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Eating Disorders Awareness Week Wales – Free Event

February 17, 2008

Eating Disorders

Awareness Week 2008


GMF & the Cross Party Committee on

Eating Disorders

Invites you to an event to mark

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2008

Venue: The Neuadd, National Assembly for Wales

Wednesday, 27th February 2008, 17:30pm

Please e-mail Rowenna Menzies at:

thegrahammenziesfoundation@hotmail.com

 

or contact Bethan Jenkins AM for more details.

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Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth

Anhwylderau Bwyta 2008

 

Mae Bethan Jenkins AC

Yn eich gwahodd i ddigwyddiad i nodi

Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth Anhwylderau Bwyta

2008

Lleoliad: Y Neuadd, Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

Amser: 17:30

Dyddiad: Dydd Mercher, 27ain o Chwefror 2008

Manylion i ddilyn

Call for ALL eating disorder services in Wales!

February 15, 2008

 

Eating Disorders Data Base

Graham Menzies Foundation and the Welsh Assembly Government’s Cross Party Eating Disorder Group are working to create a single comprehensive data base of all services available to people with eating disorders in Wales.

The data base will be used primarily for referral purposes – but will also enable the development a new funding/referral pathway strategies for the treatment of eating disorders in Wales.

If your organisation provides treatment or support for people with eating disorders at any level (telephone help line, internet support, therapy, day care, after care etc.) then we would like to add you to the central data base. Please complete the on-line form at our mail web site: grahammenzies.com

You will find it under the “resources” link.

What will happen to this information?

The data base will be shared with GPs and other health professionals throughout Wales. You will be able to access the data base at: http://www.grahammenziesfoundation.com by clicking the “treatment” link.

 If you have questions, suggestions or comments we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact:

Bethan Jenkins AM

Chairperson for the Cross Party Eating Disorder Group:

www.bethanjenkins.blogspot.com

Tel: 01639 643549


Rowenna Menzies

CEO Graham Menzies Foundation:

www.grahammenziesfoundation.com

Tel: 01970 881052

Call for ALL e.d. services in Wales!

February 2, 2008

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The Graham Menzies Foundation is currently working wit the WAG Cross Party ED group to create a single comprehensive data base of all services available to people with eating disorders in Wales.

The Graham Menzies Foundation is collecting data on voluntary sector services in Wales.

The data base will be used primarily for referral purposes – but will also enable HCW to develop a new funding/referral pathway strategy for the treatment of e.d.s in Wales.

If your organisation provides treatment or support for people with eating disorders at any level (telephone help line, internet support, therapy,day care, residential care, after care etc.) then we would like to add you to the central data base. Please copy and paste the questions below and return them to: thegrahammenziesfoundation@hotmail.co.uk by 20th Feb 2008 or e-mail us and we will send you a form.

Thankyou,

Rowenna Menzies

Eating disorders Treatment in Wales

Please tell us about the following:

1. Your location within Wales

2. The name of your service/organisation

3. What type of service or support do you offer? (If you offer multiple services then please tell us about them all).

4. Contact details (such as address, telephone number, e-mail address and web-site)

5. Organisation type (NHS, voluntary sector, religious organisation etc.)

6. Opening times/hours

7. How do individuals access your service?

8. Any restrictions (such as minimum bmi, age range, gender etc.)

9. (If relevant) Cost of service? / is financial help available?

10. Any additional information

Thankyou for completing this form. We will continue to update you.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions, suggestions or comments- we would be very pleased to hear from you.

Progress Report January 2008

January 29, 2008

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Hi everybody!

From now on, our monthly report will always be available here on the last day of the month. Just log on to www.grahammenziesfoundation.com then click “blog”.

daffodilJanuary 2008

 

I’m not sure where to begin or who to thank first! So I think I’ll start with the letters. So many of you took the time and made the effort to send us letters of recommendation and support for our Welsh Centre for Recovery Project – and at a particularly busy time of year! I am truly grateful to you all and would like to say a BIG thankyou.

 

Funding

02 Community Awards are giving us a grant (hoorah)! …But they haven’t told us how much we will be awarded yet! Very mysterious… I’ll keep you up-dated!

The donation link on our web site will soon be active. I’m just waiting for our charity pay-pal account to be confirmed.

 

Web site

A million-billion-trillion thanks to the multi-talented Darren Jones who has created this site and blog. In addition to being a fabulous web designer I have it on good authority that Darren is also a health conscious cook and a marvellous constituency officer.

This site is still in progress but all the links will soon be active.

Logo

A beautiful logo is being designed by Suzanne Barrett and Joanna in Hamburg. It is so pretty I almost cried! The logo is winging it’s way to the UK as fast as it can – I can’t wait for you all to see it! It’s even better than this one (right). Graham would be so proud…

PR

I was on TV! I was on TV! They made we walk up and down the stairs outside the Welsh Assembly about fifteen times – I felt as though I was on “America’s Next Top Model”.

I was also busy with radio interviews and formal statments, mainly because Bethan Jenkins AM organised the lauch of an All Party Eating Disorders Group. (To read more about the group click separate “Cross Party Group” link).

In brief… Edwina Hart was much funnier and less scary than I could have imagined. I ate all the grapes and bought some glittery gell pens from the millenium centre shop (but they didn’t work) which was rubbish because I was taking the minutes. Many clever people had imaginative thoughts and ideas regarding eating disorders awareness week. And…

I spoke to a couple at the end who have a niece with anorexia. Her bmi is dangerously low and they can’t find any appropiate help. They nolonger know what to do. It was heartbreaking.

 

Eating disorders Awareness Week (EDAW)

…begins on the 25th Feb. This year the special interest subject is carers. To take part in a study or to raise funds, visit the national eating disorders association at: http://www.b-eat.co.uk

We are also planning an awareness raising day at WAG on Wednesday 27th. If you would like to be represented or to take part in some way then please contact me, or Bethan Jenkins AM.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2008

Bethan Jenkins AM,

Chair Cross Party Committee on Eating Disorders

Invites you to an event to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2008

Venue: The Neuadd, National Assembly for Wales

Time: 17:30

Date: Wednesday, 27th February 2008

Details to follow

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Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth Anhwylderau Bwyta 2008

Mae Bethan Jenkins AC

Yn eich gwahodd i ddigwyddiad i nodi

Wythnos Ymwybyddiaeth Anhwylderau Bwyta 2008

Lleoliad: Y Neuadd, Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru

Amser: 17:30

Dyddiad: Dydd Mervher, 27ain o Chwefror 2008

Manylion i ddilyn

Finally…

I don’t write much about Graham here. There are a few posts under “grief” (right hand side of this page).

But… Graham Clifford Menzies died on the 24th January 2007. He was a giant amongst men. It was the one year anniversary of his death on Thursday and I am as completely, madly, crazily and wonderfully in love with him today as I was this time last year.

I miss you with every fibre of my being Graham and I am so proud and humbled and privalidged to have been loved by you.

Your Wenna

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Progress Report, October 2007

January 28, 2008

Sefydliad Graham Menzies Graham Menzies Foundation

             Progress Report 2

 

 

 

 

business-card-imagejpg.jpgMission Statement

 

To provide best practice, treatment and support services for people who suffer from an eating disorder or associated illness.

To facilitate change, empowerment and social integration.

 

To treat every individual with respect and dignity; and to promote equality, diversity, hope and freedom. In doing so, to operate to the highest ethical, legal and professional standards.

 

 

Organisation aims

 

ü             Reduce the stigma and isolation experienced by our highly vulnerable client group

ü             Improve local and national policy regarding the treatment of eating disorders and associated illnesses within Wales.

ü            Provide highly individualised, affordable, top quality care for people who live in Wales (or in areas of the country where local services are patchy and under developed) and who suffer from an eating disorder or associated illness.

ü             Provide effective, integrated help and support for young people who suffer from an eating disorder in combination with other maladaptive coping mechanisms (e.g. self injury) or mental health illness.

ü             Facilitate sustained, community based help and support for the family and friends of the above sufferers

 

October 2007

 

 

This is our second progress report. Please feel free to contact Rowenna Menzies for further information or details.

 

Finance

 

toy moneyAnother busy month… We have applied for grants from the Welsh Language Board (for money towards bi-lingual stationary), the Allen Lane Foundation and to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation to support our awareness raising campaign (including events at WAG during Eating Disorders Week next February). Bethan Jenkins (AM) is sponsoring us.

We have not heard back from any of the grant making bodies although the Welsh Language Board did post us an empty envelope!envelope
We are also progressing with a range of partnerships within the field. This is positive because although, individually; our team possesses the skill, passion and knowledge to make our project work, we lack the sustenance of a successful financial history. Making partnerships will add weight to our enterprise and will ensure that we develop relevant, effective services.

With this in mind we placed a partnership bid with Cyswllt (an established street agency) which will enable us to offer treatment for dual diagnosis clients (primarily; substance misuse + eating disorders). Working with Marty from Cyswllt was an absolute pleasure… although I still have to give a presentation to the trustees there (eeek!)

