Raw sounds WOW party

rs wow

Bromley & Lewisham Mind: Administrators

Closing date:
Interview date:
£17.482 per annum (pro rata for part time post)
37.5 or 19 hours per week

Bromley & Lewisham Mind is a local charity, working alongside people with mental health needs and dementia to improve their quality of life. We are looking for one full time and one part time administrator to provide support to our Bromley Working for Wellbeing (BWW) Service. BWW is a busy psychological therapies service supporting up to 5,000 people a year.

This is an exciting opportunity for an administrator who shares our passion for improving access to psychological therapies. You will need experience of admin/clerical work in a similar environment and the ability to use computer applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel.

Working as part of a lively team, you will be flexible in your approach and will respond positively and calmly in emergency situations. Organised and with a pleasant and helpful telephone manner, you will enjoy working in a busy team environment.

Closing date: 9am on Tuesday 4 March 2014

Likely interview date: Tuesday 18 March 2014

Staff benefits include a matched contribution pension scheme, 25 days’ holiday, quality supervision and training opportunities. See our website for more reasons to work for Bromley & Lewisham Mind.

For an application pack, please go to our website


Via Matthew


Following the collapse of Atos’s contract with the DWP to process work capability assessments, we are hearing reports that all such assessments have been suspended until another company can be found to process them.

Some reports indicate that there will be a two year moratorium on ESA claimants being looked at again e.g. http://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/2645-all-repeat-wca-medicals-to-be-stopped.

We will post more as we get it. If you come across any reports or more information on this, please send us links to share.

Volunteering jobs

Catering Volunteers needed at our Beckenham MindCare dementia support centre



Activities Volunteer – Orpington



Age UK Lambeth Volunteer



Volunteer Befriender



Volunteer to run an art group at a mental health service 


Via Matthew

Invitation to Women’s Day Celebration & Art Exhibition – 6th March CoolTan Arts

Join us for CoolTan Arts Women’s Day Celebration and Exhibition

Thursday 6th March 2014, 1-9pm.

CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

Celebrate International Women’s Day with a day of creativity at CoolTan Arts. Come along, have fun, meet like-minded people and make friends. Free and open to all genders. Light refreshments will be available.

Workshops from 1- 6pm:

Workshops are free, informal and run on a drop in basis. No need to pre book.

  • Creativity & Self Esteem – 1.00pm – 2.30pm –  Creative art workshop exploring self esteem.
  •  Women, Exercise and Body Image – 2.45pm – 3.45pm  – Take a look at how ideals of female beauty have changed over the years.
  • Women’s Poetry and World War 1– 4:00pm-5:00pm – Explore your poetic side.
  • Postcard Workshop  – 4:00pm -5:00pm  – Create postcard art on what inspires you.
  • Discussion Group – 5:15pm-6:00pm – Open discussion on feminism and art today.

Private View 6 – 9pm:

Stay on for the Private View of our new art exhibition for International Women’s Day ‘Positive Change’.

All work displayed has been especially produced for this exhibition by CoolTan Arts workshop participants. The exhibition opens the following day, 7th March, and will run until 30th April 10am-5pm.

International Women’s Day is recognised by the United Nations and is celebrated by many countries across the world. Since 1911 it has honoured the social and political achievements of women.

For more info call 020 7701 2696 or email emmathatcher@cooltanarts.org.uk

CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224 – 236 Walworth Rd London SE17 1JE T: 0207 701 2696 M: 0798 565 8443

W: www.cooltanarts.org.uk E: info@cooltanarts.org.uk

Registered charity number 1064231, Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales reg. 3244552

We are proud to have as patrons: Arthur Smith, Maggi Hambling, Ali Smith, Clare Allen and Rosemary Shrager.

Registered charity number 1064231, Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales reg. 3244552

From the House of Commons

The bottom photograph was taken during a debate on the impact of welfare reforms on the sick and disabled. The top photo is of the debate on the proposed £10,000 pay rise for MPs.

payrise and welfare

“CARE-LESS CARING” A Skills Workshop for Family Carers

Dear All

I have attached the details of a Family Carers workshop, as outlined below, which is on Saturday 22nd March. Please do pass them on to anyone who you think would be interested in attending. Many thanks. Best wishes Veronica


A Skills Workshop for Family Carers

with Andre Geel – Consultant Clinical Psychologist Veronica Kamerling – Experienced Carer – Trainer

Saturday 22nd March 2014 9.00am – 4.30pm

The Fitzrovia Room, Park Crescent Conference Centre, International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street London, W1W 5PN



WORKSHOP FLYER FOR CARE-LESS CARING with Andre Geel 22nd March 2014

Veronica Kamerling

Eating Disorders & Carers

01256 704117

07733 260 475



Mon 3 March at The Dragon Cafe – Transitions 1

DC Programme- Monday 3 March 2014

Healthwatch Southwark enewsletter 26 Feb 2014

  Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter
  Hello Supporter!1000 Lives – let’s talk about your health and wellbeing

As you know, Healthwatch Southwark has collecting health stories for the 1000 Lives piece of engagement work, read more here:

We have been busy working with a variety of organisations, do you want to get involved?
If you have a health story to tell about accessing your GP, a Mental Health Service, Sexual Health Service or if you no longer have a personal budget – we particularly want to hear from you!

Contact Chip: Chithmini@casouhtwark.org.uk / 020 7358 7256

Delayed roll out of Care.Data Programme

NHS England have agreed to delay the roll out. This follows on from local concerns raised through local Healthwatchs to Healthwatch England, with Healthwatch England writing a letter to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Exec of NHS England.

Read more in ‘Local news’ below.

Best wishes,
The Healthwatch Southwark team

Alvin, Sec-Chan, Chip & Jo

Representation Update


Alvin Kinch, Healthwatch Southwark Manager, has attended many meetings across health and social care with the latest representation report available now on our website here (click on ‘Representation’).

We are also pleased to say that David Cooper and Chipo Maendesa have taken up two of these roles. Watch out for their rep reports in the near future.

Board Recruitment update
We had a good response to our call for new Healthwatch Southwark Board members including the recruitment of Chair for Healthwatch. Look out for further news on our progress in the next few weeks!

Upcoming Meetings in Public

Local News

Local news from across the community

NHS England announces hiatus over fears patients are in the dark

Top clinical bodies have blasted the plans to share medical records (via their Care.Data Programme). NHS says it wants to improve ‘understanding’ of the scheme.
Controversial plans to share medical records will be delayed until later this year ‘to allow more time to build understanding of the benefits of using the information’, health officials have said.
Pressure has been mounting on NHS England, the body behind the scheme, after doctors leaders said patients need to know how their data will be used outside the NHS. Read more.

NHS Care.Data programme – Healthwatch’s response
You may have seen headlines BBC online  Daily Mirror last week stating that NHS England have agreed to delay the roll out of care.data until  the Autumn instead of April 2014. This follows on from local concerns raised through local Healthwatchs to Healthwatch England, with Healthwatch England writing a letter to Sir David Nicholson, Chief Exec of NHS England, and media pressure from us and other orgs over the last fortnight calling for the delay.

Thank you to all who raised your concerns about this programme with us. Without this evidence we/Healthwatch England wouldn’t have been able to exercise our statutory powers and force the NHS to listen to what patients and the public had to say.

From April 2014, NHS England were due to roll out their data collection programme called care.data. It aimed to compile a central anonymised database by taking records from GP Practices and linking them with hospital records. Currently, information has been available from hospitals, but not what happens in GP surgeries. By collecting and linking this information, it would help to assess disease, examine new drugs  and other performance monitoring areas.

Improving health services in Dulwich and the surrounding areas – update!
In September last year we agreed plans for a new health centre in the south of the borough, serving Dulwich and the surrounding areas, and our preferred location is the Dulwich Hospital site. The health centre will be a base for the provision of a wide range of health services in the community, especially for people with long term conditions. To be added to the stakeholder database contact SOUCCG.southwark-ccg@nhs.net. Read more.

