Thanks to the support of Guy’s & St Thomas’ Charity & The Maudsley Charity, The Dragon Cafe will return in 2014!
So this Monday at 1 pm and 6 pm, we will share our plans for the future, with ample chance for questions and discussion. All the usual creative activities – except Tai Chi – return including a special In Conversation with Amanda at 3 pm exploring change and uncertainty. In the evening ‘We Need to Talk About… The ‘Art World’ & The Dragon Café’. will look at how contemporary art may connect to the art of The Dragon Cafe. Hope to see you there!
Cats are not just great company, low maintenance and independent; they are also very good for you. Our head of research and ex-veterinarian Dr Eva Chylarova says “Looking after a pet can bring structure to your day, reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness and act as a link to other people.”
The benefits of cat ownership on wellbeing
In 2011 we surveyed more than 600 people as part of our collaborative study with Cats Protection. Half of those people described themselves as having a mental health problem. The results highlighted some of the benefits of feline ownership:
- 87% of cat owners feel that the animals have a positive impact on their wellbeing
- 76% find that coping with everyday life is easier thanks to the animals
- Stroking a cat is a calming and helpful activity.
One of the survey participants, 33 year-old Jacqui Walker said:
“I have suffered from SAD for many years and last winter it was so bad that I was signed off work and was put on anti-depressants. I was really struggling with life and felt like I had nothing to look forward to.
“This all changed the day that I met Timothy who I adopted from Cats Protection. Less than six weeks after he moved in I was able to return to work full time. Even my doctor was surprised with the change in me. As I said to him, maybe he should have prescribed me a cat instead of Prozac!”
The benefits of cats on wellbeing are becoming increasingly accepted in society with cat cafés cropping up in several major cities, including Le Café des Chats in Paris, France and Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium in London, England.
These cafés are home to up to a dozen friendly felines who weave between the café tables and curl up in customers’ laps, acting as a form of ‘purr therapy’ to the general public.
Myths about cat ownership and mental health
Recent stories of the link between ‘cat ladies’ and self-harm have been misunderstood. The reports are based on a study in Denmark which showed that women who had antibodies against Toxoplasma gondii (T.gondii), a parasite which can be caught from cat faeces, were more likely to go on to self-harm.
However, it is important to note that, although there appeared to be an association, this study did not prove that T.gondii infection was causing women to self-harm. There may have been various mental health, medical, personal or social causes which this study did not explore. In addition the study was specifically looking at the association between self-harm and the parasite itself, rather than those women who owned cats.
The parasite, although commonly found in cat faeces, can also be caught from unwashed vegetables, undercooked meat and contaminated water. In most people with the infection there are minimal or no symptoms, although pregnant women and people with impaired immunity do need to continue to exercise sensible precautions. Therefore it is having good hygiene which is key to preventing infection.
Not a cat fan?
Cats are not the only animal that can offer a great form of companionship.Other pets can also act as a form of therapy for a range of mental health problems and learning difficulties including depression, ADHD, loneliness andAutistic Spectrum Disorder.
Via http://mentalhealth.org.uk via Bridget
As from this week, you can only appeal against a decision on a DWP-administered benefit after you have asked the DWP to ‘reconsider’ their decision. As this is a required step on the way to making an appeal it is called ‘mandatory reconsideration’.
Disability Rights UK have come up with a factsheet for all benefit claimants –http://bit.ly/17tmuQZ
The DWP’s version is here – http://bit.ly/17tmUXO
HEALTHY MINDS PRODUCTIONS
A weekly DROP-IN service for BME service users offering a wide range of creative, social and therapeutic activities to promote their cultural, spiritual and emotional well-being.
Flyer here: HEALING WATERS flyer4
What Is The Supporters Club?
The Supporters Club is a meeting place where discussions and fun ways of exploring Personalisation take place.
The Supporter Club is for carers as well as individuals. For families and friends of individuals that require support. It is a tool to use and view Personalisation from different perspectives.
The Supporters Club is a place that highlights the benefits and the need to begin to construct a Support Plan earlier rather than when it is needed. To explore creative ways of obtaining maximum benefits from a Personal Budget.
The Supporters Club is for meeting people, socialising, gaining knowledge and support to aid individuals to live their life of choice with fulfilment.
The Supporters Club is held
1.30pm to 3.15pm
1st Monday of every month – General Meeting for All
2nd Monday of every month – Older Peoples Group
3rd Monday of every month – Mental Health & Well Being
JOIN US: TUESDAY 1PM ON NOVEMBER 5TH
WHERE: CVA IN WEST CROYDON
GUEST SPEAKERS: DR SOMA, ALEX LUKE AND NOEL URWIN
STARTING WITH LUNCH AT 1PM
PDF here: november 2013
Maudsley Learning (http://www.maudsleylearning.com/) is a new social enterprise with the vision to support and provide world class and accessible learning in mental health and wellbeing.
We launched in June 2013 with the opening of the ORTUS, a stunning new learning and event centre based conveniently in Camberwell, South London and which is adjacent to the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital and King’s College London.
In addition to our amazing venue we will launch our digital space, ORTUS online, in early 2014. ORTUS online will spread the learning opportunities beyond Camberwell and support our global aspiration to make learning accessible for all. It will be a focus for learning, using new and innovative methods of delivery to support the face-to-face learning activities at the ORTUS.
As well as supporting other groups and organisations with their own learning, Maudsley Learning will be developing its own events and content delivered face-to-face at the ORTUS and virtually through ORTUS online. These could be anything from short courses to e-learning modules to community-focused events and accredited conferences.
