Latest News, events and projects at Gaddum

Carers Rights Day 2021

Thursday 25 November was Carers Rights Day and Stephen Hegarty, our Adult Carers Outreach and Development Worker shares this short video on your right to a carers assessment.

If you are a carer in Salford and want to know more or to arrange a carers assessment, contact us at Salford.carers@gaddum.org.uk. Or call 0161 834 6069.

Celebrating our volunteers who support carers in Salford 

On Wednesday 17 November 2021 we hosted our first ‘Volunteer Social and Appreciation Event’ for our Telephone Befriender Volunteers who support adult carers in Salford!

We treated our volunteers to a night out at The Lowry for a social catch-up and a performance of ‘Who Cares’ – a play about young carers developed in partnership with LUNG, The Lowry and Gaddum Carers Salford.

We’re so thankful to our volunteers for everything they have done during the pandemic; they have made weekly calls, provided a listening ear, good conversation and helped reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness amongst carers / their cared for.

 It was a joy to celebrate and thank our volunteers for their time, energy, skills and commitment.

Exciting news for our Advocacy team…

We are delighted to announce that Gaddum has been selected as one of 3 services across the country to deliver a ‘Culturally Appropriate Advocacy Pilot’, funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

This pilot was commissioned following The Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, which found that people from Black Asian and Minority Ethnic groups are more likely to be detained under the Mental Health Act than other ethnic groups, and report worse outcomes during their care and treatment.

In the coming months Gaddum will be working hard to learn about (and overcome) the barriers that people from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background can experience when accessing Mental Health services and how culturally appropriate advocacy can improve outcomes.

We will increase access to culturally appropriate advocacy: this is when Advocates can meet the needs of people’s particular religious, cultural or language requirements to help them effectively advocate for the care and treatment they need.

We will do this by providing advocacy services to people in in-patient psychiatric settings, in the community and in one-to-one sessions. We will also provide training and information sessions for small organisations and community groups about the Mental Health Act and Advocacy.

Gaddum will deliver the pilot in partnership with African and Caribbean Mental Health Services (ACMHS), and Empower Consultants. For more information about the project, please contact Lily Huggins, Advocacy Manager on lily.huggins@gaddum.org.uk.

Advocacy Awareness Training

To support our colleagues in the NHS and Manchester City Council, we run quarterly ‘Advocacy Awareness Training’ sessions. These sessions explain duties under the various legislation and the role of the Independent Advocate.

The next one is on Tuesday 7 December at 2pm and you can sign up here.

Sessions are suitable for professionals new to referring to Advocacy as well as those who would like a refresher session.

LGBTQ+ Carers Group

Do you identify as LGBTQ+? Do you look after someone? Join us and the LGBT Foundation at our friendly group for LGBTQ+ carers on the last Tuesday of every month from 6pm – 7pm. There will be an opportunity to meet others, chat about a range of topics and join in social activities, either online or in person.

We are also inviting people to get involved with ongoing plans for the group.  Contact keisha.tomlinson@gaddum.org.uk to sign up!

Men’s Carers Group 

November is Men’s Health Awareness Month. Did you know?

  • 42% of unwaged carers in the UK are men (Census 2011)
  • 56% of male carers aged 18-64 said being a carer had a negative impact on their mental health and 55% said that their health was “fair or poor”. (Carers Trust 2014 – “Husband, Partner, Dad, Son, Carer?”)
  • Four in ten male carers said that they never had a break from their caring role (Carers Trust 2014)

We are delighted to announce that we’ll be starting a new online Male Support Group for carers in Salford on the second Tuesday of every month, 11am – 12pm.

For more information and to book for any of these sessions please email salford.carers@gaddum.org.uk or call 0161 834 6069.

We welcomed our student Social Workers this October

Friday 15 October was World Students Day and we want to take this opportunity to give a warm welcome to our student social workers on placement this Autumn from The University of Salford and Manchester Metropolitan University. Some of our students have shared their bios with us and have shared what’s important to them, what people appreciate about them and how best to support them.

Lara – Improving Access to Psychological Therapies
Daisy – Salford Young Carers
Lucy – Salford Adult Carers
Lisa – Salford Adult Carers

For more information on student placements please contact our Placement Lead Danielle on Danielle.conway@gaddum.org.uk.

Need to talk?

Greater Manchester Mental Health 24/7 helpline – 0800 953 0285
The Samaritans 24/7 helpline – 116 123
Shout is a text message service that can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – text 85258.
Kooth is a service for young people which offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11-24 years and is available up to 10pm every day.

Our staff are delivering our advocacycarers & therapy services remotely in within our usual opening hours. To contact us by phone please call – 0161 834 6069 or email info@gaddum.org.uk.

Download these free documents from MHFA England on mental health and wellbeing:

10 Keys to Happier Living 
Tips for Self Care 
Weekly Wellbeing Check Up

We’ve also put together some resources and information to help young people and their mental health as below. Whether you are a young carer or not, it’s important to have your voice heard in these difficult times.

  • Kooth is a service for young people which offers emotional and mental health support for children and young people aged between 11-24 years and is available up to 10pm every day.
  • Childline has lots of useful resources including a toolbox with videos, mood journals, games and a calm zone.
  • Young Minds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Their website has lots of information and support for young people and parents.
  • Mind has lots of useful information on their website for children and young people aged 11 – 18.
For more information on Shine, our service for young carers in Salford and Manchester call 0161 834 6069 or email shine@gaddum.org.uk.

We’ve Moved!

On Friday 17 November 2021 we moved our offices from Gaddum House on Great Jackson Street. All our staff are working remotely for the time being and then on to brand new office spaces (exact location and date to be confirmed).

Our interim address in the mean time is St Wilfred’s Enterprise Centre, Royce Road, Hulme, Manchester M15 5BJ.

All our Advocacy, Carers and Therapy services will still be available from this time. To contact us by phone please call 0161 834 6069 or email info@gaddum.org.uk.

Watch this space for more details of our new location.

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