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Huge range of events to celebrate October Mental Health Month

Following the success of last year’s campaign, South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust is celebrating October Mental Health Month with a lot of events across south west London. The theme this year is “young people and mental health in a changing world” which aims to encourage discussion around mental health in adolescence and the early years of adulthood.

“We are also running our popular digital photography competition – #Upliftingimage – where local schools, youth organisations, staff and members of the public can send in an image that makes them smile and uplifts their mood. The theme this year is “contentment – what does it mean to you?” with the aim of promoting positive mental health. The closing date for entries is 10 October and more details are available here. Prizes will be available for the best entries, said a spokesperson.

“We have a lot of events across south west London throughout October, including:

  • Our annual #Upliftingimage digital photography competition which is open to local schools, public and staff. The competition closes on 10 October. The theme for 2018 is contentment – what does it mean to you?
  • An exhibition celebrating Black History Month at the Evolve BME Staff Conference including internal and external speakers.
  • Recovery College  courses for staff, patients, their carers and family throughout the month.
  • World Mental Health Day: staff and patients from our Deaf services will express their experiences of mental health problems on canvas. The session will take place at the Recovery College on 10 October.
  • Weekly social media posts and animations.
  • 10th annual Healing our broken village conference 25 October.
  • #Upliftingimage digital photography prize winner ceremony, 31 October 1-2pm, Daffodil Art Centre. 

This year we are hosting a visit from Burmese Minister of Health and Sports who will visit Springfield Hospital on World Mental Health Day 10 October.

David Bradley, Chief Executive at South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust, said:

“We are very proud to be celebrating Mental Health Month with many events throughout October.

“We know that one in four of us will be affected by mental illness at some point in our life and that 9 out of 10 people say that their problems are made worse by experiencing stigma and discrimination.

“These events are a great opportunity for the community to find out more about the work that we do and to get actively involved in challenging the stigma and discrimination that people with mental health problems still face today.

“We would like to thank all of our event partners for helping us reach out to south west Londoners and I would encourage as many people as possible to get involved.”

Details on each event and booking information are available on our website:

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Arts Network Sutton seeking new freelance officer

Arts Network Sutton is seeking a freelance Administration and Communications
Arts Network Sutton (ANS) aims to promote, champion, nurture and act as a voice
for the diverse range of arts in the London Borough of Sutton. As a registered
charity, ANS also seeks to advance the engagement of local residents in culture,
most specifically the arts, and aims to support an increase in arts activities.
This is an exciting new role and an opportunity to get involved in the growth of the
arts in Sutton. The officer will have responsibility for supporting the Executive
Committee with various administrative tasks, managing social media, maintaining
the website (new version to be launched October 2018) producing newsletters and
promoting events.
Responsible to: Arts Network Sutton Executive Committee
Salary: £500.00 per month (freelance)

It is expected that this salary will cover a minimum of 4
days per month.
This is a part time post offered on a freelance basis for
a fixed term of 8 months.
Closing date: Friday 5 October by 5pm
Interviews: Interviews will be held w/c 8 October
To receive the job pack or for more information please email

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Homeless photographer exhibiting at UN

Geraldine Crimmins is a formerly homeless London photographer who is one of 20 women exhibiting at the United Nations in Geneva next month.

Women Without Walls – Photography Exhibition, in partnership with the UNECEUN Geneva and Cafe Art, showcases photographs taken on disposable cameras from five projects for people affected by homelessness.

Photographs are from photography projects with homeless and recently homeless women in London, Budapest, Sydney, New Orleans and Toronto.

The annual MyLondon calendar is created after 100 cameras were given to women and men over five days. The resulting calendar is sold by the participants in the project in markets, like the Big Issue, creating an income.

This Women Without Wall: Photography Exhibition showcases photographs taken by women affected by homelessness from all over the world. The powerful images show what these women love about their cities, their friends and their families, whilst also highlighting their plight when they are homeless.

This exhibition also illustrates the specific needs of women experiencing homelessness. Hence, the exhibition clearly links Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable and Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

The opening reception will take place at 12:30 PM at the Passerelle, Building E, Palais des Nations on 1 October 2018 to celebrate World Habitat Day.

