Category Archive : The Blog

Ramadan Kareem


Wishing all our colleagues, volunteers and friends a happy Ramadan.

Nottingham Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Services 5th Patient Involvement and Celebration Day

Bright Ideas Nottingham is attending the Nottingham Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Services 5th Patient Involvement and Celebration Day. This event is hosted by Joanne Bloomfield. This morning there has been music from Tenna Star and Take One Studios, presentations from Dr Anthony Udueni, Dr Marie Donohue who is a Consultant Haematologist, and presentations from psychology services. Consultant Paediatric Haematologist Dr Forman has been talking about looking after children and young people. Doreen Richards who is a hospital based sickle cell nurse talked about improving access to care.

This afternoon we are looking forward to an equally packed programme with a presentation about the children’s book I Believe I can Fly, inspirational speaker from Birmingham, Ajay Dattani who is the chair of OSCAR Sandwell. As well as a poem from Henry Udueni, and a song from Jeddediah Udueni.

For more information about Nottingham Sickle and Thalassaemia Service contact telephone number is 0115 8838424. This service is located in Mary Potter Centre, Gregory Boulevard, Hyson Green, Nottingham, NG7 5HY

Too Quiet! Too Long! Event

BME Cancer Communities presented Too Quiet! Too Long! Event. This was supported by Bright Ideas Nottingham and the African Caribbean Health Network. It was part of the ethnic minority cancer awareness week. This event was on the 12th July 2011 at the Nottingham voluntary Action Centre. This event was to raise awareness about cancers affecting our communities. The event also launched the toilet roll doll competition. For more information about the toilet roll doll competition visit the blog at or contact Rebekah on 0115 8379474 or email at

Below are the photos of the event.  

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Hearts and Minds Conference in the Evening Post

Above is an article about the Hearts and Minds Conference in the Evening Post.

Hearts and Minds Conference – View the Photos

On the 30th June 2011 Bright Ideas Nottingham presented British Heart Foundation Hearts and Minds Conference at the Nottingham Contemporary. The event had a fun packed programme which included presentations from local people including Women Driving for a Change, Champions of Change and Change Makers. Guest speakers included Ali Orhan from the British Heart Foundation, Rose Thompson who is the chair of the African Caribbean Health Network, Dr David Gray and a performance from Mon0lisa Productions. This event was a great success and thanks to everyone who attended the event or listen to it on 97.5 kemet fm.

Toby Neal was the photographer for the event. Click here to visit his online gallery to view the pictures from the event. The password to get into the gallery is heartsandminds.

BBC Radio Nottingham Interview

Lisa from Bright Ideas and Rose from BME Cancer Communities were on BBC Radio Nottingham last week talking to Richard Spurr – you can listen again online if you missed it! Click here.

For The Toilet Roll Dolls Competition

Download the templates here to design your toilet roll dolls! These templates are for category 4: Design. And remember for more information follow the toilet roll dolls blog at or email

Click here to download the female template

Click here to download the male template

Today is Bright Ideas IT learning workshop

Today is very worthwhile

This is a very good workshop.  Yet again a big learning curve for me.  So interesting.

The launch of Nottingham’s Next Bottom model

Today is the launch of Nottingham’s Next Bottom model!

A toilet roll doll competition with prizes galore.

Bright Ideas Nottingham and BME Cancer Communities are excited to announce the launch of their competition to find Nottingham’s Next Bottom Model. We will soon be running an innovative and fun campaign to promote awareness of bowel cancer and the importance of returning the National Bowel Cancer Screening Kits. This open competition is supported by national bowel cancer charity, Lynn’s Bowel Cancer Campaign.

The poster and internet campaign will involve the return of everybody’s favourite retro toilet-time companion, the toilet roll doll and the hunt for the stars of the campaign is on.

We want you to design our cover stars. The competition is open to anyone aged 16+ and we are looking for entries in the following four categories.

1 Diversity: Create a doll that some way represents the diversity of your community

2 Nottingham: Create a doll, using the vibrancy of Nottingham as your inspiration

3 Traditional: If you already have a doll that deserves to be a celebrity – then dig him or her out

4 Design: Put your imagination to the test, create an image of your dream doll.

Closing date of the competition: Friday 28th October 2011

For any more information please contact Rebekah at Bright Ideas: 0115 837 9474 or email Also follow the competition blog for updates and more information at

Download the flyer, rules and regulations and press release below

Toilet Roll Dolls Competition Flyer

Rules and Guidelines for Toilet Roll Dolls Competition

Press release for Toilet Roll Dolls Competition

Masterclass into Moving Forward in Reverse

Bright Ideas Nottingham presents Masterclass 1 in Moving Forward in Reverse, Using “Reverse Commissioning” to tackle health inequalities.

The Masters: Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cisse and Rudi Page.

The “Reverse Commissioning” process was devised by Dr Vivienne Lyfar-Cisse, who recognised that the health needs of BME communities are to a large extent determined by their use of provider services. The process has been designed for NHS networks to engage patients, carers and service users as joint providers of their own care recovery.

Dr Vivienne Lyfar Cisse and Rudi Page will share insights from their groundbreaking work to help us to agree what we can do in Nottingham to move forward with ‘Reverse Commissioning”.

This is a booking only event and places are limited.

The deadline for interest is July 15th and places will be allocated on July 18th.

For more information and to book a place contact us on 0115 837 9474 or email

For more information download the flyer below

Masterclass flyer: Moving Forward in Reverse, Using “Reverse Commissioning” to tackle health inequalities