Welcome to Lifetimes - supporting voluntary and community activity in Wandsworth and beyond...

 

New for 2019 Lifetimes New Mental Health in Early Years Training - including Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Lifetimes will be delivering 'Mental Health in Early Years' course.

The course gives an understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and how ACEs can impact on the developing child, the importance and impact of attachment, relationships and resilience building.

'Mental Health in Early Years' 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.

One session coming up, limited spaces available:

25 September 2019 10.00-17.00.

100 Wandsworth High Street (Entrance down All Saints Passage) SW18 4LA 

Please note: The training venue is on the 2nd floor with 3 flights stairs, no lift access.

Unfortunately, lunch will not be provided.

£49 per person. Please note this is subsidised and there is no refund policy, however you are able to transfer your ticket to another person if you so wish.

Click here to book your place for 25 September 2019.

If you would like more information or have any questions regarding this course, please email assistant@life-times.org.uk.


Mayor of London's Volunteering Awards 2019!

Date: Monday 14 October 2019 
Venue: Chamber at City Hall 
Time: 5.30 - 7pm. 
Closing date : midday on Friday 26 July 2019

The annual Mayor of London’s Volunteering Awards celebrate the individuals, teams and corporate volunteers who are making outstanding contributions to their communities and helping to make London the best city it can be. Each day, tens of thousands of volunteers help charities and not for profit groups to deliver their services. The Mayor of London's Volunteering Awards are one of the ways the Mayor acknowledges and thanks all volunteers across the City.

Awards are presented across a range of categories and are awarded to both individuals and groups of volunteers. Find out here how you can nominate some of those volunteers who always go above and beyond and who deserve a special recognition.


Nominations now open for the 2020 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services

Nominations for the 2020 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services are now open and will close on 13 September. This year a record number of 281 voluntary groups were awarded in the ceremony on 2 June. The award is the highest honour for volunteer groups in the UK and recognises the important work taking place in communities by these organisations.


Lifetimes Winter Campaign- Not Everyone is Dreaming of a White Christmas. 


Help us raise money, donations and awareness this Christmas- Find out more here.

Winter is an especially treacherous time for people sleeping rough and in the past three months a 20 percent  spike has been reported in the number of rough sleepers currently in London.

Since October 2017, Lifetimes has provided 732 individuals experiencing homelessness with essential items as part of our two projects Woman 2 Woman and Men Matter 2. Our aim is to tackle period and hygiene poverty for men and women affected by homelessness and we do this by providing care packs containing socks, underwear, deodorant, wipes, a tooth brush, tooth paste and either feminine hygiene products or a razor.

There is a growing need for these items and we would like to continue to provide them 365 days of the year to continue to improve dignity, well-being, self-worth and confidence.

This winter help us show that someone cares and support Woman 2 Woman and Men Matter 2.

Not Everyone is Dreaming of a White Christmas.

See how you can help here.


Lifetimes launches Summer Homeless Campaign

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In October 2017, Lifetimes charity launched two homeless projects, Woman 2 Woman & Men Matter 2, projects that aim to end period poverty for women currently effected by homelessness in the local area and to address issues of hygiene, dignity, freedom and wellbeing for those in need.

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This Summer, thousands of individuals sleep rough across England. Since 2010 the number of individuals effected by homelessness has dramatically increased and the number of rough sleepers has more than doubled since 2010. During the winter months, homelessness draws a lot of focus with more night shelters becoming available, an increased number of donations and discussions on homelessness taking place more frequently in the media. Rough sleeping in the summer months can be just as treacherous and as dangerous as sleeping rough in winter. Rough sleepers remain vulnerable to violence, sexual assault, heat stroke, dehydration and abuse.

We are raising awareness, funds and collecting donations for these projects.

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For more information about this campaign and where to donate, please visit our page here.

A care pack costs around £5 and our aim is to raise enough for 200 packs, please give what you can and DONATE TODAY!

Join our campaign to keep the conversation going by following #365SleeplessNights  @LifetimesNews or on our Facebook @W2WMM2 and help us raise awareness that homelessness is still homelessness even in summer.

