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Exciting opportunity for mental health service users and carers to shape London mental health services- please help us to promote the role.

The Advocacy Project have recently started working with NHS England and the Healthy London Partnership to recruit service user and carers to feed into a London-wide mental health programme called the Adult Mental Health Transformation Programme.

The programme has six workstreams:

• increasing access to psychological therapies (IAPT)

• digital IAPT

• early intervention in psychosis

• MH in Integrated Care Systems

• London Mental Health Transformation Board

• perinatal mental health

We are currently looking for two service user and carer representatives per workstream and a wider network of service user and carer representatives to review papers and feed in their views.

We will be training service users and carers to take on the roles and they will receive ongoing support and supervision to make sure that they are genuinely involved in the workstream meetings and planning. There are different levels of involvement, we can find a role that suits the individual. This is a voluntary position however we hope that it will provide a pathway to employment or other opportunities for those involved.  The initial deadline for applications is 17th September however applications and interest will continue to be accepted beyond this date.




2018/19 Hackney Council Community Chest Grants R2

These are grants of up to £1,000 for projects and events which help foster good relations and build a sense of community and pride in Hackney.

The projects or events should be either short term or one off activities rather than long-term activities or service provision.

This funding is available for projects and events starting no earlier than 1st November 2018 and to be completed by the end of March 2019.

To be eligible to apply for Community Chest grants, organisations must meet the following criteria:

  • Community Chest grants are available to local groups or organisations that want to deliver short term or one-off activities. The groups can be either constituted voluntary sector organisations or other types of structured groups of local residents, such as a residents association.
  • Structured groups of local residents are groups of residents who have formed for a specific purpose; for example a community gardening group or a group of residents organising a community event in a local park. Structured groups of local residents could be an established group who have been meeting for a number of years or who have recently formed for a one off event.
  • To apply for a Community Chest grant, structured groups must have clearly defined aims and objectives and the funding will be paid into a bank account in the group’s name. Groups that do not have a bank account in their name can arrange for the Community Chest grant to be paid into a group member’s bank account. To do this, the grant application form must be signed by three group members. Three members of the group must also sign an additional authorisation form guaranteeing the funding will only be used to meet costs associated with the grant funded project or event. A declaration form must be signed by three signatories at the end of the project to confirm that the money was spent on the project or event.
  • Social Enterprises and Community Interest Companies (CICs) are only eligible to apply for a grant if they operate on a wholly not-for-profit basis. This means that the following criteria must all be met:

-          100% of surplus funds are re-invested into the organization

-          executive directors operate in a voluntary capacity and not as paid shareholders

-          as an indicator of the above, there is no ‘profit distribution’ clause and an ‘asset lock’ in the governing documentation.

  • Organisations must have an annual income of less than £250,000 to be eligible to apply for a Community Chest grant. Please note that 50% of the grant funding available for Community Chests will be reserved for organisations with an annual income of less than £50,000.
  • At least 80% of the people benefiting from the project must be Hackney residents.


Further guidance on eligibility and completing the application form can be found in the prospectus and in the Community Chest Grants Guidance document on our webpage

Applications will close at midday on Monday 1st October 2018.

Your neighbourhood: South West A

Source by: Healthwatch Hackney and Healthwatch City

Date: Tuesday 25th September 2018

Time: 17:30-20:00

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Do you live in south west Hackney around Kingsland Road, London Fields or Queensbridge Road? We want to hear your views about your neighbourhood, and how health and wellbeing could be improved.

Your views will shape a new neighbourhood care model. Neighbourhoods are about GP practices joining up with hospital, community, mental health, social and voluntary services to improve local health and wellbeing.

We encourage you to attend this event if your GP practice is Beechwood, Dalston, London Fields, Queensbridge, Richmond Road or Sandringham as they are part of the South West A neighbourhood.

This event is the first in a series of engagement events on neighbourhoods.

Food and refreshments will be provided. Please arrive at 17.15pm to allow time for registration.

Booking allows us to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

Please call 020 7923 8358 or email us on if you need transport to this meeting.

If you are unable to attend after booking, please let us know so we can open the space to others.

Higher Level Theatre event - 15th October 2018

HLT is a non profit charity organisation which seeks to empower children, young people and adults though drama, in order to become positive role models and aims to reduce crime amongst our young people, eliminating social exclusion in our society. We bring together people to share skills, creativity, learning and helping to build a fairer environment. We have Volunteers from a wide range of professional backgrounds that live and work in the community. We maintain an outstanding track record that promotes positive life changes and is highly beneficial to those involved, and those who have experienced the works of Higher Level Theatre.

We are currently seeking funding to help us with our production U CAN'T RUN 2. Hackney Marsh Partnership have generously provided their space in kind for rehearsal and we are in need of sponsors to help put “U Can’t Run” on and to cover costs at Hackney Empire.

This event will take place on the 15th October 2018 at the Hackney Empire, Hackney London E8 1EJ at 7.30pm

FREE NHS Workshops

Source By: Talk Changes – City & Hackney IAPT Service

Workshop Information


  • Tues 2 Oct 12.30-14.00 
  • Thurs 11 Oct 18-19.30  
  • Tues 4 Dec 12.30-1400

This workshop is designed to provide support for those that are struggling with the management of stress. These workshops are based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques (CBT). CBT focusses on the interaction between your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical symptoms and highlights how this connection can maintain your symptoms. We will look at the triggers of stress and will introduce practical techniques to help alleviate these symptoms. The aim of this session is to equip you with the knowledge and skills to help you deal with and reduce day to day stress.



  • Tues 6 Nov 12.30-14.00
  • Weds 7 Nov 18-19.30
  • Weds 5 Dec 18-19.30

This workshop is designed to provide support for those who are having trouble sleeping, whether that is difficulty in falling asleep, continual waking in the night or waking early. The workshop is based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches which explores the vicious cycles that can emerge from the connection between your thoughts, behaviours, physical symptoms and emotions. The sleep workshop aims to introduce helpful behaviours and relaxation techniques to break these cycles and help promote a better night’s sleep.

Talk Changes will be running some free workshops in Dalston Library; in October, November and December. These workshops are designed to provide support for those experiencing stress and/or sleep difficulties


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