News (most recent first)

Dear Colleagues

Yesterday the OED (Outreach, Empowerment, and Diversity) Network launched new tools to help overcome barriers to learning.

Alistair Lockhart-Smith, NIACE...

BIS commissioned survey of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models and approaches

Dear colleague,

NIACE...

If World Suicide Prevention Day raised your awareness and made you think about what you can do personally and what your organsation and all of us in further education and skills can do to prevent suicide then it's been a successful start.  

But it's only a start. What's important now, is what you do to help change things over the next 364 days and beyond:

To support World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September 2014, the World Health...

Make mental health bigger priority

Mental health...

New Equality and Diversity Good Practice Fund (2014/15)

The Skills Funding Agency (the Agency) has announced a further round of equality and diversity grants:

"...with a focus on embedding and sustaining good practice. A prospectus will be available by the end of September for Skills Funding Agency-funded colleges and training organisations to bid for up to £30,000 to deliver six month projects. The Fund will be managed by the Equality Challenge...

The Staff Diversity Diary (2014/15) is a diary with a difference. It's full of equality and diversity information, tips and guidance on each page, not to mention monthly planners and summaries, inspection, legislation, protected characteristics, embedding tips, reminders for key equalities dates and more...

...

Digital Democracy 2014

Calling all learners - An invitation for learners in excluded groups

An exciting opportunity has arisen for learners to tell politicians what they think about democracy and explore new ways in which Parliament can communicate with them through digital technology. Would you like to be involved?

NIACE...

Interested in the new workplace wellbeing charter national award for England?

Then take a look at this exciting opportunity

We are pleased to announce ‘Workplace Wellbeing...

One in three Alzheimer's cases preventable, says research

One in three cases of Alzheimer's disease worldwide is preventable, according to research from the University of Cambridge.

Writing in The Lancet Neurology, the Cambridge team analysed population-based data to work out the main seven risk factors for Alzheimer's disease.

...

Mental health job support scheme piloted

The government is piloting ways to get more people with mental health problems into work by combining earlier treatment with employment support. To read the full story visit the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28281839.

The latest edition of Adults Learning, Summer 2014, Volume 25 Number 4, has been released as a digital edition and is available for you to access at www.niace.org.uk/al-digital . You can view the latest and previous editions on tablets and smartphones that don’t support Flash (the iPad and iPhone, for example).

Full details of subscription packages available...

It's nearly time for the fabulous free annual national Skills Funding Agency Equality and Diversity  grant funded projects' dissemination events.

The first event, this coming Wednesday (25 June) in Newcastle, is fully booked. There are a few spaces left for the events at:

Stratford-upon- Avon College on Wednesday 2 July 2014 - book now via Eventbrite at: http...

Led by the Third Sector Implementation Board, which was set up to provide strategic oversight and guidance for the future development of the sector’s contribution to learning and skills, the Third Sector Learning and Skills –The Way Forward on 24 June 2014, is a free seminar for senior managers,...

The National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE...

 

Do you work in London?

 

Would you like the opportunity to be part of a pilot for a new Autism Education Trust course for post-16 education practitioners?

 

Ambitious about Autism and NIACE...

The Future of the Mental Health in FE Network (MHFE) – your chance to contribute

Through NIACE...

This exciting low cost event on March 31st is an opportunity to share learning from the first year of Finished at School. Ambitious about Autism in partnership with the Association of Colleges and nasen is leading the DfEdefinition sponsored Finished at...

The RR Crowd - equality and diversity resources review

Wouldn't it be great...

if you knew where to look to find good quality, up-to-date, relevant equalities resources just when you need them to support your teaching, learning and assessment? Well that's exactly what this 'resources review' (RR) Crowd sourced project is all about – improving things so that you can find what you are looking for when you need it.

...

Learning Disability & Ethnicity | 28th March 2014 | London Conference

Conference

This one day conference will critically examine the role of Ethnicity and its impact on Learning Disability and consider themes, perspectives and debates surroundings this area, so we can become more inclusive of these factors in practice and service delivery.

This one day conference will bring together clinicians who have experience in providing health and social care...

Community Learning outreach projects

Dear Colleagues

I have been contacted by Ilkim Erdost, principal of the Volkshochschule Ottakring, a school for adult education in the 16th district of Vienna and a member of the district council. Ilkim is looking to get in touch with outreach adult education programmes in the UK, in particular outreach community based projects in the UK which they would like to visit within the framework of the Erasmus plus Mobility programme for Adult...

Dear MHNE members and friends

There are several opportunities and notices below that we would like to draw your attention to. Simply click on the links below to find out more; remember to check the new MHNE website (www.mhne.org.uk) for the latest mental health news, jobs, events, and training, funding and procurement opportunities We are busy at the moment currently updating our regular bulletin...

The Leadership Conversation provides an exciting opportunity for providers from across the Education and Training sector to provide vital feedback on their views on leadership and how leadership skills should be developed. Critically, the outcomes from this project will inform the strategic plans of the Education and Training Foundation for supporting leadership improvement in the sector. It is essential therefore that we gather as much feedback as possible, from all...

