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News and Events

On this page you'll be able to find out what's going on around the Trust and catch up on all the latest Trust news.

Members of the public and Trust staff are being invited to stand for election and make a difference as an active member of our Trust's Assembly of Governors.

Governors provide a vital link between the Trust and the communities who use its services. Governors are direct representatives of local interest, helping to shape the services provided by the Trust to benefit communities.

Tea, coffee and cakes are on the menu at the Sandwell Carers Service and they are inviting mental health, learning disability and CAMHS carers who have patients in receipt of our Trust to come together this Wednesday for tea, and to celebrate Carers Week.

Carers week takes place from Monday 10th June to Sunday 16th June, and this year celebrates 25 years of raising the profile of the vital work and contributions made by carers, whilst focusing on the significance of coming together and staying connected. According to studies by charity Carer UK, approximately 8 out of 10 carers have felt lonely or isolated as a result of supporting their loved ones. 

Last week was extra busy for staff at the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, as they celebrated Mental Health Awareness Week with a variety of activities.

Each year during mental health awareness week the Trust highlights the help and support available for people in order to get them talking about mental health, which also helps eliminate the stigma often associated with mental ill health. This saw staff going into schools and businesses to provide stress awareness workshops, and holding events to highlight services and information available.

Earlier this year, our Trust announced plans to go smoke free across all of its sites. Since implementation, we are making strides in our smoke free journey and plan to further embed our approach over the coming months and share our learning with local partners.

The positive health initiative arose after statistics showed adults with mental health conditions die on average 10 – 20 years earlier than the rest of our population. As the largest mental health provider within the Black Country, we have a duty of care in addressing these indicators to help patients, staff and carers lead healthier lifestyles.

IMG 0037NEW2Our Trust is proud to be celebrating Mental Health Awareness Week, 13 – 19th May, the theme of which is body image, by organising a full week of activities and events.

Various activities will be taking place during the week including: a week long twitter campaign providing daily tips about maintaining good mental health and wellbeing; Wolverhampton’s Health Minds service is providing stress awareness workshops and training to local businesses; Penn Hospital is holding an interactive event in their main reception;  and staff are attending Sandwell College to offer advice to students.

podcastMonday 13th - Sunday 19th May was Mental Health Awareness Week and our Trust took part in a variety of exciting activities to raise awareness.

Judy McDonald, Deputy Director of Nursing, and Healthy Minds Service Manager Steve Scrimshaw visited the Making Change Studios to talk, and recorded a podcast with Aaron Broomfield and Greg Rogers to raise awareness of suicide prevention and particularly the zero suicide ambition for young men.

April has been a busy month for the Trust’s Recovery College, as they have been digging up over 200 years of history…and local gardens! Collaborating with the award winning Black Country Living Museum and assisted by their head gardener, students are rolling up their sleeves and working on the site’s 1920s toll house garden, growing period specific fruit, plants and vegetables, such as beetroot, carrots and potatoes.

The gardening activities are currently led by a volunteer of the college, who aids the students’ in maintaining the famous site’s historical identity whilst bringing the gardens to life. Their recent cultivation tasks have included creating wigwams from branches to grow sweet peas and runner beans, keeping areas weed free and clearing overgrown paths and beds to make way for a herb garden.

The botany project is an ongoing volunteering venture, with students attending every Friday to manage and sustain their growing herb garden, engage with visitors about the history of the landscape and learn more about horticulture. With future continuous handiwork, teamwork and development, students can also expect to further opportunities within the museum. Students have positively embraced the gardening scheme, with one student commenting, “I feel my life has started! I am so excited the day before and hope this leads to more opportunities, maybe even paid work.” We look forward to seeing the literal fruits of their labour in weeks to come!