You can see these inspiring photographs from 1 – 12 October at the Passerelle, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Opening Reception. To attend (especially if you don’t have a UN badge), we kindly request that you register here:

This exhibition is also the opening event of UNECE’s #UrbanWeek from 1-5 October 2018. Please see more information on Urban Week here:

London photographer Geraldine Crimmins will speak at opening event and also on a panel discussing women and homelessness a few days later.

“As a rough sleeper I was sexually assaulted, bullied, mugged and robbed. I would stay awake most nights and sleep during the day as it was dangerous for me to sleep alone in central London. Due to a mugging I ended up in hospital for six weeks .This led me into the system as I was in a wheelchair for a while and I was given temporary housing for four years and then social housing.

“I continued using drugs and my health worsened. Thankfully I was arrested and detoxed in prison. My head cleared and I decided to stay drug free. I got involved with Café Art volunteering and doing creative projects. This has resulted in becoming a professional artist. I feel creativity and volunteering is food for people who have been damaged by homeliness, addiction, mental health and economic hardship.

“I feel creativity and volunteering is food for people who have been damaged by homeliness, addiction, mental health and economic hardship.”

The other 19 photographers in the exhibition were part of projects with single-use cameras in London, Budapest, Sydney, New Orleans and Toronto. All of their photos, taken on Fujifilm QuickSnap film cameras since 2016, appeared in calendars which were sold by people affected by homelessness in their cities.

CAFÉ ART connects people affected by homelessness with the wider community through art. We hang artwork created in art groups run by homelessness sector organisations and hang it in independent cafes in London. We also run photography contests with disposable Fujifilm cameras.

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Healthwatch reports on St Helier hospital – read it here

New report identified views of patients who use St Helier service in accident and emergency.

“Healthwatch Sutton was approached by Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust to see if a project could be carried out to collect the views of patients using A&E services, said a spokesperson.

“The request was in response to average scores for the Friends and Family Test despite good performance with regards to A&E waiting times. During April and May 2018, Healthwatch Sutton ‘enter and view’ volunteers visited the A&E department and our report into our findings has now published. ”

For full details of the report go to : Report


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Trampoline and play park opens in Sports Village

The brand new Trampoline and Play Park at Better Sutton Sports Village is now open to the public.

Better’s eighth and latest trampoline facility is the first of its kind in the borough, and includes a range of exciting features for all the family. In addition to the main jump area, which spreads across the walls and floor of our trampoline hall, the park also includes features such as foam pits – complete with diving platforms, battlebeam and log roll – trick zone, assault course and a two-player aeroball game.

For younger visitors, the all-new play park features a range of colourful, exciting activities for under 8s, such as an individual-netted toddler bounce zone, monster-themed play area, role play tree house, glowing ball pool and glow room. The park also features a designated under 1s area, to cater for its very youngest visitors.

Simon Sen, Regional Director at GLL, said: “We’re extremely proud to deliver Sutton’s first ever trampoline and play park at Sutton Sports Village, which will provide a fun environment for all the family.

“As a social enterprise, Better exists to provide fun, affordable facilities to get more people more active, more often – whilst making a difference to the communities that we serve.

“We thank our customers for their patience during this extensive building programme and we are delighted to welcome them to this exciting new attraction.”

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Don’t be scared to book your tickets for this great Hospice event

HAve a fantastic event and raise money at the same time for the borough’s hospice.


The ODDBALLS Comedy Show, Tribute to Soul & Motown by The MP’s & 70’s DJ sets, Raffle & prizes, crazy photos

NORTH CHEAM: Sports & Social Club

SAT 27TH OCT, 2018 7:00pm

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Sutton Community Farm celebrated in style with their biggest ever Harvest Festival!

Local business Sutton Community Farm held their biggest ever Harvest Festival on Saturday 15th September! Over 450 guests from the local community joined the party to celebrate this years harvest, and all the hard work of the volunteers and staff.
Visitors to the farm enjoyed a festive, colourful and friendly afternoon. Highlights included:
● 1.5 tonnes of squash was harvested by visitors! The squash crop was ready to harvest
earlier than usual this year due to the unusually warm summer.
● 200 delicious pizzas were cooked in the wood-fired cob pizza oven, featuring Sutton
Community Farm vegetables including cherry tomato passata and roasted green peppers
● Chefs from Petershams Nursery barbequed “Candy Roaster” squash grown on the farm and served up with tasty beef kofte and chilli salsa
● Farm tours with the growing team highlighting what the farm grows and the organic principles used to protect and enhance the local environment
● Live music from the local Zero Carbon Band and a ceilidh dance hosted by The Dirty Aprons
● Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Steve Cook and Mayoress Pauline Cook attended, and met staff and volunteers, along with local councillors Moira Butt and Tim Crowley
● Wallington Animal Rescue raised £180 at their stall to support their work rehoming local pets
● A raffle with prizes from local businesses such as Shinner and Sudtone, Noah’s Health
Food Store and Gipsy Hill Brewery
● Games including sack race, tug of war, and a veg and spoon race!
Money raised from the event will support the farm’s work in the coming year. The purpose of the farm is to provide a shared space for people to cultivate skills, get exercise and make new friends.
Over 40 volunteers per week visit the farm to help with growing vegetables and packing VegBoxes and to meet new people and learn new skills. The farm also hosts educational visits; over 400 school children have visited in the last year to learn about vegetables, organic food growing and
healthy diets.
Sutton Community Farm is a 7-acre farm producing over 250 varieties of vegetables and salad, which are sold directly to over 250 customers a week all over south London and Surrey via a VegBox scheme. The farm is a community benefit society, with over 400 members from the local
community who support the farm and have a voice in how it is run.

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Spare a few hours to support the lonely and isolated

Has your child started school or gone back to school? Have you now got an hour or two to spare a week? Would you like to provide company to a lonely and isolated older person or vulnerable adult in your local community? If so, then please get in touch. No experience needed as training will be given. We just need people who are willing to help, are good listeners and able to have a laugh.
Phone us on 0208 661 5910 or email

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Cycle sessions for families with all abilities – half term fun

Enjoy half term family cycling on Wednesday October 24 at David Weir Leisure Centre  with cycle sessions for families with all abilities with all of the necessary cycle helmets.
Lots of fun
Disability access cycles
Develop cycling skills
Safe off-road environment
Half Term Family Cycling

EcoLocal @ecolocalcycling 020 8404 1522

Healthy Sutton Outdoors


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New chair for national charity for wheelchair sport

WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, today announced the appointment of Rob Wilson as
their new Chair of Trustees. Rob succeeds Kevan Baker OBE who retires as Chair after more than 20 years in the role.

Former Member of Parliament for Reading, Rob Wilson has a wealth of experience and joins WheelPower at an exciting time during the 70th anniversary year of the first Stoke Mandeville Games which sparked the Paralympic Movement. Outgoing Chair, Kevan Baker said, “I am delighted to be handing the reigns of WheelPower overto Rob who is an experienced businessman and entrepreneur, being a former Government Minister with strong management, communication and relationship-building skills Rob brings the exceptional leadership the charity needs to deliver its objectives in the future.” Rob said, “I am honoured to be given the opportunity to take on the role of Chair and build on the tremendous work that the charity has done to transform lives through sport. I hope to work closely with the Board, executive team and wonderful supporters to deliver more opportunities for disabled people to play sport and be physically active. I am keen to help WheelPower deliver its vision to increase participation in sport as well as develop our facilities at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the National Centre for Disability Sport, which has such an incredible heritage.”
Rob continued, “WheelPower is the national charity for wheelchair sport, providing opportunities for disabled people to play sport at all levels and lead healthy and active lives. My love of sport and my continued desire to make a difference burn as strongly as ever, so I’m very grateful to
WheelPower, with all its association with the Paralympics, Stoke Mandeville and Sir Ludwig Guttmann, for putting its trust in me to guide its future.”

He added, “WheelPower’s Values are closely aligned to my own and as an organisation we want to be open, innovative, forward thinking so we can inspire more disabled people to be active through our Pushing Forward strategic plan.”
Martin McElhatton, Chief Executive added, “With Rob joining as Chair it is the start of a new chapter for WheelPower and we are excited to benefit from his skills, experience and knowledge of the civil society and business to work with new and existing partners to deliver
more opportunities in the future.”