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.
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.
PDF version here: SLaM Recovery College Pilot Scheme Timetable
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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!
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
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