Pharmacy notification
Relocation of Pharmacy  DP and SP Ltd (Mr PH Patel) from 309 East Street to 303 East Street, London, SE 17 2SZ. There will be no significant change in services. To make any comments or to find further information click here (and scroll down to Pharmacy news).

South East London Bowel Cancer Screening Centre
The Bowel Cancer Screening Programme offers screening every two years to all men and women aged 60 to 69 (soon to be extended to cover 60 – 74 year olds). People in the invitation age range are automatically sent a screening kit through the post as long as they are registered with a GP.
Call 0203 299 7601 for more information.

The Bowel Cancer Screening team at Kings College Hospital will be hosting a number of Health Promotion sessions in the Golden Jubilee Wing at Kings College Hospital on 1st, 8th, 22nd and 28th April from 0900-1200. Please come along.

Finally, if anyone would like to arrange for us to come and have a chat or hold a short discussion, please contact us. Find out more

New exhibition – Rainbow Through the Lens | 25 Feb – 7 March
For LGBT History Month 2014, HERON’s South East London Photography group (SELPh) has collaborated with Four in Ten for this new exhibition a photographic exhibition by members of Four in Ten, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Peer Support Group of South London and Maudsley NHS (SLaM) takes place at the Morley Gallery at Morley College.
This exhibition brings together a collection of images taken over the summer of 2013 around themes of identity, wellbeing, light and places of tranquillity. Find out more.

Walk leaders and researchers needed for new walks project in Southwark
CoolWalks is a wellbeing public walks project in association with Southwark Libraries and CoolTan Arts running from February until June 2014. The libraries involved are: Camberwell, Blue Anchor, Brandon, Grove Vale and Newington.
We are looking for volunteers to research the walks, plan the routes, contribute to our blog and train as walk leaders. If you are interested in researching local history, photography, blogging or graphic design please get in touch. CoolTan Arts offer free walk leader training to all participants. Find out more.

WPF Therapy are currently taking referrals for this new wellbeing group
The group is for Southwark and will be run at WPF Therapy (London Bridge) on Monday mornings. We hope to start this exciting pilot project at the end of February. The groups (closed groups) will run for 10 weeks and will consist of themed sessions. WPF Therapy will be running three groups and are currently taking referrals for the first group. We accept referrals from agencies / professionals and also self-referrals. Read more.

Local Events

Community events and training near you

Blackfriar’ Settlements’ Feb Job Skills and Career Month
Following on from the success of the UK Online healthy living days, Blackfriars are holding an ongoing February Job Skills and Career month. These sessions are available to anybody. It’s a great opportunity to meet people, see what’s out there and get some expert advice. Find out more

SCYSS Parents/Carers Forum | Sat 28 Feb
Join us to socialize, share our experiences and explore how hospitals can improve access to scanning services.
Read more and register.

Blackfriars  Settlement events | Mon 3 March
Personaliasation – general information day
It is open to everyone to attend. It will be an event for organisations to inform everyone about what they do with regards to Personalisation as well as a general day of fun and refreshments. Attached is the flyer with all the information for the event.

Access Network event | Thurs 6 March
This is at 1:30-2:30 at the resource centre SDA, 10 Bradenham Close, SE17 2QB. Focus: Sports Inclusion.
Details: – vision to provide a place where people with seen and unseen disabilies can find out about accessible venues, products and services, provide a forum for people to air their views on access and find solutions to problems whether that be an issue with transport, housing, public services or just attitudes. Read more.

Free Money Advice
Tuesday 9am – 1pm, at Southwark Resource Centre with Leonard Cheshire. Money advice including setting up your own business -0845 671 7173 mobile 07951 530 032 Find out more: www.lcdisability.org/southwarkadvice

Mental Health Act event for service users and carers | Tues 11 March

South London and Maudsley and NHS Foundation Trust are running this event. The event will: jargon bust the MHA, Untangle the maze of confidentiality, grasp the nearest relative role, understand the sectioning process, learn how to secure patient rights.
To book contact Bob Lepper on 020 32282588 or email Robert.lepper@slam.nhs.uk. Read more

Southwark Pensioners Forum – Date of next meeting | Thurs 20 March
This event will run from 1.30 PM TO 3.30 PM (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF TIME!!). A sandwich lunch will be provided.
Getting the best from your medicines
Catherine Nestor, Interim Communications Manager at NHS London Commissioning Support Unit, will talk together with a Community Pharmacist on how to ‘Get the best from your medicines’. This is to be held at InSpire at the Crypt, Liverpool Grove, St Peter’s Church.
Come along and find out how to make your medicines work for you!. Read more.

Want to be involved in your GP practice & Clinical Commissioning Group work?
NHS Southwark CCG will be running a series of training sessions over the coming weeks for local people who are or want to be involved in the work of their GP practice and the CCG:
Skills for successful meetings | 26 March
To help patients enhance their skills and confidence about participating in groups and meetings we are running this session (same session on two different dates). If you are involved with your local practice (or want to be) this session can help you to develop skills to have productive meetings. Read more.

Free Self-advocacy skills training CoolTan Arts | March 2014

  • 4 March Why train in Self Advocacy? What are the Benefits? 11-1pm
  • 5 March World Read Aloud Day 2-4pm
  • 6 March International Women’s Day 1-6pm
  • 11 March How to Develop your Self Esteem 11-1pm
  • 18 March Panic Attacks by Karen Unrue 11-1pm
  • 20 March Guest Speaker (watch this space!) 2-4pm
  • 25 March Managing your Anxiety Part 1; 11-1pm
  • 27 March Housing benefits, under-occupancy rules & mental health with Sally Causer, Citizens Advice Bureau – 2-4pm.

Find out more

  National News

Keeping you up-to-date with national news

Invite Supporting family carers of people with dementia – DAA The Carers’ Call to Action
Please sign up and support the Dementia Action Alliance – The Carers’ Call to Action. DAA have 5 aims in ‘our shared vision’ to support the needs and rights for family carers. DAA will be supporting everybody, working in partnership across all organisational boundaries, to ask the right questions, explore examples of good practice and find solutions to address the needs and rights for family carers of people with dementia.
The Older People Partnership Board, which Healthwatch attends, is hoping to set up a local dementia alliance initiative, If  interested contact info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk.

Sign up today.

NHS England London Region invite to help shape commissioning – Opportunities to be involved
NHS England London Region is pleased to invite you to be a part of shaping the way we commission our directly commissioned health services. We have opportunities to participate in the following activities. Procurement Project Team Members for Redbridge & Tower Hamlets, a reading Group, a procurement Project Team. Read more

Recent NICE published guidance

NICE guidance and updates

NICE recommends NHS funding for new cancer treatment – read more

Keeping communities healthy through NHS Health Checks – read more

NICE delivers “wake-up call” to NHS on domestic violence –
read more

You can find out more information on the NICE website:

National events

Latest events from across the country

This Mental Health and Faith Communities
and launch of the Friendly Places Pledge
| 4 March NCVO

We believe there is a significant and positive role for faith communities to play in the support of those with mental health problems, both within their own congregations and in the wider community. We invite you to join us to explore mental health in the context of faith communities; Raise awareness of how faith communities can respond to mental health issues; Launch the Friendly Places Pledge; and Highlight existing good practice. Book today.

Train the Trainer: Breast Health Promotion course | Wed 5 & Thurs 6 March
This accredited course is ideal for anyone promoting health and wellbeing messages in the community. It’s designed to give trainees the confidence and skills to cascade the breast awareness message. It includes how to be breast aware, the breast screening programme and breast cancer risk factors as well as how to help overcome barriers to accessing health service. Read more.