Working collaboratively with our clinical and academic partners at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), Kings College London (KCL) and the Institute of Psychiatry (IoP), Maudsley Learning will create innovative, forward thinking, relevant and informative learning events for a broad audience. Our audience includes those from clinical and corporate environments as well as service users, patients and carers, young people, students, the police, the judiciary, charities etc.
Maudsley Learning is a subsidiary of the Maudsley Charity (http://www.maudsleycharity.org.uk) which is a charity that aims to support innovation and improvement in mental health care. This includes promoting public awareness and the understanding of mental health issues.
We are therefore recruiting for the role of Sales & Marketing Administrator to:
- Support the Sales & Marketing Manager in marketing activities and the Sales Executive in sales administration
- Help manage a Key Account that is important to our continued success
- Consistently uphold and deliver the best possible sales and after-sales experience to our clients
- Work closely with the Sales Executive to administer a large volume of venue hire bookings: including calendar management, following up on catering orders, liaising with clients to capture all required event details right up until handover to the Services team
- Input all event and client data accurately into our event management software and respond to enquiries, emails and calls in a professional and timely fashion
- Work closely with the Sales Executive and Services team to ensure all required event detail, such as AV and catering requirements are captured thoroughly to ensure smooth delivery on the day
- Input daily event details to be displayed on our digital screens located throughout the venue
- Assist with the invoicing of clients
- Assist with research and data building for the Sales & Marketing Manager and Sales Executive to utilise in sales and marketing campaigns
- Assist the Sales & Marketing Manager with a variety of marketing related activities as and when required
- Deputise for the Sales Executive in their absence
- IT & Tech focused, particularly in regards to CRM and venue booking systems (training will be provided but the ability to learn fast and be comfortable with software is an absolute must – if you don’t consider yourself as naturally gifted with software then please don’t apply)
- Excellent communication skills – written and verbally
- A team worker who has experience of working within a multi disciplined team in the achievement of a common goal
- A focused individual with a keen attention to detail and willingness to take responsibility for work
- Track record of working flexibly within a team and with the ability to maintain focus in a busy and demanding work environment
- Account management and venue sales experience desired
- Comfortable emailing, calling and meeting with people
- An interest in mental health and a believer in our vision
Grand Bazaart @ Tate Modern with arts and mental health organisations for World Mental Health day this Saturday 26th OctoberPosted: October 24, 2013
A collaboration of creative minds celebrating World Mental Health Day
Tate Modern, East Room
Saturday 26 October 2013, 13.30 – 17.30
No booking required.
Grand Bazaart transforms the East Room in celebration of World Mental Health Day.
Tate Modern collaborates with a range of arts and mental health organisations including CoolTan Arts, Portugal Prints, Seymour Art Collective, SlamAdArt, Studio Upstairs and South East London Arts Network (SELAN).
Join our creative art workshops in the East Room and listen to poetry, performance and spoken word.
For more information click here.
Including our local arts and mental health organisations:
CoolTan Arts guided Largactyl Shuffle tour
Level 4 Structure and Clarity
15 places to be booked on a first come first served basis at 13.20 on the day (Level 4 concourse).
Largactyl walk leaders take the public on an afternoon tour around the Structure and Clarity display looking at a range of modern and contemporary artworks. The tour includes a selection of artworks around the theme of light, colour and mood, highlighting the artist’s histories and politics. This interactive tour includes the opportunity for the audience to express their views and take part in a creative activity.
SlamAdArt: An installation using tents
Shelter… resilience… fragility… displacement… support…
We are a group of creative individuals, and artists, just like you who happen to have suffered issues of addiction at some point in their lives.
SlamAdArt installation has been made possible with support from the Maudsley charity.
South East London Arts Network (SELAN) – Patchwork or Doodle the View Workshop
Draw the amazing view from the East Room, write a poem or create your own idea onto acetate. Your creation is then added to a Georgian window looking out to St Pauls Cathedral.
Don’t keep it a secret……tell a carer today
CoolTan Arts invite you to take part in the public consultation on the future development of the site of our old premises at 237 Walworth Road.
When planning was granted at this site it was on the prevision of a section 106, with CoolTan Arts as the named recipient. This meant that the developer promised include an allocation for community space in any new development.
Currently the proposed planning application is for a shared housing development, something which doesn’t include the promised facilities.
We believe it is vital that any new development must include the promised community space for CoolTan Arts. The Walworth Road needs to have public community spaces, places that provide skilled employment and wages above the minimum wage, allowing people a respectable standard of living. We believe that the area should not be taken over by expensive housing developments at the expense of other facilities and needs.
CoolTan Arts has developed a petition about this and will be contacting the council in Southwark and all our MPS, please add your name: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cooltan-arts-community-space-for-237-walworth-road/
Goldcrest the developer is inviting local residents and businesses to a public exhibition to view the proposals on Thursday 24th October between 12pm and 8pm at Chatelaine House, 186 Walworth Road, London, SE17 1JJ.
CoolTan will be attending the meeting between 1-2pm and invite you to join us then to have your say.
If you cannot attend the meeting Goldcrest invite you to share your views by either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by writing: Walworth Road Consultation, FREEPOST RSBX-ARER-CTYA, Your Shout, The Old Marmite Factory, 1-45 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JH.
You can also contact Southwark Council: Southwark Council, PO BOX 64529, London SE1P 5LX, 020 7525 5000, email@example.com