CoolTan Arts Filmmaking Project

CoolTan Arts is currently conducting an exciting film making project!
Dates are not fixed as this project is ongoing so you can defiantly get involved if you get in contact!

Over a period of 2 years CoolTan Arts will produce three distinctive videos and 100 podcastings about personalisation.
Personalisation involves a major shift in the way care and support providers approach service development and delivery. The idea behind the project is to let ‘service users’ explore the process that any individual will need to go thought to access a personal budget.

The videos will be made by our participants –volunteers.
In addition to gaining a better understanding about the personalization, participants will learn new skills (all stages of filmmaking, animation, scrip writing, conducting research, interview techniques and more).

We are now recruiting participants for this exciting project!

The meetings/ filmmaking workshops will take place Fridays between 11am-3pm at CoolTan Arts Centre:
Unit B, 237 Walworth Road
London SE17 1RL

Please also see film project FLYER:Cooltan Filmmaking FLYER

If you are interested, want to learn new skills, enrich your CV & meet new people etc. please send an e-mail to:
Asia Wieloch
Volunteer Coordinator CoolTan Arts

CoolTan Main Switchboard: 020 7701 2696

Art to Print (A2P) courses

The Art to Print (A2P) courses are an opportunity to work with experienced artists and designers in creating images for use in the commercial world. The images that you create will be placed in a portfolio and used to attract contract work for designing exciting and original products. These products will be such things as posters, leaflets, headed paper and other assorted visual displays that incorporate Art and design.

This course could be what you’re looking for to give your CV that commercially focused art experience you could use to launch a related career!

For full details and course dates and times just click here to view pdf:
CLICK HERE:The Art to Print (A2P) courses FLYER
To apply for a place on this or the next course or to find out more please ring Bill or Mannie on 0207 928 9521

Fanon Southside Partnership – Volunteer role – Peer Mentor

Volunteer role (Fanon Southside Partnership)

Title: Peer Mentor (Volunteer)
Hours: minimum of 14 hours per week for a period of 3 to 6 months
Location: Lambeth, Southwark or Wandsworth
Report to: Community Development Worker

Aim of the project: To develop a team of volunteer peer mentors to engage with and provide crucial support to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people at risk of mental ill health and offending. To work with the new Criminal Justice Mental Health Service (CJMHS) to support BAME people with mental health and involved in the criminal justice system to access services to address mental health needs at the point of police custody or court intervention or release from prison.

We shall be recruiting 9 volunteers; 3 from each of the location Boroughs. Due to the nature of the project we wish to recruit volunteers from the BAME communities.

Aim of the role
• To provide 1:1 support
• Advocacy
• Signposting
• Maintaining records

Required Skills
• This role is open to people with personal experience of the criminal justice system
• Ability to engage in 1:1 relationships and maintain appropriate boundaries
• Liaise with other professionals and peers
• Able to use a computer, can use Microsoft Word and email
• Experience of using mental health services (desirable)

• Lunch and travel expenses will be paid (up to £7.50 per day)
• Access to internal and agreed external training
• Regular supervision will be provided

If you’re interested in volunteering then see application form:

Please return this form to Jan Lemmon at
Southside Partnership, 31-33 Lumiere Court, 209 Balham High Road, Balham, London SW17 7BQ
Or call 020 8772 6222 if you have any queries, or contact Jan Oliver Directly:].

TWIG Ops recommends that you seek benefits advice in relation to this role if you are interested in applying. This is available from Sian Evans with the Involvement Register.

The hardest hit – defending disabled people’s futures – Protest March!

Join us for a march, lobby of Parliament and rally on 11 May

The March:
Thousands of disabled people as well as family and friends will be marching to express solidarity and anger at the cuts threatening our benefits, services, jobs and rights. The march will take us past the Houses of Parliament and we will make sure that MPs and Peers hear our collective voice and understand our message.

The Lobby
After the march many of us will be lobbying our MPs as the Welfare Reform Bill reaches a critical stage in the House of Commons. We will be sharing our stories, making sure that Parliamentarians understand the combined impact of the cuts on our lives and futures. Crucially, we will be challenging MPs to vote against policies that will push us further into poverty and isolation.

