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Last week saw the escalation of a number of campaigns across Belfast by the homeless, those living in poor housing and communities being squeezed by a pro-developer agenda within Belfast City Council and systematically excluded from decision making processes impacting the future of their families and communities.

Member groups involved in the #123GP campaign for better mental health expertise among GPs held a campaign workshop in Draperstown on 14 October 2017. The workshop, attended by over 30 people from 7 different member groups, was hosted by STEPS, one of the member groups.  Lynda McEldowney from STEPS reflects on the behind the scenes work involved in making the day a success, as well as the benefits of groups coming together to campaign collectively.

Frontline staff – care givers, homeless support officers, childcare providers, advice workers, and many more – are launching a Human Rights Monitor of the services provided across the community and voluntary sectors in Northern Ireland. The Monitor, organised by the UNISON Community and Voluntary Branch and supported by PPR, aims to gain a comprehensive picture of frontline services, how they are or are not meeting the needs and fulfilling the rights of the vulnerable, and how the situation is impacting both staff and people accessing the services.

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'The S.A.F.E.R Campaign'  
Bobby Duffin, member of the Mental Health Rights Campaign outlines the  S.A.F.E.R. Campaign which seeks to improve access to support for those bereaved by suicide.