A new mental health project will help school pupils in London to deal with their problems and worries after receiving a £500,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund’s £75m HeadStart programme.
The development funding means that pupils in Lewisham will take part in a pilot project in the new school year. The local partnership will use this pilot to work up long term plans that could benefit from a multi-million pound share of HeadStart funding.
A previous YouGov survey for the Big Lottery Fundrevealed that 45 per cent of children aged 10-14 have reported being unable to sleep because of stress or worry, with fifty nine per cent saying they feel worried or sad at least once a week. However, only around 25 per cent of young people needing treatment for mental health problems actually receive it and usually only once they reach 18.
The HeadStart programme aims to develop ways of dealing with mental health issues before they become deep-rooted problems. Focussing primarily on schools, the HeadStart partners will offer a range of approaches, including peer mentoring, mental health ‘first aid’ training, online portals and special resilience lessons helping pupils aged 10-14 feel they have support at in the classroom as well as at home and tackling the stigma that can often surround the issues of mental health.
Lyn Cole, Deputy England Director of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “We know that around three young people in every classroom suffer from a clinically diagnosable mental health disorder and this is a desperately sad situation. HeadStart is all about catching our young people before they fall into a trap of mental and emotional turmoil that may affect them all though their lives. This development funding means that children in Lewisham will play an important role in helping other young people get emotional support at a key stage in their lives.”
Councillor Paul Maslin, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People at Lewisham Council, said: “We are very excited to be part of this pilot project. Making the journey from teenager to adulthood is an important stage in young people’s lives and some will find it easier than others. So it’s important that where we can, we build mental and emotional resilience in those young people who may find the journey more difficult. I look forward to seeing the results of this project and how the involvement of young people in Lewisham has contributed to this important initiative.”
Community Engagement Officer
Voluntary Action Lewisham
St. Laurence Community Centre
31 – 37 Bromley Road
Catford, London SE6 2TS
The best community healthcare is delivered by well trained and well paid staff, who are well supported and who have the time to offer patient centred services, concluded an inquiry into community healthcare in Lewisham.
It is also holistic, taking into account many aspects of the patient’s life and health. Central to successful delivery is cooperation between services, the voluntary sector and the community.
An Appreciative Inquiry was held on Saturday 28th of June to look at what excellent care looks like.
Lewisham Hospital having been secured and now operating within the new Trust – the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign with Lewisham Healthwatch have been researching examples of excellent and good community care with the aim of supporting the best in and out of hospital care in the borough.
Over 100 stories had been gathered from users, clinicians and managers to find out from people’s personal experience what are the key features, the magic ingredients that make good community healthcare so valuable.
Four of those stories were used to kick start the day and with the imaginations of attendees they then shared their own stories and identified what had made them positive experiences.
“I have had a long and difficult journey from being a fit and vigorous man in middle age to being a wheelchair user. My GP’s medical support and emotional support have been fantastic.”
“Straight to the hospital,” “I could tell her anything.”
“Took the time to accept my worries.”
“Extraordinary skill, a few metres from my house.”
“It made me realise that it is not stigmatising to be depressed and it helped empower me to take control of my own life again.”
Life can never be taken for granted. Anyone can become sick or disabled and in need of care and support at any time. At these periods of crisis and stress, NHS services become a vital part of managing, if not of survival. Aside from hospital provision, this includes district nurses, community palliative care, pharmacists, GPs and many, many other services.
Organiser Carolyn Emanuel said :
‘At a time when politicians are looking at ways to join up hospital and community care the findings from this event will form a significant way of highlighting the best standards of practice, which we hope will be included in any future models of delivery.’
“I have severe learning difficulties and autism. All the staff at the surgery are brilliant. We always get an appointment on demand. They’re completely tolerant of challenging behaviour and don’t keep us hanging around.
“Kindness, non-judgmental approach.” Looking at the positives, highlight the strengths”
“Different parts of the NHS talked with each other. Joined-up care.
Everyone was briefed.”
“Very happy with carer. Was a bit shy at first but got to know her.”
“I am much calmer in the knowledge that I am seeing the same practitioner who knows me personally and reviews my epilepsy more regularly.”
