car park on Thompson Street.  You can’t park in the Fire Station places.

The room can be difficult to find if you haven’t been there before. If you get lost you can phone Helen Rogers on 07800 617 866.

GMWRAG normally posts some nice links to accompany those directions but, come on, if you haven’t figured it out by now then all hope is lost.

Minutes of the last meeting are available for download.

As this will be our last meeting before Christmas, NWMHWRAG will be going out for lunch afterwards.

Everyone is welcome to join them. Details will be posted in due course.

GMWRAG running out of original ways to say…

… that the next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group will take place on Friday the 25th of November 2016 at 9.30am for a 10:00am start. Their pages already told you this along with the fact it will be at the usual venue at Manchester Central Fire Station.

More details to follow nearer the time but as we’ve now managed to restore the Search functionality on the site you shouldn’t have much trouble finding out about the venue etc.

What their pages don’t tell you is that the speaker for the next meeting will be Stuart Erskine, Personal Budgeting Support Adviser at Stockport Council.  Stuart is on secondment to Stockport JobcentrePlus to work with Universal Credit claimants.