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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SLaM, the local main mental health provider of inpatient and community services, will be inspected by the CQC during the week of 23 September 2015.

SLaM, the local main mental health provider of inpatient and community services, will be inspected by the CQC during the week of 23 September 2015. The Healthwatch partners in Southwark and Lewisham will collect patient and carer feedback and experiences to help guide this inspection. CQC are the national inspectors of all health and social care services, and all hospitals must be registered and inspected by them. Before any inspection, CQC asks for patient feedback from local Healthwatches and other stakeholders, to help inform their inspection, i.e. what areas, services and departments they should be focusing on. We will be submitting a report based on patient and public feedback. Healthwatch  wants to hear from patients, carers and family members, who have recently (within the last year) used mental health services provided by SLaM. These include: any inpatient services and any outpatient and psychiatric liaison services at hospital sites.

How can you share your experiences with us?                                 You can either:

Wednesday 29th July 11am – 4pm:  Visit us at the ‘Is Mental Health Still Taboo’ event at the Karibu Education Centre, 7 Gresham Road, Brixton, SW9 7PH

The deadline for responses: Monday 3rd August 2015 at 9am

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Teenagers Translated: Helping Parents Promote Resilient Teens

This is a course will provide parents with a refined awareness of what works with teenagers and why. Over the course of the day attendees will develop an increased understanding of:

  • What is normal teenage behaviour and what points to more worrying signals
  • The underlying emotional state that drives problem behaviours, and how to positively influence this
  • What is helpful and what is not when trying to offer the right sort of support for a child
  • How to use daily interactions to positively mould a child’s development

Further details about the course are available on the brochure :

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One day course 09:30 – 16:00 – 28th September 2015  ORTUS learning and events centre

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DIY Happiness game training – 1-4pm, 12 June FREE to L & S staff

DIY Happiness game training

DATE:             Friday 12 June 2015

TIME:              1 – 4 pm

VENUE:          ORTUS – Maudsley Learning Centre

82 – 96 Grove Lane  SE5 8SN

COST:             £150 or

FREE to King’s Health Partners staff and people working/volunteering in Lambeth/Southwark

                        Cost includes a copy of the game


How to book a place

There are 30 places available which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Closing date for bookings is Friday 8 May.

Please reply to with the following information:

  • Full Name
  • Job title
  • Place of work
  • Mobile number
  • For paying participants please give details of whom we should invoice

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Energy best deal and winter health training – Feb/March

Training flyer

Many people are paying too much for their energy and unable to keep warm and well in the winter.  Action on Energy are running free training courses across Lambeth and Southwark during February and March to address this issue.

The Energy Best Deal and Winter Health Training programme will enable you to know:

–        where to signpost people if they are having difficulty paying fuels bills

–        about the best energy tariffs available and process for switching energy supplier

–        how maintain a warm home whilst using less energy

–        the 5 key winter health messages to stay warm and well

–        what local services there are to help vulnerable people in the winter

The training is for anyone working in a paid or unpaid role in Lambeth and Southwark who wants to be able to advise people on ways to save money on their energy bills and keep warm and well during winter.

Places are limited, and ​will​ be allocated on a first come first served basis​.​  ​To book your place please email  It you want to know more about the content of the t​raining, please contact Action on Energy, details are on the flyer.

Rhyme and Reason 5: Southwark libraries poetry festival 1-15 Feb

Includes poetry on prescription on Valentine’s day from 2-4pm  at Canada Water library. William Sieghart will be prescribing poems that can cure a blue day to a broken heart. William will give a short intro and then you can have your own personal poetry prescription in a one to one session with him by emailing

Other events include LGBT poets from Paradise Press, Partners in rhyme with Adisa the Verbaliser, the poetry of sex  and an open mic evening at Peckham library.

More info on the whole festival at

Promising approaches to reducing isolation and loneliness in later life

New guidance written by Age UK and the Campaign to End Loneliness highlights some promising practice to reducing isolation among older people, including case studies from across the UK.