“Eat Well Spend Less”

“Eat Well Spend Less” healthy eating on a budget course will begin on 8th March and will run for 6 sessions.

Previous courses have been a great success, here is what one participant had to say:

          “It changed how I spent my money, now I am spending a third less on food as a result of the  course I am now making big savings, and I am using the money I am saving to pay off some of my other debts. Learning to cook with other people was quite special. Supporting each other in the group to prepare the dish and then eating together afterwards was amazing.”

Anyone interested in this course will need to sign up by the 1st March 016, see flyer for further details.




Kings Fund Library Update

Health and Wellbeing Boards Bulletin:

Guidance, policy and research: District council’s contribution to public health

In partnership with District Councils’ Network, we have produced a set of slides that illustrate the key role played by district councils in keeping us healthy. Please feel free to use them in your office, in documents or presentations. These slides are based on ‘The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity’, an independent report written by The King’s Fund but commissioned by District Councils’ Network.

district_councils_public_health_jan_2015 These slides are based on The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity, an independent report written by The King’s Fund but commissioned by District Councils’ Network.

district-council-contribution-to-public-health-nov15 This report was commissioned by the District Councils’ Network (DCN) in 2015. Its intention is to contribute to the understanding, assessment and development of the role of district councils in improving the health of their citizens and communities. It focuses on district councils’ role in promoting public health through some of their key functions and enabling roles.


Making Every Contact Count (MECC) is an approach to behaviour change that utilises day to day interactions that organisations and individuals have with other people to support them in making positive changes to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. These documents support the local implementation of MECC activity and the development of training resources

Implementation guide: MECC_Implementation_guide_FINAL                                                         Training checklist: MECC_Training_quality_marker_checklist_FINAL


Public health outcomes framework: February 2016 data update

The framework concentrates on two high-level outcomes to be achieved across the public health system, and groups further indicators into four ‘domains’ that cover the full spectrum of public health. The outcomes reflect a focus not only on how long people live, but on how well they live at all stages of life. This update uses recent data to update indicators and includes equalities and inequalities breakdowns for some indicators.

Updated indicators: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/public-health-outcomes-framework-february-2016-data-update?utm_source=The%20King%27s%20Fund%20newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6697443_HWBB%202015-02-08&dm_i=21A8,3ZJS3,FLWRLY,EH34N,1

Public Health Outcomes:  http://www.phoutcomes.info/?utm_source=The%20King%27s%20Fund%20newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6697443_HWBB%202015-02-08&dm_i=21A8,3ZJS3,FLWRLY,EH34O,1


Health profiles: February 2016 data update

These profiles have been developed to improve availability and accessibility of health and health-related information and they provide a snapshot overview of health for each local authority in England. This update uses recent data to update some of the indicators.

Updated indicators:  Health_Profiles_online_tool_updates_February_2016                                     Public Health England: http://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/health-profiles?utm_source=The%20King%27s%20Fund%20newsletters&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=6697443_HWBB%202015-02-08&dm_i=21A8,3ZJS3,FLWRLY,EH36D,1


Combating loneliness: a guide for local authorities

There is growing recognition that loneliness is a serious problem, with far reaching implications, not just for individuals, but also for wider communities, which merits the attention of local authorities. Building on the latest evidence, this guide set out a range of actions for effectively combating loneliness.

Guide: Guide_ combating loneliness


Arts for health and wellbeing: an evaluation framework

The arts are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs. This document suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

Report: PHE_Arts_and_Health_Evaluation_FINAL















Gardening for wellbeing…

The Burgess Park Food Project’s HERB TUESDAY’s  returns by popular demand. After securing funding from the GNF (Good Neighbourhood Fund) to run the project for a further two years the project will be much more involved in food growing and permaculture and will continue to have taster sessions throughout the year.

The project is open to everyone over 18, and there is no reason that poor physical or mental health should put you off. The benefits of gardening for health are huge

Herb Tuesdays will be starting back at Glengall Wharf Garden on Tuesday 16th February. We open at 11am, have lunch at 1pm and carry on gardening till 4pm, whatever the weather. See flyer below

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Postcards from somewhere…


Postcards from somewhere’ launches our new Life Support campaign. We hope it gets people thinking about the ways we can find comfort and support in our communities, and about those who may not have that support.

Too many people don’t have a ‘somewhere’ and struggle to find a place to go where they feel happy and supported. We may feel excluded and isolated from the communities we live in. That’s why we’re launching the Life Support campaign.

Let’s celebrate the ‘somewhere’ we may have in our lives and help inspire others. Hundreds of our members and campaigners have already shared theirs and I’ve just done mine, will you join us?

Share your ‘somewhere’ today


Healthwatch Southwark

You may remember back in November 2015 an invitation to participate in a survey regarding the usage of A&E services at Kings or St. Thomas’. This is just a reminder that the survey will conclude February 2016 so please take the time to complete it.

Access the survey here:    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/5S625R3    Please feel free to share the survey with family, friends and community groups too!

If you have any questions about our A&E work , please contact the Healthwatch Southwark team on 020 7358 7005 or email  info@healthwatchsouthwark.co.uk

Thank you

Child and Maternal Health

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Knowledge update:  5 February 2016


National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network news
Child Health Profiles for local authorities 2016 We recently asked for your feedback to help us develop Child Health Profiles 2016. You can now read the feedback and our response. The profiles provide a snapshot of child health and wellbeing for each local authority in England using key health indicators, which enables comparison locally, regionally and nationally. This year, we’ll be publishing the Child Health Profiles on 15 March 2016. www.chimat.org.uk/profiles/consultation

Children’s public health 0-5 years – national reporting following the transfer Public Health England (PHE) has published data from the interim reporting system to collect health visiting activity at a local authority resident level. The data covers quarter 2 of 2015/16 (July to September 2015). Information is presented at a local authority, PHE centre and England level.

In the News

We do not accept responsibility for the availability, reliability or content of these news items and do not necessarily endorse the views expressed within them.

NSPCC: 96% say support for children after abuse “inadequate” In a survey of more than 1,000 professionals working with children after abuse, over 50% said that tight criteria to access local NHS mental health services means these children are increasingly struggling to access vital help. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=275248&src=KU

NSPCC: Getting the right support early is vital if children are to recover from abuse This blog post from the Chief Executive of NSPCC argues that the government must increase the number of vital services that can help children move forward towards the future they deserve. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=275249&src=KU

NHS Choices: Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens “Antidepressant use doubles the risk of suicide in under 18s and the risks to adults may have been seriously underestimated,” The Daily Telegraph reports. This ‘Behind the headlines’ article examines the evidence behind this report. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=275244&src=KU

NHS England: Thank you for today The Chief Nursing Officer for England marks Young Carers Awareness Day, which recognises more than 700,000 young people in the UK who provide care and support to family and friends. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=275315&src=KU

Home Office: Landmark law to tackle psychoactive substances passed A landmark Bill to end the trade in harmful psychoactive substances and protect young people in the UK from the risks posed by these drugs received Royal Assent today. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=275321&src=KU

Children & Young People Now: Self-harm in youth custody on the rise Annual youth justice statistics collated by the Youth Justice Board (YJB) show that in the year ending March 2015 there were 1,315 incidents of self-harm in custody. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=275455&src=KU

NHS England: Abi’s story…life as a young carer In this blog post to mark Young Carers Awareness Day, a young carer describes the selfless sacrifice she, and many others like her, make to look after loved ones. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=275293&src=KU

More of the same? A report on how voluntary sector youth information, advice and counselling services (YIACS) are faring in the CAMHS transformation agenda Last March, a Government taskforce proposed greater investment in voluntary sector Youth Information, Advice and Counselling Services (YIACS) as a way of addressing the current inaccessibility of mental health services for young people. This report examines how YIACS are faring in the CAMHS transformation agenda, focussing on a number of themes, such as integration and co-production, that will determine the success of CCGs’ Transformation Plans from the voluntary sector’s perspective. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=274455&src=KU

It’s time campaign report This report sets out the thinking behind NSPCC’s It’s Time campaign, which is calling for every child and young person who has been abused to get the help they need to rebuild their life. It summarises the available evidence on the number of children who are abused, the impact child abuse can have and how the right support can help turn lives around. It also looks at the current shortfall in the provision of therapeutic services and outlines what needs to change. http://www.chimat.org.uk/resource/view.aspx?RID=275260&src=KU






Let’s Carry on Talking…

The 4 February was Time to Talk Day, the national campaign from Time To Change to encourage and get more people talking about mental health.

Over 17,000 conversations about mental health have already been logged today and #timetotalk has been trending on Twitter.

There are loads of events taking place across England and if you’d like live updates on what’s happening you can follow Time to Change on Twitter and Facebook 

So keep the conversations going and keep the nation talking.



Southwark Council Arts and Culture E-Newsletter

  OPPORTUNITIES:Commissioning and funding
High Street Challenge: Round 4 – now open for applications!                                                                                

It’s another chance to transform Southwark’s high streets with inspiring, innovative projects.

Round four of the High Street Challenge is now inviting proposals for a fourth set of pioneering projects that will help achieve the following goals:

•              Promote town centres and high streets for increased footfall and customer spend

•              Diversify what town centres and high streets offer to attract more people throughout the day and meet changing demands

•              Transform spaces to attract new customers to the high street and engage people for longer

•              Improve connections between businesses, residents and community groups to help high streets and town centres to thrive.

Who can apply?

The fund is open to individuals and organisations and we welcome partnerships that bring together diverse skills and expertise. We want to hear from you if you are a:

•              Business network

•              Group from the arts or creative sectors

•              Educational establishment such as a school, college, or university

•              Voluntary sector, community or resident group

•              Individual business (if representative and supported by other local businesses)

If you have an inspirational idea, located in one of the borough’s high streets or town centres, that will help shops and businesses to thrive and bring long term benefits to Southwark, we want to hear about it.

To apply, visit the website where you will find The High Street Challenge prospectus and application form and you can also read about the projects we have already funded.

If you would like to discuss your project idea before submission please contact Nazmin Yeahia or call 020 7525 4474.

The closing date for applications is Friday 19 February 2016.




