Wallace & Gromit’s Great British Tea Party!

Come along for this tea party and help raise money to help sick children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK.
Its also a great opportunity to meet some of the people at Southwark Carers – as you may be a carer yourself or may have a carer who would be interested in finding out more about the organisation.

View the flyer for this event CLICK HERE:Wallace & Gromit’s Great British Tea Party!

When?: Thursday 8th December 2011
What time?: Between 10AM – 1PM
Where?: Gilroy Hall,
Cambridge House
1 Addington Square,
Camberwell,
SE5 0HF
Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SE5+0HF&hl=en&ll=51.48145,-0.091882&spn=0.006842,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=13.313739,43.286133&vpsrc=6&hnear=London+SE5+0HF,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16

Wallace & Gromit may be available to speak to at the event!

If you’re interested in coming then please contact Southwark Carers:
Email:info@southwarkcarers.org.uk or Tel:020 7708 4497

Remember – All money raised goes to help sick children



TWIG Ops Meeting Minutes – Thursday 4th August 2011

Take a look at the Trust Wide Involvement  Group Operational Meeting minutes for the:

Thursday 4th August 2011 Meeting

You can find out what happened in the meeting and get a flavour of what’s going on in SLaM TWIG Ops.

To view the transcript minutes from the meeting CLICK HERE:Minutes of SLaM TWIG Operations Meeting 4th August 2011


Working Through Paranoia and Unusual Beliefs

A One-Day Learning Event Exploring an Often Misunderstood Subject
FREE. LIMITED SPACES, BOOKING REQUIRED.

View the flyer for this training event CLICK HERE:Working Through Paranoia and Unusual Beliefs

Have a read of some inpiring information about the event speaker Pete Bullimore “I wouldn’t want to get rid of
my voices now, they’re part of me” CLICK HERE:Inspiring Info About Peter – event speaker

When?: Thursday 3rd November 2011
What time?: 9.30 am – 4.00 pm
Where?: Seniors,
260 Stanstead Road,
Lewisham,
SE23 1DD
Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SE23+1DD&hl=en&ll=51.44149,-0.037379&spn=0.013696,0.042272&sll=51.465959,-0.110636&sspn=0.006844,0.021136&vpsrc=6&hnear=London+SE23+1DD,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=15
– Buses: 185, 171 * Train Stations: Catford, Catford Bridge & Forest Hill (10-15min walk) * Venue has full
disability access with lavatory suitable for smaller wheelchairs only. Local taxis on 8291-1111 & 8697-1235 *
Parking available in local streets. Another great LVP Project Event!

HOME-COOKED LUNCH PROVIDED BY VENUE!
COME FOR HALF DAY IF YOU WISH; LUNCH AT 1.00 PM

This event is open to all

¨ Hear Personal Experience and Recovery
¨ Understand Paranoia as a Disability
¨ Re-think and Explore Paranoia using the latest ideas
¨ Discover the Three Stages of Paranoia
¨ Learn about Triggers and Warning Signs
¨ Learn about Working with Unusual Beliefs

To book contact Errol Hall, Email: errol.hall@slam.nhs.uk Tel: 0208 694 6519

 


Lambeth – Choice Workshops

Lambeth – Choice workshops

These workshops have been organised as part of the Lambeth Personal Health Budget
pilot. They are a great opportunity for service users in Lambeth accessing
mental health services to explore what’s involved in making choices
about their life and to share knowledge and experience of what
opportunities are out there.

View the flyer for these workshops CLICK HERE:Lambeth Personalisation Workshops

When?:

  • 3rd November 2011 – Faith & Culture
  • 24th November 2011 – Education
  • 15th December 2011 – Arts & Culture
  • 19th January 2012 – Holidays
  • 9th February 2012 – Connecting with your Neighbourhood
  • 23rd February 2012 – Leisure
    What time?: 1:30 – 3pm
    Where?: SHARP
    308-312 Brixton Road
    Brixton
    London
    SW9 6AA
    Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SW9+6AA&hl=en&ll=51.468379,-0.111194&spn=0.006844,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=13.313739,43.286133&vpsrc=6&hnear=London+SW9+6AA,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16 All of these workshops are free for Lambeth based service users and carers and booking is not required – simply turn up on the day!
    However if you do have any enquiries then please feel free to call DASL: 0207 642 0041

