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Self Care

Self care is an approach to health and wellbeing which helps you to keep yourself well.

In Community Living Well we want to help people to:

There is a range of different self  care services that you can access through Community Living Well. Details of these services are listed below, including contact details. If you are interested in one of the services, please contact the service directly or speak to a member of the Community Living Well team.

Community Living Well Self Care Services 2018/19

Unwind Sessions 

In partnership with Community Massage London, SMART is offering therapies to help you relax and unwind. There are centre-based therapy sessions, and a limited number of home-based sessions. Therapies offered include Indian head massage, reflexology, reiki and seated massage.

Who can use the service
People over 18 registered with a GP in Kensington & Chelsea, Queens Park or Paddington areas, that require mental health support.

When
By appointment: Contact SMART
ADKC (W10 6BS) – Every 2nd Tuesday of the month, between 1.15 and 5.15pm
SMART (SW10 0JN) – Every 4th Thursday of the month, between 1.00 and 5.00pm

Contact
Organisation: SMART
Referrals:  http://www.smartlondon.org.uk/smart-unwind-sessions/, 07841 016 154

LGBT+ mental health advocacy

One to one mental health advocacy and support with self care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people 16+. The project will also provide awareness training to local professionals and agencies.

Who can use the service
Those over the age of 16 who identify as LGBT, and are vulnerable to or at risk of homelessness, and/ or may have additional support needs including (e.g. mental health, drug and alcohol dependence, domestic abuse, gender dysphoria).

When
By appointment: Contact Stonewall Housing

Contact
Organisation: Stonewall Housing
Referrals: jenny@stonewallhousing.org

Multilingual emotional and practical 1:1 support service

A mother tongue service offered in Arabic, Bangla, Somali and Farsi to provide emotional support (a non-judgemental space to talk through problems) and help to access other longer term services that will enhance emotional wellbeing.

Who can use the service
People not fluent in English, who face additional difficulties in accessing services by themselves.

When
By appointment: Contact BME Health forum

Contact
Organisation: BME Health Forum
Referrals: [email protected]07958 479217

“Like The Old Days” Club for OLDER AFRICAN MEN

The “Like the Old Days” Club meets fortnightly and brings older African men together to enjoy traditional hot meals in each others company; access information, and to share experiences. The club also supports members through telephone support, outreach, days out and drop in sessions.

Who can use the service
Older African and other BME men aged 50 and above, and live in or around the Royal borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

When
By appointment: Contact FAWA

Contact
Organisation: FAWA (French African Welfare Association)
Referrals: Oola Balham, [email protected]07415250613/020 8761 9397

Re-connect

A mindfulness group for older people that gives service users the tools to re-connect with the present moment, and be more in control of their health and wellbeing.

Who can use the service
Older people 55+ living in Kensington and Chelsea who would like to take control of their mental health and wellbeing.

When
By appointment: Contact KC Forum for Older Residents

Contact
Organisation: Kensington & Chelsea Forum for Older Residents
Referrals: [email protected]07443 647222

Better Life Befriending

This new family befriending programme will focus on helping the parents of our children heal, build friendships and develop confidence to enable them to pursue their life goals through 1-2 hour weekly befriending sessions, often using activities such as yoga, art gallery or volunteering as a platform.

Who can use the service
Parents who are struggling because of mental health problems, are survivors of domestic violence and other related problems.

When
By appointment: Contact Solidarity Sports

Contact
Organisation: Solidarity Sports
Referrals: [email protected]07791 871910

Volunteering on Prescription

A client-led programme developing the skills, knowledge and confidence of 40 volunteers with stable mental health needs, enabling them to exercise more control over their health and well-being and support others to do the same. A wide-range of activities will be co-designed and co-delivered by the volunteers.

Who can use the service
People who have a stable mental health condition and are supported in primary care.

When
By appointment: Contact Voluntary Centre K&C

Contact
Organisation: Volunteer Centre Kensington & Chelsea
Referrals: [email protected], 020 8960 3722

Queens Park Community Theatre

A weekly mental health community theatre project, with a focus on a different aspect of mental health each quarter. The project will support people to build their confidence and reflect on ways they can manage and take action on their mental health, with the group doing four performances over the year.

Who can use the service
People with mental health conditions or those wanting to take control of their mental health and well-being and are interested in the arts.

When
By appointment: Contact Paddington Sports Trust

Contact
Organisation: Paddington Development Trust
Referrals: [email protected], 07714 119822

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