IAPT AWAY DAY AT THE MUSEUM

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group’s IAPT service enjoyed an away day trip to the historic Black Country Living Museumin Dudley.

Black Country Living Museum is a remarkable place to explore, enjoy and spend time.

Set in a landscape of 26 acres, it is one of the most extraordinary open-air museums in the UK; offering a glimpse into 200 years of history like no other.

Talking Therapies Manager, Sue Vincent helped organise the trip and feels it will only benefit her team and increase their motivation levels.

She said: “The trip to the museum will allow my team to bond making them a closer-knit unit.

“Working with a variety of diverse clients can be challenging at times so it’s always good to treat the team and get away from the office whenever possible.”

WE’RE RECRUITING: CORPORATE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & RESEARCH MANAGER

We are looking for a Corporate Business Development & Research Manager to join our Senior Management Team.

• Corporate Business Development & Research Manager – (37.5 hours per week) £40,000 pa

Click here for the full Job Description and Personal Specification for the Corporate Business Development & Research Manager role

Please send CV and covering letter detailing your ability to meet the needs of the job description and person specification to monica.shafaq@Kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk outlining why you are interested in the position and the skill set you can bring to help us achieve our mission.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail please call 0121 565 5605 and ask to speak to Monica Shafaq.

The successful applicant will need to be enhanced Disclosure (DBS) checked which will be done once they have accepted the offer.

Closing date for all applications is 09:00am, Monday 9th October 2017.

Interviews for the role will be held on Wednesday 18th October 2017 and Friday 20th October 2017.

WE’RE RECRUITING: CORPORATE FUNDRAISING & CAMPAIGN MANAGER

We are looking for a Corporate Fundraising & Campaign Manager to join our Senior Management Team.

• Corporate Fundraising & Campaign Manager – (37.5 hours per week) £40,000 pa

Click here for the full Job Description and Personal Specification for the Corporate Fundraising & Campaign Manager role

Please send CV and covering letter detailing your ability to meet the needs of the job description and person specification to monica.shafaq@Kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk outlining why you are interested in the position and the skill set you can bring to help us achieve our mission.

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail please call 0121 565 5605 and ask to speak to Monica Shafaq.

The successful applicant will need to be enhanced Disclosure (DBS) checked which will be done once they have accepted the offer.

Closing date for all applications is 09:00am, Monday 9th October 2017.

Interviews for the role will be held on Wednesday 18th October 2017 and Friday 20th October 2017.

WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY ANNOUNCEMENT – SMS SUICIDE PREVENTION LINE TO BE LAUNCHED

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group will shortly be launching a national Suicide Prevention SMS Line.

The SMS Line will give people who are feeling vulnerable or who are at risk of taking their own life a safe and confidential place to contact us by text so that they can seek the support that they need to help keep them safe and well.

With 5,688 registered suicides in Great Britain in 2016 (Office for National Statistics 2017), our Chief Executive, Monica Shafaq feels as organisation it’s vital to take action.

She said: “As a charity that works with people at risk of suicide, we are always looking at ways to support those who are most in crisis in a safe and effective way.

“Research has shown that many people prefer to initially communicate by text before seeking one to one support.

“Talking about suicide and suicidal thoughts can be very difficult to do so if it’s made easier to start a discussion by text, that’s what we will do.

“With suicide rates in Britain over 5,000, we hope that our Crisis Line will be able to help reduce this saddening statistic and combat the stigma that it associated with it.”

The service will operate outside of traditional office hours and will be managed by both staff and trained volunteers. Information events are being held to recruit volunteers for the service. Training and mentoring will be provided to all those successfully recruited.

Wellbeing Services Co-ordinator, Dave Pickard who will be involved with the SMS Crisis Line service encourages all to come along and find out more about the service.

He said: “With the national suicide rates so high, I’m urging anybody who is interested in helping somebody who is contemplating taking their own life to join us for either of the SMS Crisis Line presentation evenings in October.”

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group will be hosting two presentation days on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th October, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, giving attendees the opportunity to find out more about the Crisis Line service.

For further information and to attend, please contact us on 0121 565 5605 or alternately by email at info@kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk.

WE’RE RECRUITING: COMMUNITY WELLBEING WORKER

We are currently seeking a motivated and committed individual to work as part of our Community Wellbeing team.

As a result we are looking for:

• Community Wellbeing Worker – (Full time) Circa £18,000-£19,000 pa

We would consider part time positions dependent on suitable candidates.

