• Very sad to tell you that Fidez and her many colleagues have had to call it a day on the activities of BADG following the loss of all funding.
    Walsall SUE and BADG go back a long way as they shared an office at Weston School in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
    Our paths separated for a few years, but Fidez moved the organisation back in with us in about 2007.
    We shall miss them, and hope that any BADG service users will look to us and other organisations for support
  • There is a new project being started by Andrew Moult at Walsall Disability Forum.

    The idea is to make contact with more of the thousands of disabled people who we know live in Walsall, but are not in contact with any voluntary sector support group.

    Where are all those people, and how can we help them if we don't know about them?

     We are keen to help with this and ask YOU reading this, to say to anyone you know who has a disability, and is not in contact with a Walsall-based voluntary group, PICK UP THE PHONE AND RING WALSALL SUE, or email us with the online form. DO IT.... DO IT NOW!! 

    Why get in contact with voluntary sector support groups?
    First, times are tough these days. Together we can be more powerful.
    We need to know about, and be in contact with, you so when we speak to the powers that be we can honestly say we speak on behalf of disabled people in Walsall.
    Second, things are changing so much in benefits and social care. We know our way around the system and can advise you, free of charge.
     Third, our activities are free, so why stay at home on your own when you can meet people and take part in activities at no cost?
     We would love to meet you and know more about you. Perhaps you would like to represent the area of disability or talk about the services you use? We can support and train you.
     There are many more opportunities. Come on, make contact!

  • You can stay in Contact with Walsall SUE easily. How?
     Friend us on Facebook.
    So long as you live in the Walsall Borough we can help you.
     Search for Walsall SUE wsue on Facebook and send a friend request.

      Also - You can follow us on Twitter at #walsall_sue, though we don't tweet all the time
    AND we have a SKYPE account 
  • Walsall SUE offers activity groups, counselling sessions, advice and guidance, CAB outreach, Direct Payments support, internet cafe, and more. Come and see our new unit.

    Heated, well lit, tastefully furnished. The room accommodates up to 12 people (more in theatre-style seating). You can hire a room at Walsall SUE from £15 an hour, with hot water for drinks supplied. 
  • If a group of football fans was sat together in the pub people probably wouldn't give them a second glance.
    Or a group of film buffs or stamp collectors....The list goes on.

    Picture a group of people with mental health issues sat together, however, and it's a different story.
    There'll be some whispers perhaps, a bit of pointing isn't uncommon and sadly, all too often, someone will likely hiss "nutters" under their breath.
    And this is what bothers people with mental health issues the most.  
    The ignorance.
    The stigma.
    The unwillingness to talk to someone who appears a little "different".
    But it's their loss, according to Pat Nye, who has been bi-polar since her early twenties.
    "If they spoke to people with mental health problems instead of ostracising them they'd find them full of compassion - caring and kind.

    "And the last time I checked, mental health isn't catching!"

    Pat, who is a Walsall grandmother, became bi-polar following a series of traumatic events early in her life.

    "I sought help after trying to kill myself as that was the lowest I had ever been," she explains.

    "It's hard to explain to someone who has never experienced a mental health problem but it is so much more than just feeling down.
    "I have my medication sorted now and I have the support of my wonderful family and members of Walsall Service User Empowerment group which I have chaired for 20 years.

    "I do still have bad days when I cannot physically get out of bed. I can't go out and I can't face people.

    "That's impossible to understand unless you've been there. But one in four people will end up there as that's the number of people affected by a mental health issue."