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#TamponTaxFund is Going to Help End Period Poverty!!! #FreePeriods 

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 Lifetimes are delighted to hear that the tampon tax fund will go towards ending period poverty, for the first time ever and would like to celebrate the vital work that the recipients of the fund including Hestia Housing and Support, Brook Young People and Mind, to name a few, do supporting women.

However, Lifetimes believes that the fund does not address the issues of period poverty faced by women who are currently experiencing homelessness, as it does nothing to provide them with vital items such as sanitary towels or tampons directly. Homeless women continue not to have adequate access to the things they need for safe, clean, comfortable periods and are often forced to go without.

Lifetimes believes that every women affected by homelessness should not find themselves having to make a choice between something to eat or drink and sanitary items and must have access to free, feminine hygiene products. Our project Woman 2 Woman aims at achieving this and we have so far made up 90 care packs for women affected by homelessness, all of which are filled with items that address the issues of feminine hygiene, dignity and comfort.

We would really like to hear your thoughts and opinions on period poverty and homelessness, please get in touch to start a conversation, donate to this project, host a donation box or find out some more information.

You can tweet us

@LifetimesNews and use the

#LifetimesWoman2Woman,email

us at assistant@life-times.org.uk

or call us on 0208 875 2849


Thank You to our Hard Working Volunteers

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Lifetimes would like to thank the volunteers from The Charter School Feminist Society, who helped make care packages for our homeless project, Woman 2 Woman and for their excellent work fundraising and collecting feminine hygiene products. Together we made over 80 care packs, which will help relieve the effects of period poverty for women experiencing homelessness.   


 Lifetimes Visits Spires as Part of Woman 2 Woman 

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We would like to say a big thank you to Spires for inviting us to their women's space Christmas party to hand out our Woman 2 Woman care packs. It really is a pleasure to work with such an important and committed organisation and we look forward to further exchanges in the future.

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.

You can also follow us on twitter 

@LifetimesNews 

#LifetimesWoman2Woman

#LifetimesMenMatter2

#ReHomeSocksAndPants


 Men Matter 2- Delivering Care Packages to Southcroft Church

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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.

You can also follow us on twitter @LifetimesNews and each project at #LifetimesMenMatter2  #LifetimesWoman2Woman or #ReHomeSocksAndPants


 Men Matter 2, another New Project Developed by Lifetimes

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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

#ReHomeSocksAndPants or 

#LifetimesMenMatter2 to see how you can help


 Woman to Woman, a New Project Developed by Lifetimes to Tackle Period Poverty for Homeless Women

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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.

To find out more follow us on Twitter @LifetimeNews or go to #LifetimesWoman2Woman     

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'Mental Health in the Workplace'- Upcoming Training Available 

Lifetimes have designed and written a new training course, 'Mental Health in the Workplace'.

In this course you will increase your understanding of signs and symptoms of common mental health problems. Learn to recognise some stressors and triggers within the home and work environment, as well as specific work triggers and some solutions. Increase your knowledge of available support services for yourself and others and be equipped to co-create well-being in the workplace.

New dates will be advertised from October.

£49 per person. Please note this is subsidised and there is no refund policy, however you are able to transfer your ticket to another person if you so wish.

If you would like more information or to express your interest for this course, please email assistant@life-times.org.uk.


Like Music Like Mind, Connecting People through health and Wellbeing - Upcoming Event

Like Music Like Mind is an event to celebrate the successes of mental health organisations and sponsors, and the opportunity to engage with academics, service users and professionals on the development of mental health services across South West London.

The event is free to attend, and will be taking place on 10 September 2019 17:00-19:00.

Limited spaces available, Click here to book your place.

Location: St George's, University of London H2.6, Hunter Wing, London, SW17 0RE

The event is hosted by Runa, A Mental Health Broadcasting Journalist for Riverside Radio and radio presenter of a mental health specialist show, 'Mind Your Head'.

Kirstie Sheehy, Criminologist and Specialist Projects Manager at Lifetimes, is one of the guests. Kirstie has been delivering and writing training packages for 25 years, focusing on the Community, Workplace, Early Years and Later Life.

An evening of humour, live music and panel discussion with Lifetimes, Hestia, Professor Mary Chamber Faculty of Health Social Care and Education, Kingston University & St George’s University of London, SWLSTG Early Intervention Team, Dress for Success Greater London and Think Ahead.


