CoolTan – Bank Holiday Closure

CoolTan Arts will be closed for the Easter Bank Holiday on Friday 18th April and Monday 21st April. We hope you all have a nice holiday and we will be open again as usual on Tuesday 22nd April.

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Mental Health Wellbeing Advisors – Job Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen at CoolTan Arts for someone who wants to see mental health services move away from the medical model and drive change in the primary health care system. A dynamic and vibrant person who is self motivated and enjoys a challenge.

Job Title: Mental Health Wellbeing Advisors
Location: Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE
Salary:  £25,000 pro rata, 2 days ( 15 hours) per week. 1 Year Contract.
Closing date: 5pm 29th April 2014
Interviews:20th/21st May 2014

To apply please e-mail a completed application form with CV to recruitment@cooltanarts.org.uk  Download a full CoolTan Arts Mental Health Well Being Advisors-Job Pack 2014

About CoolTan Arts: We aim to promote positive mental health/well-being, bringing about a change in how participants perceive themselves, enabling people to gain greater focus and to re-establish their relationship with society. CoolTan Arts is an organisation dedicated to the de-stigmatisation of mental health by the engagement of people with mental distress working, volunteering and contributing to the public environment though the arts.  We aim to achieve this through quality arts education, well-being and support services including self Advocacy.

Job Purpose: To pilot an exciting new service, to provide an innovative GP referral system of Arts on Referral (AoR) for people with low level mental-distress, building on the 23 year model established by CoolTan Arts (CA) for people with more severe mental ill-health. To enable CCG’s to commission Social Prescribing, including Arts on referral (AoR). Increasing our referrals and personal budget holder’s opportunities.
To provide GP surgeries with a dedicated Creative mental Wellbeing Advisers’ (WA), skilled in developing individual wellbeing plans for users of the health service. During this trial period the pathway will be via CoolTan Arts services.
This post exists for these key reasons: to develop an integrated, preventative holistic approach to mental distress. for the NHS. Acting as the main link between CoolTan and the statutory mental health services, and broader community.
Social prescribing for mental health is a mechanism for linking patients with non-medical sources of support within the community. It recognises the contribution of social, economic and societal factors.  One form is Arts on Prescription (or Arts on referral (AoR).

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Development Manager – Job Vacancy

An exciting opportunity has arisen at CoolTan Arts. We are looking for a very experienced person with at least 5 years working experience of business and income development with an interest in the field of mental health and Arts. This role needs an excellent team player with incredible income generation abilities, motivational, managerial and business expertise.

Job Title: Development Manager
Location: Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE
Salary:  £30,000, 1 Year initial Contract. Extension subject to funding.
Closing date: 5pm 17th April 2014
Interviews:29th/30th April 2014

To apply please e-mail a completed application form with CV to recruitment@cooltanarts.org.uk  Download a full CoolTan Arts Development Manager-Job Pack 2014

Context of Work: CoolTan Arts is an arts mental health organisation that believes mental wellbeing is enhanced by the power of creativity. It has existed since 1990 and became a registered charity in 1997, set up by and for people with mental distress. The organisation has grown substantially and is keen to develop a new direction in terms of its service delivery and fundraising. CoolTan Arts has an exciting opportunity for a talented Business Development Manager to join our friendly team and realise our growth potential.
The right person for this job will be someone with an Arts and Business background, who is dynamic, personable and wanting to make a difference for people with mental health issues. You will have a strong sense of social justice and an empathy with mental health related subjects, you must be able to work in a team and be a team player, prioritise and think strategically under pressure to meet deadlines. CoolTan Arts USP is our ability to use humour in all of our work.

Purpose of Job: To improve CoolTan Arts market position and achieve financial growth by developing our income streams. Work with our CEO and Operations Director developing our long-term organisational strategic goals, build key customer relationships, identifying business opportunities, negotiates and closes business deals and maintains knowledge of current market conditions.
You will be a leader of the development and delivery of a range of social enterprise activities to statutory and mainstream voluntary sector partners. Use your skills and experience of fundraising and business development to identify and secure new revenue opportunities and develop existing income streams.
You will have experience of developing, leading and implementing innovative projects and be an effective negotiator and decision maker able to form strong business relationships, manage budgets and achieve results.
As important is your versatility in communicating with different audiences, your belief in what we’re trying to achieve and your passion for delivering our goals. You will be highly focused, commercially astute, creative and effective.

 

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Advocacy Training Coordinator – Job Vacancy

CoolTan Arts has an exciting opportunity for a new staff member to develop our Self-Advocacy course, so that it becomes a fully externally endorsed/accredited programme, ‘participant-designed’, to enable people who experience mental distress to be better equipped to self-advocate in situations where they can otherwise be disempowered.

Job Title: Advocacy Training Coordinator
Location: Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE

Salary: 26,000 pro rata. Hours: 30 hours, 4 days per week. 1 Year initial Contract. Extension subject to funding.
Closing date: 23rd April 2014
Interviews: 7th May 2014

To apply please e-mail a completed application form with CV to recruitment@cooltanarts.org.uk.  Download a full CoolTan Arts Advocacy Coordinator-Job Pack 2014

Context of Work
CoolTan Arts is a well-being creative arts centre based in the lively Walworth Road, London. We aim to promote positive mental health/well-being, bringing about a change in how participants perceive themselves, enable people gain greater focus, and to re-establish their relationships with society. We work to achieve this through quality arts and well-being education, underpinned by advocacy principles.  This project provides Self-advocacy skills training with people who have direct experience of mental distress, who may have had e.g. experiences of not being listened to, or been discriminated against, so that they can have a voice in everyday situations.

Job Purpose
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new staff member to develop our Self-Advocacy course, so that it becomes a fully externally endorsed/accredited programme, ‘participant-designed’, to enable people who experience mental distress to be better equipped to self-advocate in situations where they can otherwise be disempowered. The project is tailored to meet the needs of the individuals who apply to the project and delivered within the CoolTan ethos of mutual self-help and building communities of interest. The post holder will develop the course to be franchised in the future to external organisations in mental health settings. The right person for this role requires excellent communication skills, flexibility, an out-going personality, be sensitivity to peoples needs, have a sense of humour and be an excellent team player.

Funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Alan and Babette Sainsbury and Garden Court Chambers.

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Largactyl Shuffle@Science Museum LATES – Book & DVD Launch

2CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle would like to request the pleasure of your company at the launch of our new film and book from the Largactyl Shuffle @Science Museum LATES project.

After almost a year of dedicated work, the Largactyl Shuffle @ LATES project has come to an end. We have delivered 5 guided tours and activities in the Science Museum based on various visits and research on the history of mental health. If you have been to our events, this is your chance to see all the different tours together and if you have missed out completely, this is your chance to see what the project was all about!

CoolTan Arts-stay sup-LATES-Cover On Monday 28th April from 6:00pm – 9:00 pm we will celebrate the completion of the Largactyl Shuffle at Science Museum project by launching the book and DVD with all our talks and footage of the walks.

The launch will take place at:

The Science Museum’s Dana Centre
165 Queen’s Gate
South Kensington
London
SW7 5HD

http://www.danacentre.org.uk/aboutus/location]

Light refreshments will be served on the evening.
Places are limited so please RSVP to olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle @ Science Museum LATES researched and led a series of guided gallery tours on mental health at the Science Museum during 2013-2014. The tours explore objects in the museum with a connection to mental health heritage, inspired by collections in the Medical, Psychology and Science Galleries. The resulting book and film are a record and celebration of this work.

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Largactyl Shuffle Walk Dates 2014-2015

cooltan-arts-largactyl-shuffleAre you interested in London’s hidden stories? Then CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is for you! Join us on fun guided cultural walks for mental and physical wellbeing.

The themed walks are researched by volunteers who create intriguing talks on local history, arts and mental health. You can learn new things, get fit, and take part in fun interactive activities.

The Largactyl Shuffle is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug, Largactyl, that can have extreme physical side effects including a distinctive shambolic gait, or ‘shuffling’.

