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Healing words... the journey to wellness and recovery
Healing words... the journey to wellness and recovery

Creativity can help people express themselves during the darkest days of mental illness and throughout recovery. 

The Advocacy Project are inviting you to enter a poetry competition.  If you’ve experienced a mental health problem, or you’re a family member or friend of someone who has, they welcome you to send in your poem. 

They want to share this with as many people as possible to improve understanding of mental health.

Funding for training is now open
Funding for training is now open

If you employ your own personal assistants (PAs) using a personal budget from social care or health or your own money, you can apply for money from Skills for Care for training for you and your staff. 

If you support individual employers and PAs, please help spread the word.

British Red Cross report: Barriers to belonging
British Red Cross report: Barriers to belonging

People from BAME backgrounds are more at risk of experiencing certain factors that cause loneliness and can often face greater barriers to accessing support. 

This is from the June 2019 report from the British Red Cross which explores the causes of loneliness and obstacles to seeking help for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.

Exercise boosts longevity in middle and old age, regardless of previous activity levels, study finds
Exercise boosts longevity in middle and old age, regardless of previous activity levels, study finds

They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but a new study shows getting active in middle and old age — even if you weren't active before — can help you live longer.  The study found people whose activity levels had increased were substantially more likely to live longer, regardless of their initial activity level or other factors like diet, obesity, blood pressure or cholesterol.

Great Exhibition Road Festival
Great Exhibition Road Festival

The Great Exhibition Road Festival is a free three-day celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration in South Kensington for all ages. The Festival brings together science and the arts in a unique programme of creative workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances - all in the spirit of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s vision for the Great Exhibition, 200 years on from when they were born.

Tea Time Get Together for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Tea Time Get Together for Adults with Learning Disabilities

The Happily tea party is part of an initiative inspired by Jo Cox which aims to bring communities closer together.

The party saw over 30 adults with learning disabilities enjoy tea and cake at Petit Miracle Hub in Shepherd’s Bush, before taking part in games and activities encouraging conversation and social interaction.

The get together proved to be successful with many guests taking the opportunity to get to know one another. 

Windrush Day
Windrush Day

On June 22 1948, HMT Empire Windrush brought hundreds of Caribbean passengers who would soon make the UK their home, many settling within the three boroughs and lending a vibrancy to a London still recovering from the war.  Windrush Day is a celebration of the important contribution that the Caribbean community has made to our city.

Refugee Week 2019
Refugee Week 2019

Refugee Week (June 17 – 23) is a national celebration which provides an opportunity to recognise and better understand the courage and contribution of refugees. It is a chance for our community to join people across the country to show their support and stand together

Swap red meat and bacon for fish, eggs and lean chicken, researchers urge
Swap red meat and bacon for fish, eggs and lean chicken, researchers urge

Eating red and processed meat increases the risk of an earlier death, experts have warned, as they urged people to switch to fish and vegetables.

Swapping red meat for healthier proteins such as eggs, nuts and fish can lead to a longer life, they said.

Scams Awareness 2019
Scams Awareness 2019

Every year millions of people across the UK fall prey to scammers, and London residents are no exception. This year's campaign for Scams Awareness  will take place over two weeks, from the 10th-23rd June.