 

The mail strike was horrible – really stressful. It seems that banks are unable to scan/e-mail/fax information. In fact – Abbey would not even allow us to DRIVE to London and collect information. It is their policy that everything must be POSTED. The delay in mail meant sending some grant applications ‘special delivery’ to arrive on closing day, not my preferable cause of action!


Events & Activities

Cyswllt coordinated an S4C television program about eating disorders; and one of our trustees (Rhodri) was interviewed on the sea front in Aberystwyth. We also organised for a young woman in recovery from an eating disorder to be interviewed by them. (I will let you know when it’s on!)

 Two articles about us were published also in Golwg “Cynllun yn hwb i broblem anorecsia”, hydref 11 2007.

 We met with Caroline Fosse who is currently being trained by bEAT to facilitate a community based self-help group for people with eating disorders. The group will hopefully go active in esrly next year– we will keep you up dated!

 We now have a web address! The site is being planned but a holding page is up.

Visit wwwgrahammenziesfoundation.com for a quick peak!

 Interesting happenings

 Some events for those interested in eating disorders:

l      7th /8th November – “Transdiagnostic Cognitive Behaviour Therapy”, University of Reading

l      20th December – “All Wales Special Interest Group” Bronglais Hospital, Brecon (free)

l      Friday 7th December – “Working together, Adolescent Eating Disorders” (free)

 

 

As always, thankyou for supporting us with this project. I hope November is a good month for you.

 

Warmest wishes
 

Rowenna Menzies

Sefydliad Graham Menzies Graham Menzies Foundation

Canolfan Adfer Lechyd Cymru Welsh Centre for Recovery

 

Contact

By mail: Preswylfa, Dolypandy, Capel Bangor, Aberystwyth SY23 3LY

By telephone: 01970 881052/07866547751

By e-mail: thegrahammenziesfoundation@hotmail.co.uk

http://www.grahammenziesfoundation.com

Progress Report September 2007

January 28, 2008

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Sefydliad Graham Menzies; Canalfan Adferiad Cymru

The Graham Menzies Foundation; Welsh Centre for Recovery

Progress Report, September 2007

Dear friend,

Firstly I want to thank you for supporting our fledgling organisation. The Graham Menzies Foundation is a new, innovative, exciting social enterprise based in Wales. We hope to offer top quality, cutting edge treatment and support for people who suffer from eating disorders and related illness.

The Welsh Centre for Recovery is a needs-lead project, devised in collaboration with other Welsh organisations. We aim to provide a highly individualised, fully comprehensive package of care for people who live in West Wales or in areas of the country where local services are patchy and under developed. Our proposed unit will have space for 12 residential patients and 10 day time clients and will facilitate additional aftercare and family support services.

What’s New?

 

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Funding

·        This month Suzanne and I completed a grant application to the Mental Health Matters Program. The awarded funds will facilitate five years salaries (sixteen staff) and 50% unit running costs. Of course, our business plan is structured so that the centre becomes self supporting and self sustaining without the aid of charitable donations; but realistically, it will take several years to develop successful relationships with P.C.T.s and other external referring organisations. The grant would therefore ensure our short term viability.

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  • Susanne and I also gave a 30 minute presentation to Technium in the hope of gaining free broad-band enabled office space for 12 months. Whilst the response we received was (in general) positive, they informed us that no offices are currently available. They also gave us both flu. Must remember to send a thankyou note!

·        Rhodri Francis will translate a small grant application form and submit it to Ceredigion County Council this week. The funds (£1000) will go towards bi-lingual pamphlets and stationary.

 What do we need?

Primarily – we now need to focus on small regional start-up grants etc to facilitate our fundraising and cover expenses. We will also be applying for ongoing national grants and schemes to contribute to the costs of our new building. Any ideas or thoughts will be deeply appreciated!

Other developments

 

§        Many thanks to Andrew Dagnell from Wales Today; for his excellent article addressing the lack of provision for eating disorders across Wales and for publishing our follow-up letter.

§        We have started putting together an 8-page A4 glossy pamphlet to send out to prospective funders and interested organisations. This should be complete by the month end.

§        Suzanne Barrett will be completing a logo for the Centre this week.

§        Apologies for the delay in our web-site; we have purchased a URL address and are still waiting for our initial holding page to be uploaded. I will let you all know as soon as we are on-line!

§        Finally, for those of you who do not already know, we located the perfect building for our residential unit. The property is close to Aberysywyth town (Ceredigion) and exceeds every single point of our criteria.

If you have any questions/details/suggestions or helpful contributions then please feel free to contact me at any time. Again, I appreciate your interest and support. Warmest wishes,

Rowenna Menzies.