Happy Friday to you all!
We hope you've all had a great week.
Yesterday was World AIDs Day and as part of the day some of MSH at Queens Park team were doing a special outreach event at the City of Westminister College. As part of World AIDs Day, our team gave out free condoms and spoke to the students about HIV and AIDs in order to spread more awareness.
Also, some of you may remember that we were supporting the World AIDs Day Red Run by Positive East that took place last week on Sunday 27th November at Victoria Park, London. There were more than 600 people present and they managed to raise £56,800 for HIV services across London.
HIV, however, doesn't stop the day after World AIDS Day and neither does Positive East. So please consider making a monthly or one off donation to help sustain the work that Positive East does all year round.
Your generosity will allow Positive East to provide care and services to nearly 2,000 people living with HIV in London throughout 2017. Please pledge your support today and share this post to spread the word.
We hope you all have a lovely weekend!
Happy Friday! We hope that you have all had a lovely week.
Last week was Living Wage Week 2016 and to celebrate the Mayor of London (Sadiq Khan) announced the new Living Wage rate for London. As a Living Wage employer we pride ourselves in our ability to provide our staff with fair pay and we are pleased to annouce that as of now the London Living Wage is increasing from £9.40 per hour to £9.75 an hour!
In real terms this is a pay increase of 3.6% which would make MSH Health & Wellbeing CIC one of only 3,000 businesses in the UK to be an accredited Living Wage Employer, and one of thousand London based businesses.
Also for any of you who are interested in working for our homecare division MSH @ Home, we currently have openings for Home Support Personal Assistant (HSPA's) so you can apply directly on the Work for us page on mshathome.co.uk .
At MSH @ Home, all new personal care support workers and nurses are provided with a comprehensive Induction program. This program is based on the new Care Certificate and lasts 12 weeks, consisting of a 5 day induction; workbook assignments; work based assessments and one to one mentoring. For those of you that are interested, please note that:
The closing date for the application is Sunday 20th November 2016.
If you know anyone that would be interested in working for us then feel free to spread the word and share this post!
We hope you have a great weekend!
Happy Friday to you all!
We hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend.
Next week our friends from Outcome, Islington's LGBT+ mental health service, will be holding their annual Open Day on Tuesday 25th October 2016 from 11am to 3:30pm. The open day will be held at the Mind Spa on 35 Ashley Road, N19 3AG.
There will be a range of activities and therapies to try out at the open day from creative writing, films workshops to theatre workshops and more! Our very own team from MSH Wellbeing will also be there to offer some taster therapies for everyone.
It is also a great opportunity to find out more about Outcome. For those of you who are not familiar with Outcome and their work, they currently offer therapies like;
Outcome also offer and run activities like;
There will be information about all the therapies and activities that are run by Outcome on a weekly basis as well as information about their specialist services that they provide.
On the day, Outcome will also be providing information about the new projects that they will be working on for example;
If you would like to find out more about the event, then please get in touch by calling 020 7272 5038 or contact Sigal Avni via email email@example.com
We hope to see you all at the open day on Tuesday, have a great weekend!
Happy Friday! We hope you all have had a great week, despite the stormy weather!
Here at MHW-CIC we've been busy preparing for many different exciting events and services for you all, one of which is a month long initiative to help support those that are looking to quit smoking - Stoptober. As part of Stoptober, we will be running our usual stop smoking services like the Kick It! Stop Smoking Service, the Knit & Quit support group as well as visiting students during Fresher's Fair.
Kick It! is a free, ongoing service that will provide guidance and advice to smokers on their journey to quitting smoking. The Kick It! service will be running within the tri-boroughs of the City of Westminster, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea. At our Queens Park Centre you can speak to our two Stop Smoking Advisor's, Alison and Marcelo, about any queries or concerns you may have and they will guide you on taking the initial steps for the Kick It! service. So for those of you that are interested in quitting, have been attempting to quit or know someone that may need the guidance with quitting then feel free to drop-in to our Queens Park Centre.
The Knit & Quit support group consists of a mix of smokers, who would like to quit smoking, and non-smokers, who are there to support and encourage the smokers, that meet up on a monthly basis and learn to knit as a means to quit smoking. The next meetings will be held at the New Bloomsbury Set (NBS) which is on 76 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG.
The dates for the next meetings are:
Wednesday 28th September 2016 19:00 – 21:00 @ NBS
Wednesday 19th October 2016 19:00 – 21:00 @ NBS
We will also be visiting different Fresher's Fairs across London to promote our Stop Smoking services, Chlamydia screening services and encourage students to volunteer as Companions for our MSH@Home division.
The dates for the Fresher's Fair and Volunteer Fair that we will be attending are:
Thursday 22nd September 2016 - Supersize Volunteering Fair
Friday 23rd September 2016 - Kings College Fresher's Fair
Tuesday 27th September 2016 - City University Fresher's Fair
Thursday 29th September 2016 - Birbeck University Fresher's Fair
Tuesday 4th October 2016 - Imperial Fresher's Fair
If you would like to know more about the stop smoking services that we provide, then you are more than welcome to contact us via telephone, email or even in person.
We hope you all have a lovely weekend. Don't forget to share and spread the word!
We hope that you all are having a great week so far.
Our monthly stop smoking support group Knit & Quit has received funding for another financial year and we are pleased to announce that the meetings are up and running again! The meetings will no longer be held in Hammersmith Library, the venue is now at the New Bloomsbury Set (NBS) which is on 76 Marchmont Street, WC1N 1AG.
The meetings consists of a mixed group of smokers, who want to quit, and non-smokers, who are there as supportive 'buddies' on the journey to quitting. During the monthly group, which will be led by Nuria, all participants will learn the basic art of knitting, and as a group we will work on creating squares that can come together to form a blanket we can donate to more vulnerable members of the community.
The dates for the next meetings are:
Wed 31st August 2016 19:00 - 21:00 @ NBS
Wed 28th September 2016 19:00 - 21:00 @ NBS
Don't forget to RSVP, share and invite your friends! We hope that you all enjoy the rest of your week.
Happy Friday! We hope you all have had a wonderful week.
Our MSH Wellbeing office is now officially a Come Correct Card (CC Card) Scheme outlet! For those of you that are not familiar with the CC Card scheme, it is a free and confidential condom scheme available to young people ages 14-24 across London that you can register to in our office or any other local outlet.
Once you have registered to the scheme you will be able to have access to condoms, lubricants, femidoms as well as dams. If anyone has previously registered at a different outlet then you are still able to bring your card to our office in Islington and use the services at our access point - but you will only be allowed to access the service once a week!
On registration, our trained staff will discuss what condoms are, why they need to be used as well as giving you a condom demonstration. We will also provide details on other places that you can access condoms and provide details on the sexual health tests that we provide through our sexual health service here at MSH @ QueensPark, including information on where you can access contraception and pregnancy testing. If you have any further questions, then please feel free to ask as many questions as you have!
As the service is confidential, you are protected by the Data Protection Act (1998) so please be assured that all of your personal data, conversations and details on visits will be kept private and will not be shared unless we feel that you may be in some danger (in this situation we would be contacting you to directly). If you would like to know more about the data that we collect and where it is stored then you are more than welcome to contact us.
We hope you all have a great weekend!
We hope you all have had a great week. If you have used any of our services (from either MSH at Queens Park, MSH Wellbeing or MSH@home) before and would like to be an active member of our non-executive board of directors, then there is currently a space open!
As part of the MAG (Management Advisory Group) you will be advising us on our corporate policies, company procedures and financial reports. You would need to be familiar with who we are and available for a minimum of 4 times in a year to both receive, and discuss, the financial reports, policies and we would need you to provide managerial direction to the development of our company.
We would need you to be available, in Islington, on these dates;
If you think that you would be interested in being a part of our Management Advisory Group as a Service User Representative, or if you know of anyone who would be interested, then please feel free to click the download file button for the MAG Terms of Reference file and email Justin Gaffney (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Happy STiQ week!
This week is dedicated to generate more awareness about STI's and encourage more people to go for sexual health checks. It is important to get yourself regularly checked for STI's, like any other health checks, especially if you have had unprotected sex over the course of the holidays. The main reason why STiQ week is promoted during this time is not only to encourage people to be more aware of their sexual health but also to allow people enough time to get tested before Valentine's Day. Many of the common STI's take at least two weeks to be detected which makes this the perfect time to get tested and treated so that you can enjoy the upcoming festivities without worrying about your health. The rate of people with STI's in the U.K are increasing therefore taking a simple test could not only protect your fertility, but also save yours and your partners' health and life too! Who doesn't want that kind of reassurance?
Stay sexually healthy, use condom's with new partners and make sure that both you and your partner are tested before abandoning condoms. Initially, STI's do not present any symptoms, in fact 70% of women and 50% of men with Chlamydia have stated that they have no symptoms which clearly makes it all the more important to get tested as Chlamydia is one of the most common STI's in the U.K. Most STI tests require a urine sample, or a swab, but when testing for HIV and Syphilis the test would also involve a blood sample. If the tests are positive then the doctor would prescribe treatment accordingly, this typically consists of a course of antibiotics. Furthermore, if you require any kind of advice in terms of discussing the tests or results of the tests with your partner then there will be support available for you.
If you would like to get tested and you live, work or study within the tri-boroughs of City of Westminister, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea then as always you are more than welcome to drop in and get tested on Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Just so that you are aware we do give priority to patients that book appointments over walk-in patients. To book an appointment with us you can go online to Zesty or alternatively you can call our administration line.
We hope you have a lovely and safe weekend!
Here at MSH at Queens Park we've been busy preparing for many different exciting events and services for you all, one of which is the Kick It! Stop Smoking Service starting this month. This free service is an ongoing service that will provide support to smokers on their journey to kicking and quitting the habit. The Kick It! service will be running within the tri-boroughs of the City of Westminster, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, and Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
So for those of you that are interested in quitting, have been attempting to quit or know someone that may need the guidance with quitting then feel free to drop-in to our Queens Park Centre. At our Queens Park Centre you can speak to our two Stop Smoking Advisor's, Alison and Marcelo, about any queries or concerns you may have and they will guide you on taking the initial steps for the Kick It! service.
To keep up-to-date with the Kick It! Stop Smoking Service and our future events like and follow our social media accounts. And don't forget to share and spread the word!
We at the MSH at Queens Park team hope that you all have a lovely week.