Health Scrutiny Committee Meeting- June Update.
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Just One Thing – Safia Griffin, Women’s Involvement Officer, MASH
I believe it’s important to understand where our ideas come from. I work with organisations around their service models and who they include/don’t include. How do we frame certain people in society and our own biases? How do we value/not value people? It is easy for our biases to get written into policies.
The cost of living crisis continues to have a detrimental effect on disadvanteged neighborhoods in Manchester, many of which had barely had the chance to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. In this Spirit of Manchester story, we hear from Len Grant, a local artist who has been documenting the cost of living crisis and telling the stories of the people turning to food banks and community grocers to survive.
Be Smoke Free have seen their referrals double since the beginning of April, which is no coincidence as the cost of living crisis forces people to find new ways to save money. Quitting or cutting down on smoking can help free up funds in the short term and can improve health and wellbeing in long term. In this Spirit of Manchester Story we hear how quitting smoking can help people combat the rising cost of living.
Be Smoke Free, Manchester - Saving money through quitting smoking
Katie Burke, Community and Engagement Lead, Change Grow Live
“The impact of no recourse to public funds has been on my mind a lot lately. No recourse to public funds (NRPF) is seen as a minority issue but it is a significant cause of poverty so it should be a priority issue for us all. We think that the welfare state is available to all that need help. In reality, there are many people in the UK who do not have an automatic right to that support - the help and support the rest of us take for granted.
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Simone Spray, CEO, 42nd Street
I think the most critical thing for impactful mental health and wellbeing support for young people (and by that I mean 11-25 year olds) is choice. A lot of services for young people are still very clinical and are threshold and diagnosis driven, particularly as young people transition into adulthood. Also, and understandably with the limitations on resources and continued uncertainty, many are still dictated by efficiency rather than preparedness and resilience. All of which limits choice.
The Santander Foundation Financial and Digital Empowerment Fund is focused on helping people in the UK to become digitally and financially empowered.
The Santander Foundation want to give people the tools, knowledge and confidence to make better decisions about money and will award £1.8 million over three years to 12 UK charities or Community Interest Companies to have a greater impact in communities.
When money is limited, and people have to choose between whether to pay for their heating or food, it is often the case that they are going without other basic but essential items too, like shampoo, washing powder and period products. Not having access to period products can have an impact on mental health and wellbeing, and negatively affect overall self-confidence.
“The top of my priority list at the moment is how we can sustain and improve specialist Domestic Abuse prevention and support services over the longer term. There are so many parts to this puzzle that it, at times, feels a bit overwhelming. Take for example, the growing concern across the violence against women and girls sector that our specialist services will be sidelined in the face of cost saving, poorer quality initiatives. Initiatives that we believe will fail to meet the complex and unique needs of survivors escaping life threatening abuse.
“The stigma around HIV can massively impact on those living with the virus. In the early 1980’s, there was a huge lack of understanding around what HIV was. There was no cure, no effective treatment and a lot of fear. Fast forward to 2021 and people with HIV can expect to live a normal life expectancy and are more likely to die from something other than HIV, but knowledge and understanding has not kept pace. These days, when taking effective treatment, the HIV virus becomes undetectable and can no longer be passed on to others.