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Vote now for our Trust in the Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards 2016

Published: 24/12/2015

The 'People’s Choice Award' vote for the Sandwell and West Birmingham Equality Awards 2016 is now open and our Trust has five finalists over three different categories.

The 'People’s Choice Award' is open for the public and patients of Sandwell and West Birmingham have the opportuniy to vote for the winner. This award is a new addition to the 'Excellence in Equality' line up and will be awarded to the finalist which recieved the highest number of public votes at the awards ceremony on Thursday 25 February 2016.

Our finalists are:

Partnership Award

Bedlam Festival of Madness with The Rep
The BEDLAM Festival 2015 returned after the success of the inaugural festival in 2013, continuing to strengthen the Trust's partnership with The Birmingham Rep to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health issues.

The Community Expert Network Project
The Community Experts’ Network is a network of volunteers who have a deep understanding of their different communities’ cultural and faith issues, and can be accessed by frontline staff with non-emergency enquiries relating to those issues.

Primary Care Award

Homeless Primary Care Team
Members of the homeless services team at the Health Xchange have implemented a ‘take home naloxone’ programme for patients who are at risk of opioid overdose, typically through their use of heroin and morphine.

Statutory Award

Community Engagement Team
Beresford Dawkins has worked with a broad range of organisations to ensure greater understanding and engagement with mental health services in the community and to enhance recovery, opportunity and hope for people with mental health issues. The community engagement days promote active engagement with services to challenge the negative and often discriminatory perception of mental health service provision within the locality.

Mental Health First Aid Trainer Programme
The mental health first aid programme enabled 130 people to learn how to support someone by spotting early signs of a mental health problem, feel confident in supporting them, help prevent them from hurting themselves or others and prevent the problem from getting worse.

To take part in the 'People's Choice Award' vote, click here to view all of the finalists for 2016 and when you are ready to vote click the 'vote button' at the bottom of the page.

Please be aware that you can only choose one of the projects and once you have submitted your vote you will not be able to vote again.

Voting closes on Thursday 31 January 2016.