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News from 131 Social Cafe, Ealing

News from 131 Social Cafe, Ealing

Ealing recently benefitted from the help of four lovely students from the Czech Republic. They joined our teams at the weekend and on Monday’s during their stay. They were fantastic in running the café, interacting with SU’s, and making a mean cup of tea and coffee. As they took turns in being team leader they quickly became adept at giving out orders and delegating jobs.

On Monday’s they ran a quiz workshop which was a great success and good fun. Their first quiz was on general knowledge and they actually asked 100 members of the public the questions first and used their answers. The second was on music and film which was a bit chaotic so he future games were divided into teams who competed against each other.

Due to their artistic talents our meeting room now has a spectacular ‘tree of remembrance’. We hope the branches will soon be laden with leaves each containing a message to those who are no longer with us as well as good wishes to those still on their journey.

As September was recovery month we had an open day at our hub and then joined the other hubs for a picnic in the park. We had a five a side football game and a pet competition. The winner of that was Matilda the friendly ferret, well done to her and her owner Aurelie, a Saturday Team Leader. We would like to thank the commissioner, Gaby Price, for coming along and joining us.

We celebrated Halloween by decorating the café and had a couple of quizzes. We were also lit up for Diwalli on 11th November and will soon be starting decorating for Christmas.

Do feel free to pop in and see us or take part in our activities.

Bob’s Place

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Bobs place Women’s Group

Every Tuesday 1pm – 4pm

Fancy some pampering, a boost to the confidence? Then come along to the new Women’s Group that has started in Bob’s Place in the Basement of Caps.

Women in the tri borough can access and all the treatments are free.

The following are available on a first come basis or you can make an appointment by calling Kay.

  • Manicure with Nail Polish
  • Eyebrow Shaping
  • Waxing – All Areas except Bikini Line
  • Make up
  • Eyebrow and Eye Lash Tint

The Women’s Group is a space where women can come along to feel supported and pampered in a confidential friendly atmosphere.

For more information contact Kay on 07739 796047

The Newsletter 2012

VOLUNTEERS’ NEWSLETTER

ISSUE 4                                                                                                    FEBRUARY  2012

AWARD WINNING SPECIAL ISSUE

Not only has there been the 4th Annual Volunteer award ceremony recently from Tim & Kay ( which they now hold every year) we have also won an award as the SUDRG.  If you wish to know more I suggest you open up your issue and have a good look through.

Welcome everyone,

I would like to apologize for the length of time between this and the last issue of the newsletter.  It would be very helpfull when somebody tells me that they are going to write something for the newsletter if they could get it to me as soon as possible as otherwise there is nothing to print.  Anyway we will still try to get issues out with what we have.  Olivera has kindly offered to do a regular Cooks Corner for us, so for all you budding chefs and cooks out there keep an eye on Cooks Corner not only for some great recipes but also some great budget busting tips.

We had our awards ceremony on January 11th at The Kensington Town Hall, unfortunately  I was unwell and unable to attend, but everybody old me what a great evening it was and I was very sorry that I missed the occasion, especially when I found out that I had won two awards, which made me feel that everything I am presently doing with my life and my time at the social club is so very worthwhile and appreciated.  Look for the Award Winners list and see who won what this year.  But please remember that all the volunteers are winners in one way or another.

Well I know this may not be the biggest issue yet, so come on people get pen to paper and help to fill the pages.

Linda Chan
Editor.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL

I would like to announce that the SUDRG won a DIGNITY & CARE AWARD which I collected from the mayor of Kensington & Chelsea on the 1stThe award is given to highlight & celebrate the excellence from frontline staff in health & social care.  You all do a wonderful job in sometimes difficult circumstances.  The award is about recognising and rewarding those who go that extra mile and really make a difference to people’s dignity which is a key part of the Dignity in Care Campaign.  You all do a wonderful, job and your time and effort, is very much appreciated so many many thanks and well done!!!!

