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Building Better Opportunities

The Big Lottery have match-funded European Social Fund to develop the Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme. This will invest in local projects, tackling the root causes of poverty, promoting social inclusion, and driving local jobs and growth. After applying to…

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Deciding Together

Today our Chief Executive, Brendan Hill, sat on the panel at the launch of Deciding Together, which is a public consultation held by Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and seeks the views of local people on the different…

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20th birthday of Coalway Lane

From Jason Reeve, Service Manager of Coalway Lane: “Staff and service users at Coalway Lane, one of MHC’s 24-hour rehabilitation services, celebrated the unit’s 20th anniversary in October this year. “Coalway Lane opened on 10 October 1995 during the planned closure…

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A challenge shared…

Our Chief Executive, Brendan Hill, has published a blog post on the VCSE (Voluntary Community and Enterprise) Review about the challenges shared by commissioners and the VCSE sector and suggesting ways that commissioning can be more supportive…

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Health and wellbeing at McGowan Court

Led by one of the residents who wanted to improve his body strength, McGowan Court now has an exercise bike and an air walker, which are being well-used. The staff hope to encourage more residents to use them, as…

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New website for Moving Forward

Moving Forward, one of our community services, now has a newly-redesigned website, replacing three separate sites for the Newcastle, Gateshead, and South Tyneside services. Moving Forward helps anyone who has experienced mental health issues to get back on their feet. Our main…

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Slimming World Man of the Year 2015

Congratulations to Derek Avery, one of Moving Forward‘s Link Workers, who was awarded Slimming World Man of the Year 2015 after losing 17st 9½lbs! Derek said: ‘In 12 months I’ve lost 17st 9½lbs and gone from wearing…

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Mental Health Marketplace event

Today we are joining over 30 other mental health organisations from Newcastle and Gateshead at a Mental Health Marketplace at Newcastle’s Discovery Museum. This is a free event, open 10.00am until 3.00pm for anybody who is interested in learning more about…

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Should we ban ‘legal highs’?

I noted with interest the recent announcement on action to ‘protect young people from the dangers of so-called ‘legal highs’ and target those who profit from their trade’. The proposals under the Psychoactive Substances Bill will prohibit…

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