Job Vacancy Young Carers Assessment Review & Support Worker

Post: Young Carers Assessment Review & Support Worker – (part time) 21 x hours per week – £11 per hour:  £20,000 pro rata (£12,000 per annum)

Are you looking for real job satisfaction by working with Young Carers in Lambeth working with the Young Carers Project?  visit:



Camberwell Fair: performer call out

the camberwellopen.jpgAre you a singer, band, dance troupe, rapper, musician, comedian, storyteller, poet, performer?  Do you want the chance to perform in front of up to 500 people as part of a 3000 capacity free event on Burgess Park?   When: 20 August 2016     Time:  12-9pm    Venue: Burgess Park, Camberwell

Camberwell Fair 2016 is a free-entry, one-day music festival and market taking place on 20 August. Showcasing the cultural diversity of Camberwell, with a live music stage, community stage, dance workshops, games, and market with local businesses running pop-up stalls. The 2016 edition is scheduled to take place in Burgess Park (Walworth Road end), with capacity of 3000, with 7500 people expected over the course of the day. The festival will generate a huge local physical marketing and digital marketing campaign with an estimated reach of over 100,000.

Find out the many ways you can get involved   with the festival. The closing date for applications is Monday 6 June 2016.



Local music project All About The Band helps young talent take centre stage at the Royal Festival Hall’s Splash Festival this July

Local music project All About The Band helps young talent take centre stage at the Royal Festival Hall’s Splash Festival this July. All About the Band is a youth music project run by LCCM in partnership with Southwark Music Service for local bands, musicians, songwriters and singers aged 13-18

The project kicks off with initial auditions on 5 May and continues for 8 weeks with workshops each Thursday from 4.30pm to 7pm, offering local bands, musicians, songwriters and singers the chance to meet and play together, developing a repertoire of songs – both original and covers of their choice – under the expert guidance and input from music industry-based LCCM tutors. “We’re incredibly excited to be running All About The Band, our local youth music project with Southwark Music Service, for a third year. As always, it’s a great opportunity for budding musicians, singers, songwriters and bands aged 13-18 living in Southwark to come together, have fun and improve their performance skills whilst learning new techniques and ideas in a professional environment – ending with a live gig at the Royal Festival Hall, as part of year’s Splash Festival on Tuesday 5 July!” Geoff Hemsley, Music Coordinator, LCCM All About The Band.

For more information or to register for an audition, simply email Geoff Hemsley.


National Sheds Grant Fund launches

Sheds and constituted Shed Planning Groups are eligible for a new UK fund. Older people’s charity Royal Voluntary Service, with funding from the Asda Foundation and in consultation with UKMSA, have established a Sheds Grant Fund to provide small scale funding to Sheds who are looking for help with either set up or early stage development costs. Grants of between …

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National Employee mental Weelbeing Survey

 Business in the Community have launched the National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey  – the UK’s largest survey of mental wellbeing at work, taking place annually over 3 years. It includes the personal wellbeing questions used by the Office of National Statistics to measure national wellbeing. 

Are you aged 16-64+ and currently in employment in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?

Why businesses should take part in the survey?

Mental health costs the UK £70 billion per year, equivalent to 5% of GDP.

  • Mental ill health costs each employer £1,035 per employee, per year.
  • Failure to unlock the workforce’s full potential costs UK business £6 billion.
  • Only 2 in 5 employees are working at peak performance.
  • Studies suggest that presenteeism from mental ill health alone costs the UK economy £15.1 billion per annum, almost twice the business cost of employee absence from work.
  • More line managers are experiencing stress-related ill-health and symptoms of psychological ill-health.
  • 3 in 5 managers are concerned about the impact of longer working hours on their stress levels.
  • There is still a stigma associated with mental health, through a lack of understanding.  People might feel very happy to tell a colleague about a physical injury they’ve sustained, but when it comes to mental health, people can keep this to themselves through fear of being treated differently or judged.
  • Only a third of employees received any support to manage workplace stress.
  • Less than half of those that are affected by mental ill health feel confident to disclose their condition in the workplace, which can mean issues become more severe.


