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

We’re really going to have to find a more original way of saying this but the next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group will be on Thursday the 26th of July 2018 at 9.30am for a 10am start.

The venue is Room 226 at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The address is:

Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 4 Rosamond Street West, Manchester M15 6LL.

There is an entrance on Oxford Road, directly opposite the Aquatics centre, or a wheelchair accessible entrance just off Rosamund St. West. The best place for car parking is the NCP at the Aquatics centre.   There is a café on site where you can buy tea/coffee etc.

IHelen Rogers is going to do a talk on claiming the mobility the mobility component of PIP for claimants with mental health conditions.

Volunteers for chairing and taking the minutes are required.

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An invitation to GMWRAG members to take part in something a little bit different.

Elaine Craig, a Masters Psychology Student at Manchester Metropolitan University. who joined the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group along with Kim Heyes in November 2017, would like to inform you of a research project she is doing which is relevant to GMWRAG members.She’d like to ask whether the any GMWRAG members would consider taking part in a reformation agenda Focus Group. The aim is to review the current statutory out-of-work and back-to-work support experienced by individuals with mental health challenges in order to develop a more suitable intervention.

The study is called An Analysis of Workplace Wellbeing Supporting a ‘Staying Well at Work’ Intervention’.

There is evidence highlighting current statutory back-to-work process are inappropriate financially penalising and patronising people who cannot/do not engage. Workshops are job-seeker orientated and do not address mental health challenges specific to the workplace. Enhancing this understanding will enable us to develop a person-centered intervention, supporting people who want to get back into employment after a period of ill health. The findings of which, we will feed back to the DWP.

Focus group participants’ need have a working knowledge of the statutory welfare framework and practitioner experience of real life challenges faces by individuals trying to access support. They will be asked if they would like to participate in an informal discussion with four other group members, lasting approximately 60 minutes (but no longer than 90 minutes) at Manchester Metropolitan University.

GMWRAG have years of experience in supporting this vulnerable group and your support would be greatly appreciated. Additionally I am more than willing to come to the next meeting and give a 5 minute presentation about the research proposal should this be suitable.

Please find below an overview of the study, which will inform your considerations and feel free to contact Elaine should you have any further questions by either ringing 07730 032 826 or emailing elaine.m.craig@stu.mmu.ac.uk

Focus Group Particpant Information Sheet

Workplace Wellbeing poster

URGENT! – Please note the change of date and venue for the next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

The next meeting of the NWMHWRAG will be on Thursday the 24th May at 9.30am for a 10am start.

Kim Heyes from Manchester Metropolitan University will be giving a talk on “Virtual Mental Health Support”.

The meeting will be in room GM 326 in the Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, 4 Rosamund Street West, Manchester M15 6LL .

This is on the third floor, which is accessible by lift. It also has two accessible toilets (as well as other toilets!). There is a café in the building atrium and you are welcome to bring drinks into the meeting room. There are also water dispensers on the third floor with which you can fill your own drink containers.

There is an entrance on Oxford Road, directly opposite the Manchester Aquatics Centre, or a wheelchair accessible entrance just off Rosamund Street West. The best place for car parking is the NCP at the Aquatics centre.

Upon arrival (from the Oxford Road entrance) the lifts are in the far right, and the café is in the far left. You do not need to sign in at reception. Head for the third floor. As you come out of the lift, the toilets and water dispenser are round to the right. The meeting room is to the left and through the double doors. The floor is set out as a rectangle and the meeting room is along the back wall.

Apparently you “can’t miss it!”. Clearly these people have not met GMWRAG members!

The minutes of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group are now available for download.

The minutes of the last meeting of the North West Mental Health Advisers Group (NWMHWRAG) are now available for download and will be permanently available from their pages within our site.

Additionally a copy of the revised Mission Statement of the group can be downloaded from here and will be found permanently within their pages.

URGENT information for tomorrow’s meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

Please see below for details of how to access the room tomorrow:-

Venue: Town Hall Extension, St Peters Square/Lloyd Street

Room: 4003, ‘Baguley’

For those of you who attended the January meeting this is the same room.

Access to the Town Hall Extension is by by way of sliding glass doors at the Cenotaph/St Peters Square end of Lloyd Street (see map below).

Buzz the FM reception on the intercom to open glass sliding doors, then turn to right and go into FM office. They will issue a red visitor card.

Go through the swing barriers, using card, and take stairs or lift to 4th floor. Turn left from the lifts, through double doors, and room ‘4003’ is on right hand side.

Please bring any hot drinks with you.

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 https://gmwrag.wordpress.com/2018/03/12/the-next-meeting-of-the-north-west-mental-health-welfare-rights-advisers-group-is-upon-us/.

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.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group is upon us.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group will be on Friday the 23rd March at 9.30am for a 10am start at Manchester Town Hall.

Details of the room and how to access it are to follow but can we please have volunteers to chair and to take minutes?

The minutes of the last meeting can be found in the usual places.

We will be discussing the group’s “Mission Statement.”,  which you can view by clicking on the foregoing link. This is the blurb that we have used in the past on letters and responses to consultations but, as you can see, it needs updating!

We will also have a discussion about PIP decisions post the RF judgement and the Government’s announcement that it will trawl cases for incorrect decisions. Members may also want to read the minutes of the last GMWRAG meeting which provide significant detail on the live-streamed talk re: RF and what should happen next.

Please bring any (anonymised) cases that you want to discuss.

Minutes and presentation from the last North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group are now available.

The minutes from the last meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group, which took place on the 26th of January 2018, are now available for download. As ever, they will also be available permanently within the NWMHWRAG pages. The presentation from Manchester Early Intervention Team on “Understanding Psychosis” is also available for download from within this post and will again be available permanently within the “Presentations” section of the NWMHWRAG pages.

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

Full details of the NWMHWRAG have been posted previously  but we now have the specific details for accessing Manchester Town Hall on Friday the 26th of January 2018. The meeting takes place from 1pm for 1.30pm start in the Town Hall Extension, St Peters Square/Lloyd Street.

We now know that the room is number 4003, also known as ‘Baguley’. Attendees should enter the Town Hall Extension through the sliding glass doors at the Cenotaph/St Peters Square end of Lloyd Street. Buzz the FM reception on intercom to open the glass sliding doors then turn to right and go into the FM office. They will issue a red visitor card.

Go through the swing barriers, using the card and take the stairs or lift to the 4th floor. Turn left from the lift and go through the double doors. Room 4003 is on the right hand side.

Please bring any hot drinks with you.

From previous experience GMWRAG suggests attendees pair up if you can as the building is easy to get lost in and one of you may have a card which fails leaving you otherwise dependent on the goodwill of strangers or people actually more lost than you!