...The deluge of learners we are experiencing (130 a week study across all our Mindfulness classes) seem to suggest there is a real need for Mindfulness in the community. Moreover we feel we are only just brushing the surface of the need-potential within the city. Every time we offer our services, this seems to set off an avalanche of other oganisations wanting to learn about our classes. Only this last month we have had requests from as far away as Easingwold, plus interest...

Dissemination event  

Finished at School Programme  - What have we learnt so far?

 
Improving transition pathways for young people with autism to post-school learning and
training


31stMarch 2014 Holiday Inn Bloomsbury,  London


Ambitious about Autism...

Largactyl Shuffle LGBT History Walk - Look forward to seeing you on this walk

Celebrate LGBT History month with a sashay through queer Southwark!

...

Community Learning Champions Support Programme now on Twitter

Dear Colleagues

In advance of the launch of the new Community Learning Champions Support Programme website (end of Jan/ beginning of Feb), we have just gone live on Twitter! You can find us at https://twitter.com/CLCSP for all the latest news and conversation around volunteering in community learning contexts, and more. In particular there have been recent tweets around...

The Education and Training Foundation's Practitioner Research Support Programme

Do you have a good research idea but need some support and some thinking time to make it happen?

The Education and Training Foundation has launched its practitioner research programme, and is offering opportunities for practitioners wishing to undertake a supported action research project in 2014. This is an opportunity for practitioners, from all types of providers, at all levels, to undertake...

Shine with us - awards for Adult Learners' Week 2014 now open

Stories of remarkable people and organisations, who have used learning to transform their lives and the lives of others, are invited to be part of the country’s largest festival and celebration of learning. Nominations for NIACE...

Dear colleagues,

We are contacting you about three free dissemination events to highlight the impact of the government’s Community Learning Innovation Fund (CLIF).

The events will include findings about the impact of informal learning on health and are an opportunity to look at local and national policy as well as to share practice.

The events are:

Manchester, January 24th 2014

London, February 3rd 2014

Birmingham,...

Natspec is being funded by the Education and Training Foundation to continue its work on supporting progression on non-accredited programmes and is now looking to recruit 45 ‘sector leaders’ – practitioners with relevant expertise –to develop the work in their own organisations and regionally.The main focus is on learners with learning difficulties and disabilities, but the approach can be applied to other learners too.  

The bulletin below outlines...

There's still time to respond to NIACE's call for information on intensive English and Maths provision for unemployed adults. 

By intensive provision, we mean programmes which run for 12 or more hours per week.  Click here...

Best Practice for Engaging with and Supporting Hearing Impaired Learners

Thursday, 28 November 2013. Central London

The Association of Employment...

There is a clear relationship between mental health and safeguarding, not least because providing a safe learning environment for potentially vulnerable  learners, is important to their mental health and wellbeing and success in learning. 

NIACE...

Under the Radar – David R Ewens

Dear Colleagues

Under the Radar is a novel that addresses vital subjects such as equality, diversity and inclusion but in the form of a detective/ adventure thriller - it combines excitement and pace with an important social message.

Summary of the plot

An old woman is beaten to death. A young woman disappears. Taken on to investigate, private detective Frank Sterling is plunged into a...

EDI 4 mental health intervews and case studies from Highbury College and Heba's projects launched today at http://www.equalitiestoolkit.com/content/edi-4-mental-health-projects

 

Meanwhile, 40+ new Equality and Diversity Innovation Fund projects will be meeting today for the first time. 

 

Whatever you are doing to celebrate World...

Zoe describes how she used an ipad to help her communicate and organise her work. She tells how it helped with social inclusion and in reducing her stress levels as she studies for her access to HE...

 

Time:

1.00pm - 2.00pm (1 hour including Q & A)

Fee:

£35 NIACE...

NUS is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Mind to run a conference on student mental health, kindly hosted by the Royal College of Nursing in London on 8 october 2013.

Student Mental Health – Where Next? will bring together student representatives, institutions and the broader education and mental health sectors to examine the standard of...

Speaking and listening project has widespread benefits

NIACE...

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books Reading

Well Mood-boosting Books is a strand of the Reading Well programme, and is a promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books have been recommended by readers...

Just in case you missed this in the summer, The Skills Funding Agency and NIACE...

Burnley College: Stepping into Access

Burnley College's Stepping into Access programme is now available to view on the MHFE YouTube channel. Stepping into Access is a bespoke programme for adult learners that have experienced mental health difficulties. The programme is specifically designed to enable adults with mental...

Spirit possesion and mental health

20TH SEPTEMBER 2013 | London Conference

...

Four colleges to lead national transition project

Ambitious about Autism, in partnership with the Association of Colleges and nasen, has appointed four general further education colleges to develop new and innovative models of support to enable young people with autism to access education beyond school.

Each college will act as a Hub working in partnership with three local secondary schools to develop staff skills, improve transition planning, strengthen assessment processes...

Education Tutor – Learning Disabilities (0.6)

Dear MHFEdefinition Colleagues

The Forensic Directorate, based in Hackney, provides multidisciplinary treatment for service users who are resident in East London who require forensic mental health services. We provide a comprehensive range of...

