Invitation to the Southwark Peace Breakfast 2013

The Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Abdul Mohamed, hosts The Southwark Peace Breakast at The Unicorn Theatre, Tooley Street, on Thursday 19 September 2013. Marking World Peace Day 2013, London Week of Peace, and celebrating the living legacy of Nelson Mandela.

The theme of the peace breakfast is ‘Building Peace in Fractured Communities’ and ‘Who will you make peace with, and how?’
Breakfast will be served from 8am and will be followed at 9am by an hour-long programme of film, music, poetry, and inspirational speakers. Cost: Free Please visit:

Southwark charities share £20k of public health funding for workplace wellbeing

From healthy eating to health and safety, six Southwark charities have been given funding to set up new schemes or initiatives that will help keep their workforce well.
Southwark Council, the Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Community Action Southwark (CAS) have been working together on a unique project to help improve the health and wellbeing of staff and volunteers in a number of local voluntary organisations.
An average London firm of 250 employees loses around £250,000 a year due to sickness absence. But smaller, third sector organisations often don’t have the spare money to fund healthy initiatives for staff.
To help out, Southwark Council and the CCG has given public health money to fund CAS – allowing them to award six grants to encourage voluntary sector organisations to use the Mayor of London’s Healthy Workplace Charter to make improvements in a range of areas.
The Southwark and Lambeth Public Health team can offer support and advice to any employer wishing to use the Charter. There is no charge involved in this. For more information email: or go online for more information about the Mayor’s Charter

New findings on what predicts our wellbeing – NatCen Study

The Secondary analysis of the Millenium Cohort Study, Understanding Society, and the Health Survey for England just published their research on ‘predictors of wellbeing’. Amongst its findings are the following:
– The health-related factors that are relevant to wellbeing are not all the same for men and for women: while hypertension was identified as a specific health condition significantly associated in these analyses with lower wellbeing among men, digestive system problems were found to associated with lower wellbeing among women.
– The tailing off of wellbeing among the oldest old is a much more pronounced problem for women than for men. Also several aspects of health behaviour were also found to be key for adult wellbeing. For example, people with high wellbeing, after controlling for other factors, ate more fruit and vegetables and did not smoke.
– The quality of the relationship with a partner, as well as the subjective wellbeing of that partner, also affected adults for better and for worse, just as children’s wellbeing was affected by their parent’s level of wellbeing disruptive behaviour at school was linked to low subjective wellbeing, both for the young people who were being disruptive and for those who witness the disruption. Thus, a secure environment at school – free from bullying and classroom disruption – was found to be important to children of all ages
Have a look at the whole report which highlights issues that are important for improving wellbeing and preventing illheath. Please visit:

free briefing sessions on the current welfare reform reforms in Lambeth

Lambeth Council are offering the opportunity for health services and health service users, to receive free briefing sessions on the current welfare reform reforms taking place. This is to ensure staff / patients are aware of the significant changes taking place. The recent and planned welfare reform changes significantly impact many patients.
Patients most likely to be adversely impacted by the welfare reform changes are: large families (3+ children), people in rented accommodation and people with significant long term ill health and disabilities, and their carers. Briefings can be provided at team meetings, or arranged to brief a wider group of services or service users. We suggest services allow 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on level of detail required.
If you would like a briefing, please contact: Jualanne Hickey Tel: 020 7926 4713 Email: