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Film Screening and talk. Participatory Film in Action: Mental Health on Film (FREE)

Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities, London Metropolitan University

Thursday, 8 May 2014 from 18:30 to 20:00 (BST)

The event features a screening of short films, presentations and Q&As by project leaders and participants of the Inna Vision Film School.

Inna Vision Film School has been a year long participatory project based in East London, working with adults with lived experience of mental health issues, with a particular focus on African and Caribbean communities. The participants have produced short films during the process, touching on various aspects of mental health experience and ideas of well-being. The films are being shown in a series of screenings to engage audiences in discussion and with the goal of challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health.

There will be a particular focus on the process of the project, the challenges and the strengths of the model adopted, the outcomes and outputs for participants and partners, and lessons to be learned for other participatory

The programme is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health and Comic Relief.

Participatory Film in Action is a regular event curated by London Met Digital Media lecturer and filmmaker Suzanne Cohen.

Via Matthew

Workfare – anything but fair!

Hi there,

Our Charity sector is facing a new threat.

The government has launched its new “Help to Work Scheme” which will force long term unemployed people to do unpaid work for six months in charities or face losing their benefits for up to three years.

Unite, along with Oxfam and another 30 charities has signed up to a new campaign to Keep Volunteering Voluntary. Can you help by asking your employer to sign this simple pledge and ask your organisation to refuse to participate in the ‘Help to Work Scheme’. You can find details and sign the pledge here.

This new scheme undermines the whole principle behind volunteering. There is also no evidence that it helps long-term unemployed find jobs.

Workfare mandates people to work for free with the threat of having their benefits taken away hanging over them. It also replaces paid jobs with unpaid jobs, providing a taxpayer subsidy to major UK employers.

If you have experience of workfare in your organisation then we’d like to hear from you. Please share your stories here.

Follow our tweets using #workfare on Twitter @unite4society

Like our page on Facebook

Read our blogs:

Many thanks


Sally Kosky
National Officer
Unite for Our Society

Invitation to briefing session about work on personality disorder services

Hello Everyone,

I am emailing to let you know about our work to develop & improve services for personality disorder within South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

poster may 16th Briefing session

There will be a briefing event for anyone who is interested on 16th May at the ORTUS Learning Centre – poster attached.

Please circulate this information as you think appropriate.

To book your place contact Sandra Rutland – details on the poster.

With best wishes,

Alice Glover

Alice Glover
Patient & Public Involvement Lead – Mood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email: tel: 020 3228 0959

113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ

Depression Awareness Week 26th April – 3rd May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie has done a video to raise awareness about depression for this important week.


It is very informative and well worth a watch.


Thank you for doing this Matthew.


Myhealthlocker is an online health record which is managed by YOU, the service user. This means that you can monitor your own health online. Myhealthlocker also contains resources like useful contact numbers, and tools to help with psychosis.

Myhealthlocker is still young and is improving all the time. But we need more people to use myhealthlocker and then give their views on it. Myhealthlocker is likely to be introduced across SLaM, and so this is an opportunity to shape the end product.

There are also some paid opportunities available to test other electronic devices and applications.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact a member of the myhealthlocker team:


Tel: 020 3228 3875

Or you can follow us on Twitter @myhealthlocker

Are you interested in research? Do you want to help improve research opportunities within the Trust?

Over the last two years, we at the Biomedical Research Centre (a partnership between SLaM and the Institute of Psychiatry) have been trying to make it easier for service users to find out about (and participate in) research.

We want to know how well we’ve done, so we are running a brief evaluation exercise across the Trust.

We are looking for service users to help us find out how much people know about research opportunities across the Trust. Participants will be compensated for their time (a fee of £15). This is a brief, one-time activity and all participants will receive detailed feedback. We will also let you know what improvements we will be making as a result of this activity.

We wish to hear from people who:

·         Are currently using SLaM services

·         Have a diagnosis of psychosis

If interested, please contact Konstantina Papoulia at the Institute of Psychiatry (tel: 02078480749; email:​

Volunteer award nominations via volunteer Lewisham

Volunteer Awards Nomination Information

Volunteer Centre Lewisham will be holding a Volunteer Awards Ceremony in Volunteers’ Week, 1st – 7th June 2014.

We invite you to nominate your volunteers to receive an award. In each category the winner will receive a trophy, other nominees will receive a certificate.

Please read the nomination information and complete the form for each person. Please note that the panel can only base their decision on the quality of the information that you include. Please take note of the guidance and examples of a strong and weak nomination.


Young volunteer ( under 24 )
Nominees must be under 24 and demonstrate that through their volunteering they have made a contribution to Lewisham residents and communities. This might include activities such as mentoring, fundraising, or creating a better environment.

Outstanding Achievement
Do you have a volunteer who has gone over and above expectation in their volunteering role to help individuals or organisations in Lewisham? Perhaps they have campaigned for your organisation, or kept a project going through tirelessly giving time.

Overcoming Adversity
Nominees in this category will have faced personal challenges and volunteering may have helped them through their journey. This could include homelessness or overcoming a drug or alcohol problem.