Child Safety Week ‘ Turn off technology’ on 6-12 June


Child Safety Week takes place on  6-12 June and  its theme for 2016 will be “Turn off technology!” . Child Safety Week is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. The organisation provides a range of resources to help practitioners run local activities and events and promote safety messages in a fun and engaging way. Events are held by a range of different organisations and individuals, including children’s centres, childminders, fire and rescue teams, hospitals, schools and many more. Please, visit:



Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Linked to Reduced Depressive Relapse Risk

Oxford Mindfulness Centre The largest meta-analysis so far of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for recurrent depression has found that MBCT is an effective treatment option that can help prevent the recurrence of major depression. The study used anonymised individual patient data from nine randomized trials of MBCT. It suggests that for the millions of people who suffer recurrent depression it provides a treatment choice and an alternative or addition to other approaches such as maintenance anti-depressants.

 Major depression is a significant public health problem. Without ongoing treatment, as many as four out of five people with depression relapse at some point.  MBCT is a group-based psychological treatment that helps people change the way they think and feel about their experiences and learn skills that reduce the likelihood of further episodes of depression.

Across the nine trials, 38% of those who received MBCT had a depressive relapse within 60 weeks’ follow-up, in contrast to 49% of those who did not receive MBCT. Taking the time to relapse into account, people who received MBCT were 31% less likely to relapse during the 60-week follow-up compared with those who did not receive MBCT.

Richard Byng, Professor of Primary Care, University of Plymouth and one of the co-authors said,

While the evidence is from a relatively small number of trials, it is encouraging for patients and clinicians to have another option. There was insufficient data to examine which types of patient or context predict who would benefit most. This, along with varied individual study and wide combined study confidence intervals, means that clinicians need to be cautiously optimistic when tapering off antidepressant medication, and treat each patient as an individual who may or may not benefit from both MBCT and other effective treatments.”

Read the abstract of the research paper here.

YMHFA- First aid in mental health Free training

YMHFA is a two day intensive certificated course that is delivered by experienced trainers.

Dates: Tuesday 24th & Thursday 26th May 2016 – Southwark Cypriot Day Centre, 12a Asylum Road, Peckham London SE15 2RL

Monday 4th & Tuesday 5th July 2016 – Weare336 Brixton Road London SW9 7AA

Time: 9.00am—5.00pm  To book: email:

For further information: contact either or . We will provide tea and coffee but you must make your own lunch arrangements.



Revalidation scheme for all UKPHR registrants

UKPHR (Public Health Register) is opening a 12-week consultation on a proposed revalidation scheme which it is intended to bring into operation next year and ally to all registrants (with some minor exemptions). This consultation paper sets out the proposed revalidation scheme in draft. It is accompanied by a guidance document which it is intended will eventually be published alongside the revalidation scheme.

David Kidney (Executive Director) points out ‘We regard equivalence between all public health professionals as an important objective of regulation by the various regulators involved in the regulation of healthcare professionals. In designing a draft revalidation scheme for consultation we have had regard in particular to the revalidation schemes already being operated by the GMC and the NMC. We plan to carry out revalidation for registrants on a 5-yearly cycle with the revalidation process replacing our existing 5-yearly re-registration. We have today published draft guidance alongside the draft revalidation scheme in order for the consultation to be as meaningful as possible’   The consultation, draft scheme and draft guidance can all be accessed on:

The closing date for receipt by us of responses is 5th August.


IRMO and the Latin American community: 30 years of transforming lives

IRMO is celebrating thirty years of working with the Latin American community in the UK! Founded as Chile Democratico by political refugees from Chile, IRMO has been at the heart of the Latin American community in London for the last three decades, and has grown and adapted as the patterns of migration from Latin America have changed over the years. Speakers includeProfessor Cathy McIlwaine – Queen Mary University- Dr. Helia Lopez Zarzosa – independent researcher -Sue Luke and  Dr.Rosa Mas Giralt – University of Leeds

Event to be held on Wednesday, 15 June 2016 from 18:00 to 20:30 (BST)- Bolivar Hall 54-56 Grafton Way W1T 5DL London United Kingdom View Map

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