Hear Us Open Meeting – Discussion & Laughter! – 6th September 2011

You are all warmly welcome to attend this open meeting! With guest speaker John Hipkiss (aka ‘laughing John’) as featured on BBC1 Breakfast http://www.teambuildinglaugh.co.uk
Come and have a laugh with Hear Us, unwind, Lift your mood, have FUN with LAUGHTER YOGA and discover new ways to laugh!
DISCUSSION Topic: Does your GP care about your mental health?

When?: Tuesday September 6th 2011
What Time?: From 1pm onwards
What Venue?: CVA in Croydon, Croydon Voluntary Action, 82 London Road, Croydon CR0 2TB
To view map CLICK HERE:http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=CR0+2TB&hl=en&ll=51.379402,-0.102568&spn=0.007246,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=14.066575,43.286133&z=16

Refreshments will be provided!

To view a programme flyer of the day CLICK HERE:Laughter Workshop Poster – 6th September 2011 – Hear Us
To view a flyer about the tabled discussion topic CLICK HERE:Discussion Topic – 6th September 2011 – Hear Us

We very much look forward to seeing you at this event. No need to book in advance, just come along on the day. Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information.

Tim Oldham (Coordinator)

Hear Us
Orchard House
15a Purley Road
South Croydon

Tel: 020 8681 6888

Hear Us Website = www.hear-us.org

Lambeth and Southwark second community arts focus group

Second community service user Focus Group

This is the second service user focus group for anyone in Southwark or Lambeth who has used SLaM and who would like to input into the arts strategy. These focus groups are facilitated by trained Service User Consultants to hear and record service users views about arts provision. This feedback will be thematically analysed to inform and shape the Arts strategy and the results of this can be supplied to participants .

Anyone who is in Lambeth or Southwark and who has used SLaM services are being sought,

When & Where?
Time: 2pm – 4pm, Friday 9th September
Place: Cooltan Arts, 237 Unit B, Walworth Road, London SE17 1RL
To view a map CLICK HERE:http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SE17+1RL&hl=en&ll=51.490055,-0.096216&spn=0.006667,0.021136&sll=51.519807,-0.117586&sspn=0.213202,0.676346&vpsrc=6&z=16

View the event flyer for more information CLICK HERE:Lambeth and Southwark second community arts focus group
If you would like to view the Outline Arts strategy for 2010 then CLICK HERE:SLaM Arts Strategy outline summary 2010

Refreshments are provided

If you would like to attend please contact: Helen Shearn, Psychosis Arts Development Manager, consulting on SLaM Arts Strategy Tel: 020 3228 2707 Email: Helen.shearn@slam.nhs.uk
OR: Vanessa Bray, Service User Consultant Email: brayvanessa@hotmail.co.uk or just come along on the day 🙂

Empowering Family and Carers Event

September’s Main Themes include PALS (Patient Advice& Liaison Service) &Complaints.
Also talks with professionals about care and treatment as well as Peer Support
Taster session and information on workshops, welfare benefits & support services, medication, and lots… lots more.
Refreshments are also provided

View the flyer for the event CLICK HERE: Empowering Family-Carers Poster
For more detail and to find out about other future meetings which may be closer to you CLICK HERE:Empowering Family-Carers Sept 2011 – Other Info
To download a booking form in Microsoft Word Format CLICK HERE:Booking Form for September 2011
Simply return this form which you can complete at home to the email address at the bottom of this post.

When: Monday 26th September 2011
What time: 4.30pm – 7.45pm
Where:Bishopsgate Centre
Bethlem Royal Hospital
Monks Orchard Road
Kent BR3 3BX
How do I get there? VIEW MAP: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=BR3+3BX&hl=en&ll=51.380393,-0.021737&spn=0.007259,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=14.097003,43.286133&vpsrc=6&z=16

If you have any further questions or require information or simply wish to return your booking form for the event then please direct all correspondence to Email: suiteadmin@slam.nhs.uk

Must See! – Mental Health Resistance Network Meeting! – Short Notice

Meeting this Friday!

Don’t get Mad get Political

In a climate of cuts a victimisation by a government which has the twin vices of being drawn from the firmly established elite and from individuals with little or no regard for public services it is time to unite and fight back.
Mental health survivors like all of us are stressed out and its time to unite and fight.

Come to the half day open meeting aimed at increasing organisation of mental health survivors.
When: Friday the 19th August 2011 – THIS FRIDAY!
Where: Goldsmiths Student Union Bar – Goldsmiths University of London, Dixon Road, London, SE14 6NW
(Near New Cross Gate, & New Cross Rail Stations)
For a map CLICK HERE: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SE14+6NW&hl=en&ll=51.474607,-0.03459&spn=0.007244,0.021136&sll=51.488171,-0.150927&sspn=0.057934,0.169086&vpsrc=6&z=16
What time: Starting 12pm – 4pm

To view the event flyer and details CLICK HERE:Don’t get Mad get Political! A half day conference and networking session

The public law network is currently supporting the mental health resistance network in order to obtain a judicial review of the work capacity assessment which looks set in its current format, to push sick and distressed people off life line benefits and into work which they can not cope with and should not be pushed into.

This will be an excellent event to attend both content wise and for the networking opportunities, united all peoples are stronger.

Good luck!

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Nightline audit – findings and recommendations

Night helpline audit

View the findings and recommendations of the most recent holistic audit
CLICK HERE: Joint Nightline Audit Final Report

This report makes for positive and fulfilling reading and really demonstrates that desperately needed improvements are being identified in SLaM and then acted upon.

Coordinator Job Opening – Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health (Croydon)

Fantastic Opportunity in Croydon for a Talented Coordinator

The Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health (Croydon) is currently searching for a talented coordinator to help support their fantastic organisation. Applicants should supply a Curriculum Vitae and covering letter explaining their reasons for applying and perhaps outlining strengths they feel they could bring to the organisation. Applications may be made by post or email.

– To find out if you have the relevant experience to perform in this role CLICK HERE:Person Specification – Coordinator
– To view the job description CLICK HERE:Job Description – Coordinator

Prospective applicants will benefit greatly by taking a good look at the Association for Pastoral Care in Mental Health website by following this LINK:http://www.pastoral.org.uk/

The closing date for applications is Friday 30th September and interviews will take place on Friday October 14th. However if there are an excessive number of applications then the date may close sooner – so get them off asap!

For more information and to send your application you can post to:

Sue Albery (Project Coordinator)
Croydon Being Alongside Co-Ordinator
St Mildreds Community Centre
Bingham Road
Croydon CR0 7BB

or by emailing:
apcmh@pastoral.org.uk (Listing your applicable as for the attention of Sue Albery in the subject line)


Free Training for Carers

Fantastic Opportunity For Carers – Huge amounts on offer.

Lewisham Adult Health and Social Care in partnership with organizations from the voluntary sector are providing an extensive training programme for access by unpaid carers (unpaid meaning not professional but still perhaps receiving carers allowance or income support). The courses range from First Aid, Carers Rights and also an Introduction to Autism. Please find attached:
Covering letter introducing the programme and giving you more information CLICK HERE:Free Training Carers Training Introduction
Full list dates, and times for all courses CLICK HERE:TRAINING FOR CARERS LIST 2012
Application form to apply CLICK HERE:Free Training For Carers Booking Form

Training is provided by or on behalf of the London Borough of Lewisham Adult Social Care and Health Training Department, Carers Lewisham and Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust.
Please direct all queries to Pauline Grant Email: Pauline.Grant@lewisham.gov.uk
Alternatively you can contact the training department on 020 8314 9393 to express your interest and book a place.

– If you are offered a place on a course, you can complete the attached Training Application Form and return it to:
Adult Social Care Training Unit
2nd Floor
Laurence House
London SE6 4RU