CoolTan Arts Largactyl Midnight Shuffle – 21st June 2014

On Saturday June 21st 2014, 11.45pm to 5am, Sunday June 22nd 2014 Matthew Mckenzie joined CoolTan Arts on a fun, guided midnight walk through South London.

This is his great video blog of the event talking about the walk, the talks along the way, games on ‘mad’ buildings, nightworking, surrealism and the anxious city.

Matthew also took lots of great pictures – you can see them on our Facebook page:

Thank you Matthew!




I’m going to be doing two shows of Head Hand Head in London at the Battersea Arts Centre in March and wondered if you mind forwarding on the eflyer to your various mailing lists etc? 

Thanks so much,


Season’s Greetings from CoolTan Arts!

Festive Gift Ideas from CoolTan Arts

Still not decided what to buy your nearest and dearest this year? CoolTan Arts has a few ideas to inspire you!
Click here to visit our new online shop where you can purchase greeting cards, textiles, tote bags, books and more. Our products are made from original artworks, beautifully designed by participants and volunteers from CoolTan’s art workshops and produced to a very high quality. You will be pleased to know that when purchasing your gift 100% of the profits will go towards supporting people with mental distress.

Please note: no orders can be sent out between December 19th and January 6th.

Shop Online and Support CoolTan Arts!

If you shop online, you can now raise money for CoolTan Arts at no extra cost to you!
We have registered with who have partnered with over 1,200 shops that will pay us a donation every time a purchase is made. It will not cost you a penny more and it is free to sign up. In fact you could even save money as there are thousands of discount codes too!

You still buy directly from your favourite shops, including Amazon,, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, Vodafone and many more – you just visit them through the website to create a donation for us! All you need to do is go to and sign up. Once you have signed up, click on ‘Find a Charity or Community’ from your Quick links box, and choose CoolTan Arts.

Thank you for your continued support!

Join us for CoolTan’s Christmas Party

It’s nearly the holiday season, come and celebrate with us at CoolTan’s Christmas Party!

Friday 13th December, 5-9pm at CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

We’d be delighted if you could join us and celebrate the last year. It will be a fun, friendly evening with refreshments, presents and karaoke! If possible please bring some food and drink to share together, veggie, vegan, wheat and nut free options all very welcome. We will also be swapping gifts in a Secret Santa at the party, to take part please bring a gift costing £1 or less to put under the tree.

Please RSVP to or phone 020 7701 2696 to let us know you are coming along.

All welcome!

Please consider a Christmas gift for CoolTan Arts

We’ve had a fantastic year and run some really exciting projects, in spite of severe funding cuts. Please help us continue to do what we do by making a donation to CoolTan Arts this Christmas. You can …

  • donate securely using JustGiving
  • download a form for one-off or monthly donations
  • donate by text: Simply send COOL96 £3 to 70070 to make a £3 donation, or any other £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. It’s quick and simple!

A Huge Thank You to All Our Supporters!

This festive season, we send a big thank you to all our donors, funders, supporters, and to all the people who give their time and energy to CoolTan Arts and make what we do possible. We couldn’t do it without you!

CoolTan Arts believes mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity.

Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Rd London  SE17 1JE
T: 0207 701 2696
M: 0798 565 8443
Twitter: @cooltan4

Registered charity number 1064231
Company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales reg. 3244552

Blackfriars Supporters Club Dates till end of March 2014

Attend the

Supporters Club

Want to know more! –  Phone Valerie on a Monday

A fresh approach to Personalisation

Time:    1.30pm   to   3.15pm

 1st Monday of every month – General Meeting for All

2nd Monday of every month – Older Peoples Group

3rd Monday of every month – Mental Health & Well Being

At the Blackfriars Settlement.

1 Rushworth Street, London, SE1 0RB

Tel:  020 7928 9521    Fax:  020 7960 4682


Flyer here: 3 Supporters Club Dates Flyer 18 11 2013

Healthwatch enewsletter 2 December 2013

  Welcome to Healthwatch Southwark’s latest enewsletter
  Hello Supporter!‘Building Our Network’ Public Forum | Tues 17 Dec
Come to our Healthwatch Southwark public Forum event and find out about our priority areas of work and activities since our launch in June. It is also an opportunity for you to share your experiences with us and find out how you can get involved in Healthwatch Southwark.

