Monday, 7 November 2016

Living With Voices: A one day workshop for people in the North West

Date: Thursday, 8th December, 2016   Time:  2016:  09:00 - 16:30 

Venue:  Community Essence, 51-53 Castle St, Stockport SK3 9AD 

Hearing distressing voices is one of the most common experiences of people diagnosed with a psychotic disorder. However it is a common human experience and there are many people who live well with their voices or have learnt to do so. 
This one-day seminar has been designed to provide a safe space for voice hearers, family members and practitioners to explore and better understand the experience of hearing voices and discover how voice hearers can live well with this experience.

Learning Objectives:
- Better understanding of hearing voices and what it is like for voice hearers
- Understand the different beliefs and perspectives used by voice hearers to explain their experience including spiritual and cultural understandings
- Understand the different and effective ways of coping with voices both in the short and long term
- Discover ways of exploring voices for yourself or for someone you know or work with
- Discover the different ways that people can learn to live well with their voices

The workshop will encourage participation and interaction, recognising that we are all experts. 
We will use exercises, simulations, have discussions and learn from each other.
Eleanor Gilbert naturally hears voices, she sees and she feels and is termed an Empath. She has over 25 years of expertise in influencing and inspiring others in many countries. She believes we all have the capacity to be spiritually sensitive. Eleanor is an International Teacher/Trainer, social entrepreneur and a member of the Hearing Voices Movement. Eleanor is also the Founder of Community Essence, a community based learning Centre and meeting place for people of all ages, backgrounds and ethnicities in Stockport.

Paul Baker has worked with people who hear voices for over 30 years. He was one of the founding members of the Hearing Voices Network in England and is currently the social media coordinator of INTERVOICE, the influential coordinating body for the international hearing voices movement. Paul has published books, chapters and articles on hearing voices health & recovery, and has extensive experience as an international trainer. 

Cost: Voice Hearers and Family Members £20.00: Workers £30.00: Worker accompanied by Voice Hearer £50.00:

To book a place go to 

Monday, 10 October 2016

Meeting this Weds 12th October

We'll be meeting this coming Wednesday 12th October at Manchester Carers Centre from 6 - 7:30pm. 

We have two visitors to welcome:
- Stephen McAndrew who is a Trustee of our parent charity, Rethink Mental Illness. He's coming mainly to meet with us but also so we can find out a bit about what he does as a Trustee, and about Rethink.
- Adelene O'Connor, a researcher, who is in the early stages of research into family members/carers experiences of supporting their relative who has decided to stop their prescribed medication. I know this won't apply to all of us but it's good to hear about current mental health research whatever the specialism.

Bridge5Mill is easy to get to from the city centre - it's 5 minutes walk from Holt Town metrolink stop. There is parking on most streets around the Mill from 6pm.

Directions for travelling by tram, on foot, by bike, bus and car are all available on the Bridge 5 Mill website here As car parking isn't free until 6pm, as ever you're welcome to stroll in after 6 so you can get parked up without any bother.

We'll be starting the meeting with a cuppa and a biscuit - hope to see you there!

Sunday, 10 July 2016

New location...and our meeting this week

We'll be meeting this coming Wednesday 13th July at Manchester Carers Centre - usual start time of 6 but with a slightly earlier finish of 7:30. But one thing has changed...Manchester Carers Centre has moved to a beautiful new building, just slightly further up the road. 

Bridge 5 Mill already hosts other third sector organisations and is also Manchester's most sustainable conference venue. It's easy to get to from the city centre being only 5 minutes walk from Holt Town metrolink stop. There is parking on most streets around the Mill. 

Directions for travelling by tram, on foot, by bike, bus and car are all available on the Bridge 5 Mill website. If you were familiar with Manchester Carers Centre's previous location at Vulcan Mill, the new venue is a 10 minute walk further up Pollard Street, then a left turn onto Beswick St: Bridge 5 Mill is then about 1 minute's walk down Beswick St, on your left.

We'll be starting the meeting with a cuppa and a biscuit and hopefully a bit of a nosey round the new building! Hope to see you there.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Talk on commissioning in Manchester

Last week, Craig Harris came to talk to us about mental health commissioning in Manchester and his own personal interest in mental health. Craig is Chief Nurse and Director at Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups and keeps up his clinical work alongside various commissioning responsibilities, as well as Chairing the local charity Survivors UK. We raised some of the issues that we would like to see tackled as Manchester takes on a devolved health and social care model. Top of the list were greater transparency surrounding which GPs have a special interest in mental health; providing support and guidance for staff in interpreting and applying confidentiality rules; involving carers and service users, in particular using the Carers Trust Triangle of Care model. We also talked about emergency care including support for carers in an emergency, especially for individuals not already under the care of the Trust. Thanks go to Craig for a very down to earth and open discussion. Here's our Chair, Mary, with Craig and Committee Member Lindsey after the meeting. Lindsey always manages to get a laugh out of us!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Craig Harris, Executive Nurse & Director for Manchester CCGs to talk at our AGM

Clinical Commissioning Groups commission a large chunk of our mental health services, and with wide-ranging changes planned to Manchester we are please to welcome Craig Harris, Executive Nurse & Director, North, Central and South Manchester NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, as the speaker for our AGM next week.

The AGM will take place next Wednesday, 11th May, from 6 - 8pm at Manchester Carers Centre, 12-18 Pollard Street, M4 7AN. For directions see below. No need to book - all are welcome. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Craig will talk to us about the current planned changes to mental health commissioning in Manchester, and about what motivates him to work in mental health.

After qualifying as a mental health nurse in 2000, Craig worked in clinical practice until 2005. Since leaving full time clinical practice he has served as Executive Nurse for South Manchester CCG and held a variety of Clinical Commissioning posts including Head of Mental Health Joint Commissioning.

Manchester Carers Centre is located in Vulcan Mill, Pollard Street, M4 7AN
For those travelling on public transport the carers centre is directly opposite the New Islington Metrolink stop (Droylsden line). There is free on-street parking outside the centre from 6pm.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Study - protecting against suicidal thoughts in young adults

We are lucky here in Manchester that we have so many researchers interested in furthering understanding of many different mental health conditions, and more effective methods of treatment. We have been sent details of a study by a Masters student at the University of Manchester into factors protecting young people from suicide. The researchers are looking for participants aged between 18-25 to answer a series of online surveys. See the image below for a bit more information and the researchers' contact details.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Our April meeting

Our next meeting will be this Wednesday 13th April starting at 6pm for tea, coffee and biccies, and ending at 7.45pm. If you are travelling by public transport, Manchester Carers Centre *(full address below) is directly across the road from the New Islington Metrolink stop (Droylsden Line). It’s one tram stop from Piccadilly train station. If you are travelling by car, free parking is available on Pollard Street from 6pm. As ever, all are welcome!

Also, advance notice that our AGM will take place on Wednesday 11th May from 6 – 7:45pm at Manchester Carers Centre. We are pleased to be welcoming Craig Harris, Executive Nurse & Director, Citywide Commissioning & Quality from NHS Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group as our speaker for the evening.

This will be in addition to the formal AGM business. Anyone interested in helping us in a more formal role such as Chair, Treasurer or Group Co-ordinator please get in touch via email.

*Manchester Carers Centre, Vulcan Mill, 12-18 Pollard St, M4 7AN