The Rally
On the afternoon of the march we will meet in Methodist Central Hall to hear from disabled people about the deep unfairness of the cuts for their lives and futures. We will also listen to politicians from the main political parties to find out how they plan to uphold the rights, equality and participation of disabled people as promised in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

Where and When
We will gather for the march from 11.30 on the Embankment by Horseguards Avenue. It will start at 12.30 and take in Victoria Embankment, Bridge Street, Parliament Square, Millbank and finish in Dean Stanley Street at around 13.30. We expect the lobby to take place in Westminster Hall and to run between 14.30 and 17.30. Everyone hoping to see their MP during the afternoon is encouraged to write in advance to get an appointment. The rally will take place in Methodist Central Hall (close to the Houses of Parliament) with speeches between 15.00 and 15.30.

What do you need to do?
• Come along on 11 May and bring your family and friends! We hope for at least 10,000 people on the march.
• Visit the UK Disabled People’s Council website ( or the DBC’s campaigns website ( for more information.
• Register via the websites to let us know that you’re coming and what access needs you have.
• If you’re planning to lobby your MP, write to request a meeting. You’re much more likely to get to see them if you do.
• If you want to come to the rally, book a place. Space is limited – sign up on one of these websites.

Jaspal Dhiani
UK Disabled People’s Council

Steve Winyard
Disability Benefits Consortium

Quality Teams’ Openings

Have you used mental health services or do you care for someone who has used mental health services? Do you have an analytical mind? Do you enjoy working constructively with people to come up with solutions to problems?
Are you interested in looking at data about how people have experienced the SLaM mental health services and advising staff on what would be important to follow up?
If so, Join a Quality Team!
You will be reviewing patient experience, complaints and incidents data:
If you have an interest in services for mood, anxiety or personality disorder or alternatively:
If you have an interest in crisis services, mother & baby services, eating disorder services, chronic fatigue services, brain injuries services:
The groups will be ongoing and typically held at Maudsley Hospital between 2 and 4pm

CLICK HERE:quality team clinical governance poster
Please bear in mind – dates on the poster are not accurate, please still contact Alice as meetings are ongoing.

Alice Glover – Patient & Public Involvement Lead
Tel: 020 3228 0959

Visiting services to check on the quality

Visiting services to check on the quality.
Service user or carer consultants with an interest in services provided by the MAP & Psychological Medicine CAGS (Clinical Academic Groups)

You will accompany about 2 staff members on a ‘peer review’ visit to a service to review its quality. This will be in order to give your perspective on how the service is doing against a set of quality criteria.

*Peer reviews are when staff from one service assess the quality of another. The idea is that
it is a constructive activity where both services learn from each other.

We are looking for people who:
– Are able to travel within the trust area.
– Can give an objective view on how a service is performing based on the content of the visit.
– Are able to read and digest written information.
– Are good listeners with a friendly manner.

It is vital to have the service user/carer perspective when reviewing the quality of any services.

Attached to the post is a copy of an original poster about the work (below):
CLICK HERE: CQC peer reviews
Please bare in mind that dates are on a rolling basis and if you’re interested in this kind of work then please contact Alice.

For more info once you have taken a look you can contact:
Alice Glover – Patient & Public Involvement Lead
Tel: 020 3228 0959

Final Food Report Southwark – A SSIF User-Focused Monitoring Project

Find attached to this post a copy of the Final Food Report arising from the SSIF User-Focused Monitoring Project carried out in Southwark.

This report makes for great reading and demonstrates how services are being shaped by your involvement.

CLICK HERE: Southwark final food report

Mood Anxiety & Personality Clinical Academic Group: opportunity for two depression service users.

We are looking for two service user consultants who have used services for depression.

Meetings will be held with research (and clinical) staff to give you an opportunity to provide views and ideas about how a study evaluating a self confidence workshop is being conducted with regard to impact on participants e.g. following up study participants. We would also welcome views about the workshops themselves as they have been designed to be accessible to service users, being run at the weekend in a community centre (leisure centre or library) and accessed through a self-referral system (ie not needing a referral from a GP).

The study evaluating the self-confidence workshop has been funded by the Department of Health (NIHR Research for Patient Benefit Programme). The funding has been given to see if these workshops help participants who are depressed, as well to assess the health-economic aspects of the workshops. If the workshops prove to be successful, then they could be rolled out to different parts of the country. It would be helpful to obtain views of users about the workshops.

The last meeting was on March 8th 2011 and was a pre-meeting with Dr.June Brown: the formal meeting was held at 11.30am-1.30pm on the 8th March at the Maudsley Psychology Centre, Maudsley Hospital.

However – we are still looking for two service user consultants who have used services for depression.

If you’re interested in this opportunity going forward then please get in touch with:
Alice Glover – Patient & Public Involvement Lead
Tel: 020 3228 0959