 Lifetimes on the radio 

Our Project Specialist, Kirstie Sheehy, was invited onto Mind Your Head program from Riverside Radio to discuss about mental health awareness together with other specialists from voluntary and community groups in Wandsworth.

If you missed the show from Tuesday, it’s available now online. Click the link to listen to our panel discussion about mental health and find out more information about upcoming trainings and events in response to the community needs.  


 Fantastic Feedback from First Few ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ Training.

Lifetime’s new training course ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’ has received excellent feedback from those who have attended the course so far:

‘Very informative and has given me lots of ideas to incorporate at work. Course was extremely useful with practical ideas on how to support staff with Mental ill health.’

‘Fantastic, informative course!’

If you would like more information regarding this course or would like to express your interest in attending please email assistant@life-times.org.uk. You can also subscribe to our mailing list via email, to be kept up to date on all our upcoming training sessions.


Soap drama reflecting reality 

Coronation Street has sensitively raised the difficult topic of suicide this week.

All the news publicity around the storyline has highlighted the huge number of men who die by suicide every year. Globally a million people die by suicide every year and 84 men complete suicide each week in the UK.

Lifetimes is jointly delivering Connecting with People’s Suicide Awareness and Suicide Response Training. The training has been very well received by local organisations. ‘Sincere thanks for the fabulous training yesterday’ ‘We all gained a lot of knowledge and insight from your interactive and thoughtful presentations’ ‘Thank you so much for your well- presented session’ ‘The group thought it was very good and well worth attending’

If you are interested in your organisation receiving this training please contact Kirstie Sheehy for more details specialist@life-times.org.uk         

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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.
Is your organisation or self-support group registered yet? Make sure you get in touch with to register. Email: info@life-times.org.uk or telephone 020 8875 2846.
Since March 30th 2012, Care4me has been the online directory used by the  general public, the Information and Signposting service of the new consumer champion for NHS and social care services, Healthwatch Wandsworth and clinical professionals.


  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.

Putting OUR money into needed services in the Borough of Wandsworth.
The funds distributed by Lifetimes/Chances is money generated by Lifetimes’ trading activities and is NOT provided by any other statutory body. 

We do not merely act as an administrator for these funds but work hard to secure these funds for distribution.

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.

In total, over 2,500 residents have received education, training, help and support via charities and community groups funded by Chances.

To read more please click here.


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.

WOW! What a great response, thank you so much for sending our details, it really is paying dividends. Tony Sanders, Caius House.

Using the volunteering button on the site, all organisations registered with Care4Me can now promote their volunteering opportunities. Any individual with an interest in volunteering can also sign up to the site’s Volunteer Bank, with a brief profile of their skills they wish to share and areas of volunteering they are interested in.

The brokerage platform is entirely self-funded by Lifetimes, who work to empower and support the voluntary sector in Wandsworth. This development was made to assist organisations in the borough that have experienced difficulties gaining volunteers since the Local Authority’s decision last year to cease funding a volunteer brokerage service in the borough. To list your organisation’s volunteering opportunities, simply register or sign in at www.care4me.org.uk, and then register your opportunity.

If you are an individual looking to volunteer, you can register with the volunteer bank here.

If you have any questions about using the service, please do not hesitate to contact us at 0208 875 2846 or assistant@life-times.org.uk.  


Lifetimes’ Health & Wellbeing Event 
9th October 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three hundred people joined Lifetimes to hold a community event day on 9th October 2014.

The overall consensus was that the event was very worthwhile and provided the means of not only a showcasing for different organisation’s services but also networking and building relationships for future joint working and referrals.



The event was formally opened by the Mayor of Wandsworth  who, together with Lifetimes CEO, was pleased to meet all stall holders  and hand out the special Mayor volunteering badges to selected volunteers on the day.  In total 41 volunteers were pleased to receive badges and have their names submitted to the roll of honour.

We had excellent feedback from our attendees:
“Very informative” 
“This is important and empowers our community”
“We need more events like these ...”
"Excellent work”
“Good for the community “
“Remarkable day “
“When is the next one?”

A special Meet the Funders event was held.  Demand for tickets for this event was exceptional and spaces were filled within 24 hours of the announcement made via Lifetimes email and website adverts. 4 different funders presented at this event and a special presentation on the new Wandsworth Grant Fund was also delivered by Wandsworth Council.

