31 May

New Little Free Library at Meadow Well Connected

VODA

The second of VODA’s SAINT project’s Little Free Libraries is now in place outside Meadow Well Connected, in the Meadow Well Estate North Shields. The library has been lovingly constructed by volunteers from VODA’s SAINT project and from Meadow Well Connected. The volunteers have also learnt a range of carpentry and construction skills in the…

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27 May

Heads & Tales Newsletter – May 2019

The Heads and Tales Newsletter is here! Join us to celebrate our summer main events as part of our Mental Health Heritage project HEADS & TALES, supported and funded by the Heritage Fund UK and through the great contribution of National lottery players. Contents of email below: Creative Legacies: Heritage & Mental Health Conference  Heads…

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04 May

Little Free Library unveiling

VODA

This week VODA unveiled their Little Free Library at The Rising Sun Country Park. This project was developed and constructed with students from Longbenton High School Melrose department with support from SAINT and CAN DO volunteers. Little Free Library is a community scheme where members of the public are encouraged to take and leave their…

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05 Apr

Trauma Teddies Update

VODA’s SAINT Trauma Teddies drive has been a massive success. They received 56 teddies in total, which will be donated to organisations working with children and young people across the borough. Thanks to: The Woolies at Linskill Centre, AGE UK, Springfield Community Association, A Healthy Awareness at SomeOne Cares, and many many more individuals. A number of the Teddies…

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15 Mar

Trauma Teddies Update

VODA

Volunteers from VODA’s SAINT (Social Action in North Tyneside) project have received the first batch of Trauma Teddies, kindly knitted by the Linskill Woolies and AGE UK North Tyneside, for the Northumbria Police ‘Trauma Teddies’ scheme. Trauma Teddies involves police officers giving a teddy to young children they meet during their daily patrols or to children…

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08 Mar

Money and Mental Health campaigns for regulation changes to bailiffs

A recent report by Citizens Advice estimates that 850,000 people contacted by bailiffs over the last two years have experienced bailiffs breaking the rules. This includes agents misrepresenting their rights of entry, and seizing people’s goods inappropriately. There are also continued reports of bailiffs failing to fact sympathetically towards people classed as vulnerable, including people…

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31 Jan

Dedicated NHS mental health care for veterans

Within the NHS, there are a range of mental health services that provide different types of care and treatment. This includes dedicated mental health services for service personnel approaching discharge from the British Armed Forces and veterans. A veteran is anyone who has served for at least one day in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces (regular or reserve). These…

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12 Jan

New mental health support in schools and colleges and faster access to NHS care

In 2017, the Government published its Green Paper for Transforming children and young people’s mental health, which detailed proposals for expanding access to mental health care for children and young people, building on the national NHS transformation programme which is already underway. Its proposals were focused on providing additional support through schools and colleges and…

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12 Jan

Mental Health Support Leaflets for Mums

A new set of mental health leaflets offer support for mums, their families, and the teams that care for them. The eight leaflets cover a broad range of topics including postnatal depression, postpartum psychosis and perinatal OCD, and the use of lithium and antipsychotics in pregnancy and breastfeeding. They offer advice and signpost to promote…

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