Mind in Bexley Newsletter Q1 2016

Welcome to the new online Mind in Bexley newsletter!

Social Enterprise Café

Mind in Bexley’s social enterprise café will be ready to open shortly. The Revival Café is a café and creative music space which will host seminars, exhibitions, workshops, community events and performances which will explore issues around mental illness, recovery and mental and physical well-being. Mind in Bexley does some outstanding work supporting Bexley residents with mental health issues and we really feel that this exciting venture will provide a positive environment for people in the community to not only come and enjoy healthy snacks, but also have an opportunity to work together to help reduce stigma around mental health issues.

The café will provide at least 10 work experience and training opportunities each year for those who have experience of mental distress and want to develop a career in the catering and hospitality industry. We're currently seeking reliable volunteers to join the Revival team doing one or two shifts a week alongside our staff. This opportunity requires a flexible but consistent time commitment. Please contact us if you're interested; info@mindinbexley.org.uk


SilverCloud Online Therapy

In February this year, IAPT introduced onine therapy.  ‘SilverCloud’ provides evidence based interactive programmes to support clients with symptoms of anxiety and depression.  Users are supported by PWP’s and CBT therapists who have received training in this new and innovative form of therapy. 

SilverCloud makes therapy accessible to clients who may find it difficult to attend appointments away from home.  This includes clients with Long Term Health Conditions, Social Anxiety, or those who do not work regular hours.

One of the great benefits of SilverCloud is that our clients have continued access to the programme for 12 months.

Over 100 clients have benefited from SilverCloud to date, and we have seen a Recovery Rate of 50% for those who have completed treatment.


Information Governance

Mind in Bexley have worked throughout the year towards achieving the Information Governance Level 3 accreditation from HSCIC (Heath and Social Care Information Centre), this enables the organisation to access NHS data via a N3 connection and is a requirement from the CCG for our IAPT service.

In March 2016 Mind in Bexley successfully completed the online assessment fully achieving  the required target score. 


Finding Healthy Me

Finding Healthy Me is a Weight Management Programme specially designed for Children aged 7. The programme addresses NICE guidelines, taking into account current data that is beneficial for young children to maintain and improve weight management and increase physical activity. Although the programme focuses on children, supported by their parents, we hope this will become beneficial to all family members.

Finding Healthy Me offers 8 free weekly sessions and the families will commit to attend each week for one and half hours. The programme will be run from a community facility such as a community centre in Bexley.

If you would like further information, please contact us on 0208 303 5816 Option 4 or email:info@mindinbexley.org.uk


BME Engagement with Commissioners

Mind in Bexley have received a small grant to work with Healthwatch Bexley on developing BME engagement with commissioners. Over the next six months, we will be holding focus groups and events whereby community leaders will be able to highlight issues which impact on their communities and work directly with those who plan and fund services so that needs can be met.

We will write a report on the project and will aim to host a conference on BME health at the end of the year.


Social Prescribing

Whilst medical interventions are of course necessary to treat specific conditions or health problems, the importance of strong social networks, access to friends, family and support, and an active social life should not be underestimated. Evidence shows for instance that people who have a strong network of social support means they are more likely to take prescribed medicines, and that exercise reduces the likelihood of people recovering from depression. Such discoveries have led to a growing interest in what’s known as ‘social prescriptions.’ Social prescribing is defined as a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services, often provided by the voluntary and community sector. 

Mind in Bexley have been working with GPs in the Clocktower locality over the past 12 months to identify non-medical opportunities or interventions that will help some of their patients adopt healthier lifestyles or improve wider social aspects of their lives. Working with an array of voluntary sector agencies, Mind have referred individuals to interventions which support the development of a more community-based, preventive health care model in order to promote better patient outcomes.

Over 140 individuals have been referred into the scheme and we are currently undertaking a comprehensive evaluation to explore the impact on individual subjective wellbeing. We are also looking at the impact of Social Prescribing on A&E attendances, admissions (non-elective), outpatient appointments, urgent care centre activity and primary care appointments. The evaluation should be completed by June 2016.


