Partners at Healthwatch England have kicked off a project looking at mental health at all stages of life.  The first focus is maternal mental health.   They would like anyone who is pregnant or has had children in the past 3 years to help with this important work by taking a moment to fill in this survey.

“We know that this can be a challenging topic to talk about, so please be assured all responses will be completely anonymous and if there are any questions you don’t want to answer, then don’t feel like you have to.”

Responses will be reported on as a set and no respondents will be identified.  Please share this information with any relevant parties.

The Family Gateway Families and Cancer programme in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support offers a range of practical and emotional support service for families affected by cancer in South East Northumberland 

The programme can give 1:1 tailored support to tackle the things related to family cancer diagnosis that matter most to you and your family and can work with you to agree a plan to resolve all of the things that are troubling you - they don't judge, they support, empathise and challenge.  Support can include: understanding your cancer and your treatment, looking after your home and your family, getting to appointments, getting kids to school, dealing with money and employment matters, whatever you need help with.  You will be supported to feel more in control of the physical and mental health and well-being of your whole family by taking small steps to improve things, working in partnership with you with you as the expert.

Support is offered for as long as you need it and until you are empowered to take control.  Find out more about the programme and view the privacy policy on the website:

A Health and Wellbeing Alliance project, led by Homeless Link and Win/Win Alliance involving ERSA and Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM), is supporting Public Health England (PHE)’s Health and Work team to work towards inclusive workplaces for everyone.

The project will produce resources to help employers embed good practice approaches supporting disabled people, people with long term health conditions and/or people from protected characteristic groups towards, into and to stay in work.  They are looking for examples of national and local employment support initiatives and “success stories” supporting a range of target groups.

In addition, organisers are inviting employers across the voluntary, community, social enterprise and the public sectors to join an initiative that will bring together a group who will commit to being part of a pilot programme aimed at embedding positive attitudes towards employing and supporting people with long term conditions and disabled people.  

Find out more and take part.

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry into the enforcement of the Equality Act 2010 – legislation which is designed to “provide a legal framework to protect the rights of individuals and advance equality of opportunity for all”.

Individuals can take legal action to enforce their right not to be discriminated against, mostly through employment tribunals and county courts.  The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) also has duties and powers to enforce the Act and it has stated that it wishes to become a more ‘muscular’ regulator.  However, the Committee’s work in a range of areas has shown that individuals have difficulties enforcing their rights under the Act and has questioned the effectiveness of the EHRC: inquiries on pregnancy and maternity discrimination, transgender equality, disability and the built environment, workplace dress codes, older people and employment and sexual harassment in the workplace all identified widespread problems with enforcement.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 5 October 2018. Read more at:    

Public Health England wants to hear what you think about creating healthy communities and placing communities at the heart of public health.

Community life, social connections, sense of belonging and having a voice in local decisions all contribute to health and wellbeing.  These community factors build our sense of control, resilience and wellbeing and help protect us against illness and help us maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Public Health England wants to know what you think makes a healthy community and would be very grateful if you could complete their short survey using the link below.

Take part in the survey.  The closing date for responses: Wednesday 19 September.