South East Essex Mental Health Partnership Forum Update – 12/07/2021

South East Essex Mental Health Partnership Forum Update – 12/07/2021

This week we have:

  1. South East Essex Multiagency Complex Needs Forum
  2. Community Dental Services
  3. Funding opportunities for service users
  4. Training, webinars and events
  5. Help to Grow Wellbeing Garden Project
  6. Jobs and volunteering opportunities
  7. Children and Young People
  8. Research and articles
  9. Introduction to Able Futures
  10. Age Concern Club 50+ update
  11. Rethink Community MH Transformation briefing for local authorities
  12. Walk-In Covid Vaccine Appointments in Southend
  13. Summer Stride Newsletter – Simply Stride
  14. Know Your Roots Project – SEACA Newsletter


Attached Resources:

  1. Who are CDS 2021
  2. Summer Activity Flyer South
  3. Multi-Agency Complex Needs Forum Terms of Reference
  4. Hepatitis Week Poster
  5. HEP Timetable 2021
  6. FLASH Group Information Leaflet
  7. FLASH A4 Poster September 2021
  8. EP0909 Multi-disciplinary SEE Forum 
  9. Consent Letter for Multi-Agency Team December 2020
  10. ActivAte – Rayleigh Essex Youth Service and Fusion
  11. Able Futures 4
  12. Able Futures Map of Support


South East Essex Multiagency Complex Needs Forum:

Some of you may already know about this forum held every Thursday afternoon by EPUT’s Personality Disorder and Complex Needs Specialist Team. If not, this forum is for case discussion of clients that are experiencing complexity in their needs and who you may need guidance or additional support from mental health to support them fully. Please see attached for a flyer with more info of what they offer as well as their new Terms of Reference. If you’d like to bring a client case to the forum and the client isn’t known to EPUT, you may also need to gain the client’s consent to share their info in the forum. So please also see attached a consent letter.


Community Dental Services:

Please see attached and below for some information on a service called Community Dental Services who operate across the UK:

“The link to our general website is:

The link to the Essex Oral Health Improvement Team is:

The link to the Essex referrals section is:

Please feel free to distribute our contact details to whoever you feel would be interested in our free training and/or the dental van as we discussed on the call today. If you are interested in the dental van please contact our manager Emma Gunner for more information on funding options. Emma’s email is


Funding opportunities for service users:

Food and Fuel for Southend Families Available Now:

“Southend Emergency Fund: Covid Local Support Fund – Food and Fuel for Southend Families Available Now

Southend Emergency Fund has just been awarded £40,000 from Southend Borough Council under its COVID Local Support Fund. Organisations / groups can apply for up to £3,000 every 4 weeks for funds to support the purchase of food and/or fuel (gas/electric) for families resident in Southend (with a child under 18 living with the person claiming child benefit for that child).

Funds will be available immediately as they need to be distributed by the 30 September. If you have received funds from Southend Emergency Fund in the past providing you have reported on the previous spend you are able to reapply 4 weeks after the original application. Decisions on applications will be made within one week of being received. To apply complete an application form here

School Uniform Grant – Essential Living Fund:

“You can now claim for a grant towards school uniform under our Essential Living Fund Scheme

To be eligible for this support the following conditions apply:-

  • you are a parent or guardian of a child who is the following school years reception Year 1 to Year 11

For further information, copy of the policy and access to the online claim form, Read more

Empowering Asian Women – EAWA:

“Essex Asian Women’s Association are offering support for Asian women within Essex for financial difficulties, health care initiatives, community support and much more. If you or anyone you know may be able to benefit from this support you can find out more about EAWA here


Training, webinars and events:

World Hep Awareness Day 2021:

Message from Shahida at Southend STARS:

“I just wanted to let you know to celebrate World Hepatitis Awareness day on July 28th we will be having a week of events raising awareness 26th – 30th July at STARS and in the community.

The testing and groups are for our service users, but we hope that people who are interested will contact us and we can provide advice, signpost, or register.

If you are not registered with our service but would like to find out more information, we would still love to see you when we are out in the community in our clinical van to have a chat, or you could attend our virtual group on Wednesday 28th July at 2pm. For more information please contact using the details on the leaflet.

I have attached the leaflets for this, if possible could you send them out to the network please?”

Mental health in prisons podcast:

The Centre for Mental Health has released a podcast episode focussed on mental health in prisons, in which host Thea Joshi speaks to Dr Graham Durcan, Associate Director of Research and Evaluation. Graham discusses the findings of the Centre’s new report about mental health care for people in prisons, and why a fundamental culture shift is needed to ensure prisons are focused on rehabilitation and wellbeing. The Centre for Mental Health’s podcast discusses a whole range of topics around mental health and social justice. Listen here

Systems Leadership Training from Homeless Link:

We are pleased to announce that from July 2021, Homeless Link will be providing a further, national programme of training in Systems Leadership, delivered in partnership with the Leadership Centre. We’re inviting frontline staff to attend a Systems Leadership programme designed to raise awareness of the power of influence at all levels, and in shifting thinking, behaviour and action. Read more

A Summer of Music for Southend’s Young People:

“South Essex African Caribbean Association (SEACA) present Steel Here, a brand new project for young people aged 12+ to explore and learn to play Steel Pan drums, make friends and drum up some excitement in Southend.

FREE workshops will be held every Saturday afternoon from 3 July to 7 August, starting at 2pm in 3rd Space (in the Victoria Shopping Centre). No experience is needed – our amazing tutors, Wilf Hohenkirk and Shirley Potter, will take you from novice to Steel Pan player, making a summer of music. There are two sessions each week, to allow maximum numbers, starting 3rd July:

Session one: 2 – 4pm for 12 – 15 year olds

Session two: 4.30 – 6.30pm for 16+ year olds

Workshops are FREE but numbers are limited to be covid-safe, so please call or text to register: Josephine Melville on (m) 07523 721 834 email:  

Steel Here has been funded by Essex Community Foundation Notes: South Essex African Caribbean Association seeks to share and celebrate our culture, heritage and arts with the wider community, promoting understanding, tolerance, community, and social cohesion. 3rd Space is a versatile new pop up space – a home for alternative arts and creative experimental events in the heart of Southend. The space is offered to the community and hosts a publicly led programme of experiences accessible to all.”

Improving Information, Advice & Guidance with Southend Borough Council & SAVS – Engagement Event:

“Date & time: Thursday 15th July 2021, 2pm – 3pm. Book now

Join in with other Voluntary and Community Organisations in improving how Information, Advice and Guidance helps people in Southend-on-Sea

As a voluntary group, non-profit organisation, or part of the local community sector, the Council and SAVS (Southend Association of Voluntary Services) would like to hear your thoughts, ideas and opinions at an upcoming virtual event on 15th July 2021 at 2pm. Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is an offer that helps people to find and access what they need or want in Southend-on-Sea”

Sophie Scott – From language to laughter and back again – 20 July 2021
“We know that social networks are critical for human wellbeing, and in this talk Sophie Scott wants to examine why this might be. Sophie will argue that exploring the social roles of human vocal communication may form an important part of understanding the benefits of social networks. Sophie will outline what we know about the neurobiology of these systems, and explore what we know and what we don’t yet know in terms of how these systems develop.

For more information and to book.”

HENRY training for Southend Professionals:

“HENRY have designed two bespoke training sessions for professionals who work with families in the A Better Start Southend areas of the borough.

The training sessions focus on equipping a wide range of practitioners with the skills, knowledge and confidence to have effective conversations with families, and to promote a healthy start for children in their care. The sessions are: 

  1.  Engaging with families for a better start 3 sessions about 2 ½ hours long, and it is about supporting behaviour change and engaging families in HENRY services (although it will support engagement in other services too).
  2. Supporting Families, Supporting Children 6 sessions of 2 ¼ and 2 ½ hours and it will cover all the content from training 1, plus the elements of what children need for a healthy start (both in settings and at home).


HENRY are also asking people to complete a questionnaire to gain an awareness of the training demand in Southend.”

Link to questionnaire

Trauma Informed Podcast:

Here is a podcast talking about trauma-informed care at Changing Lives- this is a link if people are interested to listen:

Change your life in just 4-6 weeks

Halo Southend offer a unique “Introduction to Care” online programme for those who are unemployed across Southend. The programme will give you sought-after skills that our healthcare providers are looking for, including First Aid and Mental Health training and it’s completely free.

For more information, please visit the Halo Southend website or email

Help to Grow Wellbeing Garden Project:

“South East and Central Essex Mind currently have an underused, uninspiring outdoor area at our supported housing facility in desperate need of some TLC. Our goal is to completely regenerate the area and create a positive outdoor space for our residents to use and benefit from as part of their recovery.

We are looking for individuals and local businesses to donate materials, skills and help sponsor this project and make this new space a reality. If you think you could help in any way, please get in touch via


Jobs and volunteering opportunities:

STARS in Southend are advertising for an Assistant Psychologist, closing date 18/07

Would it be possible for you to send this link round to your networks please?

PHE Assistant Psychologist in Southend-On-Sea, Essex | Careers at B0172 – Southend – 27 Weston Road (

They are also looking for a Lead Nurse/NMP, closing date 29/07:

Lead Nurse & Independent Prescriber in Southend-on-Sea, Essex | Careers at B0307 – Southend – 25 Weston Road (

Fully-funded careers training for the over 25s

PAVE is a DWP-funded programme which helps over-25’s into work. There are 3 unique pathways designed to offer training and support for people looking at the following industries:

  1. Logistics, manufacturing, warehouse
  2. Business admin, IT, digital
  3. Customer service, hospitality, retail and cleaning


The 4-week online programme includes one-to-one mentoring, CV writing, introduction vocational training, links to local employers and much more! Sign up on the pave website or email

Local heroes wanted

We urgently need Foster Carers in Southend-on-Sea

We’re passionate about providing a local home to children and young people while their own parents are unable to look after them. If you’re over 21, have a spare room and live in and around the Southend borough please get in touch with us now!

You’ll receive a generous financial package plus extensive training and support – all delivered locally.

Find out more

Citizen’s Advice Volunteer Info Assistant/Receptionist Role:

“Citizen’s Advice Southend are looking for someone to join them as their volunteer info/assistant receptionist. This role would suit someone with good IT skills looking to improve their CV and gain some experience in an administration/customer service setting. Read more

Where: Citizens Advice, 1 Church Road, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS1 2AL
When: Several sessions available Monday – Friday, mornings 10.00 – 13.00 afternoons 13.00 – 16.00.
How often: 2 shifts per week.”

Volunteers Needed at Southend Foodbank:

“For the first time since 2019, we are able to staff a collection in-store at Tesco Prince Avenue from Thursday 15th to Saturday 17th July. We are hoping to have volunteers to assist us in collecting donations from 9am-5pm on all three days. These large collections are so important for the running of the foodbank throughout the warmer months. If you would like to volunteer for a two-hour shift, please e-mail Emma, our Volunteer Coordinator, via email: with your availability.”

Volunteers Wanted at HUB151:

“HUB151 in West Road Shoebury is slowly coming back to life and would love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer their services for as little or as much time you can spare. It is a wonderful place to work with lovely people coming in and out and groups and projects starting to take shape again. If anyone has woodworking skills and would like to work in the workshop you will be most welcome to help volunteers already working in there. Read more

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Office job:

“Community Safety & Criminal Justice Manager

We need a self-motivated individual with good project management skills who is able to drive forward the local community safety and criminal justice agendas in Essex.

Find Out More

The Essex Recovery Foundation is hiring a Programme Director to lead its pioneering work to shape the treatment system around the needs of people in recovery. The job is listed here, and applications close 14 July.

Southend YMCA is looking for a Children’s Home Manager

Office Assistant/Receptionist & Buddy Volunteer Roles Available at SAVS:

Buddy Service Volunteers – Are you passionate about helping people and looking for a role supporting people who have been socially isolated or have wellbeing needs? The Buddy Service Volunteers will support patients identified through the Social Prescribing Service for support to access groups and services within the community. Find out more
Office Assistant/Receptionist – The SAVS receptionists are the first point of contact for all visitors to SAVS. They are the glue that holds us together! Receptionists need to be good communicators/listeners and be able to stay calm at all times, they need to be confident to deal with enquiries covering anything and everything! At times, Reception can be very busy, so if you can multi-task, even better!! Full training will be given. Find out more


Children and Young People:

Emerging Evidence: Coronavirus and children and young people’s mental health:
“When the Evidence Based Practice Unit and the Child Outcomes Research Consortium published the first issue of Emerging Evidence in May 2020, the impact of the coronavirus on children and young people’s mental health was only just starting to become apparent. Since then, across seven issues between May 2020 and March 2021, we have collated evidence on the varied mental health impacts of the pandemic.

Issue 8 aims to summarise what we have learned from this series. Evidence suggests that the effects of the pandemic have not been uniform. On the whole, the pandemic has had negative effects on the mental health and wellbeing of large numbers of children and young people. Some groups, including children and young people of colour; lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, nonbinary, and queer (LGBTQ+) young people; children experiencing poverty; and children with pre-existing physical or mental health conditions, may be experiencing a disproportionate mental health impact.

However, not all children have been negatively affected, some children have done well during school closures, and the pandemic seems to have increased awareness of the importance of mental health and encouraged people to talk about their mental health.

Issue 8 also sets out recommendations for supporting children and young people’s mental health for parents and carers, schools and FE colleges, researchers, and young people themselves, as the pandemic continues and beyond.

Download Issue 8, and view a summary of the recommendations.”

Supporting schools and colleges with transitions:

From the Anna Freud Centre:

“Our Mentally Healthy Schools team have put together a toolkit on transitions. Whether starting primary school, moving up to secondary school or preparing to leave school for further education or work, these periods of transition can be challenging.

These free toolkits for primary, secondary and FE settings are full of practical resources to help pupils and their parents manage changes in their education. These free resources include, Supporting children’s transition to secondary school, which provides evidence-based guidance for parents and carers, written with input from clinicians at the Centre and teachers. As well as, Moving Up! The transition to secondary school animation and teacher toolkit, which is aimed at supporting pupils in Years 6 and 7. They were developed in collaboration with young people, teachers and mental health experts.”

Summer activities for children with SEND in Essex:

“The SEND Strategy and Innovation team at Essex County Council has been working with parent support groups to collate a list of summer holiday activities for children with SEND in Essex. The details are by no means exhaustive but make a good starting point. 


The feedback is that the activities are very much needed by families so please share within your networks.”


Summer Activity West flyer
South flyer
North East flyer
Mid flyer


Fusion Lifestyle launches new Get Active Plus Project for young people in Rochford:

“Fusion Lifestyle and Active Sports are pleased to launch the new Get Active Plus project that will offer 10 weeks of free physical activity at a range of sites in the Rochford District.

Funded by the Active Rochford Network, the sessions will build on the success of the Friday Night Project at Clements Hall and will ensure that throughout July, August and September there are daily sessions running at different locations around Rochford District.

The sessions will be delivered by the team at Active Sports and will be free for young people aged 13 years old and over. Full details of each of the sessions are below and images are attached.

 Monday 5pm – 6pm  Ashingdon Park, Moons Close, Rochford (meet by the adventure playground)

 Tuesday 5pm – 6pm  Rochford Recreation Ground, Doggetts Close, Rochford (meet by the adventure playground)

 Wednesday 4.45pm – 5.45pm  Rayleigh Leisure Centre

 Thursday 5pm – 6pm  King George V Playing Field, Eastwood Road, Rayleigh (meet by the adventure playground)

 Friday 5pm – 6pm  Clements Hall Leisure Centre Friday Night Project

All of the sessions will be outside so young people are advised to dress for the weather and to bring plenty of fluids with them.

In addition to this, Fusion will be extending the existing school holiday Get Active Project at Clements Hall to daily sessions from Monday 27 July – Friday 26 August from 4pm – 6pm (Monday to Friday). More information will follow on this in due course.

For more information and to guarantee a place at any of these sessions please visit Active Sports on Facebook or via their website (bookings will be live from Tuesday 29 June)

Please share this information with your networks via newsletters and social media.”

Essex ActivAte – Essex Youth Service Offer for Summer Holiday Provision:

“Essex Youth Service is running activity clubs over the summer holidays for young people aged 11-16 years as part of the Essex ActivAte holiday activity and food programme.

The holiday provision is targeted at children and young people who receive benefits-related free school meals and working parents who need this additional child care support due to finances.

Essex Youth Service will be running an ActivAte programme across the south of Essex in Basildon, Brentwood and the Rochford District. The programme includes music workshops, sports activities, creative sessions and every day young people will get a nutritious meal.

The booking link is: Please see attached flyer for more details about the Rochford offer Essex Youth Service would appreciate your assistance in promoting this offer to eligible young people and their families.”

SEND Summer Activities in South Essex:

Please see attached Summer Activity Flyer from the SEND Navigation Team listing summer SEND activities taking place across South Essex.

FLASH parent programme September 2021:

“CAVS Family Mentoring Service are running a FLASH programme (for parents with children who self-harm) in partnership with EWMHS this September.

The group will commence on Thursday 16 September and will run weekly between 10am- 12pm for 10 weeks (with breaks during school holidays). They hope to deliver the sessions face to face as a group (see attached flyer for venue details), however if this is not possible due to Government restrictions at the time, plans are in place to deliver via Zoom.

Please complete the referral form attached and return to if you have a parent/carer who would like to access the course. Families do not need to be open to EWMHS or live in the Castle Point area. 

Please make the most of this fantastic opportunity for parents / carers to access the course for free.”

Outside In – Free Summer Holiday Drama Project

“Date & times: The project will take place over five days with the first being Fri 6 Aug 10am – 3.30pm

Outside In is a free drama project this summer for young people aged 10-15 to get outside, get creative & express themselves.

Get involved to create your own outdoor magical performance, have fun, learn new skills & make new friends – no previous drama experience necessary!

It is free to take part but booking is essential as places are limited! Read more


Research and articles:


Introduction to Able Futures:

Thanks to Koreen for this update and intro to Able Futures:

“I’m Koreen Samuel, the liaison for the Department of Work and Pensions programme for employee mental health, Able Futures. I deliver the service for employers/organisations in the south of the UK.  I look forward to attending the networking session in October and have diarised this. If at any point before this you could accommodate an introduction to the service, I’d be happy to walk you through. I hold a regular short webinar on Able Futures that any employer or employee can attend: Click here to book or follow for future webinar dates. Though I’d be happy to host this personally. I’ve popped a few key points below that I hope are useful and look forward to joining you.

Key Points

  • Able futures is a Department of Work and Pensions funded (no cost) support service to support employee mental health. Ingeus deliver the service on behalf of the DWP.
  • The service is not counselling but is a confidential, nine month, resilience building support service for employees whose circumstances or mental health may affect their wellbeing or work performance.
  • There’s no waiting list and employees don’t need to have a diagnosed condition. Employees can also be contractor/agency staff/furloughed/off sick etc. Therefore the service is also suitable for the partners/family members of employees that are in some form of employment.
  • Some examples of circumstances we can support with: Anxiety, Depression, Sleep, Assertiveness, Concerns about wellbeing at work due to Covid-19, Stress- both work related and non-work-related.
  • The service complements existing wellbeing strategies, for example, we refer participant to utilise their Employee Assistance Programme or can support in obtaining counselling/therapies.


How does Able Futures Work?

  1. Employer/Organisation receives an introduction to understand the service and comms to promote the service quickly and easily.
  2. An employee refers themselves confidentially via phone 0800 321 3137 or online.
  3. The employee hears back within one day and is then assigned a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant (VRC) who is a qualified mental health professional.
  4. Over nine months the employee attends regular (usually monthly) sessions via Phone or Teams, with a focus on building resilience and strategies to manage their own wellbeing through difficulties, documented in a support plan.


The service is quick and easy to launch to ensure employees can access this confidential support ASAP. I look forward to speaking to you.


Age Concern Club 50+ update:

The last 16 months have been a tough time for everyone including Age Concern Southend-on-Sea and I have to admit that at one stage, shortly after the first lockdown was imposed in March 2020, I seriously wondered whether the charity would survive. I’m pleased to say that thanks to the sterling efforts of all of our dedicated staff and volunteers and our loyal supporters we managed not only to weather the storm but have continued to work towards achieving our dream of making The Haven a vibrant, thriving community hub that everyone wants to come to.

With the gradual relaxation of lockdown measures since April 12th we have slowly started to re-open The Haven being ever mindful that we need to ensure that the centre is a safe environment for all of our visitors and that we comply with all regulations. Those of you that have visited The Haven over the past weeks will have seen the transformation to our café, “Pebbles” which is now under new management and offers a fantastic selection of food and drink. Our foot care clinic, beauty and nail treatment, reflexology and massage services are also open and a new hairdresser opened this week. To give you a flavour of what’s on offer please see the current timetable here.classes and activities timetable

The final phase of the re-opening will commence as soon as the remaining lockdown restrictions are lifted which we sincerely hope will be on July 19th. This will enable us to re-launch Club 50+ next month and we will shortly be sending you the new membership pack which will offer members discounts not only on the services offered at The Haven but also at local shops.

As a past member of Club 50+, we would love to see you again at The Haven so that you can continue to help us to develop a community hub that contains everything that you would like to see.

I would also like to invite you to the Age Concern AGM which is being held 21st July 2021. Due to changing restrictions and to keep everyone as safe as possible, this will be an online meeting only. Please contact us if you would like to attend and we will send over by email the details of the zoom link.

Yours sincerely,

Mike Nicholson
Chair of Trustees”


Rethink Community MH Transformation briefing for local authorities:
“2021 is a pivotal year for people severely affected by mental illness. Our new briefing outlines the vital role local authorities have to play in the rollout of the landmark Community Mental Health Framework and the benefits of doing so.

At Rethink Mental Illness, we have long campaigned for improved support for people severely affected by mental illness and the rollout of the Community Mental Health Framework (CMHF) is a milestone in achieving this change. 

Local authority support to keep people well, prevent crises and help people recover is invaluable for people severely affected by mental illness. The CMHF puts forward a vision for the future of community mental health with clinical and non-clinical support wrapped around people. It recognises that the care people living with mental health problems need cannot be delivered by the NHS alone. 

The recent NHS White Paper proposes closer working between the NHS and social care. But for the potential of the CMHF to be realised and for greater integration to be achieved, local authority involvement, innovation and expertise will be key. Although the CMHF has started to take shape across the country, we are only at the beginning and the partnerships that will form under the CMHF stand to bring many benefits for local authorities themselves too. 

Read our latest briefing with practical tools and tips on how local authorities can increase their involvement in the process and the benefits of doing so. 

Rethink Mental Illness aims to be a constructive partner in this change. If you have any further questions or would benefit from follow-on support and advice from the experts, please contact our Community Mental Health Framework Unit

Best wishes, 

Mark Trewin

Head of Alliance Building 

Rethink Mental Illness”


Walk-In Covid Vaccine Appointments in Southend:

There are now walk in clinics for first and second AstraZeneca vaccination doses from now to end of July. Anyone can attend no appointment will be needed. The times and locations are below:

Wednesdays 2 – 8pm- Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, SS2 6UN

Thursdays 8am – 2pm- Belle Vue Church, Belle Vue Avenue, SS1 2QZ

Sunday 8am – 4pm- Saxon Hall, Aviation Way, SS2 6UN


Summer Stride Newsletter – Simply Stride:

“When you move well with muscles recruiting correctly, joints eased and posture in alignment the feeling is strong and serene. You are stronger, reassured and in control. Take a look at Karen’s film from ‘More Me’ Foundation Course: Body & Mind. All to understand better how it all works and comes together. Enjoy in your own time. The film works best as audio, download and just listen (using earbuds) safely when walking. Read more


Know Your Roots Project – SEACA Newsletter:

“It’s been a roller coaster as we have been travelling around Essex delving interactive workshops which includes a physical and online presentation. Looking at the diverse aspects of African Caribbean Culture and exploring attitudes towards education about and treatment of hair. We have been engaging with participants who have contributed stories and share their knowledge of the history of Black hair and natural Hairstyles and the significance it holds. This month we were in Basildon and one of the highlights was the presentation by Shannon Creary looking at and focussing on trichology and general hair care. Also, Sheda from Holda Poetry performed a wonderful original piece of Spoken Word about hair and head wraps.

If you’d like to read more of SEACA’s wonderful work, email Jo to sign up to their newsletter which is packed full of information and highlights.”

Jamie Langstone