We are committed to working with and engaging our local communities. We use various platforms to ensure both the local and wider community are consulted, updated and engaged.
The Trust are currently identifying new opportunities to develop as an ‘anchor institution’ such as work experience opportunities, South London Listens collaborative and the Springfield Village redevelopment which will build energy efficient buildings, houses and a 32 acre park for the community. Anchors get their name because they are unlikely to relocate, given their connection to the local population, and have a significant influence on the health and wellbeing of communities. As part of this, we are currently evaluating ways for us to develop our internal practices and work collaboratively to provide local opportunities and improve our community.
Current Trust community engagement activities
The local Springfield community receive regular updates on the transformation programme, through the Springfield Messenger newsletter and the quarterly Springfield community forum that has been set up, made up of local residents, counsellors and organisations.
Schools and FE college engagement
In partnership with STEP and SRM, the Trust is also embarking on a new programme of activities for local schoolsand FE colleges to take advantage of learning opportunities linked to the development of Springfield village;
- Work experience opportunities
- Site visits
- Designing a new youth ‘The hangout’ shelter
- Artwork to brighten up the green hoardings on site
- CAMHS Q&A session
- Construction and mental health workshops
Check out more information on the Springfield Village website
South London Listens
South London listens is a new mental health prevention initiative that brings together NHS Mental Health Trusts and commissioners with local authorities, Healthwatch, Public Health England, Citizens UK, Black Thrive and other community partners.
Over 6000 people from across South London have already taken part in listening events and shared their experiences and ideas for how we can solve the biggest challenges facing our communities and the impact Covid-19 has had on the mental health. Join them by taking the survey now and help us reach as many people as possible by sharing it with your family and friends.
Making Life Better Together in 2021
Find out more information about the event here