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
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 5700 people from across South London have 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.
We now move to the next stage and community leaders from across South London invite you to the South London Listens mental health summit on Wednesday 16 June 2021 where they will present urgent actions to tackle the looming mental health crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The summit will be held on Zoom on Wednesday 16 June 2021 from 6pm to 8pm. You can register by clicking here.
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
Upcoming campaigns include;
Volunteers Week - 1-7 June 21
- Carers Week - 7-13 June 21
- Infant Mental Health Awareness Week - 7-13 June 21
- Men's Mental Health Awareness Week - 14 - 20 June 21
Check out our Events page or follow us on social media @SWLStG to find out more.
Your chance to view Springfield Village from the air and raise money for the Trust charity
As you will be aware the skyline of the Trust estate has been dominated by huge cranes deployed by Sir Robert McAlpine since work began in January 2020.
We are delighted to be able to launch a raffle for you to take the 35metre walk to the very top and to see our transforming estate from the air. The trip will include a few revolutions around with the driver to see the whole of the Trust’s developing estate.
What a view it will be too - as 35 metres is the height of Big Ben, seven London buses or 1/10th of The Shard!
Simply click here to ‘make a donation’ on our Trust Charity donation page to be entered into the raffle*
Please note that entries will close on Thursday 17 June 2021 and the walk will take place on Thursday 24 June 2021.
*Winning entrants will need to complete a risk assessment, take part in a safety briefing and complete a ‘fit for work’ assessment with SRM. Minimum of £2.50 donation to enter
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.
Join us to recognise all the millions of people volunteering across the UK in Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) - https://volunteersweek.org/
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 email@example.com