The North East and Cumbria Sustainable Transformation Programme (STP) Mental Health Programme Steering Group has established a working group to look at improving the physical health of people with a severe and enduring mental illness through hearing the experiences and journeys of patients and carers.
They want to gather feedback from mental health service users and their carers in relation to their physical health care whilst in receipt of mental health services via this survey. Please circulate to your beneficiaries as appropriate.

West Northumberland Food bank has issued a desperate plea for donations of food and household essentials after being overwhelmed by people on the breadline.
The Foodbank, on Burn Lane in Hexham, handled a record 2,986 requests for help over the last year – up 37 per cent over the past year with 41 per cent of people using the service for the first time.  Sam Gilchrist, project co-ordinator at the food bank is appealing for more donations to be able to cope with the rising demand.

UK Youth has announced the launch of its new programme, Outdoor Activators. This programme has been funded through Sport England’s Potentials Fund - Outdoors Project in partnership between Sport England and #iwill. 
The programme will engage 720 young people from communities in Newcastle, Coventry, Northumberland and Leicestershire over three years. Through the programme participants will engage in meaningful social action and physical activity in the outdoors allowing them to develop crucial skills to build bright futures.  It will target young people traditionally underrepresented in volunteering and predominantly from low-socio-economic groups, who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET, and who may have vulnerable wellbeing.  This group is often enthusiastic about taking part in volunteering but may have been held back through a lack of access, opportunity, knowledge, and/or personal circumstances.  
Outdoor Activators will provide the structure, support and seed funding of £250 for young people to lead quality social action programmes that develop their life skills and increase access in their local communities to physical activity in the outdoors.
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