Lambeth Wellbeing Network Newsletter – Issue 15 April 2012


Clapham clothes store wins Lambeth’s ‘Best workplace’ award

Loneliness, wellbeing and the importance of social relationships

every local council is going to receive guidance on how to measure levels of loneliness and people at risk of loneliness in their areas

Children denied joy of nature, says National Trust

Call for Cabinet-level mental health focus

Is your boss ruining your family life?

Voluntary time banks are giving carers a break

Food growing projects in Lambeth – update needed.

Please respond to this quick survey to help map food growing projects in the borough.



Solidarity in a Crisis

Solidarity in a Crisis is a NEW service user and carer led service in Lambeth offering crisis support and information over the phone or in person during the weekend.

Friday 8pm-2am, Saturday 8am-2pm and 8pm-2am

Mobile: 07795 037 320 Email


Wellbeing Framework schools toolkit

Pupil health and wellbeing (DoE)

Change4life launches alcohol campaign

Must knows on health and wellbeing for councils

Marmot indicators for local authorities in England 2012

Improving physical and mental health website launched

Physical health check tool

Policy & Evidence Reports


Alcohol Strategy

–          minimum unit price for alcohol

–          consultation on ban of multi-buy alcohol discounting

–          powers for control licensing in local areas

–          sobriety schemes for alcohol related offending



A review of local actions in the former London Spearhead boroughs to reduce health inequalities through key social determinants: employment, housing & income


Hills Fuel Poverty Review


Initial findings from the consultation on proposed domains and measures of national well-being


Understanding Society 2012

Responses of 5,000 young people aged 10 to 15 to questions about their health-related behaviours and levels of happiness. The results show that:

●Young people who never drank any alcohol were between four and six times more likely to have higher levels of happiness than those who reported any alcohol consumption.

●Young people who smoked were about five times less likely to have high happiness scores compared to those who never smoked.

●Higher consumption of fruit and vegetables and lower consumption of crisps, sweets and fizzy drinks were both associated with high happiness.

●The more hours of sport young people participated in per week the happier they were.


Using assets to promote well-being and positive mental health

Events, Training & Consultations

11am-4pm, 24 April

Time Bank and Nurture Workshop

The Loughborough Centre

For more information please contact Cynthia Roomes:


Your Mind – taster session

26 April, London Bridge

We rely on our minds for almost everything we do, but how much do we actually know about how they work, or how to look after them? If we can take care of our bodies by going to the gym, or eating an apple, what is the equivalent for our minds?

This training session is a taster session for Mindapples’ new Your Mind: A User’s Guide training programme, and has been getting extraordinary feedback from business clients. Over 90% of recent participants rate this training as “good” or “excellent”, and the same number say they will do something different in their work as a direct result of the session. Book online at

Exploring our Futures

4 May, 24  May, 11 July 2012

A programme of events designed to help us generate scenarios for the future of health and social care in Lambeth and Southwark. In developing these scenarios I hope that we can build on existing work and:

–  inform and strengthen our own local strategies and decision making

–  help each of us to identify areas of key strategic importance

–  help us as a wider health and social care economy have a shared point of reference and understanding that will support greater partnership working.

The programme of events is funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, delivered by a consortium of the King’s Fund, RAND Europe and idenk, and, crucially, designed by a group of your colleagues and peers from across Lambeth and Southwark, including individuals from the NHS, Social Care, Borough Councils and the LINks.

Book online at

Creativity and Wellbeing Week (13th-20th June)

London Creativity and Wellbeing Week is a brand new idea from London Arts in Health Forum. Their hope is that it will shine a light on all the different ways that the arts help and improve the health of Londoners. There is an opportunity to upload any events you have planned during this week. See

Health@Work Summit 2012

FREE Mental Health First Aid training (2 day course)

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

Launch of ‘Keep on Smiling’

SLAM Members Council has approved a fourth bid scheme with individual awards of between £50 to £750.

The Members’ Council would like you to submit ideas that could potentially
•    Improve patient experience
•    Increase social inclusion or
•    Promote mental well-being.

See or contact Carol Stevenson on 020 3228 2441  or email

Time to Change grant now open for applications

Funds for projects that change attitudes and behaviour by engaging local communities in meaningful conversations about mental health. People with experience of mental health problems should be involved in the planning and development of the projects at all levels.

If you are interested in being part of a partnership bid for Lambeth, please email

Wellbeing Tip

Money worries can have a serious impact on wellbeing. Here are some useful financial management sites: – list of advice centres in Lambeth – money saving tips – give and get free stuff from neighbours – more money saving tips – find out where the cheapest petrol is near you

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