Recovery College Bexley Prospectus

The Recovery College Bexley have published details of the courses, groups and workshops that they offer and have also produced a downloadable prospectus. 

Details are available on the Mind in Bexley Website. 



Carers Support Service working with Bexley MPS

The Mind in Bexley Carers Support Service has recently forged a strong link with the Mental Health Liaison Team at Bexleyheath Police Station. The Project is spearheaded by an Inspector who hopes eventually to have installed a member of the Team within each of the shifts on duty at any given time. Two of the officers (Holly and Laura) have already attended two of our Carers Groups and both are extremely keen to assist all Mind in Bexley departments in any way possible.

For information future speakers of relevance at the Erith Centre Carers Group are:

 Wednesday 27th April 2016 Councillor Eileen PALLEN- Cabinet Member for Adult Health

 Wednesday 25th May 2016 Darren WARD- Oxleas NHS Trust Service Manager In Patient Services

 Wednesday 22nd June 2016 Inspector ADAMS -Bexleyheath Police Station

 Wednesday 27th July 2016 Dr Nikita KANANI - GP Lead Clinical Commissioning Group


Beat- type 2 diabetes prevention programme for Bexley adults

London Borough of Bexley has partnered with Mind in Bexley, Parkwood Community Leisure, Bexley Health Ltd, Parkwood Healthcare Ltd and Charlton Athletic Community Trust to deliver 'Beat'.  'Beat' is a two year programme, funded by Sport England, which looks to increase levels of physical activity amongst Bexley adults who are at risk of type 2 diabetes. 

Bexley residents who are eligible to join will receive access to one free exercise class per week for up to two years and the option of working with a peer mentor.
Mind in Bexley is looking for volunteers who can help by training to become excellent peer mentors.

Why become a mentor?

The risk of developing type 2 diabetes can be dramatically reduced through regular physical activity, yet half of Bexley's adults are inactive. If you have improved your health or managed a condition with physical activity, you could become a mentor and support others to do the same.

No previous experience is necessary as full training and support will be provided by Mind in Bexley.

Mentors commit to just 1 hour per week, offering one to one support to people trying to be more active.

For further information on Beat please contact Dawn on; dpower@mindinbexley.org.uk, or T:0208 3035816 (option 4)

'Care for me at home' Domiciliary care study  

Healthwatch Bexley has recently published a report into Home Care in Bexley. This was an important study which enabled us to speak to residents and learn about their experiences of domiciliary care. Healthwatch Bexley undertook 26 in-depth interviews with residents in their homes and the report gives a vivid picture and unique insight into people’s experiences. The majority of the participants reported being satisfied with the care they received, as home care enables people to remain in their home.

However, the report highlights some important short comings in current practice, such as inconsistency of care, short care visits, a lack of communication as well as identifying loneliness and isolation as key issues facing care recipients. These findings will feed into the Loneliness group, which is established in Bexley to address these issues and recommend how the Borough can work in partnership to prevent and tackle these.


Bexley Rotary Club

Wendy and Pauline from Mind in Bexley at the Bexley Rotary Club at the Holiday Inn, Bexley.

The Rotary Club are a cross section of the community representing all businesses and professions and are inclusive of all cultures, races and creeds. Through the development of that friendship, they provide humanitarian services both locally and worldwide, to encourage high ethical standards at work and to help build goodwill and peace in the world. Services are provided in many diverse ways, to include community projects locally and worldwide, and by supporting charitable programmes at home and abroad.

The President of the Rotary Club, Andy Knight kindly presented Mind in Bexley with a cheque for £250.


Stream Walk Community Gardens Fundraiser 

Mind in Bexley arranged a fundraising evening with vinyl DJ'S and raffle in support of the Stream Walk Community Gardens in Whitstable to develop some peer support initiatives for residents experiencing distress.  Prizes were donated by local business and the event raised over £800. 


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