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Community engagement

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

Springfield Community

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 visitsYoung person on site
  • 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; 

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:

  1. Fun - We encourage children to have fun and express themselves through play.
  2. Friends – We promote children to have opportunities to play with friends and peers.
  3. 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

litterpick

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.

If you weren't able to join the event, click here to catch-up. Download the event slides here.

Find out more information about the event here

 

For further information on community engagement please contact Emma Hill, Community Engagement Officer on emma.hill@swlstg.nhs.uk