Highlighting the work of the Mental Health Homeless Support Team

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Imagine being a single dad and struggling to be rehoused following a marriage breakup.  Your children have to stay with relatives until you find a house. You have depression and every evening after kissing your children goodnight you have to go and sleep in your car. You’ve been in this situation for 18 months and are anxious things may never change.

Homelessness is not something that just happens to other people. For most of us if our income stopped – whether a job or benefits – we would lose our homes within 3 months.  People with mental health issues experience stigma and when they’re homeless they can be discriminated against when they are trying to find somewhere to live.

Wouldn’t you like someone to listen to your fears? To put your case forward to housing services or benefits agencies; to help you get a positive outcome and get your life back on track?  Continue reading

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Doability Door Handle Design Day

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A productive session leading to two new designs being investigated for potential production took place on 4th May 2016.  The ALL INN project hosted Doability, a Leeds based independent living aids retailer and manufacturer, in a pop-up event at Leeds…

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Lovell Park Hub: providing the perfect medicine in Mental Health Awareness week

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Lovell Park Hub

This year Mental Health Awareness Week, 16-22 May, focuses on quality relationships or partnerships which are fundamental to our health and wellbeing. As individuals and communities we cannot flourish without them. In fact, they are as vital as other lifestyle factors, such as eating well, exercising more and stopping smoking.

Tracey Wolff, Service Manager, tells us how partnerships are nurtured at Lovell Park Hub one of Leeds City Council’s mental health day centres along with Stocks Hill Hub and Vale Circles.  Continue reading

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Life doesn’t end when Dementia begins thanks to the Memory Support Worker service

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This year’s Dementia Awareness Week, 15 – 21 May, encourages people who are worried about dementia to confront their worries. Dementia can be scary and many people don’t know where to turn, but there are lots of ways to get help.

The Leeds Memory Support Worker service is a new and ground-breaking development based on person-centred care, commissioned by Leeds Clinical Commissioning Groups and delivered by a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and Leeds and York Partnership (NHS) Foundation Trust which started in October 2015.

Find out more about what Memory Support Workers do and the support they give to people living with dementia. Life doesn’t end when dementia begins.  Continue reading

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Don’t leave it unsaid says poet Ian McMillan as part of the Dying Matters in Leeds Big Conversation

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Ian McMillan

‘I’m happy to support this campaign because dying is part of everyday life, and the more we talk about it the less scary it gets; and I’ve made a will because then my loved ones will have one less thing to think about when I’ve gone.’ Ian McMillan @IMcMillan

Don’t leave it unsaid; tell your loved ones your wishes; get the ‘Big Conversation’ started. It may be hard but worth it.  As part of Dying Matters Awareness Week in Leeds Ian McMillan, poet, journalist, playwright and broadcaster, was commissioned to write a poem to raise awareness.

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Why are we talking about Dying Matters in Leeds?

Talking about death and dying won’t make it happen any sooner, but not talking about it won’t make it go away. Here in Leeds, thanks to the Dying Matters Partnership, we’re trying out a new approach –the Big Conversation – one where planning for and talking about our own mortality is encouraged.  One of the partners, Jane Robinson, manager at Leeds Bereavement Forum, tells us more about her work; the first Dying Matters Leeds event, what’s happening in Leeds next week in Dying Matters Awareness Week as well as over the next few months, around death, dying and loss.   Continue reading

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It was good to talk – BME: “Our Health, Our conversations”

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27th April 2016 saw Leeds Social Care Community Forum Conference at Leeds Civic Hall. This year the conference focussed on conversations about Real Health and Real Experiences. It included a programme of speeches, workshops, information and advice stalls and Q&A sessions on four topics; Dementia, End of Life, Men’s health and BME day services. Continue reading

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