Report available on the Engagement Event hosted by Creative Options
As many of you are aware, we hosted an Engagement Event at the Dolphin Hotel on 16th October 2021.
Frances has kindly shared a report that is viewable here. We'd like to take this opportunity to thank Frances for all her hard work into organising this event.
We write to tell you about the support we are offering in partnership with Touch Network over January 2022, here are all the details you need.
Please know everyone is welcome, and the spaces will be safe and supported, they’ll be at least two of our touch team at everything we offer, and we’ll be able to signpost to other support and services if needed.
A flyer is attached and the link for the programme is here: January events: Staying in Touch (more events will be added, including the programme for the last week of January, prior to Christmas).
Please share with others you think might appreciate it.
Thanks so much and see you in January!
Beetle Drive Fundraiser - £5 per head fundraiser - Action Church, Shirley - Saturday 11th December 7pm-9pm
Costs £5 a head which includes light refreshments. Please contact Frances for details and tickets 07850 189069. Everyone welcome.
FREE taster workshop - Walk of the Dandelion Project - held at October Books this Saturday 11th December 11am
Part of Luke Browns Walk of the Dandelion project, we will be making dandelions and talking about resilience and hope. Details about the project are available here. The workshop is free.
Creative Options Community Project is a local registered mental health charity and is seeking more staff for it's Wellbeing Hub for the New Year.
Wellbeing hub is the core to our activities and provides a place to 'be' and belong. The aim is to provide for mental wellbeing, an opportunity to practice skills or learn new ones and for social connections and relapse prevention.
Wellbeing Hub Leader
Short term (renewable) contract for 12 months initially.
A role which involves leading the wellbeing hub on a Wednesday.
The hub is open from 10.30 - 3.30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Action Church, in Warren Crescent. SO16 6AY.
We are seeking an enthusiastic and empathetic person with skills to work with people and an interest in mental health. Creative ability is an advantage and we are seeking someone who is willing to share their skills, passions and interests with our members. We are looking for someone with leadership qualities and good organisation skills and adept at using technology. An ability to adapt to the use of the virtual platform if and when required would be an advantage, but training can be given. We are ideally looking for someone with previous experience of working in health or care sectors. This may be an ideal part-time post for someone seeking to develop a career in social work, heath or care sectors, or someone studying at present, i.e. psychology, who want to build up their personal portfolio.
This is a complementary role to that of the Wellbeing hub leader.
The role is for 6 hours in the week on a Wednesday.
A short-term (renewable) contract for 12 months initially.
We are seeking someone with skills and empathy to join our team. Our wellbeing hub assistant will assist our wellbeing hub leader in developing and delivering an interesting and varied programme together with our members, which is based on our member's desires, skills, passions and interests. Creative skills would be an advantage. We would particularly like someone with skills and interests in recreational activities and horticulture. Mainly we are seeking someone with enthusiasm who is adaptable. The wellbeing hub assistant will be asked to help support the fund-raising and social committees. We would welcome anyone with lived experience who is on the road to recovery who feel they are now able to help support others. Previous experience of working in peer support would be an advantage.
For further information and a job description for either of these posts please contact Frances in the first instance:- Frances.Heather@creative-options.org or our admin team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Creative Mental Health Guide
Community Arts & Wellbeing Magazine
We are open for submissions for the next edition in the Creative Mental Health Guide!
Poems, art, stories, photography, articles. We collect all types of art to celebrate creativity, good mental health and creative emotional expression.
Creative Mental Health Guide's mission is to break the stigma of mental health. Through the power of line, word and connection, we are committed to amplifying the voices of those touched by mental ill health.
Creativity is a medium for change. Why through creativity?
Creativity is expression
Expression is presence
Presence ensures a voice
Voice ensures that we are
no longer silent nor invisible
Please do spread the word and get in touch :)
For more information please see www.creativementalhealthguide.org.uk
Happy Reading from all of us at the Creative Mental Health Guide team!