Medicine and Me: Living with diabetic eye disease | Fri 21 March
‘Medicine and Me’ meetings aim to provide a forum in which patients’ concerns about their illness are given top priority. The meetings provide an opportunity for patients and their families to share their experiences, to hear about the latest research and to question the experts. These meetings bring together patients, their families, carers, advocates, patient support groups, clinicians and researchers to discuss care and research issues.
Book today.

Register today for your ticket to attend the NICE Annual Conference | 13-14 May
The NICE annual conference is being held from the 13-14 May in the ICC in Birmingham. There is an early bird price offer if you book your place before the 14 March. Book today.

self advocacy

Self Advocacy

What is Self-Advocacy?

Self Advocacy Training is intended for individuals with mental distress. The Training is designed to help people who need to develop self confidence, skills, awareness and knowledge about services available to them e.g. Debt Management, Self Esteem and Mental health Act, and more. It is free for everyone regardless of whether they have a personal budget. If the individual is with a CMHT then we require that the Care Coordinator fills in a referral form and sends it to Karen Unrue karen@cooltanarts.org.uk

Get yourself heard, listened to, and your views acted upon!
Places are still available – core training places are free and available for people from across London, and beyond! Please contact us as there is no fixed joining date, we’ll advise on the most appropriate date to take up the training.

Self-Advocacy Skills Training 

March 2014

4th    Why train in Self Advocacy? What are the Benefits? 11-1pm

5th    World Read Aloud Day 2-4pm
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. TBC

6th International Women’s Day 1-6pm
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Cool Tan Arts has workshops including: Women, Exercise and Body Image – A History; Self Esteem building – How to feel better about yourself and the life you live; Women’s Poetry and World War 1– Explore your poetic side.

11th How to Develop your Self Esteem 11-1pm
Develop long-term skills to boost your esteem, learn how to help yourself on a day to day level, and pick up skills for how to bring yourself up when your esteem is low.

18th Panic Attacks by Karen Unrue 11-1pm
Join Karen Unrue for an informative and accessible look at why any one can suffer panic attacks, what you can do to help prevent them, and what to do when they do happen.

20th Guest Speaker 2-4pm
Watch this space! Check the website for info or simply turn up and be surprised. Past talks have included how to save on energy bills, campaigning, and understanding the Mental Health Act.

25th Managing your Anxiety Part 1 – 11-pm
Anxiety is something that affects all of us, some more than others. Come to learn ideas for how to live with anxiety and how to challenge your anxious thoughts.

27th Housing benefits, under-occupancy rules and mental health with Sally Causer of the Citizens Advice Bureau – 2-4pm
If you are concerned about changes to your housing benefit and/or under-occupancy rules and how they can be affected by your mental health, Sally Causer from the CAB will be here to tell you more about your rights.

Additional training dates may be added, please check the website for possible changes.

All workshops are based at CoolTan Arts unless specified. Please check in advance with us – thank you.

For more information please contact: Michelle Savioz Advocacy Training Coordinator michellesavioz@cooltanarts.org.uk

Or Sunil Chauhan
Self Advocacy Project Administrator

tel: 020 7701 2696
mobile: 0798 565 8443


Best wishes,

Michelle Savioz

Acting Self-Advocacy Training Coordinator

Winner of Peer Support Development by the Mental Health Providers Forum

CoolTan Arts believes mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity.

CoolTan Arts is a winner of the Mental Healthy, Mental Health Hero Awards as Creative Hero (Group)

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk takes place on Saturday 12th October 2013. Register now or sponsor our walkershere: http://www.justgiving.com/michelle-savioz2

CoolTan Arts

Third Floor
224-236 Walworth Road
SE17 1JE

Main Switchboard: 020 7701 2696
email: michellesavioz@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Twitter: @cooltan4

CoolTan Arts is a registered charity, reg. number 1064231, and company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, reg. number 3244552



I’m going to be doing two shows of Head Hand Head in London at the Battersea Arts Centre in March and wondered if you mind forwarding on the eflyer to your various mailing lists etc? 

