Your October 2019 Children & Young People e-newsletter Join the West Sussex Customer and Carer Group! Would you like the chance to meet friendly people while being involved in shaping the council's social care services? The West Sussex Customer and Carer Group has been meeting for over ten years and are looking to strengthen the voice of people who use social care services. The group also acts as a sounding board for new developments and proposals in adult social care, as well as offering members a chance to provide the council and other organisations with a good understanding of their unique experiences and views. To find out more about the group please contact Heather Ramiz by phone on 0330 222 3485 or by email at [email protected] Free training for Personal Assistants and Employers On Wednesday 09 October, Independent Lives is running free First Aid and Medication training at The Yews Community Centre, Haywards Heath. This training is open to all Personal Assistants who work with adults in West Sussex. If you are an employer, we can also cover the cost of a Personal Assistant to work for you whilst your Personal Assistant is taking part in the training. The First Aid training session will provide a thorough overview of basic first aid, and as well as demonstrations, there will be opportunities to join in and practise. The Medication training session will help you gain knowledge about storage of medication, different types of medication and how they work, as well as adverse reactions and much more. To find out more about First Aid training and to book your place, please click here.To find out more about Medication training and to book your place, please click here. Public Consultation on Mental Health Plans Mental Health affects us all, whether directly or indirectly, so it’s vitally important people have access to safe, effective and high-quality Mental Health services whenever they need them. The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) within West Sussex, along with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are working together on plans to improve Mental Health services in the area, looking at the standard of care they provide so they can understand where and how they can make improvements to their current service. They’ve created a range of proposals to improve the quality of Mental Health services across the county and are running a consultation for patients to have their say, which ends on Friday 11 October at 17:00. To read the proposals and to take part in the consultation, please click here. VI Fun Day A fun filled day for Children & Young People living with sight loss, and their families, taking place on Saturday 26 October at 4Sight Vision Support, 36 Victoria Drive, Bognor Regis, PO21 2TE. The event runs from 11:00 to 17:30. Activities include:Music Taster Lessons, Tech Demos, a 13-to-30 Quiz, Sensory Art Workshops and more! To reserve your place and find out more about the event please click here.