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If interested, please complete the downloadable registration form below. This file can also be edited online, saved and sent back to us. We need a registration form of all those that would like to attend because the sessions are being funded by the Educational Budget from the Council, and they need to see how successful the groups have been. Many thanks :-)
Health, Well-th and Happiness free of charge event open to everyone - Saturday 16th October at the Dolphin Hotel, Southampton SO14 2HN. 1pm-5pm
You are invited to a free celebration on Saturday, October 16 (2021) to help highlight, foster and enhance your ‘Health, Well-th and Happiness’.
The afternoon event, from 1pm until 5pm, at the Mercure Southampton Centre Dolphin Hotel in the High Street is being coordinated by Southampton Mental Health Network and is open to everyone.
Ling Salter, who runs Compassionate Cuppa CIC and is a member of the Network, explains: “’Mental health is everyone’s business and we’re hoping people of all walks of life, ages, ethnic backgrounds and genders come along to celebrate positive mental wellbeing. The event is all about highlighting the need to take care of your emotional, as well as our physical, fitness. We’re working towards making Southampton a ‘Mental Health Friendly City’ and this event is part of the process.”
The Health, Well-th and Happiness in Southampton event, which is being led by Southampton Mental Health Network member organisation, Creative Options, includes speakers, stalls, refreshments and emotional support from Compassionate Cuppa.
Among those attending is keynote speaker Sarah Haskett from Creative Mental Health and stallholders from various charities and organisations including Parent Support Link, Options Wellbeing Trust, SoLinked and Touch Network.
Southampton Mental Health Network aims to bring individuals of all ages together, as well as communities, professionals, service providers, businesses and other organisations. It also hopes to boost resilience and to create a movement based on improving attitudes, understanding and education with regards to mental health in the city. The overall initiative is being led and coordinated by us and is supported by the Southampton City Council and Clinical Commissioning Group’s Integrated Commissioning Unit (ICU).
A peer support group run by carers of those with lived experience of mental illness.
A place to:
St James' Road, Shirley, SO15 5HE
In: The Parlour Meeting Room
Fourth Thursday of each month
(In 2021: 28th Jan/ 25th Feb/ 25th Mar/ 22nd Apr/ 27th May/ 24th Jun/ 22nd Jul/ 26th Aug/ 23rd Sep/ 28th Oct/ 25th Nov/ NONE Dec)
For all enquiries please call or email Mary on:
M:07845 895692 E: email@example.com
For advice and information please call Rethink Advice and Information Service on: 0300 5000 927
The group is part of Rethink Mental Illness’ registered group network. The group will hold contact details for group members for up to six years from the last time we have heard from you. These details will be held on a password protected phone or a secure database and will not be shared outside of Rethink Mental Illness.
This does not affect any opt in arrangements you have made with the rest of the Charity I.E. as a donor or member or other type of supporter.
We have our Vintage Afternoon Tea event happening on 14th August. The cost is £7 for paid-up members and £9 for non-members. If you can bring three other non-members, you will get a free ticket for yourself. Please see the flyer below for more details.
7We are pausing our usual programme of activities in August and replacing it with four bigger activities. These will be accessible by any current Member of Creative Options or attendees of S.P.A.C.E (please note the S.P.A.C.E. project will still be running in person each Sunday – if you are not a member then you must register for this here.)
If you would like to attend any of the below, please email or text David firstname.lastname@example.org / 07554 586 875 or Emma email@example.com / 07780 627961 with each activity you wish to attend.
We have our Vintage Afternoon Tea event happening on 14th August. The cost is £7 for paid-up members (including S.P.A.C.E) and £9 for non-members. If you can bring three other non-members, you will get a free ticket for yourself. Please see the attached flyer for more details. The day consists of a singer, a quiz, a raffle and food. The raffle is 50p for one ticket and £2 for a strip of 5.
The August Activities plan is as follows:
· Christchurch quay and Bournemouth seafront on the 4th August 2021, The event starts at 10:30 and ends at around 6 pm. Make sure you bring food for the day or money to buy something. The whole day is £20. Also, there are limited car spaces for additional costs.
