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.

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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.

An update on the next meeting of the NWMHWRAG.

As per our previous post the next meeting will be at 9.30am for 10 on Friday the 18th of March 2016 in the Community Room at Manchester Central Fire Station. The address is Thompson Street, Manchester, M4 5FP.

The entrance to the room is at the back of the building via Cassidy Close. Please don’t enter the Fire Station by any other door – cos then we get told off!

If you can’t find the room, you can ring  Helen Rogers on 07800 617 866.

We are having a seminar discussion on the Right to Reside and the Habitual Residence Test. Please bring details of any case studies that you want to discuss.

The attached article is the notes from Dan Manville’s talk on the IM decision at the November 2015 meeting. Dan has kindly provided these.

March 2016 meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

The next meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group will take place on Friday the 18th of March 2016.

A speaker from the Booth Centre in Manchester has agreed to come to the May meeting of the North West Mental Health Welfare Rights Advisers Group.

However, they don’t yet have a speaker for the March meeting.

We have discussed in the past about having a seminar on the Habitual Residence Test and the Right to Reside. Can you please email Helen Rogers to let her know if you would be interested in having this for the March meeting?

Also, can you please let her know if you would be prepared to lead off part of the discussions or if you have any case studies you are willing to talk about?

Notes on Housing Systems GMWRAG session in Salford.

Updated version – 16th of December 2015.

As promised in our recent post here are some additional hand outs from the recent GMWRAG session at Salix Homes in Salford from Housing Systems on EEA Right To Reside For Family Members and Extended Family Members. Follow the preceding link for the presentation itself.

The additional notes are as follows:

In the meantime, to say thanks to Housing Systems we did agree to remind GMWRAG members that more detailed training is available from them across a variety of related subjects. Full details can be downloaded from their brochure here.

Supplementary notes re: the food bank presentation are awaiting approval. We’ll post as soon as we have that.

Minutes of the Salford GMWRAG meeting.

The minutes of the Salford GMWRAG meeting are now available for download. We had been waiting for additional notes from the speakers to be approved as well as promising ourselves we would upload additional documents from our speakers but, as we appear to have been temporarily hamstrung by technical glitches, we have decided to do an initial post about the minutes with both the presentations from our excellent speakers and then we’ll re-post everything when all the additional documentation is in place.

The presentation on EEA Right To Reside for Family Members and Extended Family Members from Housing Systems can be found by following the obvious link.

The presentation on Foodbank Use in Greater Manchester from the Trussell Trust can also be found by following the hopefully equally obvious link. Further information will be added to both presentations in due course.

Please remember that we do have a permanent home for any presentations at GMWRAG meetings so you will always be able to find past presentations there provided we have received an electronic copy. Any additional documents will be posted there also.