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Sustainability and Transformation Plan includes North Central London’s ambitions for delivering future mental health services

Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STPs) set out the vision for planning and delivering care across England. North Central London, a partnership covering the boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington, has published the latest version of its STP. Pages 31-36 set out the partnership's plans for delivering future mental health services, which look to more community-based care in order to reduce demand on the acute sector (e.g. hospital care) and mitigate the need for additional mental health hospital beds.  

Camden Free Adult learning courses – summer term starts soon

Did you know that there are free adult learning courses in community centres and libraries across the borough for people over 19?
 
Some classes are open to all, others are for particular groups such as older people, parents and carers, ESOL learners or people with learning disabilities. Tutors support people to move onto further learning, employment or volunteering opportunities. Here is a list of the available courses.
 

LGBT mental health

If you are lesbian, gay or bisexual, issues such as homophobia, isolation and discrimination can take their toll on mental health. You might experience rejection, negative reactions or hostility from family members, friends, strangers, employers or members of religious communities. This can have a big impact on your self-esteem and may mean that you might feel unable to be open about your sexual or gender identity.

Help sing your way to better mental health

Key Changes, the mental health charity that promotes better mental health through music, is organsing free, weekly singalongs at St Pancras Hospital. Open to all, come and join service users, NHS staff, volunteers and others from the local community. It’s fun, relaxed and friendly, and all levels are welcome - no previous experience is necessary. The choir sings folk, world, gospel, pop, reggae, classical and more! No audition required.
 

'Committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health' - charity seeks 'Experts by experience'

The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute is an independent charity, committed to breaking the link between financial difficulty and mental health problems. People with personal experience either of living with a mental health problem, or of supporting someone who does, are at the heart of its work, and it now wants to hear from more 'Experts by experience'.

'Healthy Minds' Autumn Programme

Do you live in Camden? Would you like to take part in a community-based course, workshop or activity? Or perhaps you would like to get more fit, or share your skills and experiences through a volunteer scheme to help others? Healthy Minds offers a wide range of free and low-cost activities to help you discover an activity that’s enjoyable and right for you. And, if you need a hand deciding what to do, a Healthy Minds navigator or sports buddy will help.
 

Voluntary Action Camden

Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) is Camden’s Council for Voluntary Service. It is an independent charitable organisation and our mission is to work with the people of Camden to support, develop and promote voluntary and community activity.  
 
VAC supports voluntary and community groups so that local people and communities can continue to benefit from a thriving voluntary and community sector.

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