Lambeth Wellbeing Network Newsletter – Issue 12 January, 2012


The Built Environment and Wellbeing network

Around 80 people attended the latest wellbeing network event ‘The built environment and wellbeing’ organised by NHS Lambeth and LBL’s Planning Directorate on 29 November. Delegates had the opportunity to go on a walkabout of Herne Hill and Loughborough Junction led by Rethinking Cities and local action groups. The two areas are defined by the railway and a busy road junction; one has undergone regeneration and the other has huge potential for future work. In the afternoon delegates heard from Cllr Haselden, Sue Foster (Exec Director of HRE) and Ilaria Geddes (former Marmot Review Team) as well as a range of speakers carrying out work locally in the borough.

Comments from delegates included:

“I met loads of interesting people and the presentations provide so much useful evidence for getting funding and convincing people what we know is true.” The Cinema  Museum


“Excellent event – one of the best I’ve been to. Has pulled together a lot of thinking discussed in my professional networks’ over the last few years – v happy to see Lambeth/NHS taking a lead on this” Stockwell Partnership


“I liked the mix of people today. Prior to this I had not met a Town Planner professionally in my 32 years NHS experience!”  Former NHS colleague

To view the presentations and report from the day, see,document,4644,519,00.htm

Supermarket staff to be trained to identify ‘hidden carers’

Campaign warns against deathly silence


Early findings from the first wave of the UK ‘Understanding Society’ survey (Chapter 9 includes data on wellbeing)


The Well Centre – new health centre for young people aged 13-19

Based in Streatham but will see young people from anywhere in London

(see attached flyer)

  • Provide GP consultations Mon, Weds & Thurs (3-9pm)
  • Tier 2 mental health interventions
  • Specialist workshops and lessons with youth workers and nurse
  • Youth work advice and support
  • Counselling

To refer please ring 020 8473 1584 or email

See for more info.


A Fair Deal for Wellbeing?

Discussion kit which enables you to plan to improve wellbeing in YOUR community


Measuring wellbeing handbook

A toolkit to help you measure the impact of your project on your client’s wellbeing


Policy & Evidence Reports


 Health Work and Wellbeing Indicators progress report (DWP)


Still in the red: update on mental health and debt  (Mind)

How can the voluntary sector influence Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA)?

The new Public Health system (Dept of Health)  -factsheets

Events, Training & Consultations

Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Update workshop (see attached)

9.30am-2.30pm, 11 January, 2012, 160 Tooley St, SE1 2TZ

Are you interested in improving the impact your services/projects have on mental wellbeing? Are you looking for ways to measure how your services impact on wellbeing? Intro to MWIA, practical session, find out how others are using MWIA locally, get support with planning and more!

To book a place email

Measuring wellbeing taster workshops

New Philanthropy Capital are holding some free taster events in the New Year so you can have a go at creating your own surveys (note – this tool is aimed at measuring children and young people’s wellbeing) Sessions will be held at their offices and will run between 9.30-11.30 on 10 and 11th January. Places are limited, sign up at:,LPRI,461V4U,1RDT9,1

ONS launches new consultation into national well-being measures

Deadline for responses 23 January, 2012

Public Mental Health and Wellbeing: measurement, determinants and promotion

5 day intensive course, University of Warwick

6-10 February, 2012

DIY Happiness Game training

17 February, 2012 – choice of AM or PM sessions

Jubilee Hall, Covent Garden

Lambeth will be given up to 10 DIY Happiness games and this is an opportunity to receive training on how to facilitate the game

For more information and to book a place please email Caro Swan or ring 020 3228 1695

FREE Enhancing Wellbeing training

10am – 3pm, 5th March 2012

This course will explore the five ways to wellbeing recommended by the Foresight report. It will look at the evidence underpinning this approach, explain the current debates in resilience and positive psychology and apply this knowledge at a personal level and relating to working practice.

FREE Mental Health First Aid training (2 day course)

23/24th Feb, 2012,  11/18th June 2012

Please note delegates MUST attend BOTH days

Mental Health First Aid training is a two day practical course aimed at raising awareness about how to recognize signs and symptoms of mental ill health, improve confidence and provide support and signposting. It is ideal for frontline staff, particularly those working in customer care centres, housing, libraries, Job Centres etc.

Shorter ‘hot topic’ sessions are also available on personal wellbeing, mental wellbeing for those pushed for time!

For more information and to book places on any of these courses contact Lorraine Baker or ring 020 7525 1696

Measuring national wellbeing

5pm, 8 March, 2012

A joint meeting of the Official Statistics and Social Statistics Sections will take place at 5pm with tea/coffee from 4.30pm. Speakers: Paul Allin, ONS and Charles Seaford, New Economics Foundation. The ONS began a national debate on measuring the nation’s wellbeing and this will be presented.

To register please email or by phone 020 7638 8998.

Social and emotional wellbeing guidance – early years (NICE)

This guidance is being developed with an expected issue date of October 2012. A consultation is expected between 17 April – 15 June 2012. See


Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training

To increase capacity to deliver Mental Health First Aid training we are seeking organisations that are interested in training up a member of staff from a Lambeth based organisation. We can train one person (ideally from the VCS) who would have to commit to delivering at least two two day MHFA courses (to approx 15 delegates) to Lambeth staff/residents in 2012-13 and beyond as part of their job description.

The next course in London is in February and requires a seven day commitment.


Dates: 9, 10, 22, 23, 24 Feb, 8, 9 Mar 2012

Please note there is an annual membership fee (£49 for 2011/12) and a fee to attend one MHFA CPD training event per year. We can cover the membership fee, but not the CPD training thereafter. MHFA is aimed at adults (there is a separate course for young people ‘ Youth Mental Health First Aid’)

If your organisation is interested please email

Time to Change grant funds

Time to Change will distribute £2.7 million to 75 projects across England from April 2012 to March 2015 to change public attitudes towards people with mental health problems. Large grants of £85k will be available, but the majority of funding will be medium and small grants of 40k and 20k. A quarter of the grants will be allocated to projects run by, and working with people from BME communities. The first round of applications will be open in January. See If you are interested in being part of a bid for Lambeth (particularly if you are do not traditionally focus on mental health).

Please email or register to get more information when it becomes available at

Sexual Health Small Grants £500-£1000

The Sexual Health Promotion Team are awarding small grants from £500 -£1000 which are suitable for small scale projects/interventions that will complete within a short time frame -by the 26th March 2012.

For an application pack and criteria, please email

Deadline for applications 16th January.

Wellbeing Tip

Getting more stuff doesn’t make us happy. One way to save money during the January sales is not to go to the shops in the first place! There are plenty of bargains to be found online all year round.

Check out these ten New Year’s Resolutions as illustrated by cats:

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