Follow the link for MHFEdefinition Virtual Secondee Jane McGrath's blog about her time with the MHFE  project, her trip to India to make a film for Broadmoor hospital and her work with  Recovery...

In 2012-13 there was a team of 12 virtual secondees working on the NIACE...

Dear Colleagues

This is just a reminder that the MHFEdefinition NIACE...



In 2012-13 there was a team of 12 virtual secondees working on the NIACE...

In 2012-13 there was a team of 12 virtual secondees working on the NIACE...

In 2012-13 there was a team of 12 virtual secondees working on the NIACE...

Learning for Health Project Award West Midlands

My Time is a social enterprise owned by the service-users in inner city Birmingham which provides psycho-social-educational programmes and services for people experiencing depression, anxiety, low self esteem and mental health issues.

“It is planned that My Time will...

Ambitious about Autism with the Association of Colleges and nasen are offering an opportunity for colleges and secondary schools to be involved in an exciting new project that will develop staff skills and capacity in order to support young people with autism in the transition from school to college. In the current policy context of the Children and Families...

Outreach, Empowerment and Diversity (OED)

This European project brings together a network of 17 organisations from 14 countries. The network’s aim is to tackle the need for outreach to marginalised groups, especially migrants and ethnic minorities, for the development of more diversity in adult education, and especially the inclusion of learners´ voices, and for the empowerment of its learners to become active European citizens.

To find out moreabout the...

Hi

 

For those who migt be interested here are the slides from a powerpoint presntation I did on my film (currently in production) MUDPACKS & PROZAC.

 

Its not the academic version of the slides - its the talking tool - but feel free to ask  me any questions as there is masses of research behind all of the poinst and images!!

* Mudpacks and Prozac is the title of a wonderful book by Dr Murphy Halliburton - he has...

I am workingwith the wonderful Rachel Perkins and West London Mental Health Trust to develop some co produced (new buzzword) projects that are very close to service users hearts.

These ideas were suggestd by active service users as very important and the trust are supporting our efforts - its really exciting.  The four areas that we voted on are as follows;

Eliminating/Reducing restrain ad coercion on wards (my fave)

...

Dear MHFEdefinition member

For information and resources on Mental Health and Employment...


Dear Colleagues

 

The Reading Agency has produced some  promotional materials for Reading Well Mood-boosting Books.  Materials need to be ordered by 4pm this Thursday (9 May)  

Reading Well Mood-boosting Books is a strand of the Reading Well  programme. The other strand is Reading Well Books on Prescription, which recommends 30 expert-endorsed self-help books. 

 

...

Hi everyone

 

Just wanted to say that after 8 weeks in India researching mental health recovery I am back and bursting with thoughts and thinking about how and why recovery in mental health occurs - and fundamentally Im wondering if  recovery is possible or do we simply just learn to live with and manage our lives with renewed hope?

 

I learnt so much while I was away - I had amazing access into the Ayurvedic Mental Research Institute and met HINDU...

The Equality Challenge Unit are asking for responses from staff and students to a survey as part of their work on mental health on campus in Higher Education.  

 

Supporting staff and students experiencing mental health difficulties

ECU is seeking the views of staff and students on how HEIs can support people experiencing mental health difficulties.

In particular, we want to understand how HEIs:

  • develop...

Did anyone read this article in the Guardian?  http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/feb/20/university-mental-health-support-access 

also there's a Blogg link to the right of the article which looks very interesting: As student suicides rise by 50% in five years, Edward Pinkney asks: whose responsibility really is...

Dear MHFEdefinition  members

Please see below information about some free workshops that will be held in London, Birmingham and Manchester in April.  The workshops are part of a research project NIACE...

For an opportunity to have your say about the name for the FE...

There are two ways to subscribe to this regular e-bulletin:

  1. Register on the website and you will automatically receive a news email when a new edition is published. Click the link in your digest email to access the ebulletin. Or
  2. Email...

Please find attached the consultation document for the ‘FE...

GPs to prescribe self-help books for mental health problems

People in England with mild to moderate ...

A major article about how MINDFUL EMPLOYER is making a difference across the UK is featured in Occupational Health Magazine and can be read online on the Personnel Today website - visit www.mindfulemployer.net/news_events.html and follow the link.

 

The article reports on the recent evaluation of MINDFUL EMPLOYER and focuses on the very...

We want to hear  from you about effective practice in supporting learners with learning difficulties and / or disabilities to access learning. On behalf of the Skills Funding Agency, the National Institute of Continuing Education (NIACE...

The Pursuits of Darleen Fyles: Series 4

By Esther Wilson. Comic and touching drama series about a young woman with learning disabilities

Radio 4 webpage: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qlkz1...

http://www.mentalhealthtoday.co.uk/digital_mental_health_products_developers_receive_funding_boost.aspx

Seven organisations have been awarded grants worth £375,000 to help develop digital products to support young people’s mental health.

The grant has been made by the Innovation Labs Project, a partnership between Comic Relief, Nominet Trust, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation.
Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young...

Opening doors for young disabled people to engage in youth work

31 Jan 2013

 A new survey published by Ofsted today finds that more needs to be done to ensure disabled young people can access youth work provision available in their locality.

