Last week, we went on the road to celebrate Notting Hill Carnival with our colourful float and a group of very excited local children and families. The event was preceded by three weeks of Summer Carnival Arts at our centre, where children learned all about this year’s theme ‘Under the Sea’, created their own costumes together with our brilliant Carnival Artist Glow, learned a song and dance and went on fun trips to the London Aquarium and the Science Museum.
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The concept of wellbeing is steadily gaining pace as best practice in many areas of employment, education and public health. Wellbeing comprises of a person’s experience of their life, and a comparison of life circumstances with social norms and values. Wellbeing, however, exists in two dimensions, subjective and objective. Subjective wellbeing focuses on how people feel about their own life and wellbeing. This is important because it relates to meaningful life satisfaction. Objective wellbeing, on the other hand, is based on assumptions about basic human needs and rights, including aspects such as adequate food, physical health, education and safety. Objective and subjective dimensions are separate entities that normally bear little or no relationship to one another, and are usually measured separately.
There is recognition by the Government that a radical shift is required to tackle public health challenges, much of which are driven by poor lifestyle and poverty. At ClementJames, we have also discovered that a significant number of local people accessing our services have minor mental health problems, such as anxiety and depression, and struggle with a range of issues affecting their sense of wellbeing. The introduction of the Wellbeing Clinic at our centre seeks to have a positive impact on individual subjective wellbeing and is a new strategy in supporting the local community.
The idea to introduce a wellbeing clinic at ClementJames was sparked thanks to Rose, one of our IntoWork clients who is a qualified health and wellbeing practitioner with a wealth of experience. As Rose was looking for new opportunities and the centre was exploring new ways to improve local people’s wellbeing, it seemed like a perfect match and we supported Rose in setting up wellbeing services at the centre. The clinic was piloted for six weeks in April and May 2016 and was open once a week. The sessions included NADA ear acupuncture, SCENAR (Self Controlled Energo Neuro Adaptive Regulator therapy), deep tissue massage, hand, head or feet massage, wellbeing coaching, relaxation techniques and meditation. A total of 121 visits were recorded to the clinic during the trial period. Fees charged for appointments (£5 for one-to-one, £1 for group sessions) were re-invested in materials and resources. Continue reading
We are pleased to reveal that The ClementJames Centre has been shortlisted for a Charity Times Charity of the Year Award for organisations with an income of under £1m. This is the third year running that we have made the list of finalists, having won the award in 2014.
To view the shortlist and the other brilliant finalists we are up against please click here:
The Charity Times Awards continue to be the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Now in their 17th year, the awards are run by Charity Times Magazine – the leading title for UK non-profit professionals. This year’s winners will be announced at the Charity Times Awards Gala Dinner & Ceremony on 28 September 2016 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London. The event was attended by over six hundred guests in 2015 and this year is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Huge congratulations to all our adult students who passed their exams and achieved their learning targets this year. Everyone worked so hard throughout the year and it was wonderful to see how students supported and inspired each other.
In order to celebrate our learners’ achievements we held a graduation ceremony this week, followed by an incredibly delicious feast of international food provided by all our students.
For more photos from the day, please visit our Facebook page.
We are pleased to announce that The ClementJames Centre was re-validated by the national matrix Standard for Advice and Guidance services. The quality standard assesses and measures organisations’ advice and support services, which ultimately support individuals in their choice of career, learning, work and life goals. The matrix Standard is recognised within the sector as sign of a quality assured organisation.
ClementJames first achieved the standard in 2011 and was re-validated for the second time in May 2016. Assessment is conducted over the course of two days and involves in-depth interviews with staff, service users and partner organisations.
Our assessor Andrew Davey wrote in his assessment report for ClementJames:
“All the staff at ClementJames demonstrate an enthusiastic passion to support people within their local community. There is a drive within CJ to continually improve their provision for the support of the community and in line with their strapline, to release potential in the community. This drive was evident in all areas of the organisation assessed.”