Social Media

You may have heard that in a few weeks’ time the SLaM TWIG Ops social media accounts will be moving to a new home. The accounts will be here for a while yet but once they’re gone you’ll be able to continue following news and views about South London and Maudsley (SLaM) and its services at @maudsleynhs and facebook.com/slamnhs. They are moving to become part of SLaM’s thriving online community – alongside more than 8,000 service users, patients, staff and the public. You can continue to send your information, updates and opinions to a contact who will share your posting with this wider audience and of course you’ll be able to make posts yourself if you are already on twitter or facebook. We hope that TWIG Ops followers will join us, create debate and help to raise awareness of mental health issues locally and beyond.

The TWIG Ops team will be working with us to help with the transition phase and will also make some improvements to our website www.slam.nhs.uk that will provide new information and resources for anyone who wants to get involved with the Trust and find out about local events run by other organisations, news and issues relating to mental health. The TWIG Ops team will keep you updated and will post here with updates during the transition.

Best wishes

Sarah Crack

Head of Communications and Media SLaM

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Future of our social media: August update

Dear all,

Last month we told you about SLaM’s plan’s to pull funding from our social media on 30th September here: https://slamtwigops.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/funding-will-cease-for-our-social-media-in-less-than-3-months/

Thank you to all of you who wrote in to SLaM, asking for a reconsideration.

Later last month we updated you on the new date of 8th September here: https://slamtwigops.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/update-re-the-future-of-our-social-media/

We were called to a meeting earlier this week, at 2 days notice, which two of our team were able to make. The notes of that meeting are here: Notes of Meeting to discuss SLaM Blog. You’ll note that there was no dialogue: it was simply a meeting for SLaM to tell us of their latest decisions, lead by by the Trust Director for Patient and Public Involvement.

At that meeting, we were told of the latest plan: that there would be a cut of 50% in our funding from 8th September, which would stop altogether on 30th October. In addition we were asked to provide advice to the SLaM Comms team on setting up new, SLaM run platforms, within this new 50% funding level.

SLaM seem to fundamentally not “get” the reasons for the need for an independent service user and carer led voice, or to understand why so many of it’s current and former patients are fearful of engagement with Trust-led initiatives. We have done all we can to explain this, time and time again, and we’re incredibly sorry that we’ve not been heard, on your behalf.

Your social media team have been unable to find a way to continue our services in anything like their current forms until that date, with these cuts, so this is to let you know that the blog will stop taking postings on 8th September. Our Facebook and Twitter presence may continue until the end of October.

On a personal note, may I take this opportunity to say that for me it has been a very great pleasure to have worked with you over the last three and a half years, and to have been part of this growing community which we have helped to link up :-). I am incredibly sorry to see the blog and our other platforms go, and can’t see how new platforms, run by the Trust, can replace them, when so many people are so suspicious of their health provider, based on their own direct experience :-(.

With best wishes,

D

Blog Adminstrator


Funding will cease for our social media in less than 3 months!

On 3rd July our current SLaM funder announced that they will cease to fund our media platforms at the end of September.

This news saddens us, because we all know that without the blog, Facebook and Twitter there would be limited space for those who use the mental health services to get their views heard, and hear other people’s stories.

Without our social media it would be difficult to support voluntary communities’ campaigns and let people know what these communities are doing.

Although some of will always strive to do social media in one form or another, we would prefer the involvement accounts to continue in their current shape rather than them disappearing.

If our social media is no longer funded, most of this work will be under threat or stop altogether on 30th September.

We all believe that it is really important to have service user and carer independent media. There are many benefits to SLaM: it is good PR for them to facilitate our platforms; staff can use it to signpost their clients to community resources and opportunities etc.

D manages the blog, which has nearly 300 subscribers, and on top of that the blog gets about 100 hits a day (i.e. from non-subscribers).

Bridget and Matthew co-run Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube and Soundcloud (for audio blogs). They try to post items that are not only about involvement work with SLaM but also things that they feel will be of interest to the service users and carers who follow us – such as local community events, support groups, news items etc.

They also try to engage with service users and carers who follow us to foster a community spirit.  SLaM staff are encouraged to signpost service users and carers to our social media sites for extra support and a wealth of information. This is becoming more and more important as there are unfortunately significant cuts happening in the NHS both with physical and mental care.

Within Matthew’s social media role on the South London Involvement Forum, he works hard helping to run its Facebook, twitter and YouTube account.  He also physically goes out to attend and support mental health communities in South London.

Our Facebook page currently has over 100 ‘Likes’ and we have over 800 followers on Twitter.  Matthew does excellent video blogs that we post on YouTube.  His blog for “Depression Awareness Day” was picked up by a major website, Psych Central, in USA and placed on their website.

We only have a short time to persuade SLaM to change its mind, or to come up with an alternative funding solution. Can you help us with any of these things? Do you have money or access to funds that could contribute to this?

If you value the blog, our Facebook page and / or our tweets, you can help now by writing to SLaM to tell them how it is of use to you and asking them to reconsider their decision to withdraw our funding (about £500 per month).

Please write to our current funder, Zoe at Zoe.Reed@slam.nhs.uk and SLaM Head of Communications, Sarah at Sarah.Crack@slam.nhs.uk. You may wish to copy it to the Chief Executive, Matthew Patrick at Matthew.Patrick@slam.nhs.uk.

Please send us a copy at d.rosieruk@gmail.com. We suggest you don’t use our SLaM address as the Trust can of course shut down our access to this at any moment.

Please share this widely.

We will also be posting on Facebook and twitter, and we would be grateful if you could share these also.

Best wishes,

Abi, Bridget, D and Matthew

Your SLIF Communications team


Blog name change!

Dear all,

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.

Best wishes,

Abi, Bridget, D and Matthew

Communications team

 


TWEET ABOUT IT? FACEBOOK IT? CHAT ABOUT IT? WHATEVER YOU ARE ABLE TO DO TO HELP FIGHT STIGMA – DO IT TODAY – PLEASE…………..

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!


Facebook & Tweets – Help Dragon Cafe Promote Our Relaunch – Mon 17 Feb 2014

Connect with The Dragon Cafe on Facebook and Twitter.

  Help Us Promote Our Relaunch on Mon 17 Feb 2014 with your Facebook and Tweets

www.facebook.com/thedragoncafe

@TheDragonCafe

We’re looking forward to seeing you in person when we re-open, but you can keep up to date with what’s going on and help to spread the word about The Dragon Cafe to your social media networks by joining us online – Like us on Facebook and Follow us if you’re on Twitter. We love creative collaborations so here’s a great way to share what you are doing too!

While we often seriously explore weighty matters around mental health at the Cafe we do also like to enjoy ourselves and have a laugh.

Check out the brilliant Dr Stewart comedy set from The Dragon Cafe on our Facebook www.facebook.com/thedragoncafe and why not click Like while you’re there!

See you on Monday 17th February! 

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INDESIGN for beginners

Hello all.

Please find details of the next course in Indesign attached, starting in December 2013. 

Art2Print Introducing Adobe Indesign_April2013

This course is aimed at giving learners a taste of computer design with the potential to gain some experience in our social enterprise Art2Print or augment a pathway into further learning in community based adult education.   Course feedback for the courses shows that 100% of learners enjoyed the course, “fantastic – I need to carry on” and all but one learner said that the course had improved their ‘confidence to give something new a go’.

Please note that to gain a place on the Indesign course learners will need to have solid basic computer skills. These courses are funded for people with mental health problems.

Bill Stewart

Project Coordinator

Mental Health and Well-being Service Service Coordinator

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