September 2015

MIND is organising a petition calling on the Government to establish a new, locally-commissioned programme based on the principles of Individual Placement & Support. In a letter to the Minister, MIND Chief Executive, Paul Farmer, calls for such a scheme to:
* understand the complexities of mental health problems and how they affect people living with them
* focus on the wellbeing and health outcomes of claimants and not pressurise them into situations that will make them more ill
* be supportive of each individual claimant's ambitions and aspirations

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidelines to help coordinate support for teenagers and young adults with health or social care needs. The guidance, written by an independent committee of experts, considered how children and young people are treated as they move to adult services. The draft guidance is aimed at helping the health service and social care sector to offer good care. The experts found that support for young people can be patchy and as a result, some young people may ‘drop out’ of the system during the move between services.

The Scottish Government is seeking applications for development funding to support the refreshed delivery approach for The Keys to Life, launched in June this year, to develop and enhance services for people with learning disabilities. The Keys to Life refreshed delivery approach aims to improve lives through a shared vision and four identified strategic outcomes which are a healthy life, choice and control, independence and active citizenship.

Plans to save Gwent road sign manufacturer Monwel, which ceased trading last month with the loss of 38 jobs, are now underway thanks to the Welsh Government stepping in.

The social enterprise, which described itself as Wales’ largest road traffic sign manufacturer, closed its Ebbw Vale offices on July 30, after running a deficit of around £400,000. But now the business could be saved after the Welsh Government steps in to fund asset purchase.

The members network meeting scheduled for Manchester on 25 September has had to be postponed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. The next meeting is scheduled for 11 December.

The 2015 BASE conference has been hailed as a great success. We received excellent feedback from the 150 delegates who attended our annual conference and awards in Leeds last week. The event featured keynote speakers, panel discussions and 20 workshops covering a wide range of topics.

Workshop presentations are now available on the conference pages together with presentations from Carmel McKeogh and Laura Green, whose speech earned a well-deserved standing ovation.