The Big Dance weekend in Southwark

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The festival kicked off on 20 May with the Big Dance Pledge, the largest simultaneous performance in the world, and the launch of the Big Dance Bus Tour, building up to the Big Dance Week, the highlight of the festival, from 2-10 July 2016. 

Volunteer in London– they need you to support the exciting London programme of performances from May 2016 until September 2016. Skills you will use and gain might include dance production, event planning, marketing and promotion, backstage and technical support, ushering for events, costumes, props, and much more!

What are the benefits of becoming a volunteer?  -Join in the fun and create a positive impact in your local community
-Experience of working with some of the UK’s leading dance organisations
-Meet new and like-minded people in your local area
-Network with dancers, artists, performance companies and producers
-See some of the best dance performances in London
-Help you gain invaluable skills and experiences to support you in your personal and career development

What next?

If you’re interested in volunteering check out  Team London or Speed Volunteering websites where opportunities will be posted on the on a regular basis. If you have any questions about volunteering please contact at   If you’d like to volunteer elsewhere in the UK, please contact your Big Dance Hub organisation. Please note that you must be aged 14+ to volunteer for Big Dance.

Lambeth’s Health and Wellbeing Board – 6 July


Lambeth’s Health and Wellbeing Board – Karibu Centre, 9 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH – 6 July –Everyone is invited to attend.

 Informal session (5.00pm-6.00pm)

This session will focus on the refresh of Lambeth’s Health and Wellbeing strategy – with a discussion on the four key themes of:

  • early action and prevention
  • integration
  • health and wellbeing in all policies
  • housing.

This is an opportunity to talk with members of the Board and with others, and help update Lambeth’s strategy. There is no need to book; you can simply turn up. Tea and coffee will be available.

Formal Board meeting (6.00pm-8.00pm)

The agenda includes reports on Wellbeing and Employment, Special Educational Needs and Disability Inspection Framework, Public Health commissioning, Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care – what we did, and Public Health.Everyone is welcome to attend this part of the meeting as well.



Promoting Black Health and Wellbeing (Part II)

Promoting Black Health and Wellbeing (Part II) – Mosaic Clubhouse, Effra Road, Brixton, SW2 1BZ  9 July, 11am to 4pm  

Come along to a second workshop on developing Lambeth’s Black Wellbeing Partnership (working title) – a partnership that aims to address inequalities in mental health outcomes for the Black Community . Click here to book your FREE place       Event includes a hot lunch.



Hurry…FREE short courses to enhance wellbeing, lift mood and help increase confidence

Connect and Discover is for individuals who are feeling low, anxious or fed up and living in South London. We offer FREE short courses to enhance wellbeing, lift mood and help increase confidence.

Connect and Discover is a partnership involving Morley College, voluntary organisations and NHS services. Together we have designed short courses to support an individual’s mental health through learning for wellbeing. We are a research project and we ask everyone taking part to complete a mood and wellbeing questionnaire at regular intervals.  We work with those experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties.  We have new courses starting now and finishing by 29 July.

To enrol individuals need to book and appointment with a Learning Advisor. To find out more or to book an appointment contact us on 020 7450 1831 or

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‘From Mental Illness to a Social Model of Madness and Distress- report

From Mental Illness to a Social Model of Madness and Distress‘ report has been produced by Peter Beresford, Rebecca Perring, Mary Nettle and Jan Wallcraft. The Report introduction states that …’These are highly contradictory times for mental health policy and services in the UK. Mental health seems to be high on political and media agendas. An important new idea, ‘recovery’ has been prioritized in mental health provision. This emphasizes that people with mental health problems can recover and play a full part in society again and should not be written off’.  The full pdf report




City University – diabetes and mental health research

Researchers at City University London would like to recruit people with Type 2 diabetes who are aged 18 or over and have a mental health diagnosis (psychosis, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or bipolar disorder) to take part in a short survey to find out about the diabetes care they receive and their experiences:

For more information please contact Frederique:

A £2 donation will be donated to diabetes or mental health charities for each completed questionnaire.

Researchers at City University London would also like to invite healthcare professionals to take part in a short survey, which asks about your experience of delivering care for type 2 diabetes in people with severe mental illness. The researchers are inviting GPs, Practice Nurses, Diabetes Specialist Nurses, Mental Health Nurses, Psychiatrists and Diabetologists to take part in the survey and hope this is a welcome opportunity for you to express your views on this topic:

For more information please contact Frederique:

Coproduction in Mental Health International Seminar

Coproduction in Mental Health International Seminar – Middlesex University Centre for Co-production in Mental Health Inaugural International Seminar: ‘Insider, Outsider, Impostor?’ Perspectives of mental health service user and survivor researchers and teachers on co-production in academia. Date: Monday 18 July Venue: Room C114, College Building, Hendon Campus, Middlesex University London NW4 4BT       To find out more and to book your place please visit this page

Opportunity: Director of Service User Involvement

Together is a leading organisation in its approach to service user involvement and leadership, committed to learning from the experience of people who use mental health services to improve the support it offers. Following the recent retirement of a long-serving director, Together is looking for someone to fulfill the role of Director of Service User Involvement.

Candidates must have lived experience of using mental health services and be able to demonstrate using this experience positively in their work.  Candidates must also demonstrate how they bring the collective perspective of people who use mental health services.

As a member of the leadership team, you will play a crucial role in helping Together meet its strategic objectives:  You will work with senior colleagues to ensure that service user leadership is at the heart of everything the organisation does. You’ll also promote the organisation through networking and relationship-building, to influence and keep abreast of developments in service user involvement to ensure our work continues to reflect the most innovative practice.

In return you will receive excellent benefits, including pensions scheme and opportunities for training and development. Successful candidates will require a DBS check. For an informal discussion with the Chief Executive or a member of the board with lived experience or to make an application, please email Alison Shapton.

Closing date: 29 June  2016    Before applying please read the Job Description and Person Specification and Guidance Notes. To apply for this post, download the Application Form and send to: Alison: