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SALFORD MARCHES IN LONDON FOR A FUTURE THAT WORKS
 

Star date: 22nd October 2012

SALFORD TAKES CUTS FIGHT TO LONDON

Three coaches left Salford on Saturday morning, joining others who had taken the train, to march with over 150,000 people through the streets of London against the ConDem Government and for an alternative that works.

Phil Hamer took the coach with lots of campaigners against mental health cuts in Salford who were determined to tell the world about their plight…

Full story here…


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6:30am Saturday morning and our coach set off from Cromwell House in Eccles with mental health service users, their carers and trade unionists to head down to the TUC March For  A Future That Works. This was a totally new experience for most of them but they were determined to take their protest to London.

We got there around 11am, which was quite late, and we were at the back end of 150,000 people marching from London Bridge to Hyde Park. It took around four hours to walk the route, past the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and the London Eye.

Behind us was a band of social workers, doctors and nurses playing samba, dancing with huge knives representing cuts to the NHS, and dressed in pig heads, and Cameron and Clegg masks.
 
When we got to Hyde Park we heard Ed Miliband's speech, going on about how Labour will make a difference and stop what the Tories are doing…but also how they will have to make cuts. Everyone started to boo – it was very strange.

We then heard from the new General Secretary of the TUC, Frances O'Grady, who spoke of strike action to force the Government to stop austerity. We all signed the petition for a 24 hour General Strike.

The support on the march for the campaign against mental health service cuts in Salford was brilliant. The United Service Users Committee, USUC, made loads of connections, were swopping e-mail addresses all day, and I think it gave everyone the impetus to carry on the fight with renewed vigour.

All in all it was a fantastic, if tiring, day but everyone said they'd love to do it again…

Report and photos by Phil Hamer

To see a video of the day made by Phil featuring the pig samba band and Salford USUC – click here

For the background to the USUC fight against mental health cuts in Salford see previous Salford Star articles – click here and follow links

sue wrote
at 09:59:59 on 25 October 2012
they say 1 to 1 is the way forward what a load of rubbish , if it wasnt for cromwell house and the support i get there i wouldnt be here now i am feeling suicidal and i get to see the crisis team for 1 hour a week , i get more support from the staff and friends i have made there , my family have time to themselves while im there knowing im safe , PLEASE KEEP THESE DROP INS OPEN THEY ARE A LIFE LINE THEY DO SAVE LIVES
 
yvette devine wrote
at 08:07:47 on 25 October 2012
i have been going to cromwell house for over 66 months now, i have made a lot of new new friends whilst i have been there, ave got a support worker and CPN at cromwell house that i see at least once a week, if they wrent there there was always other staff that i ould talk to if i needed to, if it wasnt for cromwell drop in i would be n and out off hosptal, back to th way i was by not gong out meeting other people, by going to the drop in i have always got other support from service users and staff
 
steve U.S.U.C. wrote
at 06:49:27 on 23 October 2012
What a fantastic day got great support from people across the country,all wanting to know more about our campaign.We will not stop until Salford council take this stupid idea about closing drop-ins of the table and leave the care workers to help & support us, the way they have for years.Why change something that has proved to work for many years.
 
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