Walks happen on the third Saturday of each month and last approximately 4 hours. Walks are family friendly and inclusive and are suitable for people of all abilities including wheelchair users. You can join us for half an hour, half a mile or the full distance of 4.8 miles. Walks start from outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ OR from outside the Turbine Hall entrance of Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG.

Upcoming Walks

May 17th 2014 – Pagan Walk
Tate Modern  -  Camberwell
12pm-4pm

June 21st 2014 –Midnight Walk
Tate – Maudsley
12am-5am

July 19th2014 – Garden Walk
Maudsley– Myatts Fields
12pm-4pm

August 16th 2014 – Industrial Walk
Tate Modern– Bermondsey
12pm-4pm

September 20th 2014 – Black History Walk
Maudsley – Peckham
12pm-4pm

October 11th 2014 – Sponsored Walk
Maudsley – Southbank
11:30am-4pm

November 15th 2014 – Literary Walk
Maudsley– Peckham Rye
12pm-4pm

December 20th 2014 – Musical Walk
Tate – Bermondsey
12pm – 4pm

Jan 17th 2015 – Health Walk
Maudsley – Burgess Park
12pm-4pm

Feb 21st 2015 – LGBT History Walk
Maudsley – Cross Bones Cemetery
12pm-4pm

March 21st 2013 –Women Walk
Tate – Waterloo
12pm-4pm

April 18th 2015 – Rights and Equality Walk
Tate– Walworth
12pm-4pm

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Largactyl Shuffle@Science Museum LATES – Book & DVD Launch

Invite Science Museum LATESCoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle would like to request the pleasure of your company at the launch of our new film and book from the Largactyl Shuffle @Science Museum LATES project.

After almost a year of dedicated work, the Largactyl Shuffle @ LATES project has come to an end. We have delivered 5 guided tours and activities in the Science Museum based on various visits and research on the history of mental health. If you have been to our events, this is your chance to see all the different tours together and if you have missed out completely, this is your chance to see what the project was all about!

On Monday 28th April from 6 – 8.30 pm we will celebrate the completion of the Largactyl Shuffle at Science Museum project by launching the book and DVD with all our talks and footage of the walks.

The launch will take place at:

The Science Museum’s Dana Centre
165 Queen’s Gate
South Kensington
London
SW7 5HD

http://www.danacentre.org.uk/aboutus/location]

Light refreshments will be served on the evening.
Places are limited so please RSVP to olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk

We’re looking forward to seeing you all there!

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle @ Science Museum LATES researched and led a series of guided gallery tours on mental health at the Science Museum during 2013-2014. The tours explore objects in the museum with a connection to mental health heritage, inspired by collections in the Medical, Psychology and Science Galleries. The resulting book and film are a record and celebration of this work.

For more information, get in touch with Kaya, on largactylshufflemuseum@gmail.com

 

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Why volunteer at CoolTan Arts?

Gain a unique experience with a lively independent Arts organisation!

Get out of the house, make friends and learn new skills in a safe, supportive environment.
All this, plus regular free training and up to £4.40 travel expenses per day!

Benefits for all volunteers:

  • Travel expenses up to £4.40 day reimbursed – with an oyster printout showing your journey
  • Opportunity to develop and use meaningful skills
  • Lots of training opportunities available, tailored to your volunteer role
  • Opportunity to get useful work experience and obtain a reference
  • Safe and supportive environment

We welcome volunteers with disabilities

Find out more or book a place on a volunteer induction with Rachel, our Volunteer Co-ordinator:rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696

 

Here is what our volunteers say about us …

“If it wasn’t for volunteering at CoolTan I’d be in hospital, or I don’t know where I’d be. The support of the volunteer co-ordinator and staff at CoolTan made me realise I did have skills and was useful, after difficulties at my work. I was signed off sick, and started volunteering at CoolTan instead of being at home, as I found it made me feel much more positive. Another participant said ‘bad things happen to good people’, and it’s true, these conversations with staff at CoolTan were important. The support I got, and the experience at CoolTan boosted my confidence to apply for jobs again. I now have a full time role, and have been offered two others I applied for! Thanks CoolTan Arts”

richard_smallImage: CoolTan volunteer Richard Muzira wins a Local Heroes Award from Bank of America for his volunteer service in December 2012.