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Lambeth Mental Health Support Planning Training

Learning Together
Three one-day training events are currently being run on Mental Health Support Planning:

View the flyer for this event CLICK HERE:Lambeth Support Planning Flyer – 2011
When?:

  • 28th October 2011
  • 25th November 2011
  • 9th December 2011What time?:
    9.30am for registration, tea/coffee
    10.00am Start
    1.00pm Lunch (provided)
    4.30pm Finish
    Where?:
    Brixton Road Community Mental Health Centre
    332 Brixton Road (Conservatory Room)
    Lambeth
    London
    SW9 7AA
    Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SW9+7AA&hl=en&ll=51.465959,-0.110636&spn=0.006844,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=13.313739,43.286133&vpsrc=6&hnear=London+SW9+7AA,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16

    These training sessions are a great opportunity for service users and Carers in Lambeth accessing mental health services to understand how to create their own support plan to access personal budgets as part of the Personalisation agenda. The sessions will be for Lambeth service users, carers and lambeth mental
    health staff so together you can learn about this new way of working and helping each other.

    Overview of what the days are about
    Personalisation is now the new direction for resources allocation in care and A key part of self-directed support is people making a support plan to work out what is important to them and how they can use their Personal Budget in the best way. These one-day training events will give you the chance to learn more about support planning and what it means.
    This training will enable you to stay one step ahead of the game and make sure you know all about support planning in personalisation.

    If you are interested and with to book a place
    For all bookings (service users, carers, voluntary sector) please call:
    Claire Groarke on

    Tel: 020 3228 7050 or Email: claire.groarke@slam.nhs.uk

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Service User Consultants to work on the PPI Strategy Consultation Process

PPI – Public & Patient Involvement

14 Service Users Currently Sought!
Deadline for applications extended!

About this role:
SLaM is revising its strategy on Public and Patient Involvement (PPI)
The first phase in this work is to capture PPI related aims and objectives contained within existing strategies developed by the Trust, the Department of Health or other NHS Bodies. We also need to consider PPI related programmes of work coming out of groups working within SLaM or externally (e.g. Department of Health and other NHS Bodies).
Approximately 14 people are being sought who have used SLaM services. You will be asked to review a number of templates, which have been completed by SLaM staff who lead on either a strategic area or chair a key meeting. You will need to query, question and clarify the information contained on the papers then, as a group, decide on the key areas you think the PPI Strategy needs to consider. This will be reported back to the PPI Steering Group by your group lead.

  • View the full Role Description CLICK HERE:Service User Consultant to work on the PPI Strategy Consultation Process
  • Also see the list of sub groups and have a think about which ones you’re most interested in working with CLICK HERE:Subgroups ListIf you’ve had a read of the Role Description above and have an wish to apply to work with one of the subgroups in the list above:
    – then Call or Email a member of the PPI Team.Ray Johannsen-Chapman (Trust Strategic Lead for PPI)
    Emma Playford (Senior Patient Experience Officer)
    Nell Filgate (Patient Experience Officer)
    All of the above can be contacted on: 020 3228 1657 / 1661 / 1674 or by email: PPI@slam.nhs.uk
    The PPI Team will talk to you about your experience as well as answer any questions you might have. It is possible to make a preference about which sub-group/s you would prefer to work in. However, all sub-groups will have to be populated and you may not be allocated to the sub-group of your choice.Also see the list of sub groups and have a think about which ones you’re most interested in working with CLICK HERE:Subgroups ListDeadline for applications?:
    Monday 17th October 2011.

    NOW EXTENDED TO – Monday 24TH october 2011!



Nightline audit wins first prize at HQIP national awards

The HQIP National Audit Awards and Conference 2011 took place on 10 and 11th October at the Mercure Hotel, Manchester.

A total of 14 NHS organisations were shortlisted for the five awards, including the only double-nominee – South London and Maudsley NHS which was nominated in the Patient and Public Involvement (the Crisis Helpline Audit) and in the Sustained Improvement categories (Audit of Antipsychotic use in Inpatients with diagnosis of Dementia).

