“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.



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

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.



Change to Drop-In Times

As of today, we’ll be changing our drop-in times here at the Southwark Wellbeing Hub.  Monday 8th February our Hub at 29 Peckham Road will be open for drop-ins Monday to Friday, 12pm-5pm. Our Pop Ups will continue to run as usual, at various locations throughout Southwark. Details of our Pop Ups, Hub drop-in times and other contact information can be found here: http://www.together-uk.org/southwark-wellbeing-hub/contact-the-hub/

 All Southwark Wellbeing Hub services, including our drop-in, are open to Southwark residents and to anyone who is  registered with a Southwark GP. We provide information and support for anyone in Southwark experiencing problems with their mental wellbeing. Our drop-in service provides an opportunity for people to talk through their concerns, find out more about what we offer, and receive information about services and support available to them.


Men’s Group for Men Aged 65 or over

Every Wednesday 2.30pm – 4.30pm (re-starting in February after Christmas break, call Isabel if you plan to come to check it’s on) The Cinema Museum, 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH This informal weekly group run by South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust is for men over 65 (and their carers) who are experiencing or have experienced mental ill health symptoms. The group aims to build the confidence of isolated men in Lambeth by offering them the opportunity to take part in social events in an interesting setting. Refreshments are provided for this FREE group. If you or someone you know would like to attend contact Isabel Porcel  020 3228 1620 or email: Isabel.Porcel-Rojas@slam.nhs.uk



Domestic abuse isn’t just violence. It can be sexual, psychological, emotional, and financial too. In fact, these types of abuse are extremely common.  Abuse can happen to anyone – men, women, older people, younger people, and in same-sex relationships. Often, in an abusive relationships there can be early warning signs that the relationship is not healthy. It’s common for the early relationship to feel like a whirlwind, for you to be ‘swept of your feet’, for it to be really romantic – but also for there to be some areas that just don’t feel right.

These could be some of the early warning signs of an abusive relationship; is your partner:

  • Wanting to know how you spend your money, even though you have separate finances?
  • Paying for everything and telling you you don’t need to worry, they will take care of you?
  • Uncomfortable with you seeing your friends or family – perhaps they say that they ‘want you all to themselves’
  • Jealous of your male/female friends; they might say it’s because you are too attractive for them not to fancy you, or because they like you so much
  • Encouraging you to do things sexually you are not comfortable with, including sending pictures or text messages
  • Very critical of you; sometimes you feel that you can’t do anything right
  • Physically intimidating – they might not have touched you but their body language sometimes makes you feel worried

These are just some of the early signs of a relationship that could be damaging to you. Of course they don’t automatically mean that your partner could be abusive, but if anything is making you feel uncomfortable about your relationship, or if you are worried about a friend of family member, it’s ok to talk about it.  solace

You can talk to Solace, in confidence, by calling 0808 802 5565 or visiting their website. You can also find out more about support available in Southwark  council site http://advicelocal.org.uk/resources/southwark/children-and-families/domestic-violence-issues