An evening of wellness: your mind, your health – Mental Health Awareness Week May 2014

Matthew Mckenzie attend “An evening of wellness: your mind, your health”. This event ran as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, and together we can hosted an evening of talks and performances to showcase some of the projects supported by Maudsley Charity for the benefit of service users and the local community.

We heard from 4 projects being the

The SLaM Recovery College
Hearing Things
Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014
Mind and Soul Choir

Matthew covered the event for us and has done great audio and video blogs and has also taken photos.

You can watch his video blog here:

Listen to his audio blog here:

Look at his photos here:

Great job as always Matthew – Thank you


Brain Awareness Week – Event on 15th March 2014 at the Maudsley Learning – ORTUS

An event for Brain Awareness Week 2014 was held by Maudsley Learning at the ORTUS. There were lots of activities, stalls and learning about the mind and the Brain. Matthew Mckenzie met many people there in order to help raise awareness about the Brain.

Matthew has done a great video blog about the event.  It is really interesting and informative and well worth a look!

Matthew also took some lovely pictures which you can find on our Facebook page:

Thank you Matthew for covering this event so well.

SLaM Recovery College – Autumn/Winter Term

In July of this year, as part of the continuing development of the SLaM Recovery College, they ran what turned out to be a highly successful pilot scheme of eleven courses at the Ortus Learning Centre. The feedback they got, from those who attended as students (service users, carers and staff) as well as those who developed and delivered the courses, was fantastic.

They still have a lot to do before the college is launched next year – such as recruiting staff and trainers – but the next milestone in their development is this expanded programme of courses, running from mid-October through to mid-December.

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PDF version here: SLaM Recovery College Pilot Scheme Timetable

SLaM’s Recovery College… latest developments

Over a two week period in July we ran a very successful pilot scheme in the Ortus Learning Centre at the Maudsley.

Ten courses were run ranging from subjects such as: How do people overcome drug and Alcohol use?, Motivation: finding your “get up and go”, The Mindful Way to Well being, Whose Mental Health is it anyway? Collaborative working in Recovery, Help, I’ve been invited to a meeting! and Train the Trainers for the Recovery College. 138 attended, including 32 SLaM staff. The evaluations were very positive for example: “it has made me determined to empower the individuals I am working with and to support them in their recovery journey”, “great to have service user input and experience”, “we have learnt so much from each other”.

As a reminder, Recovery Colleges use a recovery based approach to providing a range of educational courses and resources of people with lived mental health experience their friends, family and Trust staff. They run educational courses and workshops on a range of topics. One of the main features of a Recovery College is that all courses are co-facilitated by a peer trainer and a mental health practitioner trainer. This ensures that the expertise of both people with lived experience of mental health condition and mental health professionals work collaboratively to deliver courses.

We are now planning for the next phase of the Recovery College term (due to run late October through to December).  This includes recruiting to posts and developing more courses and more venues where they are run. If you want to find out more contact Tony Holmes .

An opportunity to become one of the first ever students of the SLaM Recovery College!

For the next stage in the development of the college, we are running a pilot scheme, at the new Ortus Learning Centre, of eleven courses – all of them created and delivered by peers and professionals working together.

For dates and details of the courses on offer, please see the attached timetable.

SLaM Recovery College Pilot Scheme Timetable

If you are a service user, supporter or a member of staff and would like to register for a course, email me with the details of which course(s) you’d like to attend. Places are limited, so please don’t be offended if we can’t accommodate your request this time around. There’ll be plenty more opportunities to register as a student when the college launches.

And a big thank you to everyone for all your support and interest!

Best Wishes

Tony Holmes

Social Inclusion and Recovery Volunteer

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Maudsley Charity

Corporate OT | 1st Floor Admin | MaudsleyHospital | Denmark Hill | London | SE5 8AZ

Telephone: 020 3228 2175

Vacancies for the South London and Maudsley Trust (SLaM) Apprenticeships/ return to work scheme

Do you have a lived experience of mental distress as well as an interest in contributing to the organisation of staff and peer training?

Are you committed and interested in a career in learning and development within a well known Mental Health Trust?

We are looking for individuals of any age but we do also want to offer opportunities to one candidate aged between 16-24. To offer access to training to young people from our local community, in this challenging employment market

Apprenticeships return to work scheme Education Administration

Apprenticeships return to work scheme trainer in training