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Patient Engagement Bulletin – 26th August 2020

Postedon 26th August, 2020 in News

Fit for My Future Mental Health Report Launch

My Future Mental Health Report

Following the conclusion of our public consultation on the proposed relocation of adult in-patient mental health beds from Wells to Yeovil on 12 April 2020, Participate Ltd have been undertaking an independent analysis of all the feedback received.

The independent analysis report has been published today on the Fit for My Future website: https://www.fitformyfuture.org.uk/.

Our original intention was to share the independent analysis of all the feedback received during the consultation at a public event in Wells. Given the current Government guidelines on face to face gatherings we are unable to do this face to face.

We have, therefore, arranged a virtual feedback sharing event for 7pm on Wednesday 02 September via MS Teams Live Events. People can book their place either by emailing somccg.fitformyfuture@nhs.net or ringing 01935 384119.

For more information click here.


Quiet Places for Unquiet Minds – Somerset Art Works

Quiet Places for Unquiet Minds

Somerset Art Works is now able to offer specialist, FREE artist-led advice and resources to wellbeing groups around the county – to encourage and support creative activity for health and wellbeing. They welcome enquiries from any wellbeing group leaders/ volunteers who would like to increase their confidence in running creative workshops with groups (online or offline), explore new ideas, techniques & materials, access free resources & lesson plans or maybe just through ideas with their experienced artist Simon Ripley.

Somerset Art Works is a registered charity and membership organisation, Somerset’s only countywide agency dedicated to developing the visual arts. Through their projects they have developed an understanding of how the arts can benefit a wide range of community needs, facilitating and promoting the value of creativity for all: for enjoyment, learning, skills development and health & wellbeing.

You can contact beccy.swaine@somersetartworks.org.uk for more information.

Please click here for more information


The Space Listening Service

The Space Listening ServiceThe Space supports children and young people aged 4 – 18 with emotional welfare issues by providing individual access to support and one to one counselling.

Are you passionate about helping others? They are seeking volunteers with an interest in family issues to support parents of children/young people experiencing poor mental well-being for their new listening service.

Please read the above for more information or go to:

Twitter: @thespacecheddar
Facebook: TheSpaceSomerset
Email: doreenthespacecheddar@yahoo.co.uk


Citizens Advice South Somerset

Citizens Advice South Somerset is currently recruiting for up to 3 new trustees to join their Board.

Citizens Advice South Somerset are passionate about their work and welcome applications from like-minded people living or working in South Somerset.

Citizens Advice South Somerset is a local, independent, advice charity that was established in 1961. Their work helps people to prepare for, and manage through, key life events and change. They achieve their objectives through the delivery of a range of projects and services:

Early interventions, Advice at critical times, Tackling povertyYou will join an existing Board (currently 8 members) who provide the strategic leadership, support and oversight necessary to sustain the service and ensure that they meet the advice needs of local people now and into the future.

On average they help over 6,000 people per annum and this year is no exception. The very challenging public health emergency and its impact on the local economy means that now more than ever local people need our help.

As a trustee you will get a fantastic insight into the work of the organisation and all the system controls necessary to run an effective and impactful charity.

They are particularly keen to achieve a more diverse Board membership and welcome applications from all sections of the community. These are very rewarding roles and in return for your commitment and time we offer support, training and reimbursement of out of pocket expenses.

For more information on this role and their work, please click on the link below. Alternatively please email Angela Kerr, the CEO, if you would like to request an application pack or discuss the role angela@citizensadvicesouthsomerset.org.uk

They are hosting an information session at 5.00pm on 10 September 2020.

Please click here to find out more


EU Settlement Scheme – Support from Diversity Voice

Are you an EU Citizen?
Do you want to continue living and working in the UK?
If you want to carry on living and working in the UK you will need to apply for Settled or Pre-Settled Status. Diversity Voice are providing support and can help you with your application in any language.

Diversity voice are offering support sessions for EU, EEA and Swiss Citizens in Somerset who need help to apply for Settled and Pre-Settled Status.

Sessions are available by appointment only at venues across Somerset.  To make an appointment, please email euss@diversityvoice.org.uk or phone on 03000 750105 with your name, nationality and telephone number.  Their sessions are free of charge.  Social distancing guidelines will be applied.

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family need to apply for settled or pre settled status to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.  The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.  All family members need to apply separately.  Parents should apply on behalf of their children.  Once your status is granted, you will keep the rights that you currently have to like and work in the UK.  Due to Covid-19 it is taking longer than usual to process applications so Diversity voice are urging anyone who has yet to apply to do so as soon as possible.  If you don’t apply, you will lose those rights.

Please click on this link to visit Diversity Voice website


Spark Somerset – Information & News

Spark Somerset

Mental Health Awareness training – few spaces remaining
There are still a few spaces available on Spark Somersets upcoming Mental Health Awareness training session, taking place on Thursday 27 August 2020.  Led by local MHFA Instructor, Kay Morgan, will take a closer look at what mental health is, explore a range of mental health conditions, and give you confidence to support someone who might be struggling.  They will also look at some of the ways you can look after your own mental health and wellbeing.  Costing £15, you can book your place here.

Funding available for groups responding to Covid-19
Funding is available from the Volant Charitable Trust for UK charities with a strong focus on alleviating social deprivation and helping vulnerable groups who have been particularly impacted by Covid-19.  Applications for medical equipment & the production of distribution of PPE will also be considered.  Visit www.volanttrust.org to find out more.  This is just one of many opportunities featured on the Somerset Funding Portal and the Spark Fundraiser Network Facebook group, where they share new information every week.  If you’ve secured funding from a source they’ve share, they would love to know about it.  You can email your good news to support@sparksomerset.org.uk.

Please click on the link to visit the website


NHS Test & Trace – Alternative Resources

NHS Test and Trace

Resources in alternative formats for test & trace and self-isolate social media posts are available to download from the Public Health England (PHE) resource centre.

The resources include versions of the test & trace and self isolate materials in:

  • Audio
  • British Sign Language
  • Easy Read
  • Large Print

Please click on this link for more information


Useful Website Links & Information

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If you would like to give us any useful websites or links, we’ve added a new section.  Please contact us on somccg.engagement@nhs.net if you have a link that you think will be useful for the people of Somerset and we can add it here.

Useful Websites & Information:


Face Coverings

Face Coverings

Please click on the link for more information


Covid-19: Stay Alert – Control The Virus – Save Lives

Stay Alert - Control The Virus - Save Lives

Stay Alert


Covid-19 Support Helpline – One number for all

Covid 19 Support Helpline 0300 790 6275


Important Dates for your Diary

In response to feedback, the Engagement Team would like to share with you the details of important upcoming events for your diaries. Please be aware that given the current situation with coronoavirus this may be subject the change.

The Governing Body has resumed it’s Part A meetings with effect from 18 June 2020.  Although for the time-being these will be virtual rather than face-to-face, the meetings will be recorded for later upload to the website so people can see what was discussed.  People can also submit Public Questions to our Governing Body in advance of their meetings – you can find out more about how to do this by clicking on this link: https://www.somersetccg.nhs.uk/publications/governing-body-papers/

The Primary Care Commissioning Committee has also resumed it’s Part A meetings, with effect from 10 June 2020.  Similar to the Governing Body, these will be virtual rather than face-to-face and the meetings will be recorded for upload to the website.  Public Questions can be submitted to the Primary Care Commissioning Committee in advance of their meetings – you can find out more about how to do this by clicking on this link: https://www.somersetccg.nhs.uk/publications/primary-care-commissioning-committee/

Please click here for Somerset CCG Governing Body papers