Monday, 7 April 2014

Work Capability Assessment event, Tuesday 8th April

You are invited to attend two FREE events in April organised by Europia and our partners

1.   On Tuesday April 8th about Work Capability Assessments:  They aren't working 
Organised by the WCA Access Group - of which Europia is one of 8 member organisations
Other members are Breakthrough UK, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People,  Manchester Alliance of Community Care,  Access to Advice,  Manchester BME Network, Greater Manchester Welfare Rights Advice Service, Anti-Poverty group, Church House (Greater Manchester)
Our event is held at London Scottish House (4th floor), 24 Mount St, Manchester, M2 3NN
12.40 - 2.00pm   Why WCAs have to change now
2.10 - 3.40pm   How we can Campaign for Change Together
We are pressing for an Independent Inquiry into the Impact of WCAs
Atos may be pulling out but we must ensure that the new set-up is fair and humane.
There will be Key speakers and audience participation.  No booking is required.

2.   On Saturday 12th March - an Easter event for European nationals and local people
From 12.00 - 2.00pm  - a Fun event targetted at Polish families but everyone is welcome at the Church of the Nazarene,230 Stamford St, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7LN 
Free cakes and refreshments - Polish / English traditions, children's activities, crafts
It is the latest in a series of community events based on our Invisible Minority Report.
We are encouraging closer co-operation between Polish and other local residents in Ashton.
For capacity reasons, please book with Gosia Jankowska at
Thanks to Tameside 4 Good for their funding and support.
Please contact me for the latest update about these events and other Europia projects. 

Kind regards,

Tom Griffiths
Chief Executive:  Europia - Working with European Nationals and Local CommunitiesCoordinator:  WCA Action Group - For an Independent Inquiry into the Impact of WCAs 
Tel:  0161 833 8823

Friday, 4 April 2014

Meeting Weds 9th April

It's our regular monthly meeting on Wednesday 9th April from 6 - 7:45 at Manchester Carers Centre.  John Mainwaring from carers support organisation Connect Support is coming to talk to us about the services they offer. And of course we'll be having our usual catch up and cup of tea. Anyone is welcome to join us whether you have personal experience of mental health issues, are a carer, or professional with an interest in mental health.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Event: Changing Minds, Mental Health in Black & Minority Ethnic Communities

Date Tuesday 15th April 2014
Time 0900 - 1535
Venue Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Building, Sackville Street, Manchester,
M1 3BB

A conference to raise awareness among mental health  professionals, voluntary sector workers and the public about mental health issues in black & minority ethnic communities focusing on refugees and asylum seekers and mental health in later life.

  • Mental health in later life, Dr Faisal Parvez—Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Refugees and asylum seekers, Dr Khatidja Chantler—University of Central Lancashire
  • Recovery in mental health, Mr Tom McAlpine—Moodswings Network
  • Personal experiences: mental health voices
Cost: £75 private sector/professional and £50 students/voluntary sector

Lunch will be provided

For further enquiries or to book your place please contact MC-UK on 0161 7131892 or email

MC-UK, 680 Burnage Lane, Manchester, M19 1NA 

Monday, 3 March 2014

Could you volunteer to help run our thriving mental health support group?

Rethink Manchester Carers in Action is a volunteer run peer support group of mental health carers and service users. Our current Chair, Mary, is stepping down after five years in the role so we need a new Group Co-ordinator to oversee the running of the group. The role involves inviting liaising with our national charity Rethink Mental Illness, inviting speakers, writing our newsletter, updating our website and answering occasional phone and email enquiries.

You will be supported by our Group Chair and Treasurer, as well as by Rethink Mental Illness nationally. The role can be carried out by one person or two sharing the responsibilities.

We meet once a month at Manchester Carers Centre, on a Wednesday evening, from 6 - 7:45pm. You would need to be free to attend meetings at this time. We need to fill the role from May 2014 onwards.

Download a full role description.

For an overview of how Rethink Manchester Carers in Action works with Rethink Mental Illness nationally, download the Groups Charter.

Download a poster advertising the role to share with your contacts.

For more information contact Mary Patel or Lindsey Cree:, tel 07816 754 032 (Mary) or 07757 082 976 (Lindsey).

Our monthly meeting next Weds 12th March

It's our regular monthly meeting next Wednesday 12th March - 6 - 7:45pm at Manchester Carers Centre. As well as the usual catch up and a cup of tea, Sarndip Sangha from the mental health research department at Manchester Mental Health Trust is coming to give us an update on new research studies.

If you are travelling by public transport, Manchester Carers Centre is a two minute walk from the New Islington Metrolink stop (Droylsden Line). Some of us meet at Piccadilly Station by the taxi rank at 5.30 and head up together. Text our Chair, Lindsey on 07757 082 976 so we know to wait for you. If you are travelling by car, free parking is available on Pollard Street from 6pm.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

EQUIP project questionnaire

We are now recruiting service user and carer participants to take part in the latest study in the EQUIP programme grant. The aim of the study is to develop a questionnaire to help us find out if you have been adequately involved in your care plan (or the care plan of somebody you care for).

Please click the link below to take you to the study, then you can click on 'questionnaire'.

If you prefer a paper copy you can request this from:-
Julie O'rourke (EQUIP Administrator)
+44 (0) 161 306 7863

Each participant will receive a £10 high street gift voucher when we receive the completed questionnaire. We will ask you to supply your postal contact details so that we can send the gift voucher to you. These details will be kept separate from the questionnaire itself and not accessed by the research team to ensure your questionnaire responses remain anonymous.

About this study
EQUIP is a collaborative project between the
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Nottingham
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.
The EQUIP study team has been awarded nearly £2 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to examine ways to improve use and carer involvement in care planning in mental health services.
The project will run for five years (started 1 December 2012) and will benefit service users, carers and mental health professionals.