Posts Tagged ‘carers group meetings’

Another meeting cancelled at very short notice. Carers were very disappointed. We will write to the speaker with a list of questions which we hope he can address promptly.

We will mention the following lists of issues:



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We had received apologies from the planned speaker. We had a discussion about current issues for carers in St Helens:

  1. There still isn’t a single phone number for existing service users to contact services.
  2. We were told that families would receive a prompt phone call before 11am if an appointment had to be cancelled. This doesn’t happen.
  3. Carers described a lack of support once the person they care for is stable enough to be discharged back to primary care (the GP). The person may still feel quite unwell – for example they may be taking medication and feel unable to work. But all support ends when they are no longer in primary care – and it all goes at the same time.
  4. People can only access a community support worker for 2 years. Even though they know the deadline, there is no preparation to access alternative support.
  5. If there are less beds, there should be more community support.
  6. There is still a turnover of staff with little continuity of care.

We will bring these issues up with our speaker next month.

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Mike Smith is an award winning mental health professional with 26 years experience. He was a Director of Nursing in Birmingham before leaving in 2001 to become an independent trainer and consultant. He has been a champion of recovery for many years, and has gained international respect for his innovative work on recovery and thriving.

‘We define mental distress as a human condition and variation rather than a disorder, and believe that once we view people as distressed rather than ill, it opens up a wealth of opportunities to support the individual towards recovery and thriving.’

Mike originally trained at Winwick Hospital and had worked for many years within the NHS. Now he works for his own consultancy which has developed the THRIVE model.


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August 12th was a social event for all carers in St Helens who support someone through mental distress (mental health problems).

The staff from together were out in force. As always, they prepared a wonderful buffet of sandwiches, home made cakes and scones as well as healthier options of strawberries. There were smoothie drinks as well as non-alcoholic refreshing fruit punch made to a secret recipe.

It was good to see so many familiar faces from all the different groups as well as new carers. There was a very welcoming atmosphere and it didn’t take long before everyone was chatting away.

We handed out copies of our mailout and leaflets as well as our last take care magazine. We took the names and addresses of everyone who attended so that we can make sure that our mailing list is up to date.

If you want to be on our mailing list to receive our mailout (either by post or email), do get in touch.

Thank you to all the carers who attended the social evening tonight. Thank you also to Beryl, one of the ward managers at Peasley Hope and Recovery Centre, for taking time to attend our meeting. And of course a huge thank you to everyone from together for their wonderful catering and support.

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Our meeting this week will be at Heath Park Lodge and NOT the United Reformed Church.
The family support workers from together have arranged for strawberries and scones at a summer get-together for all the carers groups.
Hope to see you there.
For more information contact together.

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