The ...

Collections Delivering Health Outcomes

Thackray Museum, Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN

Tuesday 5 March 2013, 10am-4pm

This conference will explore the impact of collections on healthand well-being and the ways in which museums can evidencetheir contribution to health agendas.

  • How can museums evidence the impact of their health andwell-being work in a way that is...

Did you know that young adult carers are less likely than their peers to be at college or university?

Did you know that at 16-18 young adult carers are twice as likely than their peers to be NEET...

A united approach to taking action on adult maths

One of the seven recommendations from the NIACE...

Imagine is charity working
with adults who experience mental health difficulties. In March 2013 Imagine
will be  establishing a range of recovery-focused services including...

Museums, Health and Wellbeing Seminar 

The Royal Society for Public Health is launching a series of training events focusing on arts, museums, health and wellbeing as part of their highly regarded Training Solutions Programmes & Courses for people across different sectors. We are pleased to announce the first event will occur on Tuesday 12 March in London and would like to invite you to attend.

Attached please find the brochure and registration form for the seminar...

Time to Change monthly e-news

The January 2013 edition of the Time to Change monthly e-news is now avaliable from the Time to Change website: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/files/newsletter/monthlyenews_January.html.

Features: A milestone year for tackling stigma.

...

Just before Christmas the Education Committee published its report on the pre-legislative scrutiny of the SENdefinition and Disability...

The National Union of Students (NUS) is undertaking the first ever UK-wide research into the experiences of student carers in further and higher education. The information gathered from the research will be used by the NUS to lobby for better support for student carers and to support students’ unions to do the same on their campuses.

A student carer is a student of any age who provides unpaid support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could include...

Help people in your community get back into work!

ESF Community Learning Grants

The WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) invites your organisation to apply for a small grant, up to a maximum of £12,000, from the ESF Community Learning Grants programme. This is to fund courses and activities supporting individuals who are out of work, helping them to access employment or further learning and training.

The Fourth Grant Round will be...

Hi Folks

 

Just to let you know that in Resources there is a link and a brief write up about a useful resource from the Equality and Human Rights Commission: a Technical Guidance on the Equality Act of 2010. A link to the resource itself is below.

 

 ...

Time to Change monthly e-news

The October 2012 edition of the Time to Change monthly e-news is now available from the Time to Change website: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/files/newsletter/monthlyenews_December.html.

Main headline: Frankie Sandford and Waynes Bridges pledge together.

Time to Change...

Mainstream is a social inclusion project run by the adult mental health charity Imagine. In October 2012,

Mainstream created a short film using "post-it" notes containing the words of people who had used the service to access a wide range of community activities including Education and Training in mainstream settings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XQGjwWhvI4

You can find out more and LIKE the Mainstream Facebook...

Interesting blog giving insight into the life of a parent of children with autism

http://rabbitinbag.blogspot.co.uk/

 

MHFE Virtual Secondees join the project

 12 Virtual Secondees have joined the NIACE...

Dear colleague,

 

There are just a couple of weeks left to submit your nominations for this year's Adult Learners' Week Awards! Don't miss your chance to nominate the people and projects that have inspired you and deserve further recognition.


We've got a range of new award categories for individual learners and learning projects,...

Economic Evidence around Employment Support for Disabled People

The National Development Team for inclusion has published a new report  that summarises the economic evidence around employment supports for disabled people (including those with mental health problems). Please follow the link for further information and to download the report: Economic...

Virtual Campus News Autumn 2012

The Virtual Campus News is published as part of a partnership formed by the National Offender Management ServiceSkills Funding Agency and Department for Business Innovation & Skills through prison projects across England and Wales.

Throughout all of this the key theme is increasing the employability of ex-offenders through...

Working with older lesbian, gay and bisexual people. A Guide for Care and Support Services

This guide was produced by Stonewall, a charity that campaigns for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) equality, for care and support organisations about working with older LGB people.

The guide provides information on:

  • the law
  • supporting older LGB people
  • tips and case studies for care homes, domiciliary services,...

Dear Colleague

I am writing to inform you about an update to the Access to Work...

Adult Learners’ Week a national celebration coordinated by NIACE will take place from 18 - 24 May 2013. The Week recognises the benefits of lifelong learning and the achievements of outstanding individuals and innovative learning projects across England through Awards and events.

The Awards are designed to celebrate inspirational individuals and projects that have benefitted from learning at or for work,...

Would you like to the opportunity to work with the NIACE Mental Health in Further Education e-project?

NIACE is pleased to announce that it is now recruiting a second group of Virtual Secondees to the Mental Health in Further Education (MHFEdefinition) e-project. In the words of one of last year’...

17 September 2012 – New disability action alliance announced to deliver disability strategy

On 17 September 2012 the Government announces the formation of a new disability action alliance to help respond to the ideas put forward by disabled people and their organisations on living fulfilling lives.

Convened by Disability...

Fulfilling potential

Working together to empower disabled people

(Office for Disability...

Dear MHFEdefinition network member

 Today is World Mental Health Day an opportunity  perhaps,  to take some time out to think about our health and wellbeing.  There is a collection of wellbeing podcasts available to listen to and/or download that may be of interest on...

