People living in east and west Suffolk are being urged to have their say about local mental health services as part of a unique engagement opportunity.
The NHS Ipswich & East Suffolk and NHS West Suffolk clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) want to transform the way mental health provision is delivered across the county.
In order to do that, they first need to find out how effective the people who deliver and receive the current services think they are.
Commissioners want to hear from people who currently use or have previously used mental health services, those who care for them and the staff who deliver those services.
All three groups are being asked to input their feedback via three surveys that ‘go live’ from this morning (Monday 2nd July).
The surveys are part of a much larger engagement exercise that aims to help create a new model for east and west Suffolk that will bring mental and physical health services much closer together.
In a break from usual practice, the CCGs have commissioned four local voluntary sector organisations to engage with local people under the banner “The future of mental health – a very different conversation”.
Suffolk Family Carers, Suffolk User Forum and Suffolk Parent Carer Network will co-ordinate a whole host of mental health workshops and events to gather feedback on the current services.
Healthwatch Suffolk will then gather and analyse the feedback before preparing a report making a case for change for the CCGs’ governing body meetings in November.
Parish councillor Tom Lindsay told me about this straightforward and free way to raise money for your selected charity. It works every time you shop online and it doesn't cost you a penny.
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Each year Tim Passmore, the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner and Suffolk's Chief Constable Gareth Wilson go ‘On Tour’ to talk to local residents in seven town centres across the county – one in each district area. The nearest meeting to Fressingfield will be Monday 6 August in Eye Town Hall, Broad Street IP23 7AF at 11.30am to 1.30pm.
Full details of the whole tour can be found by clicking on this link.
On Monday 16 July, Fressingfield Community Gardeners' monthly meeting features Bob Flowerdew at the Sports & Social Club. He will be talking about No Work Gardening. Tickets £6 in advance or £9 on the door. Further details to follow.
If you are looking for the latest news about the Parish Council (meetings, actions, plans etc) it can now be found in two places. As well as maintaining a page on this site it has now developed its own site.
The new site can be found by following this link. ☞
The minutes of this meeting can be read by clicking this link.
Fressingfield Local History and Archive Group has published four photos from the 20th Century, of individuals who served the local community in one way or another. This is the first release of photos that will be linked to particular themes. They can be viewed on this sub-page of the group's main page.
Amongst the many changes to Suffolk Police has been the setting up of local policing teams. These are called safer neighbourhood teams or SNTs for short. For Fressingfield and the surrounding area, the SNT is based in Eye. The team has put out a newsletter which tells us about the things it has been doing in recent weeks.
The newsletter has some information about power tool thefts. For advice about preventing thefts of power tools, have a look at the team's latest leaflet.
PS In case you're wondering, ASB stands for anti-social behaviour. (I think!)