SLaM TWIG Ops Committee was disbanded in December 2013, and since then we have been chasing SLaM to give us the minutes of the last meeting and a statement regarding it’s closing, to share with you and the TWIG Ops Committee. As soon as we have this we will post it.
SLaM have also announced a review of all of our SLaMTWIGOps media presences which they fund, i.e. the blog, Facebook and Twitter, and this has prompted us to begin another review of these things ourselves.
The first change we have made is a new working title, which we hope more accurately reflects what we do. In due course we will be asking for your ideas on what we should be called :-).
We will keep you in the loop about the discussions we will be having, which will be lead by SLaM’s Head of Communications. At key points in these discussions, we will be asking for your views, and we very much hope you will get involved so that we can continue to do the best possible job for our subscribers and visitors, across all our media platforms.
If you have any thoughts now, we’d be very grateful if you could add them as comments to this post.
The blog is used by many health and third sector organisations, to make contact with service users and carers in South London. Twitter and Facebook have followers and friends across the Country.
Our media platforms belong to you, the people who use them, and we need your input to try to ensure that funding stays in place to provide these forums for everyone who wishes to be involved, and that we can continue to have a degree of independence from the Trust, as the key to our presences is that they are run by service users and carers, for service users and carers.
Abi, Bridget, D and Matthew
Hear Us Croydon held their open forum meeting on the 4th of March over at the CVA Resource Centre. At this meeting there were guest speakers:
Caroline McDonald on Personal Budgets in Mental Health and Julie Turner on Direct Payments.
The Main Topic was on the Depression and Bipolar Disorder Focus Group with guest speakers Alice Glover, Dr Karine Macritchie and Vanessa Bray.
Matthew Mckenzie has done a great video blog of the meeting:
Matthew has also done an audio blog:
These are well worth watching and listening to!
Matthew has also uploaded some great photos to our Facebook page:
TWEET ABOUT IT? FACEBOOK IT? CHAT ABOUT IT? WHATEVER YOU ARE ABLE TO DO TO HELP FIGHT STIGMA – DO IT TODAY – PLEASE…………..Posted: February 6, 2014
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 6TH
JOIN ONE MILLION OTHER PEOPLE AND
FIGHT STIGMA AROUND MENTAL ILLNESS
Go on…..push the button or visit the Hear Us website: www.hear-us.org (and scroll to the bottom of the page)
As part of the Time to Change, Time to Talk campaign to show that it’s the little things which make a big difference, over 1,000 activities are taking place up and down the country tomorrow to get people talking about mental health. There are a number of activities taking part in Croydon tomorrow, so if you have time:
1. Between 11am and 2pm, pop down to the MIND building in Altyre Road, (near East Croydon station) for tea, homemade cake and a conversation about mental health.
2. Between 2pm and 4.30pm: borrow a book from our Living Library, with MIND in Croydon and Hear Us, at Croydon Library, Katherine Street (Clock tower)
Please click here to view the poster.
We can offer tea, coffee, and cake, while having a chat about mental health with someone who has lived experience
We will also be on Twitter all day encouraging you to talk about mental health so please get online and start a conversation. Don’t forget to use #TimetoTalk.
For more information about ways to get involved including tips and hints about starting your own ‘mental health conversation’, please visit the Time to Change Website, http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday. You will find materials to download and lots more………including a competition called: how to “have a conversation to win a conversation”
With Kind regards
Jane White (Hear Us)
PS – PASS IT ON!