Local Help & Support

This Christmas we're in a mental health emergency

 

2020 has been a year of anxiety and uncertainty and more people need us than ever before. Will you donate this Christmas and help us be there for those who need us in 2021?

https://www.mind.org.uk/

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Let’s Feed Brum builds on the work of Inspiration Support; a team of dedicated volunteers who have provided essential supplies and friendship to those living on our streets for the past six years.

Being out on the streets helps us start conversations and signpost existing services already helping tackle the city’s homelessness issue.

Registered Charity Number: 1178574

 

https://www.letsfeedbrum.com/

Giving blood at Birmingham Donor Centre remains essential for the NHS during local Covid-19 restrictions

 

Blood donors in Birmingham and the surrounding areas are being urged by NHS Blood and Transplant to keep donating as normal if they are fit and healthy, as the city remains under local Covid-19 restrictions. BirminghamDonor Centre is open as usual and has plenty of appointment availability.

 

Jane Whistance, Area Matron for the West Midlands at NHS Blood and Transplant said: “We have seen a fantastic response from blood donors throughout the pandemic so far and this has meant blood stocks have remained good.

 

“With local Covid-19 restriction measures continuing in Birmingham, I’d urge anyone in the area who has an upcoming appointment to donate blood to please stick to it if you can - and anyone considering becoming a blood donor to book their first appointment - as blood donation remains essential for NHS and patient care. Blood saves lives and donating is something you can do to help the NHS. Extra safety measures are in place on session and our doors are very much open.”

 

Since the Covid-19 outbreak, extra safety measures have been introduced across all blood donation sessions. All donors are triaged all on arrival and asked if they have any Covid-19 risk factors. A temperature check has recently been introduced to the triage process as an additional measure to protect staff and donors. If a donor has a temperature of 37.5 or above, which is a Covid-19 risk factor, they will not be able to donate or enter the session.

 

When entering, hand gels and hand washing facilities are available, donors are spaced apart and staff are doing extra cleaning. Staff are wearing face masks and donors are required to wear a face covering and keep it on throughout their time on session, removing it only for refreshments.

 

Around 5,000 units of blood need to be collected each day. Blood is used for treating trauma, cancer, blood diseases, bleeds in childbirth, and much more. Each donation can save up to three lives.

  • Birmingham has a permanent blood donor centre on 2nd Floor, 65 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4DU.

  • Book appointments and check the latest guidance on Covid-19 and giving blood by calling 0300 123 23 23, downloading the NHS Give Blood app, or visiting the website blood.co.uk.

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  • For additional information please contact the NHSBT press office on 01923 367600 or pressoffice@nhsbt.nhs.uk. 

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The service operates between 9-5 Monday to Friday and the number is 0121 321 2377 for telephone support. Support online is 24 hour through the group support.

If anyone would like to volunteer to support us with this work they can apply through our website https://advocacymatters.org.uk/volunteer/

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Hey morning, I just wanted to say in this week mental health awareness week this station saved my life....lifted my spirits away from the talk shows misinformation incompetent politicians and news....big city radio mapped my life and gave me great memories....sooo thank you BCR (and found it by mistake on Alexa)

thanks

 

 Sharon, 

You’re right there’s people out there to listen I found Big‘s City radio to listen to and it was good for me but then when my other half is into it or Saturday night it helped her a lot to thank you to Big city radio

 

matty and Helen

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