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
or email peter@wheelhouse.org.uk.


 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.

Tina Champion Lifetimes chief executive, told the South London Press:

“It was a fun and less formal way to say thank you to the volunteers, without whom many public services would not be able to run.

“Funding streams have been cut and people have to rely on volunteers to keep services going, which makes it even more important to support and recognize them."

To read more please click here.


 Volunteers Week

 

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.

Leanne Brayne (Volunteer Co-ordinator) has demonstrated her ability to implement the training she has received from Lifetimes specialist volunteering trainer; Kirsty Sheehy and we were honoured to be invited to Share’s Volunteering Celebration party on Thursday 5th June.

Lifetimes also launched their new volunteering online brokerage project which has been self funded by the organisation.

Tina Champion, CEO of Lifetimes, said that “since the cessation of any support from the local authority since April 20114 for volunteering brokerage, we knew that the Voluntary Sector in Wandsworth would still continue to need a local presence to be able to maintain their service delivery using volunteers”. 

Lifetimes Board of Trustees were pleased to agree to self funding the development of this service on www.care4me.org.uk which is Lifetimes community directory.


Free counter fraud guide launched for charities



As reported by Civil Society News, this guide follows the Annual Fraud Indicator released in May which shows that the cost of fraud to the charity sector has increased by 73 per cent from £1.1bn in 2013 to £1.9bn.

Is your charity up to date with policies on fraud protection, business continuity plans, strong financial controls?  Find information on charity commission website or become a member of the charity finance group

 


 

 

 

New Grant Funding for a New Year

            

Lifetimes Chances is pleased to announce its new grant funding stream from the Charity’s self generated funds. 

Our latest partnership with Achieving for Children will be able to assist families with grants for services, necessitous items, one off experiences that would not be achievable in their present circumstances.

During 2019 we will be announcing our other partners under this exciting new funding stream.

Lifetimes Chief Executive, Tina Champion said “As an organisation, we have for decades assisted other funders. Government departments, statutory bodies and the local authority to cascade their information to the voluntary sector via newsletters, Meet the Funders events, 1:1 funding meetings, capacity building training etc. and also provided successful assistance to many voluntary organisations on obtaining funding. Lifetimes is well placed to be able to design and administer grant funding schemes and also to provide meaningful impact reports”.

“Lifetimes is extremely proud that this grant funding comes from our own self generated funds and as an independent Charity we continually strive to meet our group’s mission statement “Enabling people to achieve”.

 

         


 New Capacity Building Training Courses delivered by Lifetimes

       
Experts in Evaluation Training- Tools to Measure your Volunteer Programme

What difference do your volunteers make to your group or organisation and to the people and communities you serve? How can you prove it, evidence it, and make a stronger case for funding your volunteer programme?

In a time of cuts, there are increasing pressures on organisations that involve volunteers to monitor and evaluate the contribution they make. This training will provide you with effective methods for evaluating your volunteering programme and proving its value and impact.
This includes:

• How volunteers help the organisation to achieve its mission and service its target communities

• How volunteers themselves benefit from that experience
• How this benefits the wider community

Understanding and using outcomes

Are you able to demonstrate the effects of your organisation’s work?

Are your funders asking you to report on the changes in your beneficiaries’ lives resulting from your projects?

Would you like to learn how to measure and report on the effects of your work?

• What are outcomes?
• How to identify relevant outcomes for your work
• How to measure your outcomes
• The benefits of having an outcomes focus
• Methods for collecting information on your outcomes
• How to build a framework to monitor your outcomes
• How to report and use your outcomes information

Dates and venues will be published shortly. Please email assistant@life-times.org.uk if you are interested in attending.


Lifetimes hands out 600 Woman 2 Woman & Men Matter 2 Care Packs.

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Lifetimes is proud to have handed out over 600 care packs to individuals experiencing homelessness in South London. It has been great working with such committed organisations both big and small. We would like to say a huge thank you to all the organisations who have hosted a donation box, the individuals who have donated items directly or those who have given money via our Just Giving page. We look forward to reaching out to more people in need.

If you would like to support these projects, please click here to find out more. 


Lifetimes is on the Radio

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Our Project Lead, Kirstie Sheehy was invited onto Wandsworth Radio’s new show ‘Mind Your Head’ to discuss mental health, the history of Lifetimes and our current projects.

