Women and health

LA7 ESF Community Grants Funding Available for third sector organisations

Grants of up to £15k are now available to support inactive/ unemployed people to help their progression towards further learning and employment.

Gateshead Council learningSkills, on behalf of the 7 Local Authorities (LA7) from the North East LEP area, is seeking bids from Third Sector Organisations for the provision of community projects. This is the fourth round of procurement and we are offering grants of up to £15,000 to support a range of activities aimed at assisting inactive/ unemployed people to move closer to the labour market.

Restraint Bill advances to House of Lords

The Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill, which aims to reduce the use of restraint in mental health settings, has passed its Third Reading in the House of Commons. The Private Member’s Bill, brought forward by Steve Reed MP, was passed by MPs last Friday and will now be scrutinised in the House of Lords. 

The Bill, also known as ‘Seni’s Law’, is named after Steve Reed’s constituent Olaseni Lewis, who died after 11 police officers restrained him in 2010. It contains measures to:

Agenda research: restraint-related deaths among women

Thirty two women died after experiencing restraint over a five year period, according to new figures obtained by Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk. The data, on patients detained under the Mental Health Act, suggests women were more likely to have restraint-related deaths than men between 2012/13 and 2016/17. Younger women made up a large number of the restraint-related deaths – 13 were aged 30 and under, compared to 4 men in that age range.

Riverside looking for trustee

Riverside is managed by committed Board of Trustees and we are looking for new people to join our committee. In particular we are looking for someone with a background in finance. We welcome interest from those who use our services as well as those who are interested in furthering our work; through contributing to the management and development of our Charity.

  • Organisation - Riverside Community Health Project
  • Job type - Other
  • Hours - 12 hrs per year
  • Salary - N/A
  • Closing date - 31 July 2018

Lifetime NHS mental health care for sexual assault victims

Victims of sexual abuse will receive a lifetime of mental health care to help cope with the trauma, NHS England has announced. The Strategic direction for sexual assault and abuse services - Lifelong care for victims and survivors: 2018 - 2023 outlines how services for victims and survivors of sexual assault and abuse, in all settings of the health and care system, need to evolve between now and 2023. It sets out six core priorities that NHS England will focus on to reduce inequalities experienced:

MPs say public services and the law are failing millions of women

MPs and charities say the views and experiences of women of colour are largely hidden when it comes to public services and policymaking. A new report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sex Equality, supported by Young Women’s Trust and the Fawcett Society, Invisible Women, shows that black and ethnic minority women are overlooked by mental health and employment support services, which are failing to meet their needs. This is due to a lack of data on their experiences and exclusion from policymaking. 

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