Venue: MS Teams
Welcome, Introductions and Apologies
Attended: Aimee Luck (WNC), Matthew Toresen (Co-chair), Cllr Anna King (Co-chair), Zoe (Cllr and social meet-ups chair), Adam Smith (NHFT- speaker), Alex (NCF), Storm (UON), Ben (LGBT officer, Unison), Bellinda, Hannah (NPH), Carly Galpin (NHFT- speaker), Jane (Rathgar), Rob (NLive), Christian (Northants Police) Sgt Steve Bedford (Northampton Police), Helen (Lowdown)
Apologies: Simon (Outlaws), Phil, Kit (QStory Chair)
Review around domestic abuse ongoing –
extended offer of forum to feed into review. Women’s forum
have also offered. New force priorities
announced: Domestic Abuse, Knife-crime, ASB and Serious Organised
Crime. Will see a lift in ASB work from Neighbourhood Police Teams
in partnership with other agencies ie.
Significant knife crime incident occurred in
Corby recently – developing work on East using cadets to
deliver knife awareness sessions with police support, targeted to
primary schools as a trial. Engagement relating to knife crime has
historically been delivered to secondary schools but evidence suggests this needs to be
approached earlier. If successful could be offered to wider schools
Community Mental Health
Adam Smith (NHFT)
Adam Smith, Assistant Director and Crisis Pathway manager at NHFT: Teams are working hard to coordinate effective countywide mental health care countywide. However, this does not always meet the needs of the wider community and they are trying to engage with community groups to gauge experiences of mental health services from forum members, and/or members of their organisations.
Most people described GP or hospital as the place they would go for support. This is historically correct but there have been some changes:
MENTAL HEALTH HOTLINE: 0800 448 0828 (free phone number) or www.thementalhealthnumber.me for issues at any level. The service is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provides conversational service, practical support over the phone and can access additional support for the caller.
The service has taken over 70,000 calls in its first year.
There are also several crisis cafes across the county – in Northampton, Anchor House with Northampton Mind. Additionally, two crisis houses providing respite in the county referred through these options. The service is also working with a wide range of partners across the voluntary sector, police, courts and A&E where people may need access to crisis support. NHFT recognise that this doesn’t always meet the needs of certain groups, in particular minority groups. If you know any places that could offer a space for crisis café the team can work with them and train staff.
Carly Galpin – Perinatal Mental Health Service Manager:
This service has been established over the past 3 years for those who experience or are at risk of worsened mental health during pregnancy or after birth. Extended for those experiencing neo-natal loss. The impact of covid means that many new parents have been unable to make links with other families and this has impacted mental health and the team are seeing an increase in referrals.
The service has worked with same-sex partners but no-one from trans community at this time and want to promote their service to this community to ensure it is accessible to all who need it. The service trys to provide an individual approach and use language related to that person but comms to wider audiences is a different matter. Lots of conversations are taking place around language and inclusivity and how this can be improved. The team would welcome comments and guidance to ensure their messages are continually inclusive.
Please contact Adam or Carly with any feedback:
Intersectionality and Diversity discussion
Alex – new local infrastructure organisation has recently set up (Northamptonshire Black Communities Together) as possible lead in to collaborative partnership working for organisations. Offered to provide introductions for anyone wanting to start conversations.
NREC are working collaboratively with Qstory on the messages of Hope project particularly around trans hate crime.
Action: If anyone wants to suggest any other groups we could start inviting/including please send contacts to Aimee.
Action: Invite someone from NBCT to attend the forum in future. Matt; we have had very low participation from Black and Asian community historically.
Storm – neuro divergences often very connected to LGBTQ. Suggested reaching out to groups providing support services. Storm will speak to disability officer at UON.
Rob – LGBTQ focus week from 21 June on NLive – anyone who wants to share messages please contact the station on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pride 2021 has been booked for Sunday 12 September, timings tbc. This date avoids clashes with other semi-local and well-established Prides. Similar format to Pride 2019 but looking to include a ‘walking-parade’; separate working group set up to take this forward and put plans in place.
Action: Any groups that would want to have a stall at the event or suggest a stall please contact Aimee.
Would be great to offer some drop-in sessions/workshops/activity prior to the event. Action: Any groups able to offer an activity in the lead up to Pride, or with suggestions please contact Aimee ASAP.
Carley asked to be included with NHFT stand.
Community Information Exchange
grants currently available with Northampton Community
We have been asked to share a link to a questionnaire for student research if anyone would like to take part – Action: Aimee to share with minutes.
Items for Future Meetings
Requests from Fire Service and Northamptonshire Carers to attend next meeting – agreed.
Ben – can we revisit action plan. Aimee to add.
Next Meeting 10 August – social – option to have a social as restrictions will* be lifted or a formal meeting. Could have a mix of both if wanted. Let Aimee know your preference and we will go with majority decision.
Date of Next Meeting
Tuesday 10 August – social tbc
Tuesday 10 August, 7pm – location tbc