Thanks so much,



Mental Health Training – this week Thursday

Hello there

Healthwatch Southwark has got five free (no cost)n spaces for Mental Health Awareness Training that is happening this Thursday 27th February from 9.30am- 2pm. As one of our priorities is around Mental Health we thought it useful to know about the basics around the subject. More details are attached.

Mental Health Awareness course Feb 2014

Sorry for the short notice but if you are interested please get in contact with either me, Chip or Sec-Chan- 020 7358 7005. This is joint training with members of Healthwatch Lambeth delivered by service users and South London and Maudsley staff.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


Alvin Kinch | Healthwatch Southwark Manager | Healthwatch Southwark | 1 Addington Square, Camberwell, London, SE5 0HF | d: 020 7358 7005 | t: 020 7358 7020 | f: 0845 305 2160 | www.healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk

Like discussing issues and finding solutions? Join our Small Groups Network–  25th Feb

‘1000 lives’ – Tell us your story to improve health services, Healthwatch Southwark is listening!

More groups have shared their work for the Value the VCS campaign, view the film clips here. value@casouthwark.org.uk  @valuethevcs

10 Facts About Benefits Britain

1)      A TUC survey showed that people think around 41% of benefits go to the unemployed, the real figure is 2.6%.

2)      42% of the Welfare Bill goes to pensioners, 21% goes to people in low paid work.

3)      Nearly 80% of JSA claimants stop claiming within 6 months.

4)      77% of people claiming unemployment benefits have one or two children.

5)      A TUC survey found that people think around 27% of welfare is lost to fraud – the real figure is only 0.7%, around £1.2 billion.

6)      £1.3 billion of benefits that people are entitled to goes unclaimed every year.

7)      Immigrants are 60% less likely to claim benefits than a British-born person.

8)      64% of families receive benefits – that’s 20.3 million families.

9)      The UK spends 12% less on benefits per head than France does, and 19% less compared to Germany.

10)  93% of new Housing Benefit claimants in 2010 and 2011 came from working people, as UK housing costs are the 3rd highest in Europe.


Voices from Young People in SLaM

YPP Newsletter Winter 2014

Are British students too stigmatised to speak out on mental health?

After University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day recently, we review the Priory’s shocking survey statistics

The survey, which collated information from 18 universities, found that one in four students with mental health issues were not comfortable talking about their problems to friends.  Though the awareness day yesterday received plenty of media attention and support through social media from people all round the world, the societal stigma which plagues those who suffer with mental health problems will not be alleviated overnight.

The survey suggests that almost half of those who opened up about their illness have experienced a negative response – half of the first years who completed the survey said that they had been treated differently by peers after revealing their struggle with mental health issues.  Worryingly enough, 16% of the country’s students genuinely believed that they had lost friends and acquaintances as a result of admitting to their mental health problems.  This contradicts entirely from the experience of friends, as 75% of the respondents who noted that they had a friend with mental health problems did, in fact believe that they were being supportive.

Though universities nationwide are doing more every year to support students suffering from mental health issues, 86.5% of those surveyed who had been diagnosed with a mental health problem claimed that they didn’t think that schools and universities provided them with adequate support or doing enough to help them.  Dr David Kingsley, Consultant Adolescent Psychiatrist at Priory’s Cheadle Royal Hospital noted that “mental health problems are surprisingly common in students, including depression, self-harm, anxiety disorders and eating disorders”, and that university was a potential trigger – “as this is often the first time that they have been away from home, they can feel isolated and unable to access support for their difficulties”.  Even if the support is there, the social stigma of admitting to having mental health difficulties can be enough to dissuade students from seeking the support they need. Dr Kingsley went on to suggest that “it is important […] that universities and colleges help other students to understand mental health issues better, so that students can access the support they need from their peers and their difficulties aren’t compounded by an experience of misunderstanding or prejudice from their friends”.

For the full report visit: