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16 January 2018
Human rights learning event 7 February St Martin of Tours and the British Institute of Human Rights are holding a learning event on hospital discharge and human rights on 7 February. ‘A Human Rights Approach to Hospital Discharge’ will take place in London on Wednesday 7 February at 2pm (ending by 5pm). The learning event provides a space for people working on hospital discharge, and related issues, to learn and discuss how human rights can help you to work collaboratively to improve outcomes for patients. Whether you work in service design or delivery, as a regulator or a Commissioner, come along and join the discussions. The session will cover:
  • Human rights and hospital discharge: what you need to know
  • Using human rights in practice: real life examples
  • Working collaboratively: using a human rights approach
You will also receive a free copy of new toolkit we have produced with BIHR on hospital discharge and human rights. To secure your free place, please use our on-line booking form here: https://www.bihr.org.uk/Event/hospital-discharge-learning-event Places are limited. Please use the promotion code ‘PRIORITY’ when booking to secure your place.
21 December 2017
Hosting a happy Christmas Every year St Martins makes a big effort over the festive season. St Martins' residents are from very diverse backgrounds, yet almost everybody likes to come together and celebrate at Christmas. Something fun will be happening at St Martins' various homes almost every day from mid December until New Year. So whether it is meals out, Christmas parties, going bowling, seeing a show or a film, we do our best to ensure that no one is lonely nor isolated. Each of our homes circulates and publicises all the events taking place over the festive season. You can see what we have on this offer this year at:
19 December 2017
Christmas edition of Connect The Christmas edition of our residents' newsletter has been published and you can read it here. Congratulations to Harpreet who has edited Connect and also to all those who contributed.
18 December 2017
Garden improvements One of St Martins' service users, who is a trainee bricklayer, has completed a raised brick flowerbed in the garden at Wilton Villas. The work has been carried out to a very high standard and we wish our service user good luck with the rest of his training. His work looks promising, as you can see from the photo below. The next step is to fill the raised flowerbed with at least a ton of soil in the spring and then plant some herbs and vegetables. This produce will be used in healthy cooking sessions at Wilton Villas and New North Road. Cooking sessions will be used to make produce to sell at St Martins' Summer Fair 2018. This work is being done as part of St Martins' SEED (Social Enterprise and Employment Drive), a joint initiative between St Martins' staff and service users to provide some training, experience and a small amount of income for people with enduring mental health needs and criminal backgrounds.
14 December 2017
Letter to the Prime Minister St Martins joined voices with 144 other organisations to send a strong message to the Prime Minister about the importance of universal human rights. The letter, which was signed by all 145 organisations was published in the Sunday Telegraph. You can read a copy and more background information here. On Wednesday 13 December at 6pm there was a debate in Parliament on ‘Human rights priorities in the light of Brexit’. Organisations that promote human rights are concerned that the proposed British Bill of Rights that is likely to result from Brexit, will be significantly watered down, and present fewer protections to vulnerable people whose rights are currently upheld in EU law under the Human Rights Act 1998.

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