SLaM Recovery College – Autumn/Winter Term

In July of this year, as part of the continuing development of the SLaM Recovery College, they ran what turned out to be a highly successful pilot scheme of eleven courses at the Ortus Learning Centre. The feedback they got, from those who attended as students (service users, carers and staff) as well as those who developed and delivered the courses, was fantastic.

They still have a lot to do before the college is launched next year – such as recruiting staff and trainers – but the next milestone in their development is this expanded programme of courses, running from mid-October through to mid-December.

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PDF version here: SLaM Recovery College Pilot Scheme Timetable

Disabled People Making History – 23 September 2013

An audio blog by Matthew of the event at Lambeth Accord on 23 September 2013.

This event was organised by Disability Advice Service Lambeth.

The evening included short presentations on local disability history projects.

It also included presentations by Lambeth Mencap, Carers Hub Lambeth and the Allfie Project.

This blog is really interesting – it relates some of the history behind how organisations such as Mencap started.

Atos to lose monopoly after ‘flawed and unacceptable’ disability benefit assessments

More than 40 per cent of the reports carried out on disability benefit claimants by the back-to-work assessor Atos are flawed and unacceptable, according to an audit commissioned by the Government.

Following months of complaints about allegedly unfair and slapdash decisions made by Atos, the Department for Work and Pensions  audited around 400 of the company’s written reports into disability claimants, grading them A to C. Of these, 41 per cent came back with a C, meaning they were unacceptable and did not meet the required standard.

The lowest grade does not necessarily mean the decision was wrong, but that a serious error or omission occurred, such as no evidence to justify the recommendations, or inconsistencies in the evidence provided.

The findings mean the company will be stripped of its monopoly on deciding whether people with disabilities are fit to work. The DWP said the poor quality of the company’s written reports were “contractually unacceptable” and announced on Monday it would be inviting other companies to bid for fresh regional contracts by summer 2014 to help reduce waiting times. Liam Byrne, the shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, said: “This is a direct consequence of three years of appalling contract management by Iain Duncan Smith.”

More than 600,000 of the 1.8 million assessments carried out by Atos since 2009 have been the subject of an appeal, at a cost of £60m. Around 30 per cent of the appeals succeeded. Mark Hoban, minister for Employment, said: “Where our audits identify any drop in quality, we act decisively … It’s vital we continue to improve the service to claimants, which is why we are introducing new providers to increase capacity.”

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said: “It’s about time the Government told Atos to smarten up its act. But, it’s also strikingly clear to disabled people that the whole £112m per-year system is broken.”

A spokeswoman for Atos said: “Our priority is the quality of our work and, following the recent audit, we quickly put in place a plan to improve the quality of written reports.”


Four in ten news and autumn programme

Hello everyone,

Four in Ten Poster 2013

Our new autumn programme is a veritable mix of queer Four in Ten-ness! Oct to Dec 2013 Programme

We finally move to a new venue space at InSpire at the Crypt, St Peters Church in Liverpool Grove, just off Walworth Road by Iceland. See the special map attached! Move to InSpire

With a health and wellbeing theme, our grant from Camberwell Community Council has been put to good use. We have two exciting tutors coming to the group. Maria from Singing for Health is helping us to use our voice to tell our stories with an interesting mix of body percussion and sound! Tae is working with us on a drama project which will help us find new and different ways to express our feelings.

Billy has been working with the group over the last few weeks on a photography project, so over the next few weeks we will be deciding which photos will be used in our photography exhibition!

We also have a great theatre trip lined up for October. Tickets will be limited, so get in touch if you want to come!

Bye for now, and pop down and see us at our new venue!

Speak soon Peter

Peter Vittles

4 in 10 Project Coordinator

(Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)

The Metro Centre Ltd

N106 Westminster Business Square

1-45 Durham Street


SE11 5JH

Tel : 020 8305 5000

Mob: 07711 376 258

Fax: 020 8305 5001

PSUIG Newsletter Issue 5: Autumn 2013

Welcome to the fifth edition of the Psychology Service User Involvement Group (PSUIG) Newsletter.

PSUIG aims to promote high quality, recovery focused user involvement in psychology services throughout the Trust. This newsletter has been developed to keep you up-to-date with innovative involvement activities and projects taking place within the Trust. In each edition we will showcase a project that represents an inspiring example of service user involvement, in addition to other related activities taking place around the Trust.

If you would like to contribute to future newsletters, please email either:

Jeffy Wong (, Matt Richardson ( or Emma Harding (

PSUIG NewsletterIssue 5 Autumn 2013

Mental Patient Fancy Dress Costume

mental patient fancy dress costume

For those who have not heard or read any news today, this is Rethink’s response to this et al:

Mon 30 Sept @ The Dragon Cafe – 1st Birthday!

WHello all,

Well here’s the final programme for The Dragon Cafe Year 1!

Its been an amazing year and thank you all for your support.

Hope that some of you can make it along next Monday and here’s to Nov 4th and hopefully some good news.

All the very best


Declan McGill

Communications Manager

Mental Fight Club
‘Our Business is to Create’

30 September 2013