All posts advertised are based on a fixed term contract until March 2018.

Click here for the full Job Description and Person Specification for the Community Wellbeing Worker role

Please send CV and covering letter detailing your ability to meet the needs of the job description and person specification (no more than 2 sides of A4) to: dave.pickard@Kaleidoscopeplus.org.uk

If you would like to discuss this opportunity in further detail please call 0121 565 5605 and ask to speak to Dave Pickard.

The successful applicant will need to be enhanced Disclosure (DBS) checked which will be done once they have accepted the offer.

Closing date for all applications is Midday, Monday 18th September 2017.

PIM’S GARDENING, ALLOTMENT AND SOCIAL GROUP

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Our service user involvement group, People In Mind are starting their very own Gardening, Allotment and Social Group for men.

The group will include discussions and chat about everything to do with gardening, allotments and growing as well as access to other support and services.

When: Thursday’s
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Where: Hall Road Allotments, Hall Road, Smethwick (by Green Gates)

For more information please contact Kirstie Barnes on 0121 565 5605.

HFL AND PIM VISIT LLANDUDNO

Health For Living and our service user involvement group, People In Mind visited Llandudno, treating service users and volunteers to an unforgettable day-break to remember.

Llandudno is a seaside resort, town and community in the Conwy County Borough of Wales and is located on the Creuddyn peninsula, which protrudes into the Irish Sea.

Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in Wales and has an estimated population of 20,700 people.

The Llandudno day trip, organised by Community Wellbeing’s Sudip Virk and Health For Living’s Lee Love and Debbie Elwell included a visit to Llandudno Bay, Pier and the North Shore and was topped off with traditional Welsh fish and chips for all to enjoy.

Sudip was initially apprehensive about the trip to North Wales but when he heard about the visit to Llandudno he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

He said: “The original plan was to go to Rhyl however after hearing about how amazing Llandudno was we couldn’t resist.

“We weren’t disappointed either, with the Llandudno Pier offering a variety of arcades and games and the trip being capped off with beautiful summer weather.”

SAFE SPACES SUICIDE SUPPORT GROUP: FUNDED BY WALKING OUT OF DARKNESS

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group will be hosting its next Safe Spaces Suicide support groups throughout September at the following venues on the following dates:

• Wednesday 6th September, 5:00pm – The Walsall Hub, Lichfield Street

• Wednesday 13th September, 5:00pm – The Baptist Church, Vicar Street, Wednesbury

• Thursday 14th September, 10:00am – The Mezz, Hawthorns House

• Wednesday 27th September, 5:00pm – 4th Floor, Hawthorns House

• Thursday 28th September, 10:00am – The Mezz, Hawthorns House

“The Safe Spaces groups Give YOU, the permission to talk about suicide”

Whether you have experienced suicidal thoughts, been affected by suicide or just want to talk about it, then this group may be for you.

The Safe Spaces suicide support groups are funded from the money raised from Birmingham Walking out of Darkness 2017.

For further information about Safe Spaces or any of the other Community Wellbeing Groups we facilitate across the Black Country, please call our Community Wellbeing team on 0121 565 7818.

CREATING BRIGHTER FUTURES TOGETHER!

TALKING THERAPIES SERVICE RANKED 9TH IN THE COUNTRY

Our Sandwell based Talking Therapies service continues to improve as for the month of April 2017, NHS England figures show our recovery rate for clients was at 64%. This means we had the 9th best recovery rate out of all 164 service providers across the country for this month.

The Talking Therapies service is based on the ‘Improving Access to Psychological Therapies’ (IAPT) initiative, which is a joint project with Sandwell and West Birmingham clinical commissioning group (CCG) and Sandwell Mental Health Foundation Trust.

The nationwide IAPT service was established first in 2008 with the aim of improving access to evidence based talking therapies. The team use a range of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based interventions with clients such as cognitive restructuring and exposure therapy.

Talking Therapies Manger, Sue Vincent, was not surprised when she heard that The Kaleidoscope Plus Group was ranked so highly by the NHS.

She said: “I was happy when I heard the news however it didn’t come as a shock.

“My team continuously support people aged 16 and above in Sandwell who are experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression and it’s satisfying for us all to be recognised for our hard work.”

The Kaleidoscope Plus Group would like to say congratulations to the IAPT team and thank them for all of their hard work.