Coronavirus Statement

Last updated 06/07/2020

 

Dear Members,

When the Covid19 pandemic was confirmed we took the very difficult decision to suspend the Salford Mental Health Forum meetings as the health and wellbeing of members and the wider community was extremely important to us and we wanted to do everything we could to minimise the spread of the virus, whilst still continuing to offer advice and information to keep people safe and well.

As we now enter a new phase of lockdown, with some restrictions beginning to be lifted we wanted to provide you with an update on the Forum and tell you about the plans we are putting into place to ensure that we can continue to fulfill our charitable aims and objectives and also look at ways for members to stay in touch.

With social distancing guidelines in place, it is unlikely that we will be able to re-introduce face to face meetings anytime in the near future so we are looking to introduce future Forum meetings via an on-line application called ‘Zoom’. We know that this application is being used successfully for other local community- based groups and we see that this as one way to enable us to stay in touch.  If you have a PC, laptop, tablet, or a smartphone with wifi access you can download the zoom application from the App Store free of charge.

We have been continuing to maintain and manage our website and ensure this contains all the latest advice on local organisations who can offer a range of support during these unprecedented times, however, we have now secured an additional resource that will enable us to enhance the website further.  Enabling members to stay in touch is a priority but we also recognise that not everyone is able to access online services or digital opportunities so we are also looking at how we can bid for future funds to improve digital access and support our members.

We are interested in your views and ideas on new and creative ways we can all stay connected and provide support, this topic will be on the agenda for the next meeting.

We are planning to hold the next Forum meeting on Wednesday the 29th July at 12 noon and will send out details on how to join the meeting nearer to the above date, we do hope that you will be able to join us.

We understand that this is a difficult and challenging time for everyone and we will continue to look to develop new approaches but your safety and the safety of the wider community remains our priority.

 

Regards,

Karen, Vania, Lawrence & Dan

The Trustees of Salford Mental Health Forum

You can continue to find up to date information on the Government and NHS Corovirus webpages below along with information about how to get support during this period.

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

If you are needing any help during this pandemic, then may I suggest you either join the ‘Spirit of Salford Network’ Facebook page ran by Salford CVS & Salford City Council, where there are offers of help, as well as an Emergency Response Volunteer registry for those who are in a position to help others.

 

If you would like to register as a volunteer, the registration form can be found at https://www.salfordcvs.co.uk/emergency-response-volunteer-registration-form

 

During this time of social distancing and partial lockdown, I would encourage you to keep in touch with one another. Please remember there are organisations other than the NHS that will be able to help you which you can access using the ‘I need urgent help’ button on our website https://www.salfordmentalhealthforum.co.uk/get-help-now

 

If you are needing a more clinical response, GMMH has launched a 24-hour duty service for both Service Users and Carers on 01204 483071, If you are struggling, please call that number, Only attend A&E if you have physical injury as the NHS are extremely busy with coping with COVID-19.

 

To keep up to date with Forum news please keep an eye on our website https://www.salfordmentalhealthforum.co.uk/, where we are hoping to do a few online events for you to get involved with as well as ways to keep yourself mentally healthy during these difficult times, Please do not think you are on your own.

 

Also, the NHS have their Every Mind Matters website https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters which have some useful tools for staying mentally well during this time.

 

Updates for Members

 

  • Living Well Salford and the Peer Mentor Project have suspended all work at the moment, with the staff being seconded back into NHS Services. This will have a knock-on effect on the employment of the Volunteer Coordinator and Peer Mentors. The core partners of Living Well Salford will be having regular conference calls as the situation evolves.

 

  • GMMH have suspended all Recovery Academy course and Community services (CMHT, EIT, IAPT) have stopped face to face meetings for both the safety of Service Users and Staff. ( if you need support, please call 01204 483071).

 

  • Salford CVS has allowed the end date for the £10k grant from 2019 to be extended another 3 months until July 2020, this may change, dependant on the COVID-19 situation.

 

  • Lawrence Caygill, from MIND in Salford (MiS) has now been placed on the board temporarily since the Emotional & Mental Wellbeing Grants were awards to MiS to work with SMHF to not only develop us as a charity, but also deliver the Peer Mentor Project for Living Well Salford over the next 2 years.

  • I would also like to take time to give a special thank-you to Vania Burnell (Vice Chair), Karen Fitzsimon (Senior Independent Board Member) Catalina (Secretary) Paul Jackson for helping with our finances after Harold Sadly passed away, Kathryn Cheetham (Jelly & Ice Cream social enterprise) for helping to develop the forum and getting us to charity status and of course Caroline Allport (Salford CCG Engagement Officer). Not only have they taken on important roles within the forum, they have also had to put up with my inexperience and my Mental Health.