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Our local Brighton & Hove campaigning group, Sussex Defend the NHS, has launched a brilliant new locality-based project, Neighbourhood Groups. You may have noticed blue and white posters put up in windows around the area urging us all to Join the Fight for Our NHS. These are part of Sussex Defend the NHS taking their campaign into local communities all over the city. They want enable those of us who don’t find it easy to get to central locations for events for one reason or another in busy lives, and who are keen to learn about the devastation that is happening as a result of this government’s policies, to be able to join the discussion and spread the information around the neighbourhood.

The new 7Dials Neighbourhood Group had its first meeting at the Duke of Wellington in Upper Gloucester Road in mid-February. As a result, some were inspired to get up to London on March 4th for the big march and rally Our NHS. On 5th March some went down to the Duke of York’s for a special Our NHS showing of Ken Loach’s Spirit of ’45. The film was followed by a Q&A session and resulted in loads more people coming forward to join or start up a local neighbourhood group to follow up with local activities.

Thinking to the future, our 7Dials group organised themselves for a lunchtime leafletting session for BHASVIC students on their lunch break by the Dials. This was a first time for members of the group, and they were very good at it, sparking a lot of conversations with the students and passers-by, raising awareness of the threats our health and social services are under. More poster distribution, doorstep conversations, stalls and other activities are planned. All are welcome to come along and find out more. The NHS has always been there for us. But, as Aneurin Bevan said back in 1946, ‘The NHS will last only as long as there are folk to fight for it.’ We have to be those folk!

If you’d like a blue poster for your window, contact Sussex Defend the NHS on defendthenhs@gmail.com or even better, come along to 7Dials Neighbourhood Group on Monday 27th March, 7.30pm upstairs in the Duke of Wellington, Upper Gloucester Road, collect a poster and tell us your ideas for action!

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Here in the editorial office, we still have many copies of The Whistler  going back 40 years. Given that the site is soon to be redeveloped, it’s interesting to read what The Whistler team said about the new building on Buckingham Road in  the March 1979 issue . . .

You may have wondered what goes on in the tastefully restored houses at 76-80 Buckingham Road and the modern building on the corner of Upper Gloucester Road. They are, in fact, a Hostel for Mentally Handicapped Adults, and a Social Education Centre, which are under separate administration but are joined on three floors. (more…)

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Saturday May 14th & Sunday May 15th, 2016 @ 4pm

The Warren Main Stage, St Peter’s Church, York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU

Tickets: £11 (£9.50 concessions)

‘Hysterical’, a groundbreaking dark comedy at the Brighton Fringe, explores the boundaries of mental health and sanity in the 21st Century.

HYSTERICAL_PRODUCTIONSHOT medJune’s just landed her dream job at a high-octane advertising agency. But when her first task is to re-brand water, she gets the feeling she might be in over her head. Desperate to please, she puts aside her duties of caring for her brother to prepare a pitch that will blow her new boss away. As the pressures mount in her new workplace and the disconnection from her brother grows, June’s mental health is sent into a downward spiral, leaving her questioning her sanity. (more…)

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9.30 – 10.30am Saturdays, West Hill Hall

Through breath control and mindful movement, you will explore the pathway to finding new strength and create energy as Caz guides you through a rejuvenating Vinyasa yoga sequence.

From beginners to confident yogis, you are all invited to discover and share in the benefits yoga can offer your body and mind. All you need is a mat (some spares are available to borrow) and the willingness to appreciate the moment.

‘Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.’ Omar Khayyam.

Visit www.facebook.com/cjyoga7 or contact Caz: 07515 805228 for more information. Pre-booking is essential – please email cjyoga@yahoo.com to confirm your place by 9am on Thursday mornings. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Classes are £8. (more…)

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Pilates is a mind-body exercise method designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. Pilates strengthens all the muscle groups, but particularly the deep ‘core muscles’ which are so important to both our posture and our overall health and well-being. It works by using controlled, yet fluid movements, alongside a specific breathing pattern to reinforce correct spinal and pelvic alignment. The result is a longer, stronger and more flexible body. The exercises can even change the way we move, giving us improved posture, greater body awareness and alignment. (more…)

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GIG1Do you have a lived experience of disability, or care for someone who does? Do you want to have your voice heard, helping to improve services in West Hill, and across the city?

Then come and join The Get Involved Group (GIG) at The Fed Centre for Independent Living. The GIG, a user-led group, brings together Brighton and Hove residents to share experiences and have their voices heard on issues that directly affect them and help to plan the solutions. (more…)

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8 week Free Mindfulness Course

From 21 May to 9 July 11-1pm

With Southdown Brighton and Hove Mental Health Recovery Services

Research has shown that mindfulness practised regularly can help with a range of physical and emotional difficulties including stress, pain, anxiety and depression. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as a treatment within the NHS. MBCT aims to bring about a different way of relating to our experience, especially difficult experiences, through mindfulness practices in order to help us see more clearly how best to respond. (more…)

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