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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Holdfast Bakery: Consultation Survey

In early 2022, SMART is planning to launch Holdfast Bakery in Chelsea – an innovative social enterprise which aims to support local employment, whilst delivering fresh made, sustainable bread, directly to the doors of local residents.

We are currently undertaking community consultation across Kensington & Chelsea to identify demand for a community bakery and other social enterprises, and would really appreciate any feedback that will help us kick-start baking and buying local in the surrounding area.

Please follow this link to complete our consultation survey, which will take under 3 minutes to complete: https://bit.ly/3vR0j4Z .

Thank you!

Easter 2021 Opening Hours

We’ll be taking a little break over the Easter weekend, but we’ll back to normal opening hours starting from Tuesday 6th April. Online sessions will continue as normal during this period.

2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th April: Closed

6th April:  SMART resumes, office and phones open

If you, or someone you know, needs support while SMART’s closed, please visit our Urgent Help page for services that you can reach out to.

Pandemic Pizza Event – Saturday 18th July, 12.00 – 2.00pm

We’re really excited to be co-hosting an Il Mulino’s Pandemic Pizza Event this Saturday, with Chelsea Community Champions.

Pandemic Pizza is an amazing project, started at the beginning of the crisis, which gives FREE freshly made Italian pizzas to vulnerable adults and families, and NHS staff.

This week, they’ll be offering their pizzas to Wiltshire Close, Samuel Lewis, and Sutton Estate residents, as well as SMART members and NHS staff.

You’ll be able to find us, and the mobile wood-fire oven/Range Rover, at the Brompton Hospital on Sydney Street, just opposite St Luke’s Church, from 12.00 to 2.00pm (or until the pizzas run out).

Please call Marsha on 07407 194 694, for further information, including delivery arrangements for people that are shielding.

If you want to find out more about Pandemic Pizza, you can visit their website at: https://pandemicpizza.co.uk/

You can also support the wonderful work being done, by donating here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/5sazz-pandemic-pizza

SMART newsletter number 8 is avaialble

The latest newsletter is now available to download by clicking here This week the focus is on nature, and the summer sun. Find out how to cook a delicious satay sweet potato curry and read up on some tips to stay healthy over Summer. If you need the newsletter in any other formats then let us know.

A challenge for World music Day: 21st June

It’s World Music Day on Sunday 21st June! As there will be no music zoom session next week, we are asking you all to try listening to some music that you haven’t heard before, a different genre, band, style etc. and let us know what you listened to and what you thought of it. You could try digging out CDs you’ve not played, or what about tuning to a different radio station and trying it out (stick with if for 15 minutes at least!). Try Radio 1, 2 or 6 if you don’t usually listen to them, or what about Classic FM? Let us know by giving us a call or email Sarah – and we’ll share your new music discoveries!

SMART newsletter 6 is available

Issue 6 of the SMART newsletter is available to download.
This issue highlights loneliness week and world music day, also a recipe for spicy sausage and bean one pot, and much more. Click here to download it. If you need it any other format then please get in touch.