Click here to listen to the show and find out about our upcoming training, campaigns and ideas to get involved with the community. We would like to thank Wandsworth radio and the ‘Mind Your Head’ team for having us and we look forward to meeting you again in the future. 


 Excellent New Charity in Wandsworth

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Good Vibrations Giving (GVG), new registered charity working in Wandsworth, 

The GVG site, which enables person-to-person giving - for donors to donate for essential gifts for your service users is now up and running: www.gvgiving.org.uk  

GVG is currently workng with charities in Wandsworth, who are nominating their service users for donations of essential gifts to help alleviate hardship.  

If you are a Wandsworth charity and would like further information on how we can help you, please contact Hicky Kingsbury: hicky@gvgiving.org.uk


Woman 2 Woman &Men Matter 2- Delivering Packs to Glass Door 

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 Lifetimes is pleased to announce that 120 care packs, containing items to address hygiene issues faced by individuals experiencing homelessness, were delivered to Glass Door Homeless Charity as part of our two homeless projects, Woman 2 Woman & Men Matter 2

 Glass Door partners with churches to give shelter and support and is London's largest emergency winter night shelter. It was a pleasure to for Lifetimes to work with such an important and dedicated organisation, who do such valuable work and we look forward to further future exchanges. 

 We would really like to hear your thoughts and opinions on period poverty and homelessness, please get in touch to start a conversation, donate to this project, host a donation box or find out some more information.

 You can tweet us @LifetimesNews email

 us at assistant@life-times.org.uk

 or call us on 0208 875 2849


 Thank You Morleys in Tooting

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Lifetimes would like to thank Morleys in Tooting for their generous donations of Pillows and Duvets, as part of our two homeless projects Woman 2 Woman and Men Matter 2. These items will help to make those in need a little more comfortable, a little warmer and help to relieve some of the issues faced by individuals experiencing homelessness.

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.

You can also follow us on twitter 

@LifetimesNews 

#LifetimesWoman2Woman

#LifetimesMenMatter2

#ReHomeSocksAndPants


Wandsworth CCG supports Woman 2 Woman & Men Matter 2

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Lifetimes would like to thank the Wandsworth CCG, all the staff at Brocklebank Group Practise and Dr Nicola Jones and Julie Walmsley for supporting our two homeless projects, Woman 2 Woman and Men Matter 2. With their support we are able to continue to help support individuals experiencing homeless in Wandsworth and the surrounding broughs.

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.

You can also follow us on twitter 

@LifetimesNews 

#LifetimesWoman2Woman

#LifetimesMenMatter2

#ReHomeSocksAndPants


 Deputy Mayor of London and Team London Visit Lifetimes

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 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, voluntary support group that raise awareness about Autism and supports individuals with special needs. 


Kitchen Social Quality Assurance Mark

   
Kitchen social has been developed to tackle the growing challenge of child poverty that has been on the increase over the last few decades.  The programme aims to impact on child poverty by tackling social isolation, food insecurity and educational disparity, which are issues that are increased during school holidays. We believe to achieve this successfully and to ensure safeguarding of all participants that all Kitchen Social hubs must adhere to a set of minimum standards, which are outlined in this document.

To read more please click here.


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.

Opening hours:
Both cafés will be open 365 days per year
Monday to Friday:   6pm – 11pm  
Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays:   12 noon – 11pm

Capacity
25 customers at any one time.

To read more please click here.


 Lifetimes Celebrates International Women's Day

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In honour of Internationals women’s day, Lifetimes would like to celebrate inspirational women and take this time to raise awareness about women and homelessness. Niamh Davis from Lifetimes spoke to Denise Collins a woman who has been affected by homelessness, to talk about her inspirational life. To view the full article please follow the link by clicking here 

This year Lifetimes has trained over 500 women in Mental Health First AidMental Health in the Community and Healthy Communities to reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health issues, to have the right conversations and to cascade information about professional and self-help support services available. Lifetimes has also provided over 100 care packs to women who are currently experiencing homelessness as part of our Woman 2 Woman project, which aims to tackle issues of hygiene and period poverty for homeless women.

Happy International Women's Day! 

  


 

   

 

 

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