Friday, 6 June 2014

Mcr Mental Health Trust Carers Week celebration

Celebrating Carers Week
Are you a registered carer?
Do you look after someone in your community?

This is your invitation to come along and help us celebrate caring!

Wednesday 11th June 2014
10.30am – 3.30pm
The Zion Centre
339 Stretford Road, Manchester M15 4ZY

Enjoy free activities*:
Tea and cakes
Make a hanging basket

*On a first come first served basis

There will also be a carers information stall

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Next RMCIA meeting Weds 11th June

We'll be meeting next Wednesday 11th June at the usual time of 6 - 7:45pm at Manchester Carers Centre. Tea, coffee and biscuits served on arrival.

Owen Price is coming along to the meeting to share information about his research project ‘aiming to reduce the use of potentially harmful clinical interventions such as physical restraint, seclusion and the use of extra medication for managing agitation/aggression’. Owen is a mental health nurse who has been working in mental health since 2005 and began working at the University in 2010. 

We look forward to seeing you. As ever, all are welcome.

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Uni of Liverpool study for Carers

Here's some informtion we have received about a research study aimed at carers - there is an online survey:

"If you are over 18 years old, and have weekly contact with your relative with mental health difficulties, we'd really like to hear from you. A postgraduate research student at the University of Liverpool is carrying out a study aiming to better understand the emotional experiences of caring for a relative with mental health difficulties. We understand that this can be difficult, so our aim is to help improve service provision for carers. This is a short study containing three questionnaires. One has been especially designed in consultation with carers.

"The questionnaires take approximately 30 minutes. You can complete them online via the link below, or you can complete a paper copy. Further information is also included in the link below, but please contact Leanne Messham at if you have any queries. 

Please contact Mary Patel on if you would prefer a paper copy of the questionnaires- these will be sent out with a stamped envelope for return. All data will remain anonymous. 

This research has been approved by the University of Liverpool ethics committee, and is supervised by Dr Bill Sellwood, senior lecturer at the Division of Clinical Psychology.

Please follow this link to the study:

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Hi from our new Group Co-ordinator!

We had our AGM yesterday evening and we are so pleased to welcome our new Group Co-ordinator. Vics says:

"Hi my name is Vics Fitzsimmons and I’ll be RMCIA Group Coordinator from September. I’m really looking forward to becoming more involved with the group, I know how important it is to feel supported and gain relevant information about what’s going on in the mental health world and how best we can support each other. 

"I have a strong interest in fairness and know from personal experience (my brother has a diagnosis of Schizophrenia) that people with mental health problems can often feel they don’t have a voice and even when they do they aren’t heard, and one day I would love to work in mental health.

"I’m currently Divisional Operations Manager with Capital Education Resourcing. I live in Winton (near Eccles) and have 3 cats, Ruby, Beryl and Chica who are sisters. I’m getting married in August and my new surname will be Rimmer."

Vics was voted in unanimously.

Lindsey Cree continues to be our Chair and we also had a new Treasurer, Mary Patel, voted in. Mary has just stepped down from the Group Co-ordinator role and also holds the role of Secretary.

Monday, 12 May 2014

Our AGM this Weds 14th May


We’ll be meeting on Wednesday 14th May from 6 – 7.45pm at Manchester Carers Centre. After some refreshments, we’ll start the meeting with our Annual General Meeting which will run from 6.15 – 7pm. From 7pm, Patrick Cahoon will be giving us an update on Manchester Mental Heath and Social Care Trust. There will be time for questions.


We’ll be meeting on Wednesday 11th June from 6 – 7.45pm at Manchester Carers Centre. We have not invited a speaker so the session will be a relaxed affair to give us a chance to catch up with one another and discuss any issues we might have individually.

Getting to Manchester Carers Centre

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 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.

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.