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4 Feb

Go London Social Innovation Competition

The Go London Innovation Competition is an opportunity for Londoners
to go online and share what inspires them to get active as well as submit their original and innovative ideas about how to boost participation in physical activity. Through Go London, the NHS and partners are working to increase physical activity participation among Londoners on the run up to 2012.

Join the conversation
NHS London & Sport England are launching this innovative new online project to stimulate conversations about the best ways to get active and how to overcome some of the barriers. Through the online conversation, they aim to raise awareness and interest in physical activity among Londoners, of whom half are currently classed as ‘inactive’.

Enter the competition
Through the bespoke website, they are also interested in hearing innovative ideas that could make a difference to participation levels in London. The top ideas will compete at a workshop to be hosted at City Hall for the opportunity to be developed and turned into a reality.

Get involved!
Anyone can get involved in the online discussion so they would encourage you and your colleagues, family and friends to participate in the conversations and to take the opportunity to raise issues that you feel would make a difference to getting people active. Join the conversation on the social innovation network site at –

For more information please contact the Go London programme manager on

4 Feb

Able Community Care 30th Anniversary Cookbook

Able Community Care is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2010 and they would like to take the opportunity to raise some money for charity.

To raise funds they intend to publish a cookbook full of recipes donated by carers and supporters.

If you would like to help and have a recipe either sweet or savoury either email it to them at or send it to them at:

The Old Parish Rooms, Whittingham Lane, Trowse, Norwich, NR14 8TZ by April 30th.

Help share something you enjoy with other people and help raise money at the same time.

4 Feb

Win an I-Pod in this Young Carers Study

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers are working with the University of Nottingham to find out what pupils who have to look after a parent or guardian need so that they, and other organisations, can provide the right sort of support and services for them and their families in the future.

Why do we want to talk to you?

We want to know more about young people who care for a parent or guardian, and what difference this makes to their school life. To do this we need to talk to both young carers and those who do not care for a parent or guardian.

The research report created will be used by those who can provide services for young carers.

To take part you MUST:

1. have the permision of a parent or guardian;

2. be aged between 5-16 years old.

The survey will take about 20 minutes and you will need to know your school grades or predicted grades.

These answers will be kept private, safe and confidential. Your name or details will never be made public.

If you have any questions please email Meredith Beaumont at, phone 07949024011 or write to me at the school of Sociology and Social Policy, University Park, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD

To enter the survey please click here

2 Feb

Three out of four suffer depression: survey

Three out of four people in the UK suffer from depression at some point but only a third seek help, a poll found today.

Women are more likely to feel depressed than men, with 80% saying they regularly or occasionally feel down or unable to cope.

Money is the biggest cause of depression, with more than half of all people surveyed saying they have felt down about money over the last 12 months.

Men are particularly likely to have linked their depression to the recession, whereas women have been worried about family or relationships.

January is regarded as the most depressing month of the year, caused by post-Christmas credit card bills and cold weather.

Zelda Peters, director for mental health at the charity Turning Point, said even mild depression needs to be identified and treated early.

“We know that, if diagnosed early, mild depression can be successfully treated.

“If not, it can escalate and lead to unemployment or long-term sickness, and even to negative behaviours such as drinking more, missing work or college and lying to family and friends.

“Most people think anti-depressants are the answer and for some people they are.

“But there are a huge range of treatments beyond this on offer, such as psychological therapies which provide effective long-term relief.”

2 Feb

Life after a brain injury…

Title: Life after a brain injury…
Location: Trinity House Conference Centre
Link out: Click here
Description: Do you have a relative or friend who has had a brain injury?

A FREE information day for the families and unpaid carers of brain injury survivors

What is the day about?

Helping families and unpaid carers understand the effects of brain injury
Identifying some of the issues that affect families
Strategies for managing difficulties
resources for help and support
There will be presentations in the morning and workshops in the afternoon

Topics will include:

What happens when the brain is injured? What impact does it have on families? Challenging behaviour and how to manage it, Taking Care of the carers, Benefits Information, Family Issues, Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques, Therapy taster sessions.

February 24th 2010 Time 09.45am – 4pm

Trinity House Conference Centre

Lunch and refreshments provided

For information contact Headway London Regional Coordinator

Annie Clacey Tel: 020 8858 5610

Start Time: 09:45
Date: 2010-02-24
End Time: 16:00

2 Feb

Pembroke House Luncheon Club

Title: Pembroke House Luncheon Club
Location: 80 Tatum Street, London, SE17 1QR
Link out: Click here
Description: Lunch club for people over 50; a game or two of bingo with tea and cake from 11am, followed by a delicious hot healthy lunch at 12 noon.

£2.50 per person
Start Time: 11:00
Date: 2010-02-04

1 Feb

Renew your freedom pass online

Southwark’s Freedom Pass Renewal webpage went live on 4th January 2010. The web address is:- The site contains details of how to apply for and how to renew a Freedom Pass and also has links to downloadable application forms and guidance notes. There is a list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

Southwark’s Freedom Pass Renewal webpage went live on 4th January 2010. To access the site please click this link :-

The site contains details of how to apply for and how to renew a Freedom Pass and also has links to downloadable application forms and guidance notes. There is a list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

1 Feb

Stay safe – at no cost!

A project called One to One provides free security improvements for older people living in Southwark.  They can install door locks, front-door chains, spy holes etc, and all of their handypersons have been rigorously vetted which has included an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check.  For a home security visit, telephone 020 7639 1823.

Find us

Southwark Carers
3rd Floor, Walworth Methodist Church,
54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EN
View map and directions

Contact us

020 7708 4497

Find us

Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).

Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle

Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45