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