FAQs – CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk 2014

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Thank you for your interest in taking part in CoolTan Arts’ Sponsored Walk. We’ve put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to give answers to any queries you may have.

 

1. What is CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk?

 A fun 4.8 mile guided walk through London’s history, using art, humour and history to destigmatise mental distress.
The walk will raise much needed funds for CoolTan Arts and will mark World Mental Health Day.
This year’s walk theme is Innovation & Transformation. Talks, artworks and performances along the walk route will look at changes in arts, medicine and technology – and will explore how WW1 affected society.

Why ‘Largactyl Shuffle’? The walk is named after the oldest anti-psychotic drug, Largactil, which can have extreme physical side effects including a distinctive shambolic gait, or ‘shuffling’.  Each month CoolTan run a themed Largactyl Shuffle walk – the Sponsored Walk being our biggest yearly event.

2. When and where does the Sponsored Walk take place?

The Sponsored Walk takes place on Saturday 11th October 2014 from 11.30am to around 4.00pm.

The walk starts outside the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ and finishes on the South Bank.

3. Can anyone take part?

Everyone is welcome! The walk will include participants, staff, volunteers and other friends and supporters of CoolTan Arts.

4. How fit do I need to be? Is it suitable for people with disabilities or wheelchair users? What if I get tired and have to stop?

The whole walk is 4.8 miles long. The route is smooth, level and suitable for people with a disability and wheelchair users.

You don’t need to be fit and you can go at your own pace, so join us for half a mile, half an hour or the whole thing – it’s entirely up to you!

Our friendly CoolTan guides will be there to help you along the way if you need it.

We will have one scheduled rest stop at CoolTan Arts at approximately 2pm.

5. What do I need to bring with me on the day?

Please bring snacks and drinks for yourself, and wear suitable clothes and sensible footwear. Refreshments will be provided free of charge at the end.

6. How will I know where to go? What happens if I arrive late or I get lost on the way?

The walk leaders will meet you at the starting point outside the main entrance to the Maudsley Hospital on Denmark Hill from 11.00am onward. They will be wearing orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. The leaders will guide you on the walk.

If you can’t find the group on the day for any reason, call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443.

7. Do I need to register in advance? How much does it cost?

 The Registration Fee is £5 unwaged and £10 waged (non refundable). We prefer you to register in advance so we know how many people to expect and can keep track of fundraising, although it is possible to register on the day.

To register either:

  • Fill in a Sponsorship form and return it to Olivia Moyes along with a registration fee of £5 unwaged or £10 waged. Address: CoolTan Arts, Third Floor, 224-236 Walworth Road, SE17 1JE.
  • Call us on 020 7701 2696.
  • Register at the start of the event on the day.

8. Do I have to get sponsorship to do the walk? Is there a minimum amount? What will you do with the money I raise?

Fundraising isn’t compulsory. You do need to pay the registration fee, however, as that helps cover admin costs.

However, CoolTan Arts relies heavily on donations and fundraising by people like you, particularly since losing our core funding in 2011. If you do decide to help us raise money, there is no minimum level – we are grateful for all contributions!

CoolTan provide support in an area of London which has one of the highest incidences of mental distress in Western Europe. Due to severe funding cuts to organisations like CoolTan we really need to raise extra funds to secure our future.

100% of the money you raise will go directly to supporting people with mental distress through the provision of creative workshops, self advocacy, wellbeing walks and training and volunteering opportunities.

9. How do I start fundraising?

 You can start fundraising whenever you like after you have registered. You can either:

  • Download CoolTan’s official Sponsorship Form – you can use this when asking for sponsorship from friends, family etc. Bring the form to the walk to get signed by one of our walk stewards. All money raised should be returned to CoolTan Arts by 25th November 2014.
  • Or, if you prefer to fundraise online, you can set up your own fundraising page on Justgiving.com, linked to CoolTan’s official event page.

To sign up to Justgiving do the following:

-       Go to www.justgiving.com

-       Click on Get Started

-       Then click on Sign up

Once you are registered you can make a fundraising page by doing the following:

-       Go to https://www.justgiving.com/cooltanarts/

-       Click on Fundraise for us

-       Then click on Taking Part in an Organised Event

-       The click on Innovation & Transformation Sponsored Walk

-       Justgiving will then guide you through the set up process.

