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Bags of Help for ClementJames

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In partnership with the Parish of St Clement & St James The ClementJames Centre is looking to redevelop the small St Clement’s church garden along Sirdar Road to create a new community space for gardening and art projects, as well as general enjoyment. We are very pleased to announce that we have been selected as one of three organisations to participate in the ‘Tesco Bags of Help’ scheme throughout this February.
Between the 1st and 25th February, each time you shop in the stores below (spending any value) you will receive a token to vote for our project, which you can put into a box in store. The first prize is £5,000, the second is £2,500 and the third is £1,000.
We’re very grateful for any contribution towards the vote and thank you for your support!

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St Clement’s church garden on Sirdar Road
Tesco logoTesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help initiative across England and Wales. The scheme sees three community groups and projects in each of around 200 Tesco regions awarded grants of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag charge. The public will now vote in store from 1st to 25th February on who should receive the £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 awards.

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.


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