Chinese Information and Advice Centre’s Woman Volunteer of the Year Award

Get Nominating!!!

The Chinese Information and Advice Centre’s Woman Volunteer of the Year Award is now open for nominations.

The award is intended to reward an outstanding woman who has unconditionally dedicated their own time to help – and has positively contributed towards – the Chinese community.

This is your chance to nominate someone you know, whether it’s your mum, friend or colleague, to share their remarkable story and to thank them for their contribution.

The winner will receive public recognition at CIAC’s upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, a trophy and other sponsored prizes.

The deadline for applications is Friday 1 August at 5pm.

To request an application form, contact:


Opportunity to talk to the public at the STEREOHYPE Event on Saturday 21st June

Hello everyone

I hope you’re all able to enjoy the sunshine, now that it’s arrived.   I thought I would send out a last minute reminder about an opportunity coming up soon.  You may already be aware that Time To Change is running another London pop-up event this month in Brixton.  This event is one of a series that is has been designed by and for people of African and Caribbean backgrounds and is known as Stereohype.    The event will take place in Windrush Square in Brixton from 12 noon to 5pm.

Stereo-Hype Brixton Volunteer Recruitment

If you’d like the chance to practice your speaking out skills by talking to members of the public, then do sign up.  For newbies at speaking to the public there are 4 training sessions next week that you can book a place on and I shall be one of the volunteer co-ordinators on the day to support you.

Let me know if you’re signing up and I’ll make a point of finding you and catching up!

Also, don’t forget that London Champions now have our own Facebook group!   It’s a closed group so you would need to contact our administrator first, so if you use Facebook and would like to join us then please search for Robert Peacock and send him a friend request, then he can add you to the group.

All the very best


Vanessa Gould-Crouch

London Regional Co-ordinator

Time to Change Campaign

07522 764 526

Twitter:  @VansVoice

Kindred Minds Upcoming Activities in May 2014

The following are a few dates for your diaries:


a social drop-in group, no referrals – users/survivors and people experiencing mental distress are welcome, free snacks and drinks, talks and chill out time.

The next fortnightly PoP-In is THURSDAY 22nd MAY 2014

venue: Cambridge House

time: 4-6pm


A welcoming safe space to meet, chat and have fun. Light refreshments provided. Women only.

The next Women’s Group is FRIDAY 30th MAY 2014

venue: Cambridge House

time: 12-2pm

We have a Steering Group comprised of KM members. We meet to work on the best strategic steps to get KM back into full operation. If you would like to attend these meetings please email, phone or text us on the contact details below. We welcome new members.

Best Wishes from the KM Team

Kindred Minds Project

A user-run mental health project for service user/survivors from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds

Tel: 07809 701 434


Address: Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, Camberwell, London, SE5 0HF

Kindred Minds Project

A user-run mental health project for service user/survivors from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds

Tel: 07809 701 434


Address: Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, Camberwell, London, SE5 0HF

Lambeth BME “Health and Wellbeing” Event – 3 May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie was at the Karibu educational centre in the London borough of Lambeth Brixton on 3rd May 2014 to attend the “Health and Well-being Event” run by the Africa Advocacy Foundation & the Community Therapies and Training Services. With help from the Rafiki Project and Safer.

The event featured discussions, presentations and art exhibitions plus poetry. The event was educational and informative on a range of health topics being mental health, HIV and Female Genital Mutilation. Plus there was a ground breaking theatre in Education performance by a group of young actors titled “Are you positive?”

Matthew has done  great audio and video blogs of the event.   They are  very informative and the plays and poetry are so very moving.   Well worth watching and listening to!

You can watch Matthew’s video blog here:

Listen to his audio blog here: 

Look at his photos of the event here:

Thank you Matthew for doing such a great job!

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

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.


HearUs Open Forum Meeting 4th February 2014

Matthew McKenzie covered this meeting for us.  He did an excellent job!


YouTube video blog:

Audio Blog:

Transcript of audio and video blog:

Thank you for doing such a great job Matthew!

Call for case studies

Dear SLAM,

At the British Heart Foundation, we have been creating a new free resource for keeping your heart healthy, targeted specifically towards mental health service users. We’ve written the booklet and it has been created alongside service users and healthcare professionals from day 1. We’ve got a number of case studies, but are struggling to find BME case studies which we feel are needed in the booklet so that everyone can relate to stories we’re presenting.

We are currently looking for mental health service users that have made a healthy change in their life, such as stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, taking regular exercise or eating healthier to act as case studies to feature in the booklet. If this project is of interest to you and you feel you could help us recruit case studies, then I would very much appreciate working with you to produce an excellent support tool for mental health service users. If you want to know more or would like to chat directly then I’m happy to give you a ring at your convenience. My contact details are below.

Kindest Regards,


Dr Matthew McArdle

Project Officer | Heart Health Resources & Community Support

Tel:  020 7554 0225| |

British Heart Foundation |Greater London House |180 Hampstead Road | London | NW1 7AW |

How will you Ramp up the Red?

On Friday 7 February we need everyone to Ramp up the Red to help fight the UK’s single biggest killer, coronary heart disease. You can organise a Ramp up the Red event at work, school or anywhere and make a donation to the British Heart Foundation. Our latest advert features Gretel, 4, who has already had 2 heart operations. Visit or call 08000 316 316 for your FREE fundraising pack.

Events highlighted by Msaada Volunteer

Dear colleagues and volunteers

A Msaada volunteer is promoting the following, (Please make BME Service Users aware of the ‘Do the Survey’):


Joseph Kiguwa

BME Volunteer Coordinator

0203 228 9827

Happy New Year!

 Survey on ethnic inequalities in mental health

The LankellyChase Foundation which tackles issues causing severe and multiple disadvantage, wants to hear the mental health service experiences of people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, to inform its work. Do the survey by 31 January.

Call for organisations linked to marginalised groups

SpeakOut, a national network of community groups supporting the Care Quality Commissions inspection programme, is looking for new member organisations to ensure the needs of marginalised and disadvantaged groups are addressed in CQCs work. Closing date for applications: 31 January. Contact Lorna Burrow, tel: 01772 893 452,

Wednesday 22 January

London Connect Patient Forum

3rd Floor, 170 Tottenham Court Road, WIT 7HA, 1.30pm-3.30pm

Second forum meeting enabling patients, carers, the public and patient representatives the chance to contribute to the work of London Connect, which aims to improve the use of patient information. Book your place.

Time to Talk Day: Thursday 6 February

The Time to Change campaign tackling mental health discrimination is calling on people to make a pledge to have a conversation with someone on 6 February about mental health. The day aims to highlight the importance little things like a chat over a cup of tea can make in maintaining mental wellbeing. Take part.

Patients wanted to join NHS procurement project teams

NHS England London Region is looking for patients to help develop documents for buying GP, dentist, optician and pharmacy services, and evaluate potential service providers. Training is provided. Contact Selina Frater for details, email:



“Embracing Collaboration and Celebrating Mental Wellbeing” an event hosted by Msaada and The Rafiki Project

“Embracing Collaboration and Celebrating Mental Wellbeing” in Black History Month was hosted by Msaada & Rafiki Project on 30th October 2013 at the ORTUS, Maudsley Learning Centre, SE5. This event was collaboration between South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Africa Advocacy Foundation as well as other organisations.

The event was a chance to share experiences about mental wellbeing in African and Caribbean communities and to learn how to challenge stigma and discrimination in mental health. It was also an opportunity to celebrate community champions with a certificate presentation and to enjoy Spoken Word, Poetry and Music.

Matthew has taken photos, done great audio and video blogs and also written the transcript

These can all be found here:





They are all well worth a look.

Exploring Mental Wellbeing in our African and Caribbean Communities

Matthew Mckenzie attended an event held by Cambridge House for Black History Month.

The event was held on Saturday 26th October from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. at Cambridge House, Addington Square SE5 0HF

It was an afternoon of discussion, film, learning and African Drumming to explore the role of mental wellbeing in the African and Caribbean Communities.

Matthew has done audio and video blogs as well as photos and a transcript of the blogs.

They are well worth taking a good look at.


Video blog:

Audio blog:




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

You’re invited to Msaada & Rafiki Project – Embracing collaboration and… (30 Oct 2013)

Dear colleagues and associates,

Msaada and the Rafiki project are celebrating Black History Month with an exciting programme that includes a volunteer award ceremony, cultural arts, poetry and music!

Black History Poster (1)

You are warmly invited to come and enjoy the festivities as you socialise and network with local community.

Please confirm your attendance as per the details above, and pass this email on to colleagues and networks you think may also be interested. We look forward to seeing you at the event.


Joseph Kiguwa


BME Volunteer Coordinator

Chaucer Resource Centre

16 Ann Moss Way


London SE16 2TH

0203 228 9827

Carers Lewisham – Black History Month and Mental Health Event

Matthew attended the Black History Month and Mental Health event at Carers Lewisham on 14th October 2013.

Matthew has taken photos, done a great video, an audio and also a transcript of his audio of this event.

The photos are at:

The video is on our YouTube channel:

The audio is:


Kindred Minds Conference – 3 October 2013

An audio and slideshow blog by Matthew Mckenzie of the national conference run by Kindred Minds. It took place on 3rd October from 10.30am — 4.30pm at the Employment Academy on Peckham Road just next to Peckham Town Hall.

Showcasing the work of Kindred Minds, celebrating their strengths and achievements and presenting their model of good practice in engaging BME service users in effective user involvement.