Make your page as interesting as you can, for example by adding photos and updates.
Tell everyone why you’re supporting CoolTan Art. Let them know that we rely on fundraisers like you, particularly after heavy funding cuts.
These days more and more donations happen via social media, so do share your page on Facebook and Twitter and email it to friends and family.

10. What if I can’t take part in the walk but still want to contribute?

There are three easy ways to support CoolTan Arts’ Sponsored Walk:

  • You can text ARTS99 £3 to 70070 to make a £3 donation, or any other £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. It’s quick and simple.
  • Help us spread the word by sharing information about the walk.

11.  Where can I get help with any other questions about the Largactyl Shuffle?

For any other questions about the Largactyl Shuffle or Sponsored Walk, please email Olivia Moyes on olivia@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 020 7701 2696.

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Stayin’ Alive – a big thank you!

E0018-astayinalivemaudsleymichnormous thanks to everyone who took part in our Stayin’ Alive Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk!

Approximately 70 people joined CoolTan on a beautiful sunny autumn day to walk through Southwark from the Maudsley Hospital to the Royal Festival Hall. 

The walk started at Maudsley Hospital at 11:30 AM on Satuday, 12th October 2013.  Councillor Sunil Chopra, Deputy Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Mark Bennett, Mayor of Lambeth, MP Simon Hughes, Sasha Dee, Chairman of the board of CoolTan Arts, Trustee Bob Skelly and Michelle Baharier, the CEO of CoolTan Arts, gave all the supporters and participants a warm welcome and a brief introduction of the event.  This year’s theme,‘Stayin’ Alive’, explored the idea of hope through talks, discussion, performance and art. The walk attracted many people, including students from the Institute of Psychiatry and a team of BBC radio producers.

The first stop of the journey was outside the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, where Camella Day, who studies there, gave a talk about their daily study and work at the college.  Tim Russell also introduced Dr Lettsome, who built in the 18th century a country house with high grounds in Grove Hill, Camberwell where his family could enjoy the healthy air and fertile soil for the doctor’s horticultural experiments.

Gingko, the genus which first appeared in Permian 250 million years ago, could be found in Camberwell Green, the small area of common land in Camberwell where CoolTan Arts’ Bench lies.  Gillian presented an interesting talk there on the legendary yet obscure life of Una Marson, the famous Jamaican born English feminist playwright and poet who spent a quarter of her life in London.   In Burgess Park, the walkers shared knowledge about food health collected by Laura Shepherd and other CoolTan volunteers such as Panos, Gillian and Alison.

All the participants of the event took a short break in the Electric Elephant Café, hearing a brief introduction by Tanya Zhu of the history of Illife Yard, where the Café and some of the last surviving Victorian tenement buildings in London are located. There was also a second talk outside the Electric Elephant on homeopathy, written by Laura and read out by various walkers. Then, outside the Imperial War Museum, the history of Bethlem Hospital and the museum was presented by Laura. The final talk was given by Alison on travel and social interaction.

After 4.8 miles’ walk, the walkers finally passed Old Vicar Theatre and arrived at the Royal Festival Hall, where they were kindly greeted and thanked by Jessica Santer, participation producer of Southbank Centre.

‘Many thanks to everyone who took part in the event,’  said Michelle Baharier, ‘ lets congratulate  everyone for their wonderful effort doing this walk which takes 4.5 hours and enables disabled people to do the walk as well.  Due to the speed at which we walk, it also enables us to tell stories and have fun playing games related to our health, all in all it’s a fun day out with brilliant opportunities to build a resilient community.’

So far, an amount of £4,500 has been raised. Donations are still being collected till the end of the year. If you would like to contribute please go to www.justgiving.com/cooltanartssponsoredwalk2013 to make your donation. All money will be very gratefully received and will help CoolTan Arts to support more people with mental distress.


(Review by Tanya Zhu, Images by Amy Bradshaw, Eva Megias, Rik Sanders and Emma Thatcher)
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Stayin’ Alive – CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk 2013

Saturday 12th October 2013,  11.30am – approx 4pmstayinaliveforweb2
Starts:
Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ (outside the main entrance)
Finishes: Royal Festival Hall
Registration Fee: £10 (£5 unwaged)

Sign up here for Stayin’ Alive – CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk. Celebrate World Mental Health Day and help raise money to support people with mental distress.This year’s theme,‘Stayin’ Alive’, explores the idea of hope, through talks, discussion, performance and art. As we walk the 4.8 miles to the South Bank together we will share what inspires us and makes life worth living!

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle run monthly stigma-busting cultural walks using art, exercise, humour and history, bringing people together to explore London in a creative way.

The walk will take us through the historic streets of Southwark, ending with a reception, refreshments and other surprises at the Royal Festival Hall.

All the money raised by the event will enable CoolTan Arts to continue to supporting people with mental distress, through creative arts workshops, and self-advocacy training – something much needed in the current climate of cuts to services.

We need your support on the day so please come along, bring a team, get sponsored, but most of all join us and and make a noise!

Share your own ideas on hope – links, music and pictures – on CoolTan Arts Hope Wall.

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Taking part in the walk costs £5 unwaged and £10 waged. Pre-register online here if you would like to get sponsored for taking part. Otherwise just turn up on the day! 
To register you can either:

  • Register Online.  Once registered CoolTan can provide you with a sponsorship form or you can set up a page on JustGiving. Please pay your registration fee before starting to get sponsored.
  • Download a Registration Form and return it to CoolTan Arts along with the registration fee of £5 unwaged or £10 waged (cash or cheque). Please note this fee is non-refundable. Registration fees can also be paid online by making a donation on CoolTan’s JustGivingpage. Please include ‘Registration Fee’ and your name on the donation. 
  • Call us on 020 7701 2696.
  • Register in person at the event.

Sponsor our Walkers! CoolTan Arts staff, volunteers, participants and  supporters are also fundraising on this walk. All contributions however small will be much appreciated. You can sponsor our walkers on JustGiving or support CoolTan Arts Sponsored Walk by texting a donation. Simply send ARTS99 £3 to 70070 to make a £3 donation, or any other £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. It’s quick and simple.

 

The whole walk is 4.8 miles long and is suitable for people with a disability and wheelchair users – do as much as you can. Our friendly CoolTan guides will be there to help you. There will be breaks, poetry readings and other surprises along the route. The walk finishes with a reception and refreshments with an opportunity to relax and get to know each other. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks, wear suitable clothes and sensible footwear.

See our FAQs page to give quick answers to any further queries you may have.

 

 

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Stayin’ Alive – CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk 2013: FAQs now available!

This year’s annual Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk takes place on Saturday 12th October, from 11.30am to around 4.00pm.

This year’s theme is ‘Stayin’ Alive’. As we walk the 4.8 miles to the South Bank we will explore the ways we find the inspiration to keep going when times are tough. Your experiences may help someone else who is struggling, and you may discover some new strategies to try for yourself!

We’ll shortly be announcing how you can share ideas, links and pictures with other CoolTan participants in the run-up to the walk.

In the meantime we’ve put together some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to give quick answers to any queries you may have.

 

Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk – FAQs

 

1. What is the Largactyl Shuffle?

The Largactyl Shuffle is a fun, guided cultural walk for mental and physical wellbeing, using art, humour and history to destigmatise mental distress. The themed walks are researched and led by volunteers, taking place on the third Saturday of each month. More information about this year’s programme

Every October CoolTan Arts marks World Mental Health Day and raises much-needed funds with our annual Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk. World Mental Health Day was started by the World Federation for Mental Health in 1992 as a unified effort to promote greater awareness and understanding of mental health. More about World Mental Health Day

The theme for 2013 is ‘Stayin’ Alive’. With recent welfare changes and more cuts threatened, people with mental distress can easily feel isolated, overwhelmed and uncertain how to cope. During the walk we will explore the ways we can find inspiration to keep going in difficult times.

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

 

2. When and where does the walk take place?

The Sponsored Walk takes place on Saturday 12th October 2013 from 11.30am to around 4.00pm.

The walk starts at the Maudsley Hospital on Denmark Hill and finishes on the South Bank. The walk leaders will meet you outside the Maudsley’s main entrance from 10.30am onward.

The route is currently being finalised and a map will be added here later.