Thanks Kay
SERVICE PROVISIONS MANAGER

And now a word from Tim Sampey

The Volunteer award ceremony is a special evening and one of my very favourite events every year.  I and Kay are lucky in that we get paid to do a job that we love, but without the dedication, hard work and tenacity of the volunteers there would be no SUDRG.  Every year we hold our ceremony in the Town Hall to recognise the enormous achievements the volunteers have made over the previous year.  This year was our 4th volunteer award ceremony, and was arguably the best one yet, and once again, Jean Daintith, the Head of Adult Social Care and the Chair of the DAAT presented the awards.

Apart from the membership of the SUDRG, the ceremony was attended by the Commissioner for Substance Misuse for Kensington & Chelsea; the Chair of the Kensington & Chelsea DAAT; the Strategic Director for Addictions and Offender Care for CNWL; the Area Manager for CNWL, a Doctor, several Care Managers and Project Workers from across the Borough.  Some audience, huh?  These people were quite staggered by what they saw and heard, and everywhere I went for the next week, people stopped me to chat about what an incredible bunch of people you are, and what a stunning job you do.  You should be proud of yourselves and what you have helped the SUDRG to achieve.  Not only are you changing lives, you are helping to shape the future of the treatment system.  And now for the list of our celebrated winners………

 VOLUNTEERS AWARD 2011

 

 

TEAM LEADER of the YEAR
CHELO ZAPATA

SHADOW TEAM LEADER of the YEAR
JASON JACK

VOLUNTEER of the YEAR
LINDA CHAN

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT
MICKY GILL
AISHA HENNESSY

OUTSTANDING COMMITMENT
ANNA ROOK

MOST IMPROVED VOLUNTEER
EDDIE MEYERS
CARUSO JOHNSON

MOST LIKELY TO SUCCEED
KENNY MULLIGAN
PAULO SCAROLA

ENGAGEMENT and COMMITMENT
NINA PELES

MOST TENACIOUS VO0LUNTEER
NIGEL WRIGLEYGEORGIANNA GUSTAVE

THERAPIST of the YEAR
MARILYN COLLINS

SHINING STAR AWARD
SELINA NIZAMUDDIN

ANGELO DA SILVA
THERESA SIEK

FACILITATOR of the YEAR
PETER HELMER

SERVICE PROFESSIONAL
PAULINE McDOWELL
                            

VOLUNTEERS CHOICE
LINDA CHAN

SERVICE USERS CHOICE
JASON JACK

 

DO YOU KNOW THAT WE OFFER SHIATSU AT THE DROP IN?

If you have not had it before this is just to let you know a bit about it.  It is body work that is done fully clothed on a futon.  You should not eat for at least an hour before starting a session and you should wear loose comfortable clothing for it. (We often bring clothing and socks for people to wear). We use many techniques including stretches, pressure and rotation of limbs.  We can give very strong pressure or work very gently or even off the body.  It is very helpful if you tell us what feels good to you.

People often say that after a shiatsu they feel more themselves, calm and relaxed, more integrated.  It can touch that part of ourselves that is often called ‘spiritual’.  It can make us feel protected when we are feeling vulnerable.  When you come for a shiatsu we will ask some questions about your health and how you are feeling.  You do not have to answer them, but they help us to understand how we can best work with you as we like to tailor treatments to the individual. We also need to know if you have a medical condition where shiatsu would not be in your best interest.  Anything you say to us is in the strictest confidence. (The only exception to this is if you tell us that you are planning to hurt yourself or somebody else, in which case we are obliges to inform the co-ordinator of the day).

If you are interested in having shiatsu but unsure about it, you can speak to us informally at the drop in.  Many of us are drawn to drugs because we want to feel whole.  We are looking for experiences that do not come easily to us in our daily lives.  To move away from drug taking is a dramatic change that demands courage and determination.  We are here to support that in any way…

Marilyn Shiatsu therapist:

 

HOORAY!!  At Last A New Futon
For years now the SUDRG shiatsu practitioners and their clients have struggled with plastic coated foam mats, that part company with each other when people roll over.

Those days are now over!  An anonymous donor, who wants to be known as Joulupukki, which is Finnