Men Matter 2- Delivering Care Packages to Southcroft Church
Lifetimes is very pleased to announce that 50 care packs for homeless men have been delivered to Southcroft Church. Southcroft Church is an organisation that does valuable work supporting those experiencing homelessness through their community table. It is a great pleasure for Lifetimes to work with such dedicated organisations in our joint effort to help homeless men and women.
If you would like to find out more about these projects, would like to host a donation box or donate items please get in touch via email or phone.
Men Matter 2, another New Project Developed by Lifetimes
Lifetimes will be Launching another new, exciting project, Men Matter 2, further details this will be released soon.
To find out more follow us on Twitter @LifetimesNews or go to
#LifetimesMenMatter2 to see how you can help.
Woman to Woman, a New Project Developed by Lifetimes to Tackle Period Poverty for Homeless Women
Lifetimes is addressing the serious issue of period poverty for homeless women. Lifetimes is partnering with other organisations in this field. Lifetimes will be providing care packages to homeless women in need through the Woman to Woman project.
Lifetimes Are Launching a New Project
Lifetimes will be launching an exciting, new, innovative project, Woman to Woman. Further details of this will be released soon.
Community Grant Scheme Application workshopApplications are now open for Wandsworth CCG’s Community Grant Scheme. The Community Grant scheme aims to award grants of up to £2,500 for community and voluntary sector organisations that work with disadvantaged communities, and those most at risk of poor health.
If you would like support completing your application, we will be holding a workshop to guide you through the process. This will be held on Friday 15th September at 10.00 am to 1.00 pm, at Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group, 73-75 Upper Richmond Road East Putney SW15 2SR
If you wish to apply for the grant the deadline for applications is Friday 29th September 2017. Organisations will be informed if they are successful by mid October 2017.
To confirm your attendance for the workshop or for more information, please contact Chan Maher, Engagement Manager at Wandsworth CCG on: 0208 8126741 or
Fantastic new Charity for Wandsworth
DASCAS are looking for peer volunteers!
ValueYou - Volunteer Recognition Scheme
A resolution to the anti-lobbying clause
Free counter fraud guide launched for charities
Grant funding opportunities for the Wandsworth Voluntary Sector
Self Help Care & Support Event
New Free Service for People in Wandsworth Caring for a Person with Dementia
• learn what it is like to have dementia
To read more please click here.
Lifetimes Will be Delivering Six Mental Health First Aid Courses in the New Year
Lifetimes will be delivering more Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem, in the New Year. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
The MHFA course will teach you to:
·Spot the early warning signs of a mental health problem
·Feel confident helping someone experiencing a problem
·Provide help on a first aid basis
·Help prevent someone from hurting themselves or others
·Help stop a mental illness from getting worse
·Help someone recover faster
·Guide someone towards the right support
·Reduce the stigma of mental health problems
MHFA training is an intensive 12 hour course delivered over a series of 2 sessions. The course is aimed at those without specialist mental health training who might encounter mental health issues in the course of their work, volunteering or within their family and friends network.
There will be six courses available and all bookings must be made through Eventbrite. These courses are only available to individuals who live,work or study in Wandsworth or Richmond:
For the 24th/25th January 2018: https://goo.gl/BL9S2G
For the 14th/15th February 2018: https://goo.gl/h3f5gi
For 21st/22nd February 2018: https://goo.gl/zScE41
For 14th/15th March 2018: https://goo.gl/NWTMGZ
For 21st/22nd March 2018: https://goo.gl/TPoiNr
For 28th/29th March: https://goo.gl/epRnXG
Places will go quickly so please book as soon as possible.
Lifetimes New Mental Health in Early YearsTraining
Mental Health in Early Years is a short mental health awareness course, written and delivered by Lifetimes. The course covers key developmental stages in the early years from 0-11, issues that can effect mental health and well-being at key stages, resources and strategies to support parents and carers and ways to develop coping strategies for children and those that support them.
You will be able to book onto the course in early 2018.
If you would like to express interest in this course then please email us: email@example.com
Lifetimes Healthy CommunitiesTraining
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, Discussing Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Fire, Home & Personal Safety
This bespoke training programme was originally written for Wandsworth Borough Council’s workplace development; Lifetimes have negotiated for voluntary sector groups in Wandsworth and Richmond to have the opportunity to take up free training spaces which will benefit and strengthen bids and contracts in the future.