The forum on the 17th December is from 4.00pm to 6.30pm at Southwark Resource Centre, 10 Brandenham Close, SE17 2QP. Book on our website here or email the Healthwatch Southwark team at: or call
020 7358 7005

Tell us your experiences
As usual we ask please for any recent experiences with health or social care services in Southwark, let us know! This helps us build our understanding on what is going on in our local services.
Best wishes,

Alvin Kinch & Sec-Chan Hoong

Local News


Get the best from your medicines
The ‘Get the best from your medicines’ campaign returns to Southwark. We are helping patients with long-term conditions to take their medicines in the right way. This leads to improved health and reduces the amount of medicines that are wasted.
Plenty of advice and support is available from community pharmacists in Southwark for patients who are unsure about their medicines. Read more.

Southwark Advice Plus project is temporarily moving

The project is moving to Leonard Cheshire Disability head office in Vauxhall. They are moving to a permanent location in Southwark in January 2014. For full details on our new location and drop-inn changes view here.
Southwark Advice Plus provides information, advice and access to help disabled adults live more independently in Southwark.
Read more.

Autism provision in Southwark for 18-25 year olds
Care Trade has been commissioned to look into current provisions within Southwark for young people (18-25) with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, including Asperger Syndrome (ASC). We hope to collate what is currently available within the borough and look at what may be needed in the future. Read more.

CoolTan Arts Shortlisted for Guardian Charity Awards
The Guardian released its 2013 shortlist and from 1300 original entrants, CoolTan have made the final stage. With its tagline, “Small charities, big impact”, The Guardian Charity Awards aims to recognize small to medium-sized social welfare charities that “delivers a clear benefit to people – adults or children – who are disadvantaged by poverty or disability. The winning charities will be announced on Tues 3 Dec.

National News

Your National news and updates

Useful guides and information from Contact a Family
These Contact a Family guides are for GP practices and health professionals. There is also a poster which summarises issues relating to parent carer engagement with GP practices when visiting with their child with additional needs. The aim is to ensure that, when CCGS are commissioning services that the needs and experiences of  families are given all due consideration.
Read more

Fuel Poverty: Integrated approaches to health, energy, social justice and climate change | Tues 10 Dec
This is a free event organised by LVSC’s Climate Change Leaders for a Low Carbon London project, chaired by Chris Church, Community Environment Associates . Fuel poverty is a major problem across London. Despite many positive projects a combination of rising prices and static incomes means that many more households will face this problem this winter. Read more.

Useful Breast Cancer Care December events

Breast Cancer Care are holding some small engagement events in December in London. One of the events is for Black women who have had treatment for primary breast cancer. They are also holding an event for healthcare and community professionals and people who work with women of Black origin.
Read more.

Workshop on FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) | Thurs 12 Dec

Come listen and gain a better understanding of a Global and Local issue that affects 66,000 women in England and Wales, 20,000 Girls up to the age of 15 years are at Risk. The workshop is designed not only to raise awareness of the subject but to help participants to recognise the need for. 2 works shops available: 12pm and 1.30-3.30pm. Book today.

Health and Social Care Reform and Govtoday are delighted to announce ‘Care for all’ | 19 March 2014
This is the 2nd National Social Care Conference set to examine how the reforms to the healthcare provision across the nation have affected the services delivered. It will examine the Care Bill presenting a forum for debate, bringing together those at the forefront of this agenda and those responsible for delivering high quality care to listen to the real concerns and issues. Book today.

Recent NICE published guidance


NICE approves treatment for hep C in its 300th technology appraisal
read more

Judging whether public health interventions offer value for money
read more

NHS urged to become smoke-free, says NICE – read more


  Local Events

Your local community events:

Forum for Equalities and Human Rights in Southwark and Southwark Disability and Mobility Forum | Tues 3 Dec
Invite you to a FREE event to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. The event will be opened by Councillor Catherine McDonald. Speakers and workshops from:
Southwark Disablement Association, Leonard Cheshire – on geting into work, Lambeth and Southwark Public Health – on mental health and wellbeing, Blackfriar’s Advice – on keeping warm and saving money. Read more.

