Staff blog: World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2021

by Hannah Chamberlain, Enablement Lead, Inclusion Barnet World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October, and for 2021 we will be highlighting “mental health in an unequal world”. The relationship between unequal access to advantage and mental ill health is complex. Social disadvantage and mental ill health chase each other in a vicious circle. […]

Accessing your GP Remotely: does the new system work for you?

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A blog from Healthwatch Barnet on the new report into remote GP appointments Throughout the pandemic, the way we’ve all accessed GPs has changed. To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, NHS England advised GPs to embed a system of ‘total triage’ where patients contact their surgery remotely at first and only get seen face-to-face […]

Staff blog – Paralympics coverage

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by Hannah Chamberlain, Enablement Lead, Inclusion Barnet Coverage of the Paralympics has in the past dominated media representations of disability. As not all of us can be Paralympians, this seems an inaccessible bar to becoming visible members of society. It does seem that the tide is turning and inclusive images and representations are more frequently […]

Mental Health Services in Barnet: Not Fit for Purpose?

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Tell us, and help change them for the better The Barnet Voice Forum is currently constructing a position paper on Barnet’s mental health services. To really make it count, we need your help. Whether you were able to attend the last meeting or not, we urge you to complete the survey if possible. We want […]

Social care charging: a tax on disability

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Join the campaign to #ScrapCareCharging This month we are delighted to welcome Jon Abrams, Campaigns and Justice Coordinator for Inclusion London, to discuss the campaign to scrap social care charging. The current system for funding adult social care is not fair, and it is not working. Social care should be there to enable us to […]

Inclusion Barnet calls for co-production on the new Hendon Hub Proposal

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What might the Hendon Hub mean for disabled people? We’ve submitted our response on the proposed Hendon Hub development to Barnet Council and consultants GL Hearn.   Broadly speaking, we think this could be an amazing opportunity for Barnet to position itself as an innovator and role model in the field of disability inclusion; one […]

Inclusion Barnet Libraries – blog about our extended opening times

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Unbelievably, it’s been fifteen months since we were last able to have members of the public wander around our libraries, free to look at and choose books for themselves.  We’ve been running a ‘Select & Collect’ takeaway service in the meantime, which has become extraordinarily successful and a lifeline for many people hungry for a […]

The Road to Coproduction – Supporting Identity and Life Goals

A Thought Piece by Hannah Chamberlain In my experience everything in a mental health service is a touch point, and tells us as users of services something about the identity and role we are expected to play in the time that we spend in the service environment. My very first experience of the mental health […]

Disability Arts & Activism, a guest blog by Penny Pepper

With #WorldTheatreDay taking place on 27 March there will be many blogs written about the impact of Covid-19 on ‘Theatre’ more generally and thinking about what its future may be. We’re thrilled to have been given permission to share with you an extract from the genre-defying and versatile writer/poet/performer Penny Pepper’s chapter on Disability Arts […]

Cancelled – User Voice Group March 2020

Unfortunately due to the current guidance frm the Government around COVID-19, we have had to cancel the User Voice Group that was due to be held on Monday 30th March 2020. We hope to hold groups in the future but will be suspending all face-to-face meetings until further notice. If you would like any more […]

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