Indian Summer Garden Party brings together the ClementJames community

On 7th September we welcomed our friends, volunteers, donors, partners and users to celebrate another successful year at ClementJames and invited everyone to hear more about our plans for the future. A special thank you goes to Maryam and Patrick who kindly (and bravely!) addressed the community and spoke of their personal stories and experiences.

Maryam concluded, “I really like being a part of this centre and I hope to stay connected to ClementJames in the future, both for myself and my family. Me and my two little ones need this centre, and we all need to belong to a community. I have chosen the best community to be part of.”

Patrick (pictured below) then talked about his experiences taking part in Notting Hill Carnival as part of our Summer Carnival Arts programme and all the support that he’s receiving with his homework.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us on this sunny September evening, thank you for your continued support and look forward to working with you in the new academic year!

img_4681agarden-partyCllr Robert Freeman, ClementJames CEO Clare Richards and MP Victoria Borwick enjoy a chat in the garden.

ClementJames celebrates the Notting Hill Carnival

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.

For more Carnival Arts photos visit our Facebook page.

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Wellbeing Clinic introduced at ClementJames

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 ideawellbeing clinic small 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