CAS Members’ Day AGM | Wed 4 Dec
Register now for the CAS Members’ Day and AGM. We are delighted that Cllr Richard Livingstone (Cabinet Member for Finance, Resources and Community Safety) will be joining us. Richard will talk about the future relationship between Southwark Council and the voluntary and community sector. There will also be an update on Value the VCS Campaign. Any queries call 020 7358 7020. Book today

InDesign taster sessions | Tues 3 & Thurs 4 Dec
For people with mental health needs. This FREE 5 week course will cover: Getting to know InDesign | Working with Typography | Working with colours | Working with effects | Working with Images to produce eye catching posters, leaflets & flyers.
Venue: BLACKFRAIRS SETTLEMENT, SE1 0RB. The next course starts December 10th 2013. Read more.

Anchor Trust’s Christmas events | Fri 5 & Sun 7 Dec
Join us for a day of festive celebration as we switch on our Christmas tree lights – Thursday 5th December from 11am. Enjoy freshly baked mince pies, hot chocolate, tea and coffee. Take part in our decoration competition and activities.

Christmas Bazaar and Tombola – Come and join the residents and staff at Rose Court care home for their Christmas Bazaar and Tombola on 7th December. Take part in the tombola, look round the various stalls on display. Various items on sale including cakes knitted items, books, decorative items.
Read more

Guy’s and ST Thomas’ Patient and Public Engagement Strategy | Wed 11 Dec

A final reminder that Southwark community organisations have been invited to this event. This will take place on the afternoon of the 11th December, and will help inform how the Trust engages with patients and the public in the future.
This event is for community organisations and it is being run in partnership with Healthwatch Southwark and Healthwatch Lambeth. Places are limited, please register here:

‘Building Our Network’ Public Forum Event | Tues 17 Dec
Come to our Health watch Southwark public Forum event and find out about our priority areas of work and what we have been up to since the launch in June.
The event will be from 4.00pm to 6.30pm and held at Southwark Resource Centre, 10 Brandenham Close, SE17 2QP. Book here today or email: or call 020 7358 7005.

Skills Training on Risk Management (Suicide Prevention) | Thurs 30 & Fri 31 Jan 2014  
STORM utilises the most effective, evidence-based methods in skills development training – role-rehearsal and videotaped role-rehearsal with cself-reflection and structured feedback. The skills learned through this method are specific to suicide prevention and are transferable to all practices.To register send your details to:

Opportunity to join a new Social Enterprise

We are always looking to welcome new people to join our team.

If you have lived experience of mental ill-health or of caring for someone who does, you would be very welcome to apply to work with us, either on projects or in our office.

We are looking for people to undertake a wide range of project work.

You should have a good level of understanding and some experience of working in one or more of the following areas:

  • Working with vulnerable adults
  • Training
  • Delivering presentations / public speaking
  • Project management

For most of our project work we provide training; usually a combination of classroom and experiential training.

To undertake any client work, you must also be able to provide a CRB or DBS which is less than 5 years old. Having something recorded will not usually prevent you from working with us.

For our office work, we are looking for people with experience in one of more of the following areas:

  • General admin
  • Office management / PA
  • Book-keeping
  • IT (software and / or hardware)
  • Windows: Word / Excel / PowerPoint

We are happy to provide training in some areas if you already have skills and experience in one or more of the above.

Our office is based in a quiet street in London SE17.

We also actively welcome people without lived experience to join our office team as volunteers.

Although EbyE (Consultants and office workers) is fairly well balanced in terms of gender, and has diversity in terms of ethnicity, we actively welcome people from BME backgrounds, as we would like our workforce to be made up of people from a wider range of BME backgrounds.

All of our workers are required to register with HMRC as self-employed, and to make an annual on-line return. This is a simple process, and we have an office worker who can help you (on a paid basis) should you wish. He can also give you general advice for free.


Consultation on the future of Day Services in Southwark: overview findings

Dear all,

Experts by Experience was asked to make a presentation today on the findings from the Consultation. I attach below a link to a PDF and word version of the presentation.

Please also note the revised publication date within this document, which is due to the Council asking us to include the written responses in our analysis and Report.