Learner Voice Excellence Programme

"With the changes to the Common Inspection Framework, listening to learners' experiences are now of even greater importance. Understanding learners' views is central to the development and improvement of the quality of your provision, as well as to...

Time to Change monthly e-news

The September 2012 edition of the Time to Change monthly e-news is now avaliable from the Time to Change website: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/files/newsletter/monthlyenews_September.html.

Time to Change is England's biggest programme to end the discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

Mental Health Network News e-bulletin Issue 9, September 2012

Issue no. 9 (September 2012) of our NIACE...

No Health without mental health

In July 2012 the Government published the No Health Without Mental Health implementation framework. No health without mental health, a cross-government mental health outcomes strategy for people of all ages was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, in February 2011. In the framework there is a section on Mental health...

Opportunity to join Young People's Advisory Group

 The Department of Education is inviting disabled children and young people and those with special educational needs to join a Young People's Advisory Group (YPAG). The purpose of this group is for disabled young people and young people with SEN...

Digital Practitioner Award

Dear All

The Digital practitioner awards, part of our “Innovating Learning” conference, are now open for nominations at http://www.niace.org.uk/campaigns-events/events/digital-practitioner-awards-information.

Please see the description below and circulate widely:

The past twelve months have seen many changes in our sector,...

Disclosure and barring

The key changes to the disclosure and barring scheme, which will come into force in September 2012, include:

  • abolishing registration and monitoring requirements
  • redefining the scope of 'regulated activities' - those are the activities involving close work with vulnerable groups, including children, which a barred person must not do
  • abolishing 'controlled activities'

You can find...

Learning providers (of all different kinds) that are funded by the Skills Funding Agency and/or the Education Funding Agency are invited to bid for one of the following:-

  • A grant of between £1,000 and £4,999 or
  • A grant of between £5,000 and £25,000

To deliver projects which advance equality, diversity and inclusion (including mental health).

The aim of the fund is to support innovative and sustainable projects...

This year's BASE conference takes place in the heart of Glasgow on 12-13 September.

Speakers for the event include:
* Alex Neil MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure & Capital Investment in the Scottish Government)
* Anne McGuire MP (Shadow Minister for Disabled People)
* Marie Kelly (Director of Training and Employment...

Opportunity to make life easier for children and young people with learning disabilities


 


Press release from LSIS...

Ruby Wax's Mad Confessions documentary is part of  Channel 4's 4 Goes Mad season, in which she campaigns to break down the stigma that still surrounds mental illness:

 

"Ruby's lively celebrity interviews are well known, but this documentary casts the straight-talking actress and comedian in a new light - candidly sharing her own vulnerabilities with humour and warmth, whilst mentoring and empowering...

An article in the Daily Mail published on Monday 16 July 2012 reports that the number of suicides and prevalence of suicidal tendencies is rising faster among older men (men aged over 55) than any other age group as the recession takes its toll - in fact 75 per cent of suicides are among men: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174180/...

Northern College has used Xerte to develop a virtual induction to College. This aims to provide an induction to the College which groups and individuals can view and use in their own familiar safe environments before taking the leap to enrolling on a course or visiting the College. It aims to address some fears prospective students, particularly those with mental heath issues, have when considering enrolling for courses. It provides a feel for the environment and ethos of the College along...

Dear  Colleague

 

I am sending you details of the latest Disability...

Better life: relaunching the happiness index

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECDdefinition)’s Better Life Index was relaunched recently; the index provides interesting data about work/life balance, education...

The perfect partnership

Workplace solutions for disabled people and business

The Equality and Human Rights Commission's first Triennial Review: How Fair is Britain? (2010) mapped progress on equality in Britain for people with protected characteristics. The report identified those issues most urgently in need of resolution and ...

Creating an inclusive Apprenticeship Offer

Peter Little’s report on Inclusive Apprenticeships was published last week. The report aims to give an informed and up-to-date description and analysisof the issues related to the inclusion of people with learning difficulties and/ordisabilities in Apprenticeship provision; it examines the evidence and issues, relating to the aspiration of creating an “inclusiveapprenticeship offer” for young people...

Dear colleague,

The Community Learning Innovation Fund, a new fund designed to support new and imaginative community learning opportunities that encourage adults to take up, succeed and progress in learning, is now open for applications.

Organisations from across England can bid for their share of £4 million from the Community Learning Innovation Fund for projects to develop and offer creative learning opportunities that engage and motivate, in particular, disadvantaged...

The green skills learning scheme, Greeniversity, was set up over 2 years ago by Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT) Greeniversity is a skills share initiative that gives people the opportunity to volunteer to teach or learn ‘green skills’, to use in their community. The scheme offers numerous courses from cooking, to gardening, to beauty therapy. Greeniversity has been hugely successful since its launch and over 500 classes have been run by over 120 local teachers;...

An Equality Newsletter


Did you know nearly 15% of the population have some degree of deafness?

Organisations working with deaf people across the country are inviting everyone to 'Look At Me' which aims to improve understanding of the different types of deafness (UK Council on Deafness).  Find out more here.

You can also find out about the D/Deaf learner voice work...

You are invited to join us for the annual LSIS...

As part of the Government's drive to reduce the regulatory framework for public bodies, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC...

The Community Learning Trusts pilot scheme will give local people a say in decisions about their local adult learning courses and bring better value for money for taxpayers. The Government is planning to select between ten and fifteen pilots to begin work in August 2012 NIACE...

A national policy conference to explore current and emerging challenges and approaches to widening participation in adult education, will be held by NIACE...

New Model Visual Arts Institutions and Social Engagement
http://www.uclan.ac.uk/schools/school_of_social_work/research/pru/files/wzw_nmi_report.pdf

Research report by Lynn Froggett, Alastair Roy, Robert Little, Leah Whitaker
funded by Arts Council England North West, The Gulbenkian Foundation, Northern Rock Foundation

This study asks how...

The NHSdefinition Confederation have recently commissioned NDTi to look at the reasonable adjustments that mental health services are making to respond positively to people with learning disabilities, and to people with autism. I’d like to hear about your experience...

Following the latest topic referral from the Department of Health, NICE...

Latest update newsletter on benefits cuts and changes from Social Welfare Training attached below. It includes, the cessation of hard-won changes to the 104 week linking rule

"Employment...

Read Rob's blog for 9.3.2012  'Remploy, Politicians and Images of Pity'  on the NDTi website at:


http://www.ndti.org.uk/blog


National Development Team for Inclusion

Montreux House

18a James Street West

Bath BA1 2BT 

Tel: 01225 789135

 www.ndti.org.uk...

We thought you might want to take a look at   GOV.UK

This is an experimental trial (‘beta’) site for a single government website (which will replace Directgov...

Your opinion is wanted to help UCLAN develop content for a new Arts Involvement course. Please take the time to complete the survey athttp://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JB9JTHL . It will only take a few minutes. 

Please forward this invitation on to your colleagues.

Dear Colleague,

Arts involvement has been clearly identified as an activity that supports social...

Digital Stories - One Year On

The Mind website has a number of videos - digital stories - showing the experiences of people living with mental health problems in Wales. Participants attended a digital storytelling course, learning how to create a script documenting their experiences and how to put a film together and edit it. Four new stories have just been launched...

Department for Work and Pensions presentation

Civil service document that reveals the government's policy proposal to make disabled people work unpaid for an unlimited amount of time

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/interactive/2012/feb/17/department-work-pensions-presentation-disability

http://www.jrf.org.uk/betterlife  - new website from JRF encouraging us to think differently about getting older by listening to the voices of experience, including 

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To celebrate the launch of the eight brand-new titles this month, why not hold some reading events to encourage adults to fall in love with reading? 

Here's how you can get involved:

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5pm today Friday, 27 January 2012  is the deadline for nominations for the 2012 Adult Learners' Week Awards. It only takes about 20-30 minutes online.
Nominate someone you teach, a colleague, a relative or a friend and give them the recognition they deserve for their outstanding learning achievements.
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Happy New Year to all MHFEdefinition members and visitors

A...

Published on 19 December 2011, in many ways this policy statement probably provides the edges in the  new policy jigsaw for young people and learning and skills, bringing together:

"...for the first time all of the Government’s policies for young people aged 13 to 19. It therefore covers a wide range of issues – from education and youth services, to health, crime, housing and more.  Nine government departments have been involved...

Simeon Brody's Mad World blog for 6 December 2011 is worth a read (and has useful information for some new MHFEdefinition network...

Issue no. 8 of our Mental Health Network News e-bulletin is now published. Contents include:

  • FE reform and FE loans - what are the practical and policy implications for mental health services?
  • Headline links to stories that have appeared on MHFE that you might have missed
  • Policy round-up
  • A gentle reminder about Adult Learners' Week...

will be launched around Valentine's Day in February 2012 to encourage adults across the country to fall in love with reading.

Millions have fallen in love with reading again through...

View the latest newsletter from Time to Change directly in your browser  or below. It contains more information about Time to Change Phase 2 in which the campaign will be launching a new grants scheme in January 2012 to fund projects led by other groups and organisations that bring people with different experiences of...

An open letter from Maria Miller the Minister for Disabled People (dated 1.12.2011) inviting participation in the 3-month engagement period for Fulfilling Potential 

 

Dear  

I am pleased to be able to let you know that today...

New Challenges, New Chances, was launched yesterday by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

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The ONSdefinition is currently consulting on the first set of draft national well-being measures. The (MNW) programme was launched in November 2010 to provide a fuller understanding of ‘how society is doing’ than economic measures alone...

The new Cooking up a storm e-resouce will be published here on MHFEdefinition in November (after Hackney Community College presents it at the 2011 AoC...

Remember when regional mental health network meetings and  other events meant you got regular  time out to find out what was going on, keep up to date with news, share and learn about good practice and were able to discuss issues freely with other people with an interest  in mental health and learning?

 

Well, as a virtual secondee to MHFE...

Well here's another chance to do something about it.

LSIS...

