Our SMART Summer Champions Event 2022

We had a great time at our first SMART Champions Summer Event on 14th July, which we co-hosted with the Chelsea Community Champions, and the Earl’s Court Community Champions.

The event started off with table-top sales, a craft stall selling jewellery, and craft items that SMART members made at SMART’s craft café sessions, bubbles, plus falafel, and sandwiches and snacks made by the Community Champions teams.

Later on in the afternoon, the SMART band, Mad in Chelsea, got everyone (chair 😊) dancing and singing along, just in time for the raffle prize draw and pizza.

A great day was rounded up with evening mocktails, and the remaining feel-good vibes of an excellent event.

As always, thank you to everyone that came, contributed, bought items from our stall and tables, raffle tickets – you made our event what it was.

SMART Champions Summer Event

SMART will be co-hosting a Summer Event with Chelsea Community Champions and Earl’s Court Community Champions on Thursday 14th July 2022, from 11.00am – 7.00pm.

There’ll be table top sales, a crafts stall, craft activities, raffle prizes to be won, bubbles, music, food, and the event will wind down with evening mocktails.

This event is free, and everyone, of all ages, is welcome to attend.

If you have any questions about this event, please call  Leny on 07557 237 697, or Sarah, on 07341 560 625.

Platinum Jubilee Weekend

SMART will be closed over the Jubilee weekend, from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. We’ll be back to normal opening hours on Monday 6th June.

If you, or someone you know, needs support over the weekend, you can contact one of the services listed on our Urgent Help page.

There are lots of activities and events going on over the Jubilee weekend and beyond, so we’ve put information about some of them together, should you want to join in the celebrations. Just click on the links below.

KC Jubilee Street & Local Events

KCW Platinum Jubilee Events

Come and Join Our Team!

Position: Young Adults Navigator

Are you…

  • Looking for full time, meaningful work?
  • Wanting to be part of an amazing team?
  • Passionate about supporting people with experience of mental health difficulties?
  • Interested in working with a diverse group of people?

Have you got…

  • Lived experience of recovery from mental health challenges?
  • Paid or unpaid experience of working in a health and social care setting?
  • An interest in developing knowledge of community services and organisations that promote recovery, change and hope?

We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic and highly motivated individual to join a new Young Adult Mental Health & Wellbeing Partnership team. The ‘Young Adults Navigator’ will work on a 1:1 basis with those aged between 16 and 25, offering peer support, assistance with practical issues, and empowerment to take an active role in their care.

Through the sharing of your own lived experiences you will support service users to regain control over their lives, their decisions and their own unique recovery journey.

Employed by SMART, you will work with Community Living Well ( a partnership between NHS Integrated Mental Health services and voluntary sector organisations) to support people across Kensington, Chelsea, and Westminster.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please email helen.little9@nhs.net . You can find out more about Community Living Well here.

 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is Loneliness – how to cope, and sharing our tips & experiences.

At SMART, we’ll be extending our opening hours this week, (Monday 9th & Thursday 12th May, 10.30am – 4.00pm) to enable more opportunities for all of us to connect, as well as providing activities and resources.

We’d love to see you, and want to hear your advice and experiences, so please do come down and join us.

For more information, contact Sarah on 07341 560 625, or email sarah.wilson@smartlondon.org.uk.

New Job Roles Available with SMART

We have some exciting new opportunities available within the SMART Team:

Barista (2 posts)

Full training will be provided for this role.

Builder

An experienced builder, you will be working with our members to co-facilitate DIY projects within and around SMART.

Business Manager

You will be managing the business side of a community bakery. Full training will be provided for this role

Chef

An experienced chef, you will be leading the development of our café, and catering projects.

Serving Lead

Full training will be provided for this role.

If you’re interested in any of these roles, please email your contact details to amelia.mustapha@smartlondon.org.uk

All pay will be disclosed on request.

Christmas Carols & Crafts

On 15th December, we held our first Christmas Carols & Crafts get-together! It was a great opportunity for a lot of us to see one another in person, and socialise with old friends, after a long period of not having done so.

Fortunately for us, especially considering the time of the year, the weather was mild, so we were able to hold our event, as planned, in Gillian’s garden (the small garden on the hospital side of SMART).

We had a craft stall set up for people to buy lots of goodies, including Christmas cards and jewellery made by our members during our recent “Crafts for Christmas” sessions, as well as the ever-popular spider plants, and SMART cookies. A fantastic amount of money was raised, and it’ll be used to support SMART’s ongoing work.

Aside from the craft stall, we had mulled apple juice, hot food, awesome Christmas sing-alongs, Sharon won our best outfit prize, magic from Magic, and Santa came along to give out gifts.

A good time was had by all, and hopefully we’ll be able to come together again like this soon.

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