Self Advocacy

What is Self-Advocacy?

Self Advocacy Training is intended for individuals with mental distress. The Training is designed to help people who need to develop self confidence, skills, awareness and knowledge about services available to them e.g. Debt Management, Self Esteem and Mental health Act, and more. It is free for everyone regardless of whether they have a personal budget. If the individual is with a CMHT then we require that the Care Coordinator fills in a referral form and sends it to Karen Unrue karen@cooltanarts.org.uk

Get yourself heard, listened to, and your views acted upon!
Places are still available – core training places are free and available for people from across London, and beyond! Please contact us as there is no fixed joining date, we’ll advise on the most appropriate date to take up the training.

Self-Advocacy Skills Training 

April 2014CoolTan Arts

1st Managing your Anxiety (Part 2) 11am-1pm
Anxiety is something that affects all of us, some more than others. Come to learn ideas for how to live with anxiety and how to challenge your anxious thoughts. You don’t have to have attended part 1 of this session last month to attend. Everyone is welcome.

8th Meditation and Mindfulness for Wellbeing 11am-1pm
Mindfulness and meditation is a positive mind-body approach to well-being that can help you change the way you think. Whether you want to learn new techniques for coping with stress, anxiety, depression or improve your concentration, energy levels and enjoyment of life, mindfulness can be a very valuable tool. This class will help you get started.

10th NSUN with Sarah Yiannoullou 2pm-4pm
NSUN is an independent, service-user-led charity that connects people with mental health issues. It aims to inform and influence mental health policy makers and service providers. It also provides information, networking opportunities and promotes self-management and peer-to-peer support. Sarah will be letting you know more about the organisation and how you can join in.
15th Assertiveness Skills 11am-1pm
Assertiveness is often wrongly confused with aggression. This session will look at how to be neither passive nor aggressive, so you can say what you really need to say. We will help you think about how to develop your communication skills so you can articulate yourself in a more balanced way.

17th Peer-Mentoring Training, Mentor Opportunities & Employment Activities with Michael Hegarty of Employment Academy 2pm-4pm
The Employment Academy (EA) has helped thousands of unemployed and financially disadvantaged people find work. Martin Hegarty from the EA’s Employment & Resettlement Team will be here to talk about what is available to you and how you can improve your employment prospects.

22nd Guest Speaker 11am-1pm
Watch this space! Check the website for info or simply turn up and be surprised. Past talks have included how to save on energy bills, campaigning, and understanding the Mental Health Act.

29th Why train in Self Advocacy? What are the Benefits? 2pm-4pm                                   For people who are new to SA
Self Advocacy Training is for anyone experiencing forms of mental distress and would like to develop self confidence, assertiveness skills, awareness and knowledge about services available to them, including debt management, housing benefits and the Mental Health Act. This is an introduction to what you can expect from attending SA training.

Additional training dates may be added, please check the website for possible changes.

All workshops are based at CoolTan Arts unless specified. Please check in advance with us – thank you.

For more information please contact: Michelle Savioz Advocacy Training Coordinator michellesavioz@cooltanarts.org.uk

Or Sunil Chauhan
Self Advocacy Project Administrator
sunil@cooltanarts.org.uk

tel: 020 7701 2696
mobile: 0798 565 8443

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