Lifetimes Healthy CommunitiesTraining consists of three different courses; Promoting Healthy Lifestyles, Mental & Emotional Wellbeing and Fire, Home & Personal Safety. These courses have several aims:
Promoting Healthy Lifestyles provides an overview of the different areas of health and wellbeing, health inequalities and how to promote healthy living activities in the community.
For more information, course dates and times please go to this link https://life-times.org.uk/assets/documents/hc-promoting-healthy-lifestyle
Mental &Emotional Wellbeing offers an overview of the different aspects that support good mental wellbeing and how to support individuals to engage in health promoting activities and access further support.
For more information, course dates and times please go to this link https://life-times.org.uk/assets/documents/hc-mental-emotional-wellbein
Fire, Home & Personal Safety provides an overview to safety in the home and the risks and types of accidents which could occur as clients get older; fire, burns, poisoning, trips and falls. We will focus on fire safety in the home, the impact of damp in the home, crimes against older people and the risks and types of accidents/incidents which can occur as clients get older.
For more information, course dates and times please go to this linkhttps://life-times.org.uk/assets/documents/hc-fire-home-personal-safety
The courses, so far, have been well attended by Wandsworth Council and voluntary and community sector groups.
We have had fantastic feedback from past delegates:
“I have enjoyed today's session and felt very informed about healthy lifestyles [...e]specially [the] scientific info [it] was brilliant."
“Very good overview training, [the]... group work [and] sharing [of] ideas [was] lots of fun. Slides, info and videos good. Thank you."
Please note: Organisations are entitled to a maximum of 2 places per course.
If you have any further questions regarding bookings for these courses, please contact the course administrator - Agostinho De Jesus firstname.lastname@example.org
Lifetimes New Mental Health in the Workplace Training
Following the great success of our Mental Health in the Community training, Lifetimes have designed and written a new training course, Mental Health in the Workplace. This will be launched on World Mental Health Day- 10th of October 2017- and following that bookings can be made. Watch this space for more details on content and dates.
Care4me community directory
Care4me is the online community Directory developed by Lifetimes that allows community and voluntary organisations to promote and publicise their services and activities. The directory has recently been changed and has a new look with improved functionality, more categories of services and is multi lingual.
Homeless Rights Training delivered at Lifetimes Premises
2,500 local people benefit from a Lifetimes “Chance”
Using our in-depth knowledge of grant funding, Lifetimes set up their own scheme in 2008 to assist necessitous parents with children under 13 years of age living in the Borough of Wandsworth. Chances ( the grant giving arm of Lifetimes Charity) has donated over £120,000 of their own money to projects benefitting necessitous parents since 2008.
In many instances the funding has been given to small voluntary sector groups based in the borough, who although they provide much needed grassroots services are turned away by the main funding trusts.
Great Success of theVolunteer Brokerage Platform on Care4me
The volunteer brokerage platform on Lifetime’s community directory, www.care4me.org.uk has proved to be a great success for both volunteers and organisations.
Lifetimes’ Health & Wellbeing Event
Three hundred people joined Lifetimes to hold a community event day on 9th October 2014.
Lifetimes would like to extend their thanks to the hugely talented staff of Wheelhouse productions for the filming they carried out on the day and the post production they provided to Lifetimes. Wheelhouse productions have a wealth of experience and if you feel that they could assist your organisation please contact them on www.wheelhouse.org.uk
Community Project Volunteers
Do you have a project that you need help with? South Thames College have launched a campaign to give young people the opportunity to volunteer in the community. Previous and current voluntary projects include painting nurseries and relaying gardens at schools. The team supported our '5 Ways to Wellbeing' event in Balham on World Mental Health Day and did a brilliant job, so if you need help with anything, please get in touch on 020 8918 7069 or e-mail: email@example.com
Lifetimes in Wandsworth and South London Press
Wandsworth and South London Press featured the successful Strawberries and Cream Tea Party organized by Lifetimes Charity, Wandsworth’s council for voluntary services, to mark National Volunteering week.
To read more please click here.
Free, Portable Criminal Record Check for Volunteers
The Home Office has confirmed plans for a new system making it easier for volunteers to obtain free, portable criminal records checks. Read more in this article from Kensington & Chelsea Social Council. For information on the distiction between being eligible for checks and being required to carry them out see Sandy Adirondack's latest update on the subject here
Lifetimes, the Council for Voluntary Services in Wandsworth in year (2014-15) “enabled people to achieve” by
- Self funded Communication with our regular 2000 subscribers via our e-bulletins which lists news, funding opportunities, events and much more.
Self Help Groups
What is a self help group?
Why join a self help group?
Why not start your own group?
Contact the Self Help Wandsworth Programme Advisors
Deputy Mayor of London and Team London Visit Lifetimes
We would like to say a big thank you to Matthew Ryder, Deputy Mayor for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement, for visiting us at Lifetimes Charity this week.
He came to chat with small community groups about the vital work they do supporting the borough of Wandsworth. These included Putney Wellbeing Friends, a team of like-minded volunteers that offer a confidential compassionate ear to those seeking self-help with their mental health. Mercy Foundation Centre, who provides free UK Online basic computer training for the local community. Tooting Graveney Day Care Centre that provides a supportive and friendly environment for mixing and socialising for older residents of the borough. Youth legal that aims to improve the quality of life of vulnerable Young People by making available independent, free legal advice in social welfare law and A 2nd Voice, a voluntary support group that raise awareness about Autism and supports individuals with special needs.
South West London Recovery Cafes
Theaim of the cafe is to support people to reduce their immediate crisis and anxiety, and to safety plan, drawing on strengths, resilience and coping mechanisms to reduce the need to use crisis services in future. They are an alternative for people who may present at A&E because of their mental health and are an out of hours service to support people when other services are closed.
Small charities ‘pressured not to say anything too controversial’
A chief executive of a small service delivery charity has said that one of the things holding her organisation back from advocacy work is “pressure not to say anything too controversial”.
Sarah Mitchell, chief executive of Carers Network, a charity that supports voluntary carers in London, was speaking at the launch of Lloyds Bank Foundation report, Facing the Forward, yesterday.
In response to a question about the challenges small charities face when it comes to advocating on behalf of beneficiaries, she said that being heavily reliant on local authority contracts is a barrier.
To read more please click here.
Faith, Community and Mental Health
Venue: Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW
Councils’ spending hits new low
The figures, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, show cultural services will see the biggest reduction with 5.8% cuts planned.
Education budgets will fall by 2.2% – mainly due to the number of schools converting to academies – with fire and rescue services seeing reduction of 1.3%.
The figures also show £17.3bn of the £21bn held in reserves by councils has been earmarked for specific purposes.
Companies House Register of People with Significant Control
Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) came into being on 1 April 2013, taking
The engagement programme consisted of a series of 6 highly successful and different events
Lifetimes provided valuable support to organise each event, both in the run-up and on the
To read more please click here
Charity Law Update
Charity Commission publishes revised trustee guidance.
To read the full summary, click here.
Visit our website - for past legal updates and details on our seminars.
It's not too late to volunteer abroad this summer!
If you want to volunteer abroad this summer it's not too late! There are still lots of projects available worldwide and some new projects are being announced in several countries like Iceland, Italy, France, Japan and a few more destinations.
Lifetimes to deliver accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) throughout Wandsworth
Lifetimes is delighted to be commissioned by Wandsworth Borough Council and Public Health to deliver MHFA training to a large number of statutory and voluntary sector staff, volunteers, carers and members of the public throughout the borough.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
Self Help Wandsworth
What is a self help group?
What support and services will the Self Help Wandsworth Programme offer?
To book an appointment or find out more, contact the Self Help Wandsworth Programme Advisors on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 875 2840, 0208 875 2841, or 0208 875 2846.
Lifetimes' Hearing Voices Group
Whilst there are over 180 groups nationwide, we know there are still many areas where people can’t access a Hearing Voices Group and Wandsworth is one of those areas, untill now. Please click here for more informaion and to register your interest
Queen's Speech - key points for the voluntary sector
Today’s Queen’s Speech brought us announcements on Charity Commission powers, liability for volunteers, and some also some big wins for a couple of charity campaigns.
To read more about The Queen's Speech — key points for the voluntary sector .
Volunteer’s week seemed a fitting time to present Share Community with a cheque for £500 as the winners of Lifetimes Best Practice in Volunteering Award.
Lifetimes Training and Events
Lifetimes runs a training and events program throughout the year for voluntary and community organisations. While some events are free to local organisations, from 2013 our full day courses cost £99.00 per person for voluntary organisations and £149.00 per person for statutory organisations and businesses. We use Eventbrite to manage our training bookings. If you have any questions about any of our courses please call 020 8875 2846 or e-mail email@example.com.