Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind has been awarded the Mind Quality Mark 2023-26.
The Mind Quality Mark is a rigorous quality assurance standard. It sets the bar of good practice and legal compliance for all organisations in the Mind Federation.
Once every three years, local Minds are reviewed against the Mind Quality Mark standards. The reviews are led by people with lived experience of mental health problems and senior leaders from other local Minds. They are based on a robust assessment of documentary evidence as well as interviews with and survey responses from trustees, staff, volunteers, and people who use services.
To achieve the Mind Quality Mark, local Minds must be well-run organisations delivering safe, life-changing support for people with mental health problems.
Next Monday marks the start of #MHAW2023.
We'll be sharing tips, opportunities, free training and a special competition for young people to enter! Please keep an eye on our socials and help us spread the word.
What's happening at TOG Mind!
Sessions with the Honeywell Centre Group, Admire Group and Carvan Adab Group around anxiety and mental health awareness
Yoga, Walk and Talk, Arts & Crafts and Creative Writing sessions
Take 5 and Community Hive - Children and Young People’s Wellbeing and Support Sessions
Sharing tips and ideas from staff, volunteers and the public on managing stress and anxiety
A special competition for local young people to get involved in – #ShareYou
Sessions to support local business around wellbeing and anxiety management
The Lived Experience Panel provides an opportunity to help shape the design and development of our TOG Mind services.
Evidence suggest that the outcomes of individuals experiences, are enhanced through using the expertise of people to develop services.
TOG Mind uses a collaborative approach for all service developments, ensuring the public, volunteers and staff can contribute their experiences and knowledge.
The role and tasks of the TOG Mind LEP:
Consultation on service design & delivery
Representation – create forum for service user expression of interests and views
Support the delivery of training/courses. Can offer insight into personal experience and demonstrate participation
Sharing insight to influence service strategy and governance, share feedback at strategy meetings
Recruitment & selection of staff
View our full poster below:
Jonathan has accessed various sessions at TOG Mind for some time and has recently made a donation to the charity which we are hugely grateful for.
More importantly though, is his inspiring story of overcoming challenges and obstacles to achieve amazing goals.
Jonathan was born with cerebral palsy 34 years ago and developed epilepsy at the age of seven. His epilepsy has been more of a struggle throughout life than his cerebral palsy, as having fits regularly has restricted independence and ability to try new things. Accidents along the way have been common place including burns, bruises, falls and injury. This led to feelings of exclusion, depression and weight gain.
Nowadays Jonathan has completely turned his life around.
“I had life changing brain surgery. I have transformed my body by losing over 10 stone. I am now very active and want to set a positive example for other people. I want to share my story to inspire people to keep active and work hard to achieve their goals. You can change your life for the better if you just try. If I can do it, anyone can!”.
You can read Jonathan’s full story of overcoming challenges, weight management, running and becoming a local celebrity by clicking here.
Children's Mental Health Awareness Week - Poetry Competition!
In celebration of Children's Mental Health Awarenss Week, the Community Hive team are collaborating with our Hear Our Stories website to hold a poetry competition!
To enter you must be aged 8 - 18 years old, live or attend school within the Tameside and Glossop area, poems should be around 500 words or less and the topic must be around (but not limited to!) the theme of Children's Mental Health Week. This year the theme is "Let's Connect".
Entries should be submitted through the Hear Our Stories website by the 12th February, our co-production group will review all entires and the winner will be announced Friday 24th February on our social media, so make sure you're following our Youth in Mind Instagram and Facebook pages!
A voucher prize will be given to one lucky winner and a selection of the poems will feature on the Hear Our Stories website.
Undercover footage broadcast during a BBC Panorama programme which aired yesterday evening highlighted alleged verbal and physical abuse of vulnerable patients with mental health problems and autism at the Edenfield Centre, run by Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. The programme raised serious concerns about the use of harmful and dangerous practices including unnecessary restraint and seclusion, near-mistakes with medication, falsification of observation records and physical and verbal abuse.
As a result, mental health charity Mind is calling for a full statutory public inquiry into systemic failings of inpatient mental health services across England.
Responding to the documentary, Vicki Nash, Associate Director of Policy, Campaigns and Public Affairs at Mind, said:
“The footage of patients at the Edenfield Centre obtained undercover by BBC Panorama is shocking and extremely concerning. People who have been admitted to medium secure units are likely to be experiencing moderate to severe mental health problems including suicidal thoughts, self-harming and psychosis.
When we are at our most unwell and vulnerable, we need caring and compassionate treatment in a safe and therapeutic environment to recover and we and our loved ones should be able to expect - as a bare minimum - basic humanity and respect.
The fact that footage obtained as part of this documentary has prompted a criminal police investigation indicates just how short of expectations this mental health service may have fallen.
“We are especially concerned about the apparently excessive and punitive use of restraint and seclusion for people with mental health problems and autism. We know these dangerous measures are traumatising, likely to make people’s mental health even worse, and can even be fatal - either directly or indirectly.
“Everyone involved in the running of the Edenfield Centre must now fully cooperate with authorities including the police as part of their investigation to make sure safe and therapeutic care is reinstated immediately. The investigation must also draw heavily on the experiences of patients and those close to them.
“It’s been 10 years since the scandalous treatment taking place at Winterbourne View was exposed. But Winterbourne and Edenfield are not isolated cases as campaigners and families have repeatedly made clear; and the CQC’s restraint, segregation and seclusion review (2020) confirmed. It’s clear we still have a long way to go when it comes to delivering the minimum quality of care we expect – a safe and therapeutic environment conducive to recovery. We now must see a full examination of the systemic failings of inpatient mental health services in England. Mind is also urging the UK government to deliver on its promise of a reformed mental health bill, which aims to give people greater choice and control in the treatment they receive when detained under section."
The grand opening of our Oldham office and launch of our wellbeing services for all ages.
About the Grand Opening:
Join us for the official grand opening of our new office in the heart of Oldham.
Children and Young People’s Workshops / Taster sessions
Come along and attend a drop in support session
Find out about our range of support for Adults - local to you
Speak directly with our staff and volunteers
Get involved with our activity showcasing and taster sessions
Visit our new sensory room
Enjoy a selection of snacks and refreshments
There will be guest speakers and opportunities during the session to chat with our staff and with our local partners - Age UK Oldham, Changing Futures, Turning Point, Positive Steps, Psychological Medicine, Gtr Manchester Police, Oldham Job Centre and ABL Health. Tour the building and see our new art work and sensory space, learn more about our dedicated children, young people and families service and enjoy some food and refreshments.
A day of celebration and action!
Volunteer Week runs from the 1st to the 8th June and we are incredibly thankful to all our volunteers that help in many different areas of the charity.
We wouldn’t be able to do all we do without them! Through volunteering, people gain confidence, self-esteem, direct experience and often, a greater sense of purpose in life.
If this is something you are interested in, please do get in touch with us here at TOG Mind.
Learn more about Volunteering by visiting: https://www.togmind.org/volunteering or by emailing office [at] togmind.org or calling 0161 330 9223.
With many enjoying celebrations and parties this weekend, why not pop along to a fabulous fundraiser this Sunday 5th June at Lido House, Grotton, Oldham, OL4 2LS from 12pm onwards.
Lots of family fun to enjoy including food, refreshments, entertainment and an 80’s theme for anyone wishing to dig out their shell suit or something similar!
All donations on the day will go towards local mental health charity Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind.