Edge Fund News Update & 5 year celebration

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Edge Fund applications Apr 2017provided by: The Edge Fund
published: May 2017

The Edge Fund is now in the middle of its seventh funding round, working with members to score applications and continue to support the ever urgent work of radical grassroots groups.

If you’d like to see the timeline for this current funding round, check out the website. wwwedgefund.org.uk

Once groups have been shortlisted, The Edge Fund will be hosting a funding day on July 15th in Birmingham. If you’re already a member please come and join us to help decide how we share out the funds. Continue reading

Be part of a new mental health network – take the survey!

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CATALYST 4 CHANGE is a new organisation being developed by a group of community development workers, health professionals and campaigners that have worked at community grass roots level across the UK for many years.

CATALYST will be creating and sustaining a supportive network of mental health and wellbeing initiatives in the African and Caribbean community within the West Midlands. These will include community organisations, social enterprises, faith groups or businesses that have a significant African and Caribbean mental health service user base.

Do you want to be part of a truly supportive network of mental health and wellbeing initiatives in the African/Caribbean community?

Would your group or organisation benefit from tailored support and easy access to professional services? Continue reading

PM to look at ‘institutional racism’ of black people by mental health services

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Young Peoplesource: Care Appointments
published: 1 March 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May said she is “looking at” the treatment of black people by mental health services amid claims of “institutional racism”.

Labour MP Steve Reed said young black men using mental health services were more likely to be subject to detention and “severe” physical restraint, as he called for an inquiry.

The Croydon North MP cited the example of constituent Olaseni Lewis, who died after he was restrained in a south-east London psychiatric hospital in August 2010.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Mrs May agreed the issue was a problem. Continue reading