The Crisis Helpline Evaluation was announced as the Winner in it’s category of Patient and Public Involvement.  The judges commented that the project was exemplary as it demonstrates the value of including service users in all stages of an audit project from choosing a topic to developing recommendations and implementing changes.  The prize and certificates were collected by Dr. Martin Baggaley, SLaM Medical Director and Sheila Woodward, Corporate Audit Project Manager on behalf of the Audit Lead, D Rosier, Service User Consultant who was unable to make the ceremony.  For further information and to view the poster presentations of either of the SLAM projects, please visit the HQIP website intranet site  http://www.hqip.org.uk/hqip-clinical-audit-awards-2011-and-the-winners-are/


Equality and Diversity Service User Consultant Role – with the Psychosis CAG

CAG = Clinical Academic Group

– Are you interested in helping the Psychosis CAG to develop better ways to make sure that people are treated fairly in relation to their ethnicity, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief?
– Are you passionate about getting involved in improving mental health services?
– Are you comfortable working alongside managers and service users?

This role is to be a member of the “Psychosis CAG Equality and Diversity Steering Group”. It’s a great opportunity for someone to step forward who may have opinions about Equality and Diversity.

What will be expected of you?:

  • Attendance of the Equality and Diversity Group for two hours every two months.
  • Occasional attendance of other meetings, such as the Service User Advisory Group. This will mean another hour per month.
  • Email and phone calls in between meetings of up to one hour per month.
  • Help staff consider the relevance of Equality and Diversity issues to service user

This role will be best suited to someone with:

  • Experience of using mental health services
  • A real passion for equality and diversity
  • Experience of meetings
  • Experience of consulting with services users
  • Ability to think about others’ experiencesWhat are the hours?
    Between 2- 4 hours per month. The role will be fully reviewed after six months.How do you apply?
    – First, have a look at the role description CLICK HERE:Service User Equality and Diversity Committee Consultant(s)
    – And a power-point presentation CLICK HERE:What is the Psychosis CAG?For more information and/or if you are interested in applying contact:
    Anne Kirby, Patient and Public Involvement Lead for the Psychosis CAG:
    Email:anne.kirby@slam.nhs.uk or Tel:07989652482
    Please note that the deadline for applications being received is Friday 28th October 2011 

Mind – Time to Change – Job Vacancies.

Mind are currently recruiting for a number of positions ranging from part time to full time.
Join Mind in England’s most ambitious movement to end mental health discrimination. Time to Change is a dynamic programme led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief, to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems.

You can view all vacancies in this flyer CLICK HERE: Mind – Job Vacancies – Full List

A brief overview of the jobs currently being recruited for:

  • Head of Social Leadership and Engagement
    Fixed term until March 2015 • £42,165 per annum, 35 hours per week.
    See flyer for more details.
  • Governance Support Officer
    Fixed term until March 2015 • £14,510 per annum, 21 hours per week.
    See flyer for more details.
  • Programme Legacy Project Manager
    Fixed term until 30 June 2012 • £13,655 per annum, 14 hours per week.
    See flyer for more details.
  • Programme Legacy Project Officer
    Fixed term until 30 June 2012 • £24,184 per annum, 35 hours per week.
    See flyer for more details.
  • Freelance Regional and Equalities Co-ordinators:
    • 5 Regional Co-ordators to work 4 days per month in London, South East, North West,
    East Midlands, West Midlands
    • 6 Equalities Co-ordators to work 2 days per month with marginalised and excluded groups.
    Leadership and Engagement Team Assistant
    Both fixed term until March 2015 • £19,438 per annum, 35 hours per week
    See flyer for more details.
  • Mind, one of the partners in Time to Change, is also recruiting:
    Mind Engagement Manager
    £37,071 per annum, 35 hours per week
    See flyer for more details.All the roles above, except the freelance co-ordinators, are based at Mind in Stratford, East London.
    To apply, please visit: www.mind.org.uk/jobs
    Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 26 October.Interviews are likely to take place during week beginning 7 November.
    Time to Change encourages applications from diverse communities and people with lived experience of mental health problems and considers such experience a positive attribute for all roles.The TWIG blog provides links to other organisations for information and convenience only. Links to external websites have been checked, however TWIG is not responsible for the content of these third party websites. The views and opinions expressed on the third party sites or expressed by groups related to the third party sites do not necessarily reflect that of TWIG.

The Chris Lawrence Award Event – 21st October 2011 – You can still nominate too!

SLaM (South London & Maudsley) in partnership with Healing Waters present:
The Chris Lawrence Award

Celebrating the successes and achievements of BME (Black & Minority Ethnic) Staff and BME Female survivors of mental health services.

View the graphic flyer for this event CLICK HERE: The Chris Lawrence Award Event – Friday the 21st October 2011

When?: Friday the 21st October 2011
What time?:
Lunch: 1 – 1:30pm
Awards, Presentations & Entertainment: 1:30 – 3pm
Where?: West Croydon Baptist Church Hall,
Whitehorse Road,
(Corner of St James Road)
CR0 2JH
Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=CR0+2JH&hl=en&ll=51.381652,-0.097954&spn=0.007272,0.021136&sll=51.37971,-0.103362&sspn=0.007272,0.021136&vpsrc=6&hnear=Croydon+CR0+2JH,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16

If you would like to nominate someone for the award then download this form CLICK HERE: NOMINATION FORM – CHRIS LAWRENCE AWARD

For more information about this event then contact Marjorie Francis:
Tel – 0203 326 0437 or Mob – 07956 589 647 or Email – Info@healingwaters.org.uk
Hear us welcome stools at this event from any organisations within SLaM as well as any voluntary and community organisations as a means of networking and sharing.

Bring leaflets and information and raise awareness about your services!

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Hear Us Open Meeting ‘THE BIG BENEFITS MEETING’

FREE TO ANYONE WITH AN INTEREST IN MENTAL HEALTH
Including Service Users, Carers, Staff, Care Coordinators… And many more!

View the graphic flyer for this event CLICK HERE:Hear Us Open Meeting 1st November 2011

When?: Tuesday 1st November 2011
What Time?: 1pm
Where?: CVA Resource Centre,
82 London Road,
Croydon,
CR0 2TB
Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=CR0+2TB&hl=en&ll=51.37971,-0.103362&spn=0.007272,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=14.118794,43.286133&vpsrc=6&hnear=Croydon+CR0+2TB,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16

This meeting will provide answers for all your Benefits questions and concerns as well as information about volunteering and how people with mental health problems can be supported to access meaningful employment. During a time such as the one we now find ourselves in – this meeting will arm you with the information to defend your rights.

Guest Speakers include:

· Mind in Croydon Employment Support Service

· Status Employment

· Croydon Community Opportunities Service (CCOS)

· Representative from the DWP (Department of Work and Pensions)

· Job centre Plus – in work support program

· SLaM welfare Benefits department

· Carers, Pensions and Disabilities Service

· Appeals and Tribunals Support with MIND in Croydon

And to make it even better there will be REFRESHMENTS and LIVE MUSIC!

All are welcome but if you have any questions or want to get in touch then please:
Tel: 020 8681 6881 or Email: info@hear-us.org

ALSO – DONT FORGET – HEAR US NEEDS YOUR VOTE: SEE THIS POST – ONLY YOU CAN TIP THE BALANCE! CLICK HERE: https://slamtwigops.wordpress.com/2011/10/05/hear-us-needs-your-support/


Saunterers – Thames Path Walk November 6th 2011

Saunter – To stroll at a leisurely pace

This recently founded group is a warm initiative aimed at arranging walks for service users and carers.
Its a great way to brighten up November and a nice way to meet others along the way.

