Help us improve talking therapy services across Southwark

NHS Southwark CCG reviewed primary care counselling in 2013 and found that not all Southwark residents had equal access to the service. The CCG has decided to put in place a new talking therapy service across Southwark. We want to hear about your experiences of talking therapy services and hear your views about our ideas
Tuesday 8 April 2014 6.30 – 8.30pm (refreshments from 6pm)
Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, SE5 0H
Book your place: Online:
By email: or By phone: 020 7525 7888
More information including our survey at

Planning to go to university in 2014 and live in Southwark?

SouthwarkCouncilThe Southwark Scholarship Scheme could pay a contribution towards the cost of university fees. Now in its fourth year, the scheme has already supported 26 people to attend the university course of their choice and improve their future career prospects. You can apply online. Online application will close on Friday 4 April 2014. Applications are now opened. If you have any queries, please do contact:

Lambeth and Southwark wellbeing network – Weds 19th March 3-6pm

The Lambeth and Southwark wellbeing network will meet at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre, 43 Renfrew Road, London SE11 4NA
on Wednesday, 19th March between 3-6pm. We will be hearing from Ella Britton at the Design Council about projects funded under the Knee High Project, a Reminiscence Arts and Dementia project and how it impacts on quality of life and an overview of projects delivered as part of the Lambeth Wellbeing small grants scheme.

There will be good time for networking with colleagues and light refreshments will be provided. It is also an opportunity to find out what else goes in the centre from meditation to volunteering —>

We would be delighted if you could join us. Please email to book a place and notify us of any special requirements.

We look forward to joining together again to support work on improving the wellbeing for all who live and work in Lambeth and Southwark.

Invite to Anxiety 2014 – a new London arts festival

Anxiety 2014 is a new London wide arts festival exploring the spaces between the concepts of anxiety and the ways they are lived, perceived and represented by artists, individuals and communities. The festival runs throughout June 2014 spanning venues and spaces across the city, from grass-roots community centres to London’s leading cultural and academic organisations.For more details, visit

Belief kill & Belief Cure Part2-Youth wellbeing conference

The Belief kill & Belief Cure Part 2 on Conference on 26th March at St Marys Banqueting Hall Camberwell New Road SE5 0TF at 3pm.We need young people to come and hear it for themselves. We also need all those working with and in contact with young people be it from the church mosque, temple, Sunday school teachers, Saturday school teachers, parents, foster carers, mentors, youth workers, teachers and all front line staff in local authority and within health.
It’s a myth that mental distress only affects adults-
1:4 adults suffer from mental health problems
1:5 young people suffer from depression
Its common!
This is a day for everyone to get the facts. Young people can speak for themselves. Please, contact Mob: 07976924401

Practising mindfulness online reduces stress, anxiety and depression

Practising mindfulness online reduces stress, anxiety and depression, finds the University of Oxford in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. The benefits were comparable to Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services and face-to-face mindfulness courses despite the expected benefits of group and therapist interaction for recovery.

“The study shows great potential for the role of online technology in delivering mindfulness courses to decrease stress, anxiety and depression (Adele Krusche, of the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry)

A survey reveals that a growing crisis in mental wellbeing as communities struggle with a combination of hardships including benefit changes, unemployment and poor housing

The survey, undertaken jointly between the mental health charity Mind and The College of Social Work reveals a worrying picture of an increasing number of people trying to access mental health services as individuals become ‘overwhelmed by life circumstances’ at the same time as cuts in care budgets and funding are reducing their availability.
Chair of the Mental Health faculty of The College of Social Work Dr Ruth Allen said:
“This survey again highlights what many social workers see as a deterioration in access to support for mental health problems, as reductions in social care and health bite. At the same time, social and financial pressures associated with poverty and poor housing seem to be mounting and are cited increasingly by social workers as reasons for mental distress and ill health”.
To read more, visit:’s-worsening-mental-health-as-benefit-cuts,-unemployment-and-poor-housing-affect-communities/

£2500 up for grabs for Youth Projects…

Streatham Action is seeking to give a total of £2500 to support projects specifically directed at, and involving, young people in Streatham. This is the first time Streatham Action has focused its Community Chest funding on one particular theme. 
Funding is available for youth-focused projects in Streatham that will help to: 

* improve the quality of life for young people
* encourage young people to get more involved with their local community
* build partnerships between community groups
* contribute in a meaningful way towards the regeneration of Streatham
could be for smaller amounts.
>> Click here to download the application form
The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, Sunday 23 March 2014.