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Invitation: Campaign meeting: 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 3rd December at the Vauxhall Centre, Norwich NR2 2SA

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This month’s meeting is going to be devoted to raising the profile of mental health before the election on 12th December 2019. Our meeting is on 3rd December 2019.

We urge you to join us at this special meeting on Tuesday evening, whatever your party or connection to mental health. We really need your help and ideas.

  • People are being discharged seriously unwell and homeless by NSFT to sleep in cemeteries, shop doorways and in graveyards
  • People who should be receiving help are going to die this winter in the cold, so that @NSFTTweets can claim ‘low’ daily Out of Area (OOA) bed statistics
  • Recalls to hospital are being delayed by weeks because of lack of beds at NSFT
  • Section assessments are being delayed and influenced by lack of bed availability at NSFT
  • Norfolk STP is planning to close the City Reach service without consultation

It is vital that the crisis in mental health services becomes a local election issue, that our existing MPs are held to account for what they have and have not done, that we hear what candidates plan to do about mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk.

We need leadership, change and investment, not cover-ups or privatisation.

Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) remains the only mental health trust in the country ever to be placed in special measures. It is rated inadequate and has been failed by the Care Quality Commission for an unprecedented third time now. The voices of services users, carers and front line staff are not heard at NSFT and people are being let down.

If you are a staff member and feel intimidated by NSFT management from coming along, you can always contact us confidentially. We will also be discussing the meltdown in community and crisis services, the consequent beds crisis.

Our regular monthly meeting begins at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at the Vauxhall Centre, Norwich NR2 2SA.

There is a map below. There is parking outside or close by. Join us and find out more about our campaign and the crisis in mental health services. The friendly porter will show you the way if you can’t find us.

We are now in our sixth year of campaigning for decent mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk. We’ve achieved a lot but there is even more to do. Please do come along and show your support: it makes such a difference.

Perhaps you felt inspired by our March for Mental Health or the Panorama to join our fight for decent mental health services? Hundreds of people marched to demand better mental health services and service users, carers, the bereaved and NHS staff told us that they were comforted and uplifted by the presence of so many people who cared. If you can’t get to the meeting but would like to help, do please get in touch.

You don’t have to be a committee member or a helper to come along, just a campaign supporter. Do please join us if you would like to help us, whether you are a service user, a carer, a member of staff, or a concerned member of the public. It would be very nice to meet you. If you feel you would like to chat with or meet a campaign member informally before attending a meeting, please get in touch – people who feel anxious about new situations or the bereaved have found this particularly useful in the past. We will do all we can to support and include you.

If you’re not a supporter, represent an organisation, or are a member of the media, you need to get in touch first. People’s confidentiality must be respected.

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10 thoughts on “Invitation: Campaign meeting: 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday 3rd December at the Vauxhall Centre, Norwich NR2 2SA

  1. Jo Stewart says:

    wish i could come but live way outside Norwich and cannot travel without someone to help me.  I don’t go out a night but if you have a daytime meeting i would be happy to come to that

    Good luck tomorrow

    Jo

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  2. Archie Mitchell says:

    can I ask what  the mmeeting is all about.  Is it a general meeting if not i will not attend.  A Mitchell

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    • admin says:

      It is our regular monthly meeting for those who want to get more involved or have something to say, delayed for one week because of the anniversary public meeting.

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  3. Terry skyrme says:

    As well as planning activities we get valuable feedback from people regarding their experience of our local mental health services. NSFT have also changed their minds about meeting with us; we have a meeting planned with Jane Sayer, NSFT’s Director of Nursing, possibly on 19th April to discuss what can be done to reduce the high number of unexpected deaths of patients under the care of NSFT. We are also getting contacts from other parts of the country who, of course, are also experiencing severe cuts to mental health services.

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  4. Slardibartfast says:

    Any chance that meeting minutes can be published for those unable to attend?

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  5. meshugana says:

    I have found these meetings indispensable to know what is happening with the management of the Trust. If you read what the Trust says about itself you would think it is the best mental health trust in the country when it is almost the worst! Join the campaign to learn the truth!

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  6. Allwillbewell says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing lots of people at the AGM – welcoming new faces as well as old friends. Please come along if you can. Together we are stronger and can continue to call out the Board’s disgraceful actions and bring about changes, however small. We can keep chipping away at this neglectful, incompetent Trust.

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  7. Les May says:

    I would love to get involved in your campaigning. My wife was recently sectioned due to her early onset dementia. The process was cruel, heartless and devoid of any compassion or humanity

    I have engaged with the foundation directly and they seem to be listening. However the problems seem to be systemic

    Attending meetings in Norwich (we are in the West of the county) is difficult as she is returning home and leaving her is difficult

    Anything i can do?

     

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  8. jan ainsley says:

    is there an agenda? Apologies if I missed it

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  9. Jo says:

    In particular I would love to see more  service users attend and would be happy to meet anyone prior to the meeting to offer support (I am a su myself )

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