Length of Service (over 10 years)
Some volunteers give time for many many years. Have you got a volunteer who has been with you for over 10 years? Perhaps you would like to show them that you appreciate this?

Have you a volunteer that you just want to say a special thank you too? Perhaps they have helped you to develop services, or have simply been utterly reliable. You tell us the story.

Weak Nomination

What role does the volunteer carry out in your organisation?

What added benefit does this volunteer bring to your organisation?
Helps us unpaid

How does this benefit the community?
By being a friendly face

Please tell us in the box below why you believe that this person deserves an award.
John has helped us for many years at the lunch club. We think that he is a great volunteer

Strong Nomination

What role does the volunteer carry out in your organisation?
Lunch Club Assistant

What added benefit does this volunteer bring to your organisation?
He helps us to interact with our service users, and enables us to provide lunch and friendship to more older people

How does this benefit the community?
People who come to our lunch club know that John is always happy to chat. His friendly approach means that there are less isolated older people in our neighbourhood

Please tell us in the box below why you believe that this person deserves an award.
John has helped us for 7 years at the lunch club. He is open and friendly, welcoming all of our guests. John never judges people and is always prepared to go the extra mile. He has arranged day trips, linked older people up with befriending and advice services. As a trained first aider he has provided emergency assistance to a lunch club attendee who became unwell, and visited them in hospital, he has also treated a volunteer who fell and sprained their ankle.

John is always happy to roll up his sleeves and help us with anything from moving tables and chairs to cleaning. He is a pleasure to have as a volunteer.

Via Matthew

summary of discussions – SLaM service user and carer advisory groups for mood, anxiety & personality disorder services, and emergency access, complex care and clinical neurosciences

Hello all,

The departments that manage the services at South London & Maudsely NHS Foundation Trust have ‘advisory groups’ where service users and carers come together to advise on and discuss developments.   2 of these groups produce a brief summary of their discussions.  The purpose  is to let interested people know what is being discussed. I have attached the summaries from the April meetings.  Please circulate as appropriate.

Mood anxiety & personality disorder advisory group summary of discussions April 2014 doc

psychological medicine advisory group summary of discussions April 2014

With best wishes,


Alice Glover

Patient & Public Involvement LeadMood Anxiety & Personality CAG and Psychological Medicine CAG
email: tel: 020 3228 0959
113 Denmark Hill |The Maudsley Hospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ

KINDRED MINDS UPDATE and forthcoming activities this week: PoP-In & Women’s Group @ Cambridge House…

Dear beloved Kindred Minds members

As you’ve already heard from Southwark Association for Mental Health (SAMH), Kindred Minds have received 3 months funding to continue with the development of our project into the future.  Big thanks to them for seeing our worth and potential!

We wish to let you know of our forthcoming activities that proved to be very well attended and hope to see you back again :

Fortnightly PoP-In starting this Thursday 24th April 4-6pm ( Derron & another will be facilitating) @ Cambridge House.

Monthly Women’s Group starting this Friday 25th April 12-2pm (Geraldine and Shirley will be facilitating) @ Cambridge House.

Light lunch and refreshment will be provided.

SAMH are currently supporting us to put in new fresh funding bids and It is important we hear from you.

Add our NEW email to your contact list and let us know you are there!  Come support the development of our unique genuine user run/led project bu emailing us on and have your say into it’s next phase.  Or come to our next 3 months activities.

On behalf of Kindred Minds Steering Group

ps Please circulate to any friends/family/groups who would like to know about us and spread the word.


Lewisham Consultation with Victims-Survivors of Violence Against Women and Girls

My name is Amena Zaman and I am working for Imkaan ( Imkaan have been commissioned by Lewisham council to consult with women who have exited violence living in Lewisham. The outcomes of the consultation will inform the council’s VAWG strategy, which is due this summer.

We are looking to interview and run focus groups with women who have experienced domestic and other forms of violence, such as stalking, sexual violence/rape, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and those who have exited prostitution, to collect their experiences about services they may have accessed in Lewisham.

We are particularly interesting in interviewing a woman from the LBT community and a women living with a registered disability.

Please do take a look at the attached documents and please do let me know if you have any service users that may want to participate, via

(1)Information sheet for women and girls

Imkaan Intro VAWG consultation 2014

LBL Consultation Briefing

Thank you very much for your time.

Kindest regards


Via Peter

Disabled people are trapped in assessment ‘nightmare’ by PIP benefits regime, says Dr Stephen Duckworth

The head of the testing scheme at outsourcers Capita  – who is disabled himself – reveals his worries about the ‘dire consequences’ of the current system

The PIP scheme is being phased in to replace Disability Living Allowance, a non-means tested benefit designed to help with the extra costs of living with a long-term health condition.

It has proved deeply controversial, however, taking some people more than six months to find out if they are eligible for the payments – causing “severe stress and uncertainty”, according to an official report by MPs last month.

Dr Duckworth, who is himself disabled, serves as chief executive of Capita PIP, which is overseeing the roll-out of the benefits system in the Midlands, Wales and Northern Ireland. He said the evaluation process was adding to a wider culture of prejudice, particularly in the workplace.

