Dancing Giraffe have a good laugh at the Discovery Festival

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Dancing Giraffe had great fun participating in the recent Discovery Festival, in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 26th November 2013. The Discovery Festival, a brand new event delivered by Chelmsford City Council and ecdp (the Essex Coalition of Disabled People) took place over a week long period, culminating in a […]

Does celebrity endorsement for mental health campaigning really help to raise awareness?

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Bill Oddie, famous comedian and naturalist, has recently announced he is taking a step back from mental health campaigning. Oddie has suffered with mental health difficulties such as depression and bipolar disorder and has spoken openly about the issue, previously supporting mental health campaigns. However, Oddie has recently said he was stepping away from his […]

The Discovery Festival celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Chelmsford City Council in partnership with ecdp (the Essex Coalition of Disabled People) are hosting a brand new event to celebrate the International Day for People with Disabilities. The Discovery Festival will take place from Monday 25 November until 30 Saturday November. The International Day for People with Disabilities is an annual day of international […]

The misuse of Accident and Emergency departments

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South Essex’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) recently highlighted the misuse of A&E services in a media release called ‘The NHS belongs to us all. Let’s use it right”. The CCGs claim that hospitals are reporting increasing numbers of people using A&E services, when more appropriate health services are available to them. 1 in 10 people […]

New Minister for Disabled People Failing to Protect Rights and Welfare

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Last month, the Department for Work and Pensions appointed Mike Penning as the new minister for disabled people. In a recent article by the Guardian, Mr. Penning was accused of misrepresenting problems facing disabled people, promoting the myth that the majority of people on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have not had medical assessments, and declared […]

Fuel Poverty Campaigners Demand Action on ‘National Crisis’ of Cold Homes

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Fuel poverty campaigners have written to Prime Minister David Cameron, urging the coalition to take action on the ‘national crisis’ of cold homes across Britain. The campaigners suggest that the UK is second only to Estonia for numbers of people struggling to afford their energy bills across Europe. The campaigner’s plea for action followed after […]

Ecominds Scheme has Great Benefits for Mental Wellbeing

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A new report by mental health charity Mind outlines the benefits of ecotherapy for mental wellbeing. The report, named ‘Feel better outside, feel better inside’, includes new findings from the University of Essex, and states that ecotherapy has been proven to improve mental and physical health, as well as boosting self-esteem, helping people back to […]

Music Man goes on air to drum up support for Music March

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Tune in to BBC Essex (95.3FM and 103.5FM) this Sunday (17th November) to listen to David Stanley’s appearance on the Peter Holmes Breakfast Show, ahead of Southend Mencap’s forthcoming Music March. David Stanley, the society’s Music School founder, is Southend Mencap’s full time musical director and he provides daily music sessions for anyone with learning […]

Volunteers Needed for Befriending Service

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Can you spare just an hour a week to provide companionship to someone lonely and isolated in your area? If so, the CAVS Befriending Service is looking for volunteers to help support increasing demand in the Rayleigh and Rochford Districts. To discuss this rewarding opportunity please contact Sarah Withington (Volunteer Centre Co-ordinator) on 01268 772796 […]

Channel 4’s ‘Bedlam’: an insight into mental illness

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Awareness of mental health issues has made headway in recent years through public awareness campaigns. Last Thursday, we gained a greater insight into mental health issues with the first episode of ‘Bedlam’, a documentary about patients at Bethlem Royal Psychiatric Hospital – dubbed as the oldest psychiatric hospital in the world. The narrator told us […]