Launch of our poetry and creative writing groups at the Ladywell Unit

We are delighted at announce the official launch of our poetry and creative writing groups at the Ladywell Unit. We are hosting a launch party to celebrate this on Wednesday 20th June, 1.30 – 5pm, in the ground floor cafe and garden.

The launch party will include:

  • Survivor’s story from Andy Clark on his recovery from addiction
  • Poetry workshop
  • Live music from Andy Clark and Phil Morrison
  • Barbecue

We would appreciate it if you could reply to let us know numbers for seating and catering please contact Anna Callinan  0203 228 0236 or .

Hope to see you there,
Patrick Lee, Anna Callinan, Sarah Miell.

Flyer here: Come along to our POETRY CREATVE version 2


A final push for hear us, mental wellbeing and ice cream!

Have you voted yet?

The ivo social funding competition shortlist is out and the projects need your help to win!

Cast your vote here

Closing date 6th June 2012

Hear Us are coming third, but if we come first, we can have FREE ICECREAM for everyone at our Wellbeing Event on July 3rd.

Any help gratefully appreciated.

The event will offer taster sessions in all things ‘holistic’ for service users and indeed, anyone with an interest in mental health and wellbeing.

  • Tai Chi
  • Yoga
  • Relaxation
  • Meditation
  • Shiatsu
  • Pilates
  • Singing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Cookery
  • Kick boxing
  • Spirituality discussions
  • Mindfulness
  • And much more……

Free DJ Taster Course – 4 weeks

Dates: 4 week course (Once a week)

First session: Tuesday 12th June followed by 19th, 26th of June and 3rd of July

Times: Tuesdays 14.00 – 17.00

Cost: Free to Southwark Residents, limited spaces for non-Southwark residents

No. of spaces: ONLY 12 spaces available

Venue: The Hub, 103 Asylum Road, London SE15 2LB

Course Outline:

  • Taught by ex Radio 1 xtra DJ Child
  • Learning about BPM’s
  • How to beat match
  • Track selection
  • Using CDJ 1000’s


To register call Marxsi on: 020 8320 0880

Support for Hear Us

Our entry has been shortlisted in the ivo social funding competition! You can see the full list of entries here:

We would like to hold a special Wellbeing Event in Croydon

Voting for the top three has now opened and will run until midnight on the 6th June 2012. To give our project a boost we would like to invite you to come and vote for us. Voting is open to ivo members only so you’ll need to connect with ivo first – it’s easy, just click on the Invite link below and follow the instructions.

There are only 8 on the shortlist so the odds of winning are high – the more people who vote for us the better as every vote will count.

Welfare Reform – A Summary of the Main Changes to Social Security Benefits

The Government is introducing a wide range of changes to the social security benefits system under the Welfare Reform Act 2012 and the Pensions Act 2011.

Some of the changes are focussed on people of working age, and so will not affect older people in the same way. Younger disabled people will experience many changes and the age at which people are considered to be ‘of working age’ or ‘older’ for benefit purposes will both increase.

Full briefing document here: Welfare Reform Briefing 2012 (Final)2

UK GPs Conference has Voted unanimously for an end to the DWP/AtoS Work Capability Assessment régime “with immediate effect”

The United Kingdom Local Medical Committees Conference of the British Medical Association has voted today to carry the following motion:

22nd May 2012 12.10 pm


That conference, in respect of work capability assessments (WCA) as performed by ATOS Healthcare, believes that the:

(i) inadequate computer based assessments that are used have little regard to the nature or complexity of the needs of long term sick and disabled persons

(ii) WCA should end with immediate effect and be replaced with a rigorous and safe system that does not cause avoidable harm to some of the weakest and most vulnerable in society.

The motion was carried UNANIMOUSLY

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Service user commentaries required for Creek’s Occupational therapy in Mental Health 5th edition

.Link here:
Do you like the idea of influencing a major professional textbook?
An opportunity has arisen for mental health service users  to  write a short commentary on a chapter in the forthcoming Creek’s Occupational Therapy in Mental Health (5th edition).
Dr Wendy Bryant of Brunel University has provided these details and would be pleased to hear from anyone who is interested.
Yours faithfully
Dr Katrina Bannigan
Director of RCOMH

Summer Autobiography art workshops

I Am Who Am I?

How different would life be if rather than asking who am I, we contemplated how we’d like to engage life?

You are warmly invited to join this workshop which will give us an opportunity to think about ourselves in some new ways, and then to make some momentoes which reflect parts of “who we are”.

The focus is on exploring and expressing ourselves creatively: you don’t need any artistic experience or special skills.

Flyer front here: DR final flyer front



A half-day creative workshop working with your own autobiographical material

Where & when:

Croydon: Tuesday 14th August @ Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA)

Lambeth: Tuesday 11th September @ SHARP, Brixton

Lewisham: Tuesday 31st July @ the Albany, Deptford

Southwark: Tuesday 28th August @ InSpire, Walworth


For anyone who is using SLaM services in the community

Booking & information:

Please contact D: 07815 847334

or Helen: 020 3228 2707

For more information:

Visit the blog:

These workshops coincide with D’s exhibition at the SGDP, part of the Institute of Psychiatry, which runs from Monday 9th July to Wednesday 26th September 2012 (free admission: closed weekends).

This project is funded through a grant from the Maudsley Charity

Flyer back here: DR final flyer back

Open Letter in Response to Media Portrayal of Disabled Persons and Disability Benefit Claimants

Open Letter in Response to Media Portrayal of Disabled Persons and Disability Benefit Claimants.


Branch Out: Hidden Market

You are invited to the following event:
Branch Out: Hidden Market
Tuesday, 19 June 2012 from 10:30 to 13:00 (GMT)
The Albany
Douglas Way
SE8 4AG London
United Kingdom
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Join us for this seminar exploring how to offer inclusive workshops for adults with mental health needs:   10:30am – 1pm Tuesday 19 June 2012 Albany, Deptford   Understand the impact the arts can have on those with mental health needs ·        …
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We hope you can make it!


Jane Hendrie

Lewisham Education Arts Network


Kindred Minds

A user-run mental health project for service users/survivors for Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in Southwark & nearby areas

We would like to welcome BME service users/survivors to our:

Well Being Days

Thursday 24th May – Friday 25th May 2012

10:30am – 4:30pm

Two full days of free taster sessions on complementary therapies

and mindfulness activities:

    • Indian Head Massage,
    • Homeopathy,
    • Reflexology,
    • Chair Massage,
    • Reiki,
    • Singing Workshops,
    • Life Coaching Workshops,
    • Truly Madly Healthy Workshops,
    • Pilates,
    • Mindful Movements,
    • Salsa for Well Being,
    • African Dance,
    • Acupuncture,
    • Nail Painting
    • Laughing Workshop
    • No Booking Required. Come along to the venue at any time, first come, first serve. Professionals working in this area are also welcome, but will be restricted to join in certain group activities only.


@InSpire the Crypt

St Peter’s Church

Liverpool Grove

Off Walworth Road

SE17 2HH

Nearest tube Elephant and Castle near East Street Market

Flyer here: Kindred Minds_A4_final

Map to venue here

Southwark Mind

Kindred Minds

Black and Minority Ethnic Project

020 7358 7030

Web: check here for dates of groups/events


Text your full name on our mobile no: 07809 701 434 to receive text messages of our events

Facebook: Kindred Minds

Kindred Minds PoP-In: Every two weeks drop-in on Thursdays 12-2pm, Indian Head Massage, chill and chat, refreshments and snacks at Cambridge House.

Free 1-2-1 weekly sessions of Life Coaching – contact Humphrey at Kindred Minds for more info on

Kindred Minds Theatre group meet every 2 weeks on Friday 2-4pm at Inspire St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool Grove, nr East Street Market, Walworth SE17 2HH

Coming soon

June’s Crossing Culture Event: Spirit of Afrika dance performance – free limited tickets available on

‘Tree of Life’ developed in an African context, the emphasis is on strength and culture and is applicable across cultures – come and explore your ‘Tree of Life’ in workshops run by Kindred MInds members. Register your interest

Talkshop -debating group to discuss current and important issues affect us as BME people in the mental health systems and our communities and societies.


Don’t miss the new SoundCAFE sessions open to Southwark residents. Starts Monday May 28th at 4:00-5:00 pm

Flyer here: soundcafe


Peer Support in Southwark: Together we can recover

We are recruiting for our 5th peer supporter training course.

The project aims to reduce risk of relapse following discharge from acute services by providing support from a peer with lived experience of mental illness or distress.

We are looking for people who can commit to giving a couple of hours a week support for up to 6 months and in return will get free training and volunteer expenses paid such as travel and lunch costs or entry to leisure activities such as a museum or cinema.

I am attaching the postcard: ps110101

Drawn from distress to recovery: a call for graphic memoirs

Please see the attached beautiful flyer with full information.


SLaM Family & Carers Event

Dear All,

We will be having our next Family & Carers Event on the 22nd May 2012, from 3.15pm – 6.30pm at the Bethlem Royal Hospital.

Please see our poster here for further details here Empowering Family & Carers Poster May (v2) REPRP. Hard copies are available on request.

Those that attended previous events have told us how useful and informative it was to find out about their welfare benefits, carers assessments, support services, medication, care and treatments and to meet other carers.

Please help to advertise this event as widely as possible by passing this information on to your staff teams or better still directly to carers and family members if you are able to. 

Please note that this event is for Family & Carers and not staff. If you have a particular interest in supporting Family members and Carers and would like to be involved in delivering this event then please do contact us.

Thank you.

Suite Administrator