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Thriving Streatham: Winter Edition

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

As we wave farewell to November, we rummage for our woolly hats and journey to the last month of 2022!

This blog post will share what the community has been up to and dates for your diaries this festive period!

Thriving Streatham Event

On the 24th of November we hosted our Community Health and Wellbeing event at 2-8 Gracefield Gardens.

Streatham AT Medics PCN and Streatham PCN worked in partnership encouraging patients throughout the neighborhood to gain access to services that can offer emotional or practical support.

The Lambeth wellbeing bus arrived at 10am and Citizens Advice set up an information stall inside the Gracefield Gardens Health and Social center.

We had a range of organisations attend such as:

Neha - NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Dementia research

Jeanne - Age UK Lambeth and Kehinde- Streatham Youth Community Trust

Wellbeing Ambassadors

Casper - Clear Community Web

Ana - Health Watch Lambeth

Centre 70, Streatham Common Co-operative & Peddle My Wheels.

Our first Mental Health coffee morning started at 11:30am patients were able to share their stories and get support from Social Prescribers Mia and Michaela.

Some patients were signposted to visit the Citizens Advice and Centre 70 services to get advice on the cost of living crisis and housing issues.

A very heartfelt moment was when two patients from separate surgeries bonded over a discussion of loneliness, then decided to walk home together 😊

Many of the patients who attended to coffee morning shared that they would like us to host the coffee mornings regularly so watch this space!

We have a patient pictured below who was able to meet his phone friend from South London Cares in person for the first time!

It was wonderful to see Jeanne Well-being ambassador attend a home visit to help a patient fill a form. We understand that there are other things that impact wellbeing such as help with completing documents.

Citizens advise reports they had over 200 proactive interactions with patients to get support. Later in the afternoon they had to start signposting patients to where they could next receive support as the day ended.

A special thanks to Nurses Dawn and Massimo from Streatham PCN who ran our walk-in Blood Pressure clinic between 2-4pm treating 16 patients.

In summary the day was filled with lots of support given to over 200 patients across Streatham from a diverse age group between 18 - 81.

It was lovely to see people coming together especially where we are dealing with difficult times with the cost of living crisis.

We look forward to planning more Mental Health coffee mornings, Chronic Pain Peer Support sessions and events in new year!

News from Streatham Youth Community Trust

News From Centre 70

Announcing our new Wellbeing Project at Centre 70

We’ve been really busy in the last couple of months here at Centre 70 launching our brand new wellbeing project! This project takes us back to our roots as a community charity, looking at all aspects of people’s wellbeing, we’ve got a variety of different activities on offer, and we’d love to hear from you if you’d like to join a group or workshop, volunteer as a befriender, or if you have any ideas or contributions you could add to the project. All our activities are free to attend, but must be booked in advance. To join please email us or fill in our enquiry form Peer Support Groups Menopause Support Group The group is for women from all cultures who are living through any stage of the menopause. The Group is facilitated by Marcia Jones of Sister2SisterBU. Marcia is a community connector, women’s health advocate and group leader with over 20 years of experience. She is on a mission to keep the conversation going around Menopause and to keep Women's health and wellbeing high on our agendas.

Each month we get together to share experiences, offer and receive support, and hear from specialist guest speakers. 🌟This group is open to All Women, at any stage of menopause 🌟Peer-to-peer Support connecting women together 🌟Minimises isolation 🌟Balancing your Wellbeing 🌟Join online or in-person at The Tribe cafe to share delicious healthy refreshments Maternal Journal Maternal Journal provides a positive outlet for some of the new feelings and challenges you might experieoth physically and emotionally in pregnancy and new parenthood. This is a 6 week course for new and expectant parents, and babies up to the age of 1. In the workshops we will intro,duce the practice of ‘journaling’ and each week we will try a new creative activity and share our experiences in a small group of 5 -10 people.

The group will run again in January, contact us to put your name down

One – to – One Befriending Service We are starting a one-to-one befriending service, offering weekly company and support to people who are lonely who r isolated. If you’d like to meet with a befriender once a week let us know, we’re also looking for volunteer befrienders. What is involved? Meet up with someone in the local community who is feeling lonely or isolated once a week for a couple of hours What you would do? Spend some time with the person to get to know each other while going for a walk or visiting a cafe   Listen, chat and share stories. You could even try a new activity together. What are the benefits? Opportunity to meet new people and learn from each other by sharing experiences  Feel more connected to the local community Training and ongoing support provided  Making someone's life better! Wellbeing Workshops Sound Bath with Centre 70 and West Norwood Library, Friday 2nd December: ***Limited Availability, email to book *** Let the deep resonating vibrations of the gongs wash over you and take you into a place of effortless meditation. What happens during a sound bath? During a sound bath you lie down, make yourself cosy and comfortable, and are ‘bathed’ in waves of sound. You will hear a variety of beautiful instruments all of which are played live: singing bowls, chimes, bells and gongs.

The sounds vary from gentle and lulling to more intense and stimulating. The aim is to take you into a different place - away from your everyday thoughts to somewhere more meditative.

You don’t need to do anything except relax and let the sounds wash over you. We’ll let you know when it's time to come back to the room.

Counselling Skills 1 day Workshop 1-daye to be confirmed

If you enjoy supporting others, join us to learn more to improve your listening skills, create positive boundaries in relationships, and provide positive support to those around you.

This is not a course to become a counsellor, but learn about the skills counsellors use to put them in use in your everyday life and relationships.

Reading for Wellbeing workshop – date to be confirmed

Literature has been used throughout the ages to help us think about the big questions – life, death, love, and the universe.

In this workshop we will read together and listen to a variety of poems and other texts – come prepared to listen and think, you don’t need to read anything beforehand as we will read to you!

Santa's Grotto at Streatham Library!

As ever, stay safe and stay connected.

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