 

3. Can anyone take part?

Everyone is welcome! The walk will include participants, staff, volunteers and other friends and supporters of CoolTan Arts.

 

4. How fit do I need to be? Is it suitable for people with disabilities or wheelchair users? What if I get tired and have to stop?

The whole walk is 4.8 miles long.

The route is smooth, level and suitable for people with a disability and wheelchair users.

You don’t need to be fit and you can go at your own pace, so join us for half a mile, half an hour or the whole thing – it’s entirely up to you!

Our friendly CoolTan guides will be there to help you along the way if you need it.

 

5. What do I need to bring with me on the day?

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks, and wear suitable clothes and sensible footwear.

Refreshments will be provided free of charge at the end. You will need to make your own way home afterwards.

 

6. How will I know where to go? What happens if I arrive late or I get lost on the way?

The walk leaders will meet you at the starting point outside the main entrance to the Maudsley Hospital on Denmark Hill from 11.00am onward. They will be wearing orange high-viz vests and rucksacks. The leaders will guide you on the walk.

If you can’t find the group on the day for any reason, call CoolTan Arts on 07985 658443.

 

7. Do I need to register in advance? How much does it cost?

We prefer you to register in advance so we know how many people to expect and can keep track of fundraising.

To register, call us on 020 7701 2696 or download a Registration Form and return it to sara@cooltanarts.org.uk along with a fee of £5 unwaged or £10 waged. Please note this fee is non-refundable.

Alternatively you can pay your registration fee online by making a donation on CoolTan’s JustGiving page. Please include ‘Registration Fee’ and your name on the donation.

Once registered you can ask friends and family to sponsor you. CoolTan Arts can provide you with a Sponsorship Form if you need one. Please pay your registration fee before starting to look for sponsors.

Alternatively you can register in person on the day.

 

8. Do I have to get sponsorship to do the walk? Is there a minimum amount? What will you do with the money I raise?

Fundraising isn’t compulsory. You do need to pay the registration fee, however, as that helps cover admin costs.

However, CoolTan Arts relies heavily on donations and fundraising by people like you, particularly since losing our core funding in 2011. If you do decide to help us raise money, there is no minimum level – we are grateful for all contributions!

All the money raised will go to help CoolTan Arts continue to provide creative arts workshops, walks and self-advocacy training to help people living with mental distress.

 

9. Where can I get help with fundraising?

There are three easy ways to sponsor CoolTan Arts’ Sponsored Walk:

  • You can text ARTS99 £3 to 70070 to make a £3 donation, or any other £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. It’s quick and simple.

 

10.  Where can I get help with any other questions about the Largactyl Shuffle?

For any other questions about the Largactyl Shuffle or Sponsored Walk, please email Sara on sara@cooltanarts.org.uk or call 020 7701 2696.

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How to set up a JustGiving page

One of the easiest ways to donate to CoolTan Arts is by clicking Donate on our JustGiving page http://www.justgiving.com/cooltanarts

But if you want to raise money for our annual sponsored walk  you may like to set up your own page on JustGiving. It’s quick and easy to do. Once your page is up and running your family and friends can start supporting you straight away.

JustGiving have made a short video that explains how it works. Watch the video now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RfCOnqTWec

Why does CoolTan recommend JustGiving?

•    Setting it up is quick, easy and needn’t cost you a penny.
•    Your family, friends and colleagues can sponsor you wherever and whenever they like.
•    You don’t need to spend time collecting the money you’ve raised – it’s all done for you.
•    You can use it together with traditional sponsorship forms if you wish.
•    If you are a UK taxpayer, JustGiving automatically reclaims at least 25% in Gift Aid on the donations you raise.

How to make the most of JustGiving:

•    Make your page as interesting as you can, for example by adding photos, videos and updates.
•    Tell everyone why you’re supporting CoolTan Art. Let them know that we rely on fundraisers like you, particularly after losing 100% of our NHS funding. All your donations will help us continue to stay open and helping people living with mental distress.
•    These days more and more donations happen via social media, so do share your page on Facebook and Twitter and email it to friends and family.
•   Let your supporters donate by text using JustTextGiving. Texts are free and 100% of the donation, plus Gift Aid, goes to CoolTan.
•    If you have a smartphone you can use the JustGiving app to update your page.