“Volunteering at CoolTan Arts has allowed me to learn many new skills that are of use to me in many ways, however, the real reward is being involved in my local community and doing something that helps other people. I have long term health problems and CoolTan gets me out the house, gives me something to do, you get interesting conversations here. I wouldn’t get that at home on my own”
(a regular volunteer who has moved from receptionist to podcasting, graphic design and analysing statistics)

“Volunteering helps to understand the running of departments in this organisation. Wherever you volunteer, if you make posters, you learn to make posters from start to finish. If you do petty cash, you learn how to go from receipts to presenting documents to the accountant. I think you learn here. If you just chat or rest, it may be good for a while, but learning by volunteering is the best way to gain skills, and CoolTan is good for learning skills. When you have new skills you get self esteem, and self esteem is better than nothing. If you wander round the streets you get nothing. If you increase your self esteem, it gives you a positive start to build up to what you want, in your life, to get a job, or to be healthy in your mind. That’s what CoolTan does for volunteers.”
(volunteer, service user and CoolTan Arts trustee)

“Thanks for everything. CoolTan has helped me through a difficult time in my life of unemployment and uncertainty through being able to volunteer and attend all sorts of things.”
(This person has now moved on to university studying education after volunteering with us as an Arts Tutor Assistant for 8 months)

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Can you help? … Dates for your Diary

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Can you spare a few hours to help out with some of our upcoming events?

Let Me Stay – A Performance by Julie McNamara

Get to watch Let Me Stay for free by volunteering your time before and after the performance by supporting CoolTan Arts to put on a welcoming and enjoyable show!
We are looking for 5 volunteers to support us with set up, meet and greeting, run our shop, sell tea and cake and be on hand to help our visitors and any questions.
When
Thursday 3rd April 2014 5pm–9pm
Place
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.To get involved

To get involved and save yourself a seat at this one off performance, please contact Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

Largactyl Shuffle @Science Museum LATES Book and DVD Launch

Following the successful delivery of CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle @ Science Museum LATES a book and DVD have been created to celebrate their work.
We need volunteers to help us guide people to the right location.
Attendee numbers are limited, so volunteering your time will give you a guarantee entrance to this exclusive launch event.
When
Monday 28th April 2014 5pm–9pm
Place
Science Museum, Exhibition Rd, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom To get involved
To get involved
If you would like to help out and get your name on the VIP list, please contact the Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

Bake a Cake

Can you make us a cake that we can sell at Let Me Stay – A Performance by Julie McNamara.
We can reimburse the cost of ingredients (receipts will need to be provided). We are looking for up 6 cakes to be made, to feed approximately 40 people.
When
Thursday 3rd April 2014, delivered to CoolTan Arts by 6.30pm.
Place
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
To get involved
To confirm your cake, its ingredients and an estimate cost, please contact Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

Calling all trained walk leaders
CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – Welfare and Architecture Walk
Put your training into action, by supporting our Largactyl Shuffle group on their next walk.
When
Saturday April 19th 2014, 11:45am–4pm.
Place
Start location: Outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ.
Finish Location: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
To get involved
If you have the time to help us on Saturday 19th April, please contact Rachel Ball, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk, 020 7701 2696

If you can help at all, please get in contact with Rachel, rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Walk and talk your way around Southwark

Peckham walk 2013Create, lead and deliver interesting and engaging walks, to help the working community of South Bankside to connect to each other and their local environment.