· Lepe beach B.B.Q. on the 11th August 2021, The event starts at 11:30am and will end around 4:30pm. The cost of the day is £7 for the B.B.Q. We will need additional support in driving people to the site. If you can support driving, please also email this to us.
· Picnic in the park on 18th August, a free event from 11.30am to 2.30pm, please bring your food. If you get anything to share, it must be wrapped up and sealed before being handed out.
· Pub meal on the 25th August, further details to be sent to members who state they wish to come to this event
If you would like to attend any of these events please can you let us know at the latest the Monday before so we know numbers for each event.
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As we enter the summer season I hope that this newsletter finds you well and brings you some sunshine.
Fresh Air FridaysFresh Air Fridays returns to Lepe Country Park next Saturday 26th June, 1.30-4pm. To experience the joy of being in a supportive community while walking in nature why not join us. This months theme is 'Your Big Dream' This session is an opportunity to explore what YOU want in your life in a safe, accepting group, in a beautiful environment.
The drop in charge is £30, there is also a parking charge of £7
(Membership is £25 a month and entitles you to attend any session anywhere in the country)
Book the session here:
Project You - Self Care Course
This course started on 5th June and there are 3 sessions left to attend if you would like to try it out. The next session is on Saturday 26th 11am-12.30pm and the session is about exercise and being active. The session is repeated on Monday 28th June at 1-2pm. If you would like to have more energy, feel happier and more in control of your life, join me to start ‘Project You’. The weekly charge is £25, which entitles you to attend both Saturday and Monday sessions.
‘Project You’ is an interactive group which will give you the benefits of group coaching; support, shared learning and accountability.
Positive Psychology & Meditation
Caroline Livingstone, meditation teacher & crystal healer, and I are offering one session a month of Positve Psychology & Meditation which focusses on Strengths (www.viacharacter.org) This months topic is Vulnerability & Self Awareness and will be held on June 23rd. On July 21st our topic will be Forgiveness.
Here is the link for more information and to book.
These sessions are available everyday at 12noon. I run the session on a Tuesday. It is a lovely way to stop for 30 mins, connect and breathe. Here is the link;
There is a free online laughter yoga session every Saturday from 10-10.30am. There is also one running in the open air, weather permitting.
Laughter is a wonderful way to be present and connect with others.
The Clubhouse App is available on Apple and Android phones. You can access discussions sessions free via the Clubhouse App. I have a room every Thursday at 7.30am which you can join to talk about Positive Psychology.
(contact me for more details)
Podcasts are a great way to learn and they are free! I present a podcast, with Vie Portland, called "Positivity: A Work In Progress". As the name suggests we focus on personal development topics. Our second series is out today 21st June and the topic is Personal Boundaries, it is available here;
Life CoachingI continue to provide Life Coaching online and hope to welcome you back to Forest Lodge (my office) soon.
Life is change, it is inevitable and yet often we struggle with it. Life Coaching can help you manage the change that is forced upon you, for example living with a pandemic, and Life Coaching can help you to make the changes that will give you greater fulfillment. The images below highlight my learning this month from my own coaching & training, from the conversations I have with Vie when recording our podcast and the pearls of wisdom from my lovely clients.
Thank you for your continued support and if you have any comments on this newsletter I would love to hear them,
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Do you look after or help support a family member, partner or friend because of their illness, disability or emotional distress? Do you know someone else who does this?
We're hosting some on-line drop-in events coming up soon, so why not drop in for a virtual cuppa and a private chat?
Here are some quotes from people in this situation who responded to a Healthwatch Hampshire survey last year:
"Sorting out the medication and prescription for my parents and myself was a nightmare in the early days of lockdown - I had to wait in queues at the chemist for up to 1.5 hours so eventually I took a deckchair! It wasn't just the waiting around, but the number of errors that the chemists made - at one stage 8 out of 9 sets of prescriptions were wrong.”
