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New Stroke Support club

Life After Stroke organisation has set up a new support service based at Headway in Hereford. It's run by Jo Weston, who is their Volunteer and Community Officer. In Fact Headway Hereford and the Stroke Associaiton are working togeyher to make it happen.

There is a Carer's support group on the first Friday of every month, starting on 7th February from 10.00 am till noon. Also a Coffee morning for those affected by stroke which allows you the opportunity to chat with others who understand the situation. This is on the third Tuesday of each month from 18th February, 10.30 - noon.A small charge is made for refreshments.

Headway is found at: Headway House, Trenchard Avenue, Credenhill, hereford, HR4 7DX. You don't need to book, but here is the phone number in case you have other queries. 01432 761000.

New Autism Act

Almost 10 years after the Autism Act became law in 2009, a new Autism Act was due to be in place by November 18th 2019. BUT, due to the chaotic political sitaution in the UK with Brexit and a General Election, the Autism Act is delayed until January 2020. Hopefully further delays are not on th cards!

Men, are you having miserable Mondays?

SAD or just struggling?The Hereford Men's Mental Health ( HMMH )… Launching on November 11th 2019

Two likeminded individuals with lived experience of mental ill health have come together to launch a monthly social group for men in Herefordshire who suffer with mental ill health, or at risk of becoming ill.
Councillor Paul Stevens, Deputy Mayor of Hereford and Euan McPherson, Chief Executive of Services for Independent Living, have joined forces to set up a group where men of all ages can come together over a cuppa, a game of pool, maybe a kick about or perhaps a community project.
The Hereford Men's Mental Health (HMMH) group will be an opportunity for men to be able to socialise with other people, in a safe environment where they know they are amongst people with similar issues.
Councillor Stevens said "Men's groups have been shown to be very effective at creating a space for men to feel safe when they have mental health issues. Hereford men deserve this opportunity and I hope people will come along and join Euan and me on a Monday evening."
Euan commented that "This will not be a group where you sit in a circle and talk about your problems. This is a group where we will have a bit of banter, play a bit of pool, maybe kick a ball about and when or if people want to talk about any issues they are experiencing they can. There will be no pressure to talk about anything though.#&34
The two have some ideas about general activities that people may enjoy but are interested to speak to people who attend the group to develop ideas for the future.
The first meeting will be on Monday 11th November from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the United In The Community (UITC) building Victoria Park, Hereford HR1 1AW. Pop along for a cuppa and say hello, no booking necessary and refreshments will be provided.
Please call Euan on 01568 616653 for more information.

Autism friendly shopping

Autism Hour is back!
At the beginning of October several shops in Hereford city have decided to take part in the scheme to be "Autism friendly" Click here for the full list

Big Lottery Support

HDU has again recived funding from the Big Lottery towards the series of Mental Health events we are running during 2019.

This enables us to focus on the mental health services available for those in need of support, and ensure their users are heard by public services and those who commission them.

Whilst we ran a basic event in March this year, this allowed us to discover the gaps in provision and what the public were concerned about. Now in June we are focusing on Crisis Managment, and Early Intervention Services which both came top of the "Concerns" feedback in March.

We have secured speakers from the Crisis Team based in Hereford, and also the Director of Public Health for Herefordshire. Personal Testimonies will also feature on 19th June. After the event a newsletter will be available on the Newsletter page of this website.

Click here

In the Autumn HDU expect to run their third event on Mental Health which will focus on issues raised in the June meeting.

To find out what Commissioners do for public health, or get involved, then check this link. Click here

Mental Health Partnership Board

A Mental Health Partnership Board is being re-established in Herefordshire. This is good news, and is something just about to take off.

HDU will bring you further information as it evolves, and hopefully this will be the beginning of a greater partnership between those who commission our services, the NHS, service users and their families. It is hope that some "Experts by Experience" will help guide the development feeding back both positive and negative points so as to improve services.

Reasonable Adjustments in Hospitals

The 2010 Equality Act requires services, including health services, to make "reasonable adjustments" for disabled people so that those services are equally accessible to them.

This legal requirement is especially important in the light of continued concerns about mortality amongst disabled people in hospitals. For instance, Heslop et al. (2013) showed that people with learning disabilities were dying between 13-20 years sooner than the general population, with many of those deaths avoidable and traced to insufficiencies or poor practice in health care.

A recent survey by Bristol University concerns actions taken by the NHS when treating people with disabilities. Some local residents from Herefordshire were part of this research, and a report, plus posters has now been published on the university's website. The direct link can be accessed here. Click here

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