Self Advocacy Training at CoolTan Arts in July


Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care

Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care are holding a Citizens’ Forum for people who are interested in helping to improve care for older people or for adults with long-term conditions on Thursday 3 July from 6 – 9pm. It will be at 336 Brixton Road, London SW9 7AA.

Come along to get involved in the development of health and social care in Southwark and Lambeth. The event will include workshops and discussion groups, with lots of opportunities to get involved at the forum itself and in future developments.

There is no need to book – you can just turn up on the evening.

For more information call: 020 7188 7188 Ext. 55185 or email:

CoolTan Arts Mad Hatters Tea Party

Saturday 14th June 1-6pm

Part of Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

Come along for a fun filled afternoon of creativity and inspiration. Take part in free workshops, sample our tasty refreshments and attend the official opening of CoolTan’s new exhibition Summertime Blues.


Food and Mood, 1-2pm: An interactive, hands-on, drop-in workshop looking at foods that have both positive and negative impacts on our nervous systems, sleep cycles and brain functions.

Understanding ‘Panic Attacks’, 2.15-3.45pm: “What is a panic attack? And how come it can make you feel like you’re going mad or having a heart attack?” Karen will be answering these questions and any others you might have about this unpleasant experience that affects so many people in our stressful world.

Postcard Art-‘A Message 2U’ , 2.30-3.30pm: From Object to Word(s) an Image Emerge! Come along and bring something dear to you or even discarded, such as a newspaper clipping, photograph, past postcard, extract of text, or a poem. To explore travelling alongside objects, ideas, text and memories, to create your very own postcard and message for you or someone else.

Anxious to get Painting, 4.-5pm: Get creative in this fun art workshop! Join us for an exciting look at the Mad Hatters Tea Party where we will be painting our way into rediscovering the story interactively.

Summertime Blues: Art Exhibition Opening, 5-6pm: A private viewing of CoolTan’s new exhibition Summertime Blues. All artwork is created by CoolTan participants in creative workshops, and the theme is ‘anxiety & summer’. The exhibition is open from 11 June-11 August but this event marks the official opening.

The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is part of the Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014, which runs throughout June in London venues. The Festival challenges the stigma and discrimination that surround mental health by looking at the creative and productive force of anxiety, and showcases an exciting programme of art, film, performance, music, dance, theatre and talks.

Getting Here: The nearest tube station is Elephant & Castle which is approximately a ten minute walk. Buses from the Elephant & Castle end of Walworth Road are12, 40, 68, 148, 171, 176, 35, 45 & p5.Buses from the Camberwell end of Walworth Road are 68, 468, 148, 171, 35 & 45.

TFL’s Journey Planner can help you plan your journey:

There is no need to book, everyone is welcome to turn up and take part! For more info call 020 7701 2696 or email

Mon 2 June at The Dragon Café

An Oasis of Calm springs to life this Monday
In June we will be partnering with the Mental Health Foundation’s Anxiety 2014 Festival, and creating a place of calm contemplation away from the often anxious world we live in. Random Acts of Mindfulness between 1 – 4 pm and SoundWorks at 4.30 pm – which will introduce us to singing bowls – are just two of the many activities throughout the day, as we also celebrate the start of Creativity and Wellbeing Week (2-11 June). Regular groups will continue and we shall also engage with the festival’s theme in the first part of our Anxiety Dialogues at 6.30 pm. Take your mind and body to a place of peace.


Carers Week 2014

On Friday 13th, Carers Week 2014,  will focus on raising the awareness and identification of young carers and encouraging all services, schools and colleges to do some kind of activity related to young carers, perhaps a lesson, an assembly or another awareness raising activity.The #YCpic Challenge for individuals, classes, schools, colleges, youth groups …everyone!

‘Be creative, have fun and raise awareness of young carers’

During Carers Week, or before Carers Week, get creative and SNAP a photo of the letters ‘YC’. Create your YC image in any way you like…it could be made from:

•    beans on a plate?

•    chairs in a classroom?

•    flowers in a field!

Let your imagination flow! Then share your images on social media. Tweet images using the hastags #YCpic  #carersweek  #youngcarersday

We will grab as many images as we can and upload on the Carers Week Pintrest Board.

Via Matthew


Indesign course

Hello everyone

Please find attached details of our next Indesign course taster session on June 12th.  These courses are for people recovering from mental health problems.  The course proper begins June 17th and runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 5 weeks.  Students completing the Indesign and Photoshop courses at Blackfriars MHWBS have joined our Art2print social enterprise to get hands on work experience of being in a design team.  Others have accessed full-time courses.   It has helped nearly all to boost their confidence, “ It gave me inspiration to be creative and not to be afraid to try new things”.

Art2Print Indesign promotional poster sample June14

Best wishes

Bill Stewart

Service Coordinator Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

Blackfriars Settlement – “Creating Opportunities”

Find out more about our graphic design studio

1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 0RB

Telephone: 020 7928 9521  Fax: 020 7960 4628

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Self-Advocacy Training in May at CoolTan Arts


I’ve attached the schedule for Self Advocacy at CoolTan Arts in May.

Self-advocacy Schedule A5 flyer for MAY 2014 – ONE-SHEET

If you could add it to the website, that would be great.



Sunil Chauhan

Acting Administrator for Self Advocacy

CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, London,

SE17 1JE