“This helped me to stay in my managerial and caring role without losing time or money. I come from so far I would have had to take a whole day out just for a doctor’s appointment.”
Common to all the stories was staff having the time to deliver excellent care. That time enabled them to listen to and understand the patient and their needs, create a smooth pathway between services and empower the patient to manage their own health.
The gathering then identified a series of practical actions to make these recommendations a reality –
- a public education programme to help people understand and get involved with the design of local health strategy and policy;
- identifying ways to make sure NHS staff are involved in all decisions about the delivery of community healthcare; and
- making sure the voluntary sector is represented in the right places to promote a joined up health and social care strategy.
- A challenge to the NHS on the Private Finance Initiative, a mortgage on NHS property which is draining our NHS of cash which goes to private corporations.
- Harnessing new media to improve health, specifically for young people, but extended to anyone.
Miriam Long, manager of Healthwatch Lewisham, said:
“This was a great way to end the evidence gathering stage of the inquiry. It was a vibrant event with some great outcomes.”
“The next stage is to write the report and a plan of action that will be discussed with commissioners. The involvement of so many people has meant we’ll be able to tell them a compelling story.”
The plan of action will be discussed at the next Healthwatch Lewisham Reference Group meeting. It will take place from 10.30am to 2pm on Tuesday 29 July in the Council Chambers, Civic Suite, Catford. All welcome book your place here.
In preparation. We would like anyone who has had a good experience of community healthcare in Lewisham to tell us about it. In preparation, we would welcome more submissions of your positive stories. Please write in to the Save Lewisham Hospital website at http://www.savelewishamhospital.com/community-care-survey/ or call Healthwatch Lewisham on 020 7998 7796.
Community Engagement Officer
Voluntary Action Lewisham
St. Laurence Community Centre
31 – 37 Bromley Road
Catford, London SE6 2TS
Sunday 27th July at 11.30am St Mary the Virgin Church, Lewisham High Street (next door to the Ladywell Psychiatric Unit and Lewisham hospital) will be hosting The B-scene Theatre Company.
The innovative B-Scene Theatre Company is a collaboration between Blue Elephant Theatre’s Participation Department and Crossways Mental Health Centre. The group itself is a diverse and dynamic mixture of people who have become a well bonded company who each bring their own experiences and skills to the work.
The project, which is led by people with mental health issues, works to establish meaningful and open conversations with others in the local area. The aim is to bring people who don’t have experience of mental health issues into social contact with those who do. Evidence suggests that this is one of the most effective ways of breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination. B-Scene was established during the summer of 2012 with funding from Time To Change – England’s mental health anti-stigma programme run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
In the play we meet Sam and Lisa, two colleagues who work in the finance department of a printing company. As life’s pressures begin to build for Sam and he finds it more and more difficult to cope, we witness how his friend and colleague Lisa struggles to support him. This is a play with a twist however, as audience members are invited to think about, discuss and even change Lisa’s actions with the hope of changing the outcome.
Contact Fr David Evans (firstname.lastname@example.org) at St Mary’s or Carmine De Rosa (email@example.com) for further information.
SEE YOU THERE!
Flyer here: B-scene poster2
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Do you know anyone who might be interested in helping us to keep ontop of our electronic information sharing, i.e. FB, Twitter and updating our website? Get them to contact us at VCL.
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Dear TwigOps team
The Lewisham Mental Health Connection are holding a launch event on Tuesday 24th June (12pm to 3pm) at Hexagon Housing Association, 42 Newstead Road, SE12 0SY – please see invitation flier attached.
This is a free event, mainly aimed at clients and service users of mental health services in Lewisham. Professional support workers and carers are also welcome to attend, in a support capacity. There will be a summer barbecue in the garden, animal therapy, music, games and art therapy, including a competition to design a logo for the Lewisham Mental Health Connection.
If you can join us for any part of this event, we’d all be very happy to see you there. Would it also be possible to let your networks know about this event, via your TwigOps site / social media?
The Lewisham Mental Health Connection: http://www.meetup.com/Lewisham-Mental-Health-Connection/ is a group of committed people in the voluntary sector, from organisations including Quo Vadis Trust, Equinox Lewisham, Hexagon Housing Association, Bromley & Lewisham Mind, Family Action, the Mental Health Providers Forum, Sydenham Garden, Community Connections and Animals For Therapy.
We create recovery-focused events and activities in London Borough of Lewisham, involving people with mental ill health – this initiative is an outcome of the Lewisham Mental Health Conference 2013. We are working together in 2014 and beyond to make the best use of our resources and spread the benefit of activities and events beyond our individual services.All are welcome to join the Lewisham Mental Health Connection: http://www.meetup.com/Lewisham-Mental-Health-Connection/ – service users, family members, professionals with an interest in mental health and community members – so please feel free to spread the word about this initiative.
Charlotte Tarrant, Marketing Manager
Phone: 020 7922 7862 / 020 7922 7860 Mobile: 07761 235 485
Address: Equinox Central Office, CAN Mezzanine, 32–36 Loman St, London SE1 0EH
Job: Dementia Support Worker
Expiry date 27/06/2014
Salary up to £8.45 per hour
MindCare Dementia Support (part of Bromley & Lewisham Mind) is looking for Bank staff to join our skilled and motivated team who spend quality time with every client, building trusting relationships and providing sensitive person-centered care for people with dementia.
The Honor Oak Community Centre seeks a part-time (16 hours pw) administrator to assist the smooth running of services from the Centre.
Located on Turnham Road, SE4 2JD, the Centre needs an enthusiastic and adaptable person to carry out book-keeping and administrative functions to provide an efficient, well-run premises in conjunction with the Centre Manager.
Duties will involve maintenance of accurate accounts using QuickBooks software, administration of payments, reception duties and deputising for the manager.
The successful candidate will demonstrate basic proficiency in: QuickBooks software or similar package; Microsoft Office; front-line customer services; minute-taking and administrative management.
For your application form, just email email@example.com or phone 020 7639 2301 and leave a message. If you would like an informal chat about the role, contact the manager on the above number.
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham’s Integrated Psychological Therapies Teams are setting up a new peer support service and would like your help in developing this!
The NHS has six clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in south east London (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark). They are working together with commissioning leads from NHS England – London, and in close partnership with local authorities, hospitals, community health services, mental health services, patients, carers and local people on a five year strategy to improve health services across south east London. We are inviting people who live or work in south east London to apply to join our patient and public voices, who are at the centre of shaping and informing this clinically-driven strategy for local health services with us.
There are opportunities to join one of the groups working on planned health care, maternity services, children and young people, long term conditions – physical and mental health, primary and community care, cancer, and urgent and emergency care. Or to work with one of our strategic (planning) groups – Partnership Group, Clinical Executive Group or Clinical Commissioning Board – providing overall governance and direction for the local health strategy. All these groups meet regularly at central London venues and usually during daytime working hours.
We are particularly keen to hear from people who can bring the perspective from south east London’s communities whose voices are seldom heard in healthcare planning, and people who can contribute our strong commitment to equalities and diversity.
If you are interested in knowing more about any of these roles, please contact Laura Luckhurst on 0203 049 9916 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for completed applications is 5 pm on Friday 27th June 2014.
Reference Group Meeting
Tuesday, 3 June, 2014 from 6-8pm, Civic Suite, Catford
Robin Burgess from NHS England will be explaining what Care.data is and how changes in how our data is handled affect us.
We will be asking you about your experiences of Lewisham’s Mental Health services and how can they be improved. The team will be talking about issues arising from our engagement such as the discharge process; CAMHS, older people’s services and access to services for homeless people.
The Health and Wellbeing Board
Find out what it’s all about and let us know what issues you would like Healthwatch to take to the Board.
Welcome and introductions
6.15pm – Cara.data. What is it? Can you opt-out, opt in or consent?
6.45pm Your views on Mental Health services in Lewisham
7.30pm – Health and Wellbeing Board Update
8pm – Close
For more information please call 020 7998 7796 or email email@example.com
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7998 7796 for more details.
We hope you can make it!