Congratulations to time to change. It has been awarded £20m in funding to continue tackling stigma and discrimination until March 2015 by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.  

The funding will be used to continue work to change attitudes and behaviours on a mass scale, empower individuals to tackle discrimination,...

The public consultation on the recommendations in Liz Sayce's review  'Getting in, staying in and getting on'  closes midnight, Monday 17th October 2011.

DWP says it wants to hear from as many disabled people and as...

1. Developing the Expert Learner: Active co-production of learning and the impact on mental health and wellbeing

LSIS will provide grants of £2500 to five providers to work with at least ten learners with mental health conditions and ten learners who have not declared mental health...

Earlier this year eight further education providers took part in projects to  help people who experience mental health problems progress from discrete provision to wider learning opportunities.  Barnet College, City College Birmingham, Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service, Our Celebration in York, Stockport College and Swarthmore Education Centre in Leeds all focused on identifying specific teaching and learning strategies that might help progression; Blackpool and the Fylde...

Apologies for any inconvenience if you have received extra postings from the MHFEdefinition website this morning - the hosting service we use for MHFE is sorting out some problems they had at the weekend and it seems to have triggered a mass 're-send' of the last message.  I'd like to thank you in...

Informal adult community learning – NIACE online survey for individuals open until 31st October 2011:

  • Is part of the government's review of informal adult learning
  • Gives individuals a chance to have their...

Consultation on the Government's new draft suicide prevention strategy is open until 11th October 2011 and the final strategy will be published early 2012. The aims of the strategy are to reduce the suicide rate and improve support for those bereaved or affected by suicide.

 

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The closure of Skill, the National Bureau for Students with Disabilities, in April was formally marked at a recent reception in the House of Lords. Although Skill isn't returning in its previous form,  BIS...

Launched on 14th June 2011, Work and Mental Health,  is a  new online resource on the Royal College of Psychiatrists' website, aimed at employers and others supporting people to return to work after a period of mental ill-health. It has been developed in partnership with DWP...

New! MINDFUL EMPLOYER Line Managers' Resource.

Includes contributions from line managers in a range of businesses and organisations, a foreword by Dame Carol Black, National Director for Health & Work and David Frost, Director General British Chamber of Commerce and comments from Dr Steve Boorman and others, as well as practical information and advice on:

  • Mental health...

The first ever World report on disability was launched by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank on 9th June 2011. 

For the more than a billion disabled people in the world today, lack of services and the obstacles they face in everyday life mean that generally they ...

Following concerns earlier this year from learning providers , NIACE...

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this week's webinar (on the findings from the Take Ten People project in the North East) scheduled for Thursday 30th June 2011.

 

Ann Creed (who was faciltating the session) has asked me to say that she's really sorry for any inconvenience caused but her router broke today and it's going to take her provider a couple of days to get a new one to her.  She lives in the back of beyond so driving miles to somewhere...

Is your organisation a Mindful Employer?*  If not, do you/ your manager/HR team/health and safety officer or rep...

Two research documents from DWPdefinition - one suggests improvements to Employment...

Launched this summer, we thought you'd like to know about Q4S. It's a new website: http://www.q4s.eu/, for disabled students in post-16 education that provides advice on:

  • How people's learning skills can be affected by different disabilities (including mental health difficulties) or learning difficulties such as dyslexia or Aspergers Syndrome
  • What students can do to help themselves develop ...

Next Step has recently published advice on what not to do to get your dream job:  The top 10 mistakes made on CVs

Details of this free conference, just in case you are not signed up to receive our Mental Health Network News e-bulletin 

The conference, funded by the Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS...

Thanks to Al for this news item (which looks as though it got lost in a forum).

Politicians, journalists and senior civil servants have praised nef for their pioneering work on well-being measurement,...

Just in case you use Teachers TV, following termination of the Teachers TV contract, the Teachers TV website will cease to be available from 29th April, 201

 

After the 29th April
The Department for Education (DfEdefinition) will make all...

We are pleased to say that, with a bit of technical help from Highbury College (thanks Kerry), the two Back on Track videos launched at the conference in Portsmouth in 2010 are now available on our MHFE YouTube channel.

 

If you are not already familiar with Back on Track you might also want to check out the...

You may already know that the Government has a mission to cut down on bureaucracy. To this end it has set up the 'Red Tape Challenge' on the Cabinet Office website. What you may not know, is that this includes asking whether the regulations and laws in the Equality Act (2010) against discrimination and harassment should be scrapped altogether and business and society trusted to 'do the right thing'?

The full list of questions being asked...

Colleagues

The SFA have released an update on guidance note 7 – I have highlighted some of the more significant areas below, however you can read the transcript in full here: http://readingroom.lsc.gov.uk/SFA/GN7-final-11april2011.pdf 

 

Minimum Contract Level (MCL)

On 24 March 2011, the Skills Funding Agency (the Agency)...

Well London - DIY Happiness

“Some people, who have been living next door to each other for 20 years, have never spoken but are now doing things together”

DIY Happiness Participant, Southwark

 

People’s mental well-being is vitally important for our families, communities and society. The Well London DIY Happiness project, developed by South London & Maudsley...