“When it comes to recruitment, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that there is discrimination taking place,” he said in an interview. “In the corporate setting, women sometimes argue there’s a glass ceiling that means they can’t get through into the boardroom – but for disabled people lucky enough to be in employment, they often remain on the ‘sticky floor’.

“There’s often little career advancement, they enter a job and stay in that job and can’t go any further.” Dr Duckworth, who has been confined to a wheelchair for over three decades after fracturing his spine during rugby training when he was 21, has faced some vitriolic criticism from sections of the disabled community for his involvement with PIP – with opponents to the scheme claiming that up to 600,000 people will lose out on vital support, partly through alterations in eligibility criteria.

Under PIP, only those unable to walk a distance of 20 metres will qualify for the Higher Rate Mobility component. This shift away from the former standard benchmark in assessing severely limited mobility of 50 metres means that in future many highly compromised individuals will no longer receive support they have previously relied on.

PIP has also added to wider concerns about disability benefits, with the Government saying last month that it would be seeking a new contractor to replace Atos in carrying out the separate Work Capability Assessments, or “fit-to-work” tests, after the firm became widely reviled within the community for lengthy waiting times and wrongly saying people are ready for employment. Dr Duckworth has faced abuse for working on PIP, with one web forum member calling him “Judas”, while he was dubbed “Capita’s flagship supercrip” on Twitter.

However, Dr Duckworth said he was well aware of the worrying impact benefits assessments can have – and said his firm is committed to disabled people filling half its management team to ensure they fully understand the pressures involved. “Assessments can be a stressful and difficult experience for claimants. We know that prior to an assessment there’s a tendency to worry and focus on health problems, which makes them seem bigger, that’s just human nature,” he said.

“PIP assessments may be followed by a Social Care Assessment, Work Capability Assessment and perhaps one for a blue badge. It becomes one assessment after another and people end up getting stuck at home with nothing to do other than focus on their problems.”

Dr Duckworth said the Government should make an effort to reduce the burden placed on the disabled by repeated assessments.

“There are decisions that politicians can take to change things,” he said. “We could, for example, have one assessment in which 80 per cent of the information across Social Care, PIP and the Work Capability Assessment, which is ultimately mostly the same information, could be captured. At the present moment, a disabled person has to share this three times with three different people.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Work and Pensions said: “We will continue to work with disabled people… to assess what improvements we could consider to refine our processes. We have committed to at least two independent reviews of the PIP assessment.”


Hear Us Open Forum meeting – 1st April 2014 – “The April Big Benefits Meeting”

Matthew Mckenzie attended this very informative meeting.

He has done great audio and video blogs as well as taking some photos.

There were presentations from Active Minds and Employment Support — a new service. Kam Patel: Personal Independence Payment — replacing DLA (Disability Living Allowance). Croydon Discretionary Scheme (CDS), Replacing social funding e.g. crisis loans and Access to Work with Special Guest Mary Dunleavy, Q and A session on PIP.

The audio and video blogs contain a huge amount of information on benefits, access to work, PIP payments and more!  They are well worth a watch or a listen.

You can find Matthew’s video blog here:

His audio blog here: 

and his photos here:

Thank you Matthew – great work!

Maudsley Charity Showcase Event

Maudsley Charity showcase event

On Tuesday 13 May 2014, Maudsley Charity is inviting the public and SLaM staff to learn more about how it benefits service users and the community.

The showcase event, which is being held at the ORTUS Centre between 6pm-8pm, coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 12 – 18 May.

There will be opportunity to learn about the wide range of projects that the charity supports, including:

  • Hearing Things – a drama-based programme which explores mental health care experiences using theatre techniques. The project aims to build rapport with service users and help educate the public on mental health.
  • Anxiety Arts Festival 2014 – a sneak peek at the new London-wide arts festival organised by the Mental Health Foundation. The festival will explore the causes and effects of anxiety and will bring leading and emerging artists, musicians and performers together for a dynamic programme of events.
  • Mind and Soul Choir a community choir which aims to break down barriers associated with mental health and improve wellbeing through singing. The choir was formed in Lambeth in 2006 and their director, Lea Cornthwaite, is also Musical Director for The Royal Opera House Youth Company.

It is entirely free to attend and promises to be an informative and enjoyable evening.

For more information, please click here.

And to book your place, contact or 020 7848 7915.

Mon 21 April at The Dragon Cafe

Stuff & Nonsense 3 – Celebrating our Senses and Shakespeare!

This Bank Holiday we will be open as usual and our monthly creative theme of Stuff & Nonsense continues. On Monday we will be trying to make sense (or perhaps nonsense) of our senses and celebrating the famous playwright’s 450th anniversary. Treat your hands, eyes and mind with Nail-Works at 2 pm, Optical Poetry at 5 pm, and Sensing Our Senses talk by Neuropsychology researchers at 7 pm. There will also be music for your ears and a tasty fresh menu from the kitchen to enjoy too!

DC Programme- Monday 21 April 2014