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Healthwatch Staffordshire

A statement from Cllr Alan White, Deputy Leader, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing,  Councillor for Lichfield – Lichfield Rural East

I am pleased to inform you that the contract for the provision of Healthwatch Staffordshire services has now been awarded to ensure residents can continue to share any views they may have around both health and social care provision.

Statement from Staffordshire County Council regarding Service User Participation Service Contract

I am writing to advise, Staffordshire County Council (SCC) will not be exercising their optional one year contract extension with South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health (SSNMH) for the Service Use Participation Service after 31st March 2018.  SCC and SSNMH are currently in discussions in respect of this decision; it is agreed by both parties that’s protecting the users of mental health services is the priority of these discussions.

I would be grateful if you could please share this message with your colleagues and partners, as appropriate.

New Self Harm Support Group in Newcaste under Lyme

Brighter Futures ECHO service now offers a support group in Newcastle under Lyme every Wednesday for people with experience of self harm.

ECHO gives you the opportunity to talk in confidence to other people who understand how you are feeling, providing mutual support and information for people who have experienced self harm, who are aged 18 and above.

ECHO offers a chance to talk, information about alternative ways of coping, awareness and understanding and a safe, confidential and supportive environment.

New Senior Gents Group in Tamworth starting in February

Starting on Tuesday 13th February this new Senior Gent social group are looking for members to join them to:

  • meet new friends,
  • reduce isolation,
  • chat about sport,
  • play cards or dominos,
  • join in activities,
  • reminisce,
  • have fun.

Admission is free and the club will run every Tuesday between 10.30am and 12.30pm at St John’s Church, 8 John Street, Tamworth B79 7EX

For more information call 01827 431002.


Housing Conditions, Crisis Management—Love Inspire and South Staffordshire Water

Trent and Dove will be covering the common signs of disrepair in properties including Damp, Mould, Condensation and how they can be reported and also some tips and ticks on how to manage them.

South Staffs Water has a range of extra help services for their customers; one example is the Assure tariff, a new easy way for eligible customers to reduce their water charges by up to 80%.

Assure is a fairly  new scheme and they’ve helped over 8500 people obtain a discount on their water charges since it started, and over 20400 customers are receiving extra help/priority services.

Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline

The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline continued to be busy in the 3 months up to Christmas. Between October and December 2017 they received 8131 successful contacts, equally split between phone calls, instant messaging and texts over this time. This already takes the scheme over its 20,000 contacts for the year (currently at 24,878 by the end of December). Of these contacts, approximately a sixth were made by men with the majority made by women. This is the first quarter since the October to December 2014 period that they have seen a decline in the number of suicide related contacts.

Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards.

The Thrive Mental Health Commission Awards will mark the first year of the Thrive West Midlands programme by celebrating the ground-breaking work across the region to improve mental health and wellbeing.

They are looking for Mental Health Stars – people who have made a significant contribution to improving mental health and wellbeing in your area. We will be giving out a Mental Health Star award to someone from each local area in the WMCA.

Nominations can be for friends or relatives, carers or colleagues, a mental health nurse or even a social worker.