Free training: literature searching using databases


Have you always wanted to know how to carry out an effective literature search using databases such as Medline? The NHS OpenAthens database search screen will be completely changed in September. Come along and find out how to use it. Please contact the library to book yourself a place on either of the training sessions listed below.

These courses are open to all staff groups served by Reay House Library

Basic/introductory sessions Monday, 26 September, 10:00-12:00   More advanced session (for those with some experience) Friday, 28 October, 14:00-16:00   Venue: Reay House Library, Lambeth Hospital, 108 Landor Road, London, SW9 9NT   Please also contact the library for individual training if the above dates do not suit you.   Reay House Library Lambeth Hospital | 108 Landor Road | London | SW9 9NT Telephone: 020 3228 6141 Email: Web: Search our catalogue at:







Mental fitness and long term conditions

A workshop for health and social care professionals working with people who live with long term conditions.

Dates: Thurs 13 and 22 Sept 2016
Times: 9:45am to 1:00pm
Location: London

‘Mental Fitness’ has been defined as “the modifiable capacity to utilise resources and skills to flexibly adapt to challenges or advantages, enabling thriving”. The purpose of this new half day workshop is to offer healthcare professionals the opportunity to learn more about how they can help people to cope with self-managing the long term condition they are living with, using the concept of mental fitness. For further details, including learning objectives, please visit here


Independent living and wellbeing programmes run by Share

As well as working with disabled people preparing for employment, Share works with disabled adults who are aiming to live more independently, seeking greater inclusion, wellbeing, and leisure opportunities, or a combination of these.  At Share, we therefore offer a number of social and leisure activities throughout the year, including working in partnership with other organisations to provide services that will benefit our students. In addition to our mainstream courses, we run regular classes in:

  • Art and Crafts
  • Yoga
  • Creative writing

To find out more about independent living and wellbeing programmes, email or telephone 020 7924 2949.

“Understanding more about adolescent mental health”-a Free community event


The Risk, Resilience, Ethnicity and Adolescent Mental Health (REACH) Study are holding a community event on understanding more about adolescent mental health. The event will comprise of talks, interactive activities and art projects where you will have a chance to join a conversation on adolescent mental health.

WHEN: Saturday 17 September 12-3pm

WHERE:  198 Contemporary Arts & Learning – 198 Railton Road Herne Hill , London, SE24 0JT    For further details and to register for the event please go to:

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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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

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.



“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.


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

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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.