What you’ll get from us
•    A great opportunity to connect with an area of South London you may not know.
•    Find out about the history of the local area from archives, libraries and galleries.
•    Develop and demonstrate your ability to create fun, interactive activities and walks
•    Knowledge of how to promote and run events and engage a community.
•    Experience implementing a social change project from the bottom up
What we need from you
•    Work as part of a team and be reliable, creating a welcoming and friendly environment to ensure a positive experience for everyone
•    Interest in planning an event from start to finish
•    To take an active role in contributing to the walks, whether that is researching, designing and delivering talks or activities, promoting the walks through designing flyers, distribution of flyers, contacting organisations or documenting our activities through photography.
•    To demonstrate a cheerful and positive manner, whilst remaining calm and friendly
•    To put people at ease by listening, making conversation and answering questions wherever possible
•    Empathise with anyone struggling with depression, anxiety or isolation, and inspire and motivate such people to take short walks
•    To support the collection of feedback, through actively engaging in the process yourself, and ensuring all our evaluation forms are completed by each
References and a Criminal Records Bureau check will be required.
We provide regular free training opportunities and reimburse up to £4.40 travel expenses per day.
When
Introduction meeting on Wednesday 2nd April 2014, 2-4pm
Walks will take place at lunch time on Wednesdays – further details to be confirmed at the introductory meeting
Place 
Introduction meeting at CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
Walks will take place around South Bankside.
To get involved please contact Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator – rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or call on 020 7701 2696.

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Encourage creativity in others and be a workshop assistant

Preparing artwork for exhibition3Share your creativity, knowledge and skills with others, encouraging them to achieve their aims, create new artworks and try something new.

What you’ll get from us
•    Work alongside an established and experienced art teacher
•    Meet many new people and help them to develop their creative skills and improve your own
•    Get teaching assistant experience and learn the importance of a safe and clean environment
•    Develop your practical creative skills by learning new techniques and sharing tips and ideas with others
•    Meet new people and be part of a supportive and friendly team

What we need from you
•    The ability to use art materials and have some creative knowledge of techniques to allow you to offer advice and support to participants
•    Good communication and organisational skills to assist the tutor with paperwork and registers
•    The ability to work with others in a calm and professional way, whilst being encouraging and motivating, inspiring the participants to achieve the best
•    Be empathetic towards people who may be suffering from depression, anxiety and/or isolation
•    Physically able to assist the class in collecting art materials and setting up easels and paints
•    Support with light cleaning and tidying duties
References and a Criminal Records Bureau check will be required.
We provide regular free training opportunities and reimburse up to £4.40 travel expenses per day.
When
Tuesdays, 1pm-3pm
Place 
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

To get involved please contact Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator – rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or call on 020 7701 2696.

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Grow our Allotment

garden-tools-buying-guideShare your interest in gardening and enthusiasm for developing an allotment by joining our enthusiastic newly formed group of gardeners and support them to achieve their aims.  

What you’ll get from us
•    Opportunity to develop and demonstrate your organisational and communication skills.
•    Share and develop your own gardening knowledge and skills.
•    Social contact and interaction with others.
•    Gain experience of facilitating and developing activities.
•    Opportunity to work within a professional environment whilst making a positive difference to the lives of those living with mental distress.

What we need from you
•    A good team player with excellent communication skills.
•    Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work without close supervision, reliable and responsible with enthusiasm and effective interpersonal skills.
•    Ability to understands everyone’s motivations, and enable the group to come to agreed decision
•    An interest in working with people who have a variety of abilities
•    Be sensitive and have an understanding of the needs of people who experience mental distress.
References and a Criminal Records Bureau check will be required.
We provide regular free training opportunities and reimburse up to £4.40 travel expenses per day.
When
Tuesdays, initially weekly, at 12noon
Place
Rosendale Allotments
To get involved please contact Rachel Ball, Volunteer Coordinator – rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk or call on 020 7701 2696.

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – Welfare and Architecture Walk

Join CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle for our Welfare and Architecture Walk, a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental health and physical wellbeing through art, exercise, humour and history.

Saturday April 19th 2014 11:45am –4pm.
Start location: Outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AZ.
Finish Location: Elephant and Castle, SE1 6TE

Cost: free/voluntary donation

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For April’s Largactyl Shuffle we will explore the main thoroughfares, backstreets and green spaces of Southwark.  On the way stopping for talks on the architecture and hidden social history.

There will be talks about the Heygate Estate,  whose neo-brutalist architecture towers over surrounding buildings, local asylums, St Peter’s Church, designed by Sir John Soane and now providing facilities for the local community, and many more fascinating buildings.

Please meet us outside the entrance of Maudsley Hospital from 11.45am to register. The walk leaves at 12pm prompt and the full length walk will end at approx. 4pm at the Elephant and Castle.

Largactyl Shuffle walks are suitable for all levels of walking and are accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities.

You can join us for whatever tickles your fancy feet, whether it is half a mile, one mile or the full distance.

The walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the day.

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The walk is free but voluntary donations will be much appreciated www.justgiving.com/cooltanarts

All welcome!

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle – Summer Solstice Midnight Walk

When: Saturday June 21st 2014, 11.45pm – 5am, Sunday June 22nd 2014
Start: Tate Modern (outside The Turbine Hall entrance), Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Ends: Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ
Cost: free/voluntary donation

Celebrate the summer solstice with a guided midnight walk through South London. We will stop along the way for talks on night walking, mad buildings, surrealism and the anxious city!

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle is a guided, stigma-busting cultural walk, designed to encourage mental and physical wellbeing, through art, exercise, humour and history.

The full walk is 4.8 miles. Largactyl Shuffle walks are suitable for all levels of walking and are accessible to wheelchair users and people with disabilities. You can join us for whatever tickles your fancy, whether it is half a mile, one mile or the full distance!! Please wear comfortable shoes and bring your own water.

The walk is free but voluntary donations will be appreciated. All are welcome!

The walk leaders wear orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. Call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443 if you cannot find the walking group on the night.

How to get there:

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By Tube: Southwark (Jubilee Line, 600 metres approx.)
By Bus:   Routes 45, 63 and 100 stop on Blackfriars Bridge Road, Routes RV1 and 381 stop on Southwark Street, Route 344 stops on Southwark Bridge Road

Maudsley –
By Tube: Oval and Elephant & Castle.
By bus: Routes 40, 42, 68 (24 hrs) 176 (24 hrs), 185, 468, 484, service the Hospital.

For more information, contact emmathatcher@cooltanarts.org.uk or 020 7701 2696

Part of the The Anxiety Arts Festival London 2014.

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CoolWalks – Architecture – From Country Estates to Council Estates

Join CoolTan Arts CoolWalks: a free, guided Walk for mental well-being and to learn new things; make friends, get fit and have fun. 

Our next walk will start at Grove Vale Library at midday on Thursday, April 17th and will finish at Denmark Hill train station at about 3.00pm.

Our theme for this CoolWalk is Architecture – From Country Estates to Council Estates. Explore the ways land use has changed around Denmark Hill over the past 200 years, visit the sites where spectacular country estates once stood, see one of London’s first garden estates and best preserved Georgian streets.

For more information please contact Project Coordinator, Georgina Rodgers at: coolwalksinfo@gmail.com or call 020 7701 2696._21A0590-lr

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NEW: CoolTan Creative Workshops from 12th May 2014

lr-poetryworkshopCoolTan are running a new series of free 12 week  workshops from the 12th May 2014. Workshops are open to all people 18+ with experience of mental distress who are currently unemployed and are not receiving a personal budget.

Come along, gain new skills, meet new people and explore your creative side. Friendly and relaxed environment, with small groups and professional tutors.

**Exciting new programme, book your place now**  Call 020 7701 2696 or email olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk

Workshop Dates

Women’s Poetry – Tuesdays 11-1pm – Start May 13th. An informal experimental workshop to get you going with that spark you always knew you had. Open to all self defined women. Beginners and published
poets welcome.

Film – Tuesdays 11-1pm – Start May 13th. Learn how to do your own film-making and editing. Use some of the latest cameras and sound microphones to make your own creative piece of work for internet or
DVD.
Along the way you will gain a good working knowledge of the Final Cut Pro editing programme. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.

Creative Writing – Wednesdays 11-1pm – Start May 14th. Explore techniques, find inspiration and learn how structure your writing to make it exciting and engaging. Come along, learn, create and enjoy!

Textiles – Thursdays 2-4pm – Start May 15th. Learn how to make your own piece of clothing, from creating a design to pattern cutting to making up your finished piece. Gain skills in batik, embroidery and
beading. Suitable for beginners as well as those who want to build on existing skills.

Photoshop – Thursdays 11-1pm – Start May 15th. Edit and retouch your photography to a professional standard. Learn how to cut out and combine images. Use layers, filters, text and drawing tools to
create artistic effects. No previous experience necessary except basic I.T skills.

Location: CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.

 

With thanks to our funders:

 

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New WordPress Workshops

developing-reliable-websites2Join CoolTan’s new Workshops in WordPress which will give you a good understanding of how to create a simple website. Free and open to all with basic computer skills. 

Web Design using WordPress: 1:30-3:30. Sessions start May 1st.

These workshops, will gently guide you step-by-step through the process of how to create a customised mini website, using WordPress, the popular and versatile free blogging platform.

We’ll be covering the basics of WordPress installation, how to use the WordPress dashboard, how to create and modify menus, content pages and posts, handling digital media, such as images and videos to embed in your site content, as well as exploring the many options available to customise the appearance and functionality of your WordPress site according to your own personal needs and design preferences.

There will also be the opportunity to be involved with contributing design suggestions and adding content to CoolTan Arts’ ongoing new website design project.

This course will be aimed at learners with some basic level of computer literacy (comfortable with using a mouse, creating and saving files, web browsing, familiar with using common software such as MS Word, uploading digital photographs, etc). Although beneficial, no prior knowledge of web languages such as HTML or PHP is required, as these will be gently introduced as and when required.

Copywriting: Starts Wednesday January 15th 1:30-3:30.

Copywriting is the art of  writing copy (text) for the purpose of marketing or promotion. Within this informal workshop you will learn how to create copy for web page content, press releases, social media including blog posts, tweets, and social-networking site posts. We will look at how copywriting is used to promote an organisation and use this skill to create content for CoolTan’s new website.

For more information or to register please contact Olivia on 020 7701 2696 or email olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk.

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CoolTan Forum – 25th April 2014

forumVolunteer Forum -1pm -3pm. Training and Support: How can CoolTan Arts support you in your role.

Following feedback from the last forum held in January, April’s forum will focus on the type of roles and activities other volunteers at CoolTan Arts undertake. This will be your chance to come along and talk about your achievements, what you have experienced and learn more about what else you could do.
When
Friday 25th April, 1pm-3pm
Place
CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
To get involved
Open to all CoolTan volunteers. For more information or to book a place get in touch with Rachel Ball on 020 7701 2696 or email rachel@cooltanarts.org.uk

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Let Me Stay – A performance by Julie McNamara

On Thursday April 3rd we had a fantastic performance by Julie McNamara of her brilliant one-woman show.

Let Me Stay is a tender and unique exploration of the impact of Alzheimer’s on family relations. Julie McNamara has recorded her Mother’s songs and stories, filmed and photographed her in all her glory, over many years. The result is a compelling piece of theatre, an extraordinary love letter straight from the heart welded with a wicked underlying humour.

Have a look at some photos from the event below…


Photographer Credit: Andrea Abril

For more information about Julie, click here to go to her website.

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New Referrals Information Session

Are you interested in the arts and would you like to find out more about CoolTan Arts?
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  • Are you, or somebody you know, experiencing mental distress?
  • Are you looking for activities to help your recovery?
  • Do you want to break isolation, meet new people and explore your creativity?

Come along to CoolTan Arts New Referrals Information Session:

Wednesday 14th May 2014, 1-3pm
at CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224 – 226 Walworth Road, London SE17 1JE

Drop in any time between 1 and 3pm to find out about our current workshop programme, Self-Advocacy Skills Training and more!At 1:30 there will be a talk about workshops currently running, eligibility for those courses, and the registration and referral process, followed by a Q&A session. For more information, please contact Karen Unrue: karen@cooltanarts.org.uk or tel: 0207 701 2696
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