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Weekly Update 21st March 2022

Dear Members

Welcome to the weekly update.  This edition includes:

  1. Coalition Update
  2. Social/Peer Support coming up
  3. Sight for Surrey Coffee and Cake
  4. Survey on your experience of waiting for hospital treatments or appointments
  5. Let’s Talk Tech session on Windows 10
  6. SaBP Crisis Line Text Service
  7. Mental Health Yoga sessions @ Eastwood Leisure Centre
  8. Rooted in Guildford A new Arts and Mental Health Festival for Guildford 1 – 31 MAY 2022
  9. Parkinson’s Events Day Saturday 26th March
  10. National Institute for Health Research
  11. Upcoming events for patients, the public and professionals – Community Involvement Team, Oxford ASHN

If you prefer to listen to the update, please click on the link below

1.  Coalition Update

During our virtual café on Monday members were sharing apps and other things that they use for relaxation/mediation.  Here are just a couple that members have tried. 

Problems sleeping? Jonathan recommends the Joanne Good radio programme.  The programme runs from 10.00 p.m. to 01.00 a.m. on BBC Radio London, it is also available on Freeview channel 721. After midnight the pace reduces culminating between 12.30 a.m. and 1.00 a.m. with relaxation and meditation exercises.

On Thursday evenings Joanne Good presents, “The Barking Hour”.  This  runs between 10.00pm and 11.00pm This is all about canine matters, not East London! Free phone for more details: 0800 371 2000

Claire, one of our members, has written a helpful review of an app called Calm.  Please see the attached document for more details.

If you have any similar apps or programmes to share, please let Yasmin know.

2.  Social/Peer Support coming up

Get More Active Update -This week Katy chatted to Jean about her experience at the first Get More Active Monthly Event. You can read all about it in the attached document. Join us here on Friday at 11.30am for more Get More Active chat and tell us how YOU would like to develop the monthly event.

3. Sight for Surrey Coffee and Cake – Sight for Surrey have the first of their Coffee and Cake events on Monday 25th April at 10am to celebrate their Centenary year.  Please see the attached poster for more details.

4. Survey on your experience of waiting for hospital treatments or appointments – Healthwatch Surrey are carrying out a survey about your experience of waiting for hospital treatments or appointments.

They would love to hear from you if you are:

  • currently waiting for an appointment, diagnostic tests, or treatment at a hospital or
  • you have had a planned hospital appointment, diagnostic tests or treatment since January 2021 (ie not emergency treatment).

Please take part in the survey. It will take 10-15 minutes to complete.

5. Let’s Talk Tech session on Windows 10 – Please see the document attached.

6. SaBP Crisis Line Text Service – SaBP offer a text number as part of their Crisis Line. The Text service is available as follows: sending an SMS text to 07717 989 024.  Full details can be found here:

Crisis Mental Health Helpline :: Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (sabp.nhs.uk)

7. Mental Health Yoga sessions @ Eastwood Leisure Centre – Partnered with Sport in Mind and Freedom Leisure, there will be free to attend mental health yoga sessions starting on 5th April in Sheerwater. These sessions will run weekly every Tuesday 3pm-4pm.  This will be the first Sport in Mind session running in Woking! A badminton for mental health sessions will be introduced at Woking Leisure Centre later next month so we will circulate details when we receive them.

All of the sessions are:

  • Free
  • Open to anyone over 17 experiencing mental health problems, they are drop-in sessions so no need to book and there is no referral required
  • Open to carers
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Open to any ability and no requirement to have previous experience
  • Run by local qualified instructors, all equipment provided etc.

If you have any questions email Tom Crowe who is directly co-ordinating the sessions on tom.crowe@sportinmind.org.

8. Rooted in Guildford A new Arts and Mental Health Festival for Guildford 1 – 31 MAY 2022 –  A month-long programme of theatre, film, comedy, art and workshops, which aims to raise awareness of, and directly improve individual mental health journeys within our community.  There is a mixture of free and paid for, prebook and drop in events, all designed to encourage creativity and connection within the local community. As part of this, a brand new monthly ‘Memory Cinema will be launched;’ with a relaxed, informal screening of classic Hollywood movies every month. Click here to find out more.

9. Parkinson’s Events Day Saturday 26th March – A Parkinson’s event day will take place on Saturday 26th March at Pirbright Arts Centre near Woking – click on the following link for further information : –  

https://www.pirbrightarts.com/

The morning session between 1000 and 1200 hours is a workshop of music and dance for people with Parkinson’s involving Kate Finegan and a musician Sarah Freestone. The morning event is free of charge although places need to be reserved through the Pirbright Arts website.

In the evening there will be a 2 hour comedy performance (Incurable Optimist) between 1900 and 2100 hours from Paul Mayhew-Archer who has been involved in writing a number of comedy shows including The Vicar of Dibley and Mrs Brown’s Boys. Paul was diagnosed with Parkinson’s several years ago. Tickets have to be booked through the Pirbright Arts website and cost £22 inclusive of £2 booking fee with all profits going to Parkinson’s charities. 

10. National Institute for Health Research – The National Institute for Health Research is inviting members of the public to join one of their national and regional committees who are responsible for making funding recommendations in health and social care research.  Please see the attached document for more details.

11. Upcoming events for patients, the public and professionals – Community Involvement Team, Oxford ASHN – The Oxford Academic Health and Science Network (ASHN) havetwo remaining webinars in their ‘Inclusion for all? Mental health series’, which we hope are of interest.

Both webinars are free of charge and are open to patients, members of the public and health and care staff.

  • Inclusion for all? Working with autistic people webinar

Thursday 31st March, 11.30-13.00

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/266669825627

  • Inclusion for all? Working with people affected by suicide & self-harm webinar

Wednesday 27th April, 11.30-13.00

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/297986524717

Further information can be found in the attached invitations.  The recordings from the previous three webinars in this series (on substance misuse, dementia and children & young people) are now available to view on YouTube here.

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