31 Jul

Applying for disability benefits during the coronavirus pandemic

Test four of our five tests asks the UK Government to provide a financial safety net to protect people with mental health problems from falling into poverty. A crucial part of this is making benefits assessments more accessible. Assessments can be stressful for anyone, but for those of us with mental health problems, being forced…

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08 Jul

Involvement Communication to Service Users and Carers No. 15 ‘Recovery Colleges’ – 26 June 2020

As with many services, organisations and businesses, due to COVID-19, ‘lockdown’ and the restrictions in place, the region’s Recovery Colleges have understandably yet sadly had to close their doors to students. In spite of this, all have managed to still provide a service to their students, have found creative ways of still being able to…

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16 May

NTAS Creativity and Wellbeing Week 2020 – Positive Futures

Good afternoon Please find details of our free, online sessions that are running as part of Creativity and Wellbeing Week next week. I would be very grateful if you could share this with your networks, service users, or anyone else who you think might enjoy or benefit from a session that focuses on using art…

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05 May

NTAS Online Programme

With the temporary closure of our physical studio spaces, we have been looking at how we can best support people to use art and creativity to improve their mental health. As a result, we are now offering 3 creative classes per week as part of our open-access online creative programme.  The sessions are available free of charge…

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11 Apr

NTAS ‘What’s On-line’

Good afternoon everyone, As you will already know NTAS has had to close it’s studio doors, along with lots of other organisations, due to the current coronavirus measures. We are keeping a eye on guidance and will re-open as soon as we are able. In the meantime, we’ve been looking at what we can do…

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21 Mar

North Tyneside Art Studio Closure

Dear All Due to the current outbreak of the coronavirus NTAS will be closed from Wednesday 18th March @ 4.30pm until further notice. This decision is to protect the health and wellbeing of members, staff and volunteers and is taken in accordance with the most recent guidance that advises all non-essential contact to stop. We’re…

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21 Nov

NTAS II has launched

Info re NTAS II, in the Forum Shopping Centre, Wallsend – open Tuesdays and Thursdays – below. This project is funded and supported by NHS North Tyneside Clinical Commissioning Group 😀 just a little announcement… We’ve officially launched! Last Saturday we cut the red ribbon on our satellite studio space in Wallsend’s Forum Shopping Centre. Thank you to everyone…

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07 Jul

inSIGhts – user led self injury peer support group

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We are launching a new peer support group for people with experience of self injury.  Meetings will take place as follows: Newcastle group – Second Saturday of each month, Coffee Trader, Northumberland Street, NE1 7EL; North Tyneside group – Fourth Saturday of each month, starting on 27 July 2019, 10 am – 12 pm at…

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05 Apr

Improving the physical health of people with a severe and enduring mental illness – survey

The North East and Cumbria Sustainability Transformation Programme (STP) Mental Health Programme Steering Group has established a working group to look at improving the physical health of people with a severe and enduring mental illness through hearing the experiences and journeys of patients and carers. They want to gather feedback from mental health service users and their carers in…

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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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