"A 22-year-old with learning disabilities unable to access any of his normal services. We did what we could to help him to stay busy, but he has gradually become more and more frustrated and low in mood.”
"Frustration that I am unable to support my brother and his mental health is worrying.”
"It has been difficult at times with no experience of caring for an old person let alone someone with health issues during a pandemic when they don’t understand why they can’t go out or know what the rules are."
Even though restrictions are easing now and more support is available again, it can be difficult still to know where to go.
So check out the dates via this link - next drop-in event is today at 5.30pm!
Click here to register and access the zoom link.
If you'd like to speak to someone direct, please ring Carolyn on 023 9310 6042 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Solent Connexions is funded by Solent NHS Trust and delivered by the Good Mental Health Cooperative
“Why should we all use our creative power……? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money”
The Nexus Project is a new creative and wellbeing group for women, set up in partnership with the Independence and Wellbeing Team at Portsmouth City Council, and funded through the Tampon Tax Fund.
Next Zoom session on 22 June from 11am to 12.30pm
All you need to join in on 22 June is some strong coffee dregs in a cup, pen and paper, a straw, and a paint brush or an old toothbrush. Local artist, Claire, will lead the group through this creative activity.
Interested in finding out more?
Click here to register your interest and get more information, including the zoom link for the group sessions.
nex‧us /ˈneksəs/ noun [singular] formal a connection or network of connections between a number of people, things, or ideas
Please see below details for Nature Journaling that was launched recently as part of Create and Prosper.
Face to face paid group, or Low cost Zoom option from July 2021 - Zoom being offered for FREE this evening and throughout June.
Aimed at (but not exclusively) single parents or carers, in-patients, or those self isolating. Sit in your own garden, balcony or at your windowsill.
SO166AY location is Wheelchair and mobility accessible for indoor facilities plus 70% of Community Garden at Shirley warren Action Centre.
Topic: Create&Prosper Live Nature Journalling
Time: May 26, 2021 18:00 London
Every week on Wed, until Jun 30, 2021, 6 occurrence(s)
May 26, 2021 18:00
Jun 2, 2021 18:00
Jun 9, 2021 18:00
Jun 16, 2021 18:00
Jun 23, 2021 18:00
Jun 30, 2021 18:00
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 767 3938 5214
Last week we had a very inspiring and enjoyable and fascinating introduction to core art journalling. This week Deborah is back again. To find out more please click here
Check in at 1 p.m. then the workshop from 1 30 to 2 30 p.m.
This is the second introductory session. Full 6 week course in October.
Material list :-
Pile of white A4 printer paper
Sketchbook or A3 paper or 2 x A4 stuck together
Gesso/white paint or white emulsion house paint
Large brush/your fingers!
Biro pen to write with
Acrylic paints 2/3 colours suggest Red/blue/yellow (try pound shop)
Old magazines/bits of paper/images you like
Scissors or scalpel
Pritt stick glue
Wipes/old cloth to wipe with
Something to wear to get messy in
"The core art journalling session was fascinating and inspiring. I had been feeling stressed and somewhat overwhelmed lately. I found I unwound, and relaxed. I spent another 3 hours working on it that evening and found it relaxing and completely absorbing!"
See here a sample of a collage started at last week's workshop:
SPACE is our new platform offering a range of courses and live tutors. You do have to register with the site and fill in the questionnaire please as this is part of the ongoing evaluation of the efficacy of the project.
You can do the courses any time you like and attend the Sunday meetings online currently but will be face to face later and still live streamed. You do not have to attend the Sunday meetings to access the courses but you do need to sign up to access the courses. You will need to enter your card details but the first month is free.
Paid up members then pay £5 a month and others £10. This week after the welcome and introductions Deborah porter is teaching on core art journalling and there is a list of suggested materials in the calendar. Then ling will lead a discussion on a recovery topic and then part of one of the courses. If you are intending to participate please get signed up asap and do your registration, and click this link to begin.