South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of our communities. We are committed to working with and engaging our local communities through various platforms to ensure both the local and wider community are consulted, updated and engaged in order to achieve our mission of Making Life Better Together.
As an anchor in our local communities, we contribute beyond providing healthcare: through employment, regeneration work, raising mental health awareness and sharing good practice.
Through the community arm of the Making Life Better Together Programme we are developing various opportunities for our community, such as work experience, engagement with a new Mental Ill-health Prevention and Recovery Programme, and our Integrated Programme is delivering investment and innovations across our sites and our services including the development of a new mixed-used community, Springfield Village.
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 embarking on a new programme of activities for local schools and FE colleges to take advantage of learning opportunities linked to the development of Springfield village;
- Work experience opportunities
- Site visits
- Construction and mental health workshops
- Schools have submitted designs for a new youth ‘The hangout’ shelter for the new park
- Nature artwork to brighten up the green hoardings on site
- CAMHS ask the expert session with Dr Annika Clark
Check out more information on the Springfield Village website
Mental Health Awareness
The Trust supports national awareness campaigns for which we run events and workshops, as well as providing resources and signposting information to those who may need support for their mental health.
Some of the recent campaigns we have promoted are;
- Mental Health Awareness Week was held from 10-16th May. This year the theme was 'nature'.
- Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week is dedicated to talking about mental health problems during and after pregnancy. We held a week of sessions from the 3-9th May which can be viewed on our youtube channel here
- Infant Mental Health Awareness Week and Carers Week (swlstg.nhs.uk) - The annual campaigns were marked by a week long timetable of activities and events to raise awareness for both important causes
- Men's Mental Health Awareness Week - As part of Men's Health Awareness Week, SWLStG and Fulham Football Club Foundation partnered up with Danny Holmes, Sport Psychology Consultant for Fulham FC for an interactive webinar on mental health in Sport.
Upcoming campaigns include;
- Summer of Play
- World Mental Health Day
Check out our Events page or follow us on social media @SWLStG to find out more.
Summer of Play
This summer we are supporting the #summerofplay campaign.
We believe children have the right to engage in play and recreational activities that are appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts as stated in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Article 31.
We are encouraging all children, in all our communities, to have space and time for play this summer by supporting:
- Fun - We encourage children to have fun and express themselves through play.
- Friends – We promote children to have opportunities to play with friends and peers.
- Freedom - We support children to have space, time, and opportunities for free play.
Find out more information on the summer of play, blogs and resources here
Archived News and events
South London Listens
NHS mental health Trusts and councils have promised action to limit the pandemic’s long-term impact on the wellbeing of south Londoners at a virtual community summit.
Find out the latest on South London Listens here
Trust staff and Springfield Village partners take part in site litter pick
Volunteers from the Trust, STEP, Sir Robert McAlpine, City & Country, Barratt London, Pinnacle Power and Lawrence Baker took part in a Springfield litter pick to clear residual rubbish from the site, especially in hard to reach areas. This is a great example of members of all the development teams pulling together to take positive action to improve the local environment.
Making Life Better Together in 2021
On Wednesday 14 April we hosted a virtual community engagement event to share more on our exciting programme of investment, innovation and vision for mental health services in South West London.
Find out more information about the event here
For further information on community engagement please contact Emma Hill, Community Engagement Officer on firstname.lastname@example.org