The Deputy Prime Minister launched the Coalition Government's Social Mobility Strategy, Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers today.

Its aim is to tackle unfairness at every stage of life, by ensuring that 'everyone has a fair opportunity to fulfil their potential, regardless of the...

A ground-breaking report was published 30th March 2011 on the experiences of patients who appealed to a tribunal against their detention under the Mental Health Act. First-hand information has been obtained from patients of their personal experiences of appearing before the First-tier Tribunal (Mental Health), formerly the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

This may be of interest for people working in Learning and Skills as part of Mental Health Awareness illustrating some of the...

It has been dubbed the biggest reorganisation in the history of the NHSdefinition. Under the Government's reforms for England, much of the health budget will be handed to GPs working in consortia. Public health...

If health is your remit read this handy synopsis of the leading stories captured by our Healthy Communities team. The briefing is designed to act as a quick reference guide. It reviews the most relevant policy publications and announcements in the last month, including: the Government's mental health strategy for the nation's health inequalities a year-on since the Marmot review; and issues affecting children and young people.

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In an age of austerity with significant cuts to councils' budgets, the importance of evaluating projects, especially in the field of health, takes on added primacy. Access our new impact assessment guide produced with Valerie Garrow, Associate Director at the Institute for Employment...

You are invited to join us for the Effective Practice in in the delivery and coordination of adult learning difficulties and/or disabilities provision webinar on Monday 21st March 2011 from 12 noon to 13.00. Yola Jacobsen, Programme Director at NIACE...

If you don't subscribe to the NMHDU news feed you may not have noticed this new report from the NHSdefinition Confederation:...

Described as 'the biggest programme of reform in the education and health support for children with special educational needs (SENdefinition) and disabilities in 30 years, this Green paper seeks to address:

  • parents having to battle to get the support their child needs
  • SEN statements not joining up education...

Published today, Race to Learning. Written by Ama Dixon and Caroline Law at NIACE...

Today the Government has commenced a consultation in relation to age discrimination in the provision of services and public functions.

The consultation ‘Equality Act 2010: Banning age discrimination in services, public functions and associations - A consultation on proposed exceptions to the ban’ sets out the specific exceptions where the Government  believes that different treatment of people of various ages is justified or beneficial and where legislation...

The Colleges in their Communities Inquiry, which will report in November 2011, is investigating the strategic role colleges play in their communities and the added public value they can bring in leading adult learning provision and serving each of their local communities.

 The Inquiry wants to hear the opinions of principals, managers, teachers, learners, community representatives and others...

We all know that media images and portrayals of mental health and illness can play an important role in tackling stigma and discrimination.

Thursday 3rd March 2011 is World Book Day so we thought we'd challenge you to help us produce a list of the best and most powerful positive portrayals of mental health (and illness) in fiction.

We want you to share (by...

Synchronicity or what! On the same day that NIACE...

We have uncovered a technical glitch which means that you may not have been receiving our posts from our regular news and discussion forums.

I apologise for any inconvenience and am pleased to let you know that you are now subscribed to receive our news posts.

Visit the news section to check out any items that you may have missed.

Now that you are going to be getting news from us you might want to change the frequency you receive it or...

Voices Empowered and the NEMHDU Take Ten People project invite you to join us for a half day workshop on Wednesday 16 March: Discovering potential: integrating employment and learning and skills for people who have experience of a mental health condition. 

The event will share emerging regional practice related to supporting employability skills.  It will be of particular interest to managers and staff working in the health, social care, employment or learning...

If health is your remit – read this handy synopsis of the leading stories captured by the LG Improvement and Development's Healthy Communities team. The briefing...

I am pleased to announce that we have a winner for our first prize draw!

Congratulations go to Christine Shepherd at Peterborough Regional College - well done Christine.

Christine wins a free place at the NIACE...

Speakers include Dr. Rachel Perkins and organisations in the North East who are currently delivering IPS...

Latest e-bulletin (9.2.2011) published weekly by the Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) . This regular e-bulletin is created for local authority directors of children's services and all 16-19 funded providers and it goes out to local authority 14 - 19 commissioning leads. 

It aims to share important information in a concise format. Most articles link to material...

As part of a national cross-sector Resolving Multiple Disadvantage project being championed by the Cabinet Office, a range of Big Society partners, including the National Mental Health Development Unit, wish to work with a small number of localities from April to September 2011 to find ways to reduce multiple disadvantage amongst adults. Expressions of interest to become ‘Local Inclusion Labs' are invited from localities wishing to: improve the outcomes of multiply...

Mental Health in Higher Education has just published mhhenews31 (word file February 2010). Join the mailing list for this useful bi-monthly ebulletin on the MHHE website

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Read our latest e-bulletin (Issue no. 2, 4.2.2011)

Please bear with us if you receive more than one copy of this bulletin. We are working away in the background to join together our original network database, our moodlers and people registered in MHFE so that you only receive one copy but you know what it's like - e-Gremlins...

This morning (2.2.2011) the Department of Health launched:

  1. The new cross-government mental health strategy  - 'No Health Without Mental Health' 
  2. A video on YouTube by the Care Minister, Paul Burstow, introducing the new...