To set up your own JustGiving page now, visit CoolTan’s page and click Make a Page. http://www.justgiving.com/cooltanarts

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World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2013

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to Mental Illness and its major effects on peoples’ life worldwide. In some countries this day is part of the larger Mental Illness Awareness Week.

The theme of World Mental Health Day in 2013 is “Mental health and older adults”.

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2012 Largactyl Shuffle sponsored walk. A little thank you.

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Review: CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle sponsored walk – What’s in a Name? BRANDED

To raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health diagnosis, CoolTan Arts marked World Mental Health Day with our annual Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk on 13th October.
Cooltan-walk-13th-October-2012---(15)The walk is our biggest yearly event and covers the 4.8 miles between Maudsley Hospital and Tate Modern. This year we explored the idea of BRANDED – how labels and branding can create stigma against those with mental distress.

On the 13th October 2012, on a beautiful sunny autumn day, over 60 CoolTan Arts participants, volunteers, supporters and patrons gathered outside Maudsley Hospital with handmade placards, labels and banners to start the walk. Cllr Abdul Mohamed Deputy Mayor of Southwark, Councillor Peter John, Leader of Southwark Council, and Cllr Veronica Ward joined then to open proceedings.

Walkers were led on a route through the pretty back streets of Southwark to Tate Modern, with stops on the way for talks and art-making, entirely planned by CoolTan Arts volunteers.

Our first stop was at the Institute of Psychiatry, where we were provided with a whistle-stop history tour of the hospital from its beginnings in 1908 to its status as the largest mental health training institute in the country.

Winding our way down through the backstreets of Camberwell our next rest was by the CoolTan sculptural bench in Camberwell Green, designed and made by artist Rossen Daskalov and CoolTan Arts volunteers and commissioned by the Camberwell Community Council’s Cleaner, Greener, Safer fund and CoolTan Arts as a means of bringing mental health awareness to public attention. Here we were informed of the history of the eponymous Largactil medication, and the negative impact it had on those prescribed it.

In keeping with the artistic tradition at the heart of CoolTan, our next stop took the form of an impromptu art session in Burgess Park. Walkers were invited to draw a visual representation of their feelings on a postcard. This exercise highlighted the pop–up A Postcard to the World exhibition at Tate Modern, where the postcards would be placed on show at the end of the walk.

We meandered to Faraday Gardens, where in light of this years theme, we were given an illuminating talk on the damaging effects of the media’s representation of mental health issues and the stigma that these invariably cause.

Battling through a brief spell of typical British weather, we reached Dickens Square just as the sun broke through the clouds. With CoolTan’s focus on Dickens this year in its Dickens News Series, we were reminded by CEO Michelle Baharier of Dickens’ experience of mental health issues as an introduction to the next topic for discussion, Celebrities and Mental Health. The talk highlighted the importance of celebrities’ openness around mental health issues as a means of minimising stigma and helping people to feel unafraid of talking about mental health.

With two more stops to go, our next break was at the side of St George the Martyr where we had a well earned rest and were treated to a lighter hearted look at stigma through the eyes of one participant, who regaled us with a comic, but serious, observation of his experience of being labelled a mental health service user.

Our penultimate stop was at the restored community Red Cross Gardens. In the shadow of the impressive Shard building, a sharp contrast to the cottages built by Octavia Hill, proponent of social housing, we learned the history of ‘Bedlam’, or the Bethlehem Royal Hospital, from its beginnings, through its lurid exhibiting of patients to the public in 18th century to its merging with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.

We were now on the home stretch and reached Tate Modern as the heavens opened, but without dampening our spirits. We were welcomed and congratulated by Liz Ellis, Curator for Community Learning at Tate. In the reception area on the sixth floor, we were greeted by well earned refreshments and awe inspiring views over London.

The reception was attended by Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark and Cllr Althea Smith, Mayor of Southwark, alongside Portugal Prints of Westminster Mind, and participants from Seymour Arts, a mental health arts project for the homeless and resettled, in a joint celebration of mental health and artistic endeavour. Here we had the opportunity to see CoolTan’s first pop up exhibition for A Postcard to the World – our Mail art project exploring feelings about the Olympics and Paralympics.

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So far, our walkers have raised £5,130 which will allow creative arts workshops, walks and self-advocacy training to continue in spite of recent funding cuts.

It’s not too late to support our sponsored walk!
You can still donate to the CoolTan walkers by visiting our JustGiving page.

A huge thank you and well done to everybody who contributed to this great day!

Photo credit Jez C Self

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Photos from the CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk

To raise awareness of the issues surrounding mental health diagnosis, CoolTan Arts marked World Mental Health Day with our annual Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk on 13th October. The walk is our biggest yearly event and covers the 4.8 miles between Maudsley Hospital and Tate Modern. This year we explored the idea of BRANDED – how labels and branding can create stigma against those with mental distress.

Here are some photos of the event:

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Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk Video 2012

Sponsor our walkers!

Download a registration form here

Sponsor our walkers: www.justgiving.com/cooltanartdsponsoredwalk2012

Video: Joe Sutton & Richard Muzira

Soundtrack: Julius Xavier

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk – What’s in a Name? – BRANDED

Saturday 13th October 2012, 11.45am
Start:
Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ (outside the main entrance)
Finish:
Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG

Join CoolTan Arts’ sponsored walk, celebrate World Mental Health Day and help us raise money to keep CoolTan Arts open and helping people with mental distress.

Everyone is welcome!

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Our What’s in a Name? – BRANDED walk will be a fun interactive event, including talks, discussion and performance exploring how labels and branding can create stigma against those with mental distress.

Get involved and sign up now!
To register, call us on
020 7701 2696 or download a Registration Form and return to ed@cooltanarts.org.uk along with a fee of £5 unwaged or £10 waged. Please note this fee is non-refundable. Registration fees can also be paid online by making a donation on CoolTan’s JustGiving page – Please include ‘Registration Fee’ and your name on the donation. Once registered, you can choose to be sponsored by friends and family. CoolTan Arts can provide you with a Sponsorship Form or you can set up a page on JustGiving. Please pay your registration fee before starting to get sponsored.

All the money you raise by sponsorship enables CoolTan Arts to continue to supporting people though creative arts workshops, walks and self-advocacy training.

Sponsor our Walkers!
CoolTan Arts staff, volunteers, participants and supporters are also fundraising on this walk. All contributions however small will be much appreciated.

You can sponsor our walkers on JustGiving or support CoolTan Arts Sponsored Walk by texting a donation. Simply send ARTS99 £3 to 70070 to make a £3 donation, or any other £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. It’s quick and simple.

The whole walk is 4.8 miles long and is suitable for people with a disability and wheelchair users – do as much as you can. Our friendly CoolTan guides will be there to help you. There will be breaks, poetry readings and other surprises along the route. The walk finishes with a reception and refreshments at Tate Modern, with an opportunity to relax and get to know each other.

Please bring a packed lunch and drinks, wear suitable clothes and sensible footwear.

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

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Sponsored Walk 2011

Thank you to everyone who joined us on our BIG Largactyl Shuffle Walk. We received very positive feedback about the walk.

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Southwark News Article about our Largactyl Shuffle sponsored walk

Comedian takes part in charity’s walk
Southwark News, 13 October 2011
Article highlighting comedian Arthur Smith’s involvement in the Sponsored Walk 2011.

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Sponsored Walk 2011 in Review

A Review – CoolTan Arts walk with Arthur Smith in celebration of World Mental Health Day 2011

On Saturday 15th October, a beautiful bright autumn day, more than 90 CoolTan Arts participants, volunteers, supporters and patrons gathered outside Maudsely Hospital to begin a monumental sponsored walk. Our BIG Largactyl Shuffle was organised to celebrate ‘World Mental Health Day’ and explored the history of the NHS from “Cradle to Grave”.
The Deputy Mayor of Southwark, Cllr Althea Smith and Cllr Dora Dixon Fyle – Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, joined us alongside comedian and broadcaster Arthur Smith, to open proceedings. Highlights included a unique tree-planting ceremony on Camberwell Green. A Gingko tree was planted, a ‘living sculpture’, made possible with funding from the Cleaner Greener Safer initiative, awarded by Southwark Council. Michelle Baharier CEO of CoolTan Arts said: “CoolTan are very proud to have this unique commission on Camberwell Green, both as a legacy for our organisation and a reminder to keep mental health on the agenda”. During the tree planting ceremony, Cllr Dixon-Fyle said: “Keep CoolTan in the Frame, that’s exactly what we’re going to do”.
The walk was staged as a fundraiser against crippling cuts from the NHS. Well-wishers will be pleased to hear that staff, volunteers, participants and patrons have to date raised a total of £6225.00 in aid of the charity. CoolTan Arts is a mental health and arts charity offering a full creative programme, from visual arts and sculpture to film-making and pod-casting, as well as self-advocacy sessions. The day was a huge success with fun, poetry, history and creative talks along the way.
Amos Phillips, Chair of CoolTan Arts Trustees expressed his thoughts on the day’s success, “I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who was involved in CoolTan Art’s Sponsored Shuffle through, participating, fundraising and organising. The superb weather and unique camaraderie created by this year’s shuffle made the day thoroughly uplifting and enlightening. I would like to wholeheartedly welcome everyone back on next year’s walk!”
The event culminated in a film screening, refreshments and socialising at Tate Modern, including home-made cakes and an impromptu performance from participant Julius Xavier, with his new song, Personalisation Is For Us!
A huge thank you to all the lovely people who helped make this day so great. See some photos of the day here
You can still sponsor the walk ‘No Health without Mental Health’ by visiting: www.justgiving.com/cooltanarts
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Celebrate World Mental Health Day with CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk

Saturday 15 October 2011, 11.30am at Maudsley Hospital

No Health Without Mental Health!

Arthur Smith is new Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk Patron 2011

Arthur Smith for webCoolTan Arts is delighted to announce the very talented Arthur Smith as the Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk patron 2011 – The internationally renowned comedian, playwright, author and broadcaster will join us on 15 October to walk, promote World Mental Health Day and raise money for CoolTan Arts.

Want to meet him? – then walk with us to help raise money and promote World Mental Health Day.

He says: “Supporting CoolTan’s Sponsored Walk and Promoting World Mental Health Day this year, is something I am pleased to do especially as I have had friends and family who have suffered clinical depression. Since I love both walking and London I am very much looking forward to the walk and to discovering more about Southwark, the area I grew up in. As an occasional (unreliable) tour guide I may need to point out places of interest myself. I am also looking forward to meeting those who’ll be at the sponsored Shuffle – kicking the system’s boredom into touch.”

Join CoolTan Arts’ BIG Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk from Maudsley Hospital to Tate Modern, a fun guided cultural walk for mental and physical well-being. Celebrate creativity, challenge stigma and help us raise money so we can continue supporting people with disabilities.

Discover the history of mental health within the NHS – from cradle to grave – since 1948.

walkers in camberwellOct 2010resizedforwebThe walk is 4.8 miles long and is fully accessible for people with a disabilities and wheelchair users. In previous years, the walk attracted over 70 people from all backgrounds, disabled and non disabled people, young and old. Anyone is welcome to join, you don’t have to be fit to do the walk. We’ll have breaks and our friendly CoolTan walk stewards will be there to support you.

Please wear sensible clothes and comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. Feel free to bring sandwiches, tea, coffee for the route.

Get involved, challenge stigma and help make mental health a global concern.

Meet outside the main entrance of the Maudsley Hospital, Denmark Hill, SE5 8AZ at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, 15 October 2011 and we will take you on the ‘Largactyl Shuffle Trail’ from Camberwell to the River. All we ask is that you commit to doing the walk with us on the 15 October 2011, and that you raise some money to help us!

To register, you need to complete and return a registration form along with a registration fee of £5 unwaged and £10 waged (non-refundable). Download the form here and return to CoolTan Arts’ office or email to info@cooltanarts.org.uk

Largactyl Shuffle Walkers 2011 The money raised will ensure we can continue to substantially support people with mental ill-health through workshops, walks and advocacy training, reach more people in need of support and help us move from our dilapidated warehouse to a suitable building.

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Download the full press release here

Download a Sponsored walk poster here (pdf file, 793KB)

The walk is supported by Community Learning at Tate Modern, Maudsley Hospital, Institute of Psychiatry, the Department of Health, Marks and Spencers Walworth Road, Lendlease and Team London Bridge.