With plenty of celebrations throughout the year creating a burst of community lead outdoor events and activities across Southwark, parks and open spaces will come alive with everything from Street parties, outdoor film festivals and fun days, to community sports competitions, fetes and live performances.

To help you plan ahead and be part of the summer’s festivities, Southwark Events and Arts Service are offering a series of new dates for our popular events management training course, Revealed.

Revealed is a two day event management course offered free to Southwark-based individuals or groups who are planning to run a public outdoor event in Southwark. You will gain an overview of the essentials of delivering a safe, legal, inclusive and fun event that runs smoothly and is an enjoyable experience for everyone involved.

The course will be presented by Entity Events Ltd, led by Janice Hunte, who has worked in the Events Industry for over 20 years as an Events Manager within Local Authorities.

During Revealed you will be taken on a journey to support your own event plans and will cover event planning, project management, venue selection, marketing, licensing, production of your events documentation, health and safety and the critical elements of legislation that must be applied to your event.

Revealed is interactive and will provide practical solutions to the many hurdles faced when planning an event. There are many tips, hints and methods we will share with you to enable you to successfully plan your event so we hope that you come and join us.

For course dates and to request your place, visit the Revealed web page.

Events and training

Wednesday 10 February, 10am to 1.30pm

Demonstrating impact made easy: how to create an evaluation plan

Community Action Southwark, Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, SE5

This is a free workshop part of the ‘Demonstrating Impact Made Easy’ series:

An evaluation plan sets out the proposed details of an evaluation – what will be evaluated, how and when. The evaluation plan should include information about what the evaluation is trying to do (what is to be evaluated, the purposes of the evaluation and key evaluation questions) and how it will be done (what data will be collected, how and when, how data will be analysed, and how and when results will be reported).

Tickets: This is a free event, but booking is essential – book your free ticket.

Tuesday 16 February, 10am to 1pm

How to run an organisation made easy for groups in Elephant & Castle

Community Action Southwark, Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, SE5

Spend an invigorating half-day getting up to date with the roles and responsibilities of those in governance/trustee positions.

This session is ideal for those new to trusteeship, managing a small organisation or simply looking for a refresher. Using games, exercises, peer learning and lectures, we provide the key information and space to think about the key governance issues affecting your organisation.

We will explore roles and responsibilities, duties and liabilities, the Code of Good Governance and where to get quick support.

By the end of the course, you will be able to up-date the rest of your board and carry out your duties with confidence.

Tickets: This is a free event, but booking is essential – book your free ticket.

Community Action Southwark’s (CAS) free finance surgeries

Take advantage of CAS’s free finance surgeries. CAS’s Finance Advisor can help you get finance-ready for 2016 with a one hour appointment (or more if required).

The Finance Advisor can also offer help with:

Setting up clear financial systems

Making your monthly accounts work for you

Recovering the full costs of your services

Calculating your unit costs

Planning to avoid financial difficulties

CAS has some free appointments between 2pm and 5pm, Wednesday 17 February 2016. To book, please email CAS Development.

Wednesday 17 to Friday 19 February, 9.15am to 4.30pm

Free training for small charities

Amnesty International UK, Human Right Action Centre, 25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA

The FSI is delivering a free training event in London on 18 and 19 February 2016, offering small charities full day courses on key fundraising skills and governance topics. Sponsored by Blackbaud, and with support from the Cabinet Office, training courses include fundraising strategy, trusts and foundations as well as a half day master classes in major donors and corporate partnerships.

Registration is from 9.15am and the event will start at 9.30am

The training provided and all delegate materials are free of charge to FSI small charity members and associate members. However a £50 is required as deposit to secure your booking, £40 is refunded to you on attendance and £10 is retained as a booking fee.

Tickets: Book your place via the FSI website.

Contact us

Events and Arts Service

Tel: 020 7525 2000

Events email: Events service

Events website: Southwark Presents




Network for Mental Health

NSUN.jpgThe NSUN contributes to social work for better mental health.

NSUN News and updates from their blog;

Training in Bristol: understanding personality disorder     Self Injury Support

Organised by Self Injury Support, this one day course, to take place on 17 February, gives a better understanding of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) through hearing about the everyday experiences of people with a ‘borderline personality’ diagnosis. It enables you to identify practical areas of support in line with current best practice and experience-led research. You can read more about this session here


Peer support film launches in Nottingham as launched its new film.   IMH Nottingham.gif

Following the success of their tandem-inspired film last year, the team has co-produced another exciting instalment in collaboration with Self Help Services, based in the North West. Having developed a strong relationship with Self Help, founded on the principles of peer support, the team wanted to take the opportunity to share this with a wider audience, as a celebration of true co-production and the power of peer support.

ITV London are looking for people to share experiences of IAPT      ITV London.jpg

ITV London have put together a package around the difficulty in accessing IAPT services in London, and are keen to from hear people’s personal experiences with a view to filming a segment for the programme. Is there anyone in London who is currently struggling to access IAPT or did struggle to access IAPT who would be willing to speak to them?

James Harris at the Mental Halth Foundation can tell you more about the project. James will also be able to explain what talking to the media can entail.