To view the flyer for event CLICK HERE: Saunterers – 6th November Thames Path Walk 2011

When?: 6th November 2011
What time?: To be confirmed
Where?: The Thames path

“I stroll along serenely, with my eyes, my shoes, my rage, forgetting everything” Pablo Neruda – Chilean poet and politician

Do you or have you used mental health services? Are you a carer in mental health?
Would you like to walk at a leisurely pace, with others, through some beautiful London scenery?
If are interested then contact:
Emilio
Tel: 07904985357



Training for Mental Health Carers In Assessment & Intervention Support

NEURO – ADVOCACY SKILLS FOR CARERS

(TEA PROVIDED – FREE FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARERS – ALL OTHER CARERS £40, PROFESSIONALS £150)
– As you can see this course is currently attracting top dollar from professionals which gives you an idea of the quality and value of the training!
You as mental health carers get it FREE!

View the flyer for this event CLICK HERE:NEURO – ADVOCACY SKILLS FOR CARERS 2011

When?:
Part 3 11th October 2011 – Still Space!
Part 4 18th October 2011 – Still Space!
What time?: 1 – 5pm
Where?: Migrant and refugee communities forum,
2 Thorpe Close,
London,
W10 5XL
Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=W10+5XL&hl=en&ll=51.517983,-0.207152&spn=0.013673,0.042272&sll=50.826558,-0.154754&sspn=0.027759,0.084543&vpsrc=6&hnear=London+W10+5XL,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=15
Nearest Tube: Ladbroke Grove

There are limited places so book early!
To book contact:
Monique for Reservations on Tel: 0208 960 3873

Facilitator: Roland Ackord, C Psychol AFBPsS Csi, Chartered Neuro Psychologist
When and how should carers intervene and what level of support is appropriate?
Deciding how to intervene and support someone in your care can involve a precise understanding of his or her mood, preferences, learning style, degree of comprehension, or even their overall ability.

As a carer – simply knowing a person over a long period may not always be enough when deciding on a support package.
Neuro – Advocacy is designed to equip carers with simple but highly effective tools to assess factors such as mood, comprehension, preferences and learning styles of people with mental health problems. These outcomes can be reviewed and form the basis of on-gong care. The approach means that support and other intervention become more appropriate, targeted and cost effective over time.
Throughout the training, carers will be offered practical advice on how to collect and interpret a range of information, ensuring maximum use of time, effort and money.

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World Mental Health Day in Black History Month Event

¡Happening This Monday!

This year World Mental Health Day takes place in Black History Month,
Making this event a double celebration, and great way to start the week!

To celebrate and promote peer support:
– You are all warmly invited to attend this event consisting of food and music
on the lawn / in the gym if it rains!
This event will also be an opportunity to find out more about peer support and to meet lots of interesting people!

View flyer for this event CLICK HERE:WMHD BHM flyer October 2011

When?: Monday 10th October 2011
What time?: 1 – 3pm
Where?:
Community Link Centre
Maudsley Hospital
SE5 8AZ
Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=SE5+8AZ&hl=en&ll=51.469234,-0.091152&spn=0.006844,0.021136&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=13.313739,43.286133&vpsrc=6&hnear=London+SE5+8AZ,+United+Kingdom&t=m&z=16



Hear Us – Needs your support!

Hear Us
Croydon’s Mental Health User Group needs YOUR Support to win a Natwest Community Force award!

Take a look at the flyer CLICK HERE:Help Hear Us Win!
VOTE FOR Hear Us so that it has a chance to win by following this link: http://communityforce.natwest.com/project/2463

Voting is really easy and once you follow the link just tick the box in the top right and then click the big pink ‘vote for us’ button next to it – you may need to quickly register but this takes seconds.

Your support is very important to keep Hear Us going from strength to strength.

For those of you who may not have come across Hear Us, it is a charity run by people with experience of mental illness for people with mental illness. It gives people a voice in their community, provides vital support and information and signposts people towards education, social activities, safe places to socialise, employment and much more.

What do Hear Us plan to use the CommunityForce award for?

Hear Us needs essential office equipment to produce regular, colourful and information-packed Guides and Leaflets which you may have seen!. It wishes to provide support and information to as many people with mental health problems as possible in Croydon, along with their carers and families, so that people can lead healthy and fulfilling lives in their community. Hear Us would also like to be able to host more events that bring people together, to socialise, learn and share experiences, in a fun and safe environment.

If you would like further info or have a question / require support to vote then you can contact
Jane White:
Email: jane@hear-us.org or Tel:020 8681 6888

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