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Sponsored Walk 2011

Thank you to everyone who joined us on our BIG Largactyl Shuffle Walk. We received very positive feedback about the walk.

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CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk on 09 October 2010 was a great success!

Over 70 people were marching to celebrate Mad Heritage and raise money for CoolTan Arts.

You can still sponsor CoolTan Arts walkers and volunteers on http://www.justgiving.com/cooltanartslargactylwalkers.

Please support us!

Walkers at the main entrance of Maudsley Hospital

CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle was designed to celebrate Mad Heritage & World Mental Health Day, exploring the past, present and future of “Madness and Contemporary Psychiatric Innovation”, and was intended to challenge the stigma associated with mental distress and to raise money for CoolTan Arts’ groundbreaking and popular work.

You could feel the enthusiasm, anticipation and energy. Walkers were welcomed by Michelle Baharier, Chief Executive of CoolTan Arts, Tayo Situ, Mayor of Southwark, and Dr Neeraj Patil, Mayor of Lambeth.  Dr Patil, a psychiatrist himself, highlighted the strong benefits of the way CoolTan Arts uses creativity to enhance wellbeing and said, “CoolTan Arts gets rid of depression on a permanent basis”.

Five bio-degradable sculptures made in CoolTan Arts workshops were placed along the route. They represented five inspirational Southwark characters who championed work in the field of mental health and psychiatry – Sir Peter Mansfield, Michael Faraday, Charles Babbage, Octavia Hill, David Morris. The sculptures and walk were filmed by CoolTan Arts for a documentary.

The brave people who completed the whole walk were welcomed at the Tate Modern by Liz Ellis, Curator of Family and Community Programmes. The walkers celebrated their achievements with home-made cakes, film screenings, and poetry readings.

Local MP Simon Hughes made a surprise visit to the Tate Modern, congratulating the walkers. He supports the Largactyl Shuffle because it’s “walking with a purpose” and says it would be great to have more places like CoolTan Arts. “Carry on building, growing, being ambitious, keeping doors open for everyone who needs you.”

One of the walkers, Z.K., said: “I met a lot of new people on the walk and spoke to a lot of people I had met before but never talked to. I found out a lot of new things about my local area and mental health history. I had a jolly good time.” Another walker, S.H., said: “I really enjoyed the walk on Saturday. I think this must be my third or fourth.”

CoolTan Arts is grateful for all the support received and wants to thank all the walkers and volunteers that helped to make this an unforgettable event. The money raised via the Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk will ensure CoolTan Arts can continue to run top quality art workshops, reach more people with their services, and help us move from our dilapidated warehouse to suitable buildings with 21st century heating and toilets!

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Mayor of Lambeth speaks at the Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk on the 9th of October 2010

Mayor of Lambeth Speaks at the 2010 Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk from CoolTan Arts on Vimeo.

In this video,the Mayor of Lambeth speaks before the start of this year’s Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk which marks World Mental Health Day. In his brief speech at the Maudsley Hospital, he hailed the CoolTan Arts approach of placing emphasis on the role of creativity in the alleviation of mental health problems.

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Sponsored Walk 2010

Take a look at the pictures from this years sponsored walk, CoolTan staff, participants, volunteers and members of the public all walked with one goal in mind, to raise money for CoolTan. Placing sculptures created at CoolTan en route from the Maudsley Hospital to the TATE Modern. The day was filled with fun…

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Sculptures along the Largactyl Shuffle Sponsored Walk

Celebrate ‘mad’ culture, explore the past, present and future of “Madness and Contemporary Psychiatric Innovation” with CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle from Maudsley Hospital to Tate Modern taking place on Saturday 9 Oct 2010!

5 bio-degradable sculptures will be placed along the route. Discover Octavia Hill at Red Cross Gardens, Charles Babbage on Larcom Street, Michael Faraday at Faraday Gardens, Sir Peter Mansfield at the Institute of Psychiatry and David Morris at Tate Modern.

Celebrate mad and eccentric culture by joining us on our Largactyl Shuffle and reception at Tate Modern for a donation of only £5! Sign up now, check http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk/ for details, email clara@cooltanarts.org.uk with your details and donate your £5 through paypal.

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