21st December 2017

Birmingham Changing Futures Together newsletter – December 2017

The newsletter for December 2017 is available to download here. Stories include collaboration of services to tackle homelessness, BSMHFT Peer Mentors and Michael’s story.
21st December 2017

Homelessness at Christmas: it’s time to collaborate to tackle the problem

As most people in the Midlands celebrate the festive season, the number in priority need of housing in Birmingham is growing. Providing a turkey dinner and temporary, short term accommodation is lovely for the day but does not bring about lasting change.  Something new is needed this Christmas.  Birmingham Changing [???]
19th December 2017

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust’s Liaison & Diversion (L&D) integrates Peer Mentors into service provision

The Lead Worker Peer Mentor service is a ‘navigator’ service, helping service users access the most appropriate provision from organisations within Birmingham Changing Futures Together’s No Wrong Door Network. According to the evidence, it’s the combination of the Lead Worker with a Peer Mentor that really triggers change. Peer Mentors [???]
19th December 2017

From a childhood immersed in addiction, criminality and abuse to an Expert by Experience- Michael’s story

Mixed race, Michael grew up in the midst of a large Irish catholic family in which addiction, criminality and physical and verbal abuse were the norm. An outsider in both the Irish catholic and Asian communities, his path to addiction began in his early teens. By 17 he was alcoholic [???]
6th December 2017

Expert By Experience Involvement in Crisis Charity Song

Expert By Experience and singer Mero Hassan has been  involved as a backing singer in a fund-raising song for the homeless charity Crisis Watch the official video here of Ralph McTell performing his 1974 hit “Streets Of London” with Annie Lennox of The Eurythmics and a choir featuring Mero. If you [???]