This autumn three poets from BWW Minds’ creative arts project Portugal Prints took part in the Healing Words poetry competition, run by The Advocacy Project and Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL).

Chris Bird won a prize for his poem ‘Hiding Places’, the actress Joanna Scanlan, one of the judges, presented Chris with his award as winner of the Best Illustrated Poem category. You can hear Joanna talking more about the project at http://www.advocacyproject.org.uk/poetry/

Many thanks to the team from the Advocacy Project for an amazing evening.

Advocacy at Tooting Hub

On the first Monday of each month highly trained and experienced advocates will be on hand to help anyone who has used mental health services to:

  • develop a voice and have a say about your treatment and care
  • give guidance and support to enable you to understand your rights
  • ensure that where needed you can access people to speak on your behalf.

This service is available to anyone living in Wandsworth who has used mental health services.

Please see flyer for more details: ADVOCACY AT TOOTING

Health and Wellbeing Day

Tooting Hub celebrated its bi monthly wellbeing day today we had a fun filled day starting with a cooking demonstration where Christine Street (Centre Manager) and service user Viktoriya Noori showcased different ways to cook porridge using various healthy ingredients to an audience of service users.

This was followed by Susie Brinton, a masseur and Ayurvedic practitioner from Amla Health who delivered a talk  on Ayurveda and its influence on nutrition, mind and the body.

Several Service users were then treated to personal head and shoulder massages from Susie which received very positive feedback from service users “I feel like a new man” said one, “the massage was wonderful and brilliant” said another.

A healthy lunch of fish, potatoes and salad was enjoyed by our service users who described it as “perfect” and “beautiful”.

The day was rounded off by some stretching and breathing exercises by WW Mind staff member Alison. Service users found the session ”very relaxing and exhilarating”, some of the service users are pictured stretching in the session.

When asked how what they thought of the day, service users gave a series of glowing comments:

“I enjoyed myself throughout the day”;

“Very helpful and interesting”

“She (Susie) gave a brilliant talk”;

“the exercises were good, something that I could do, the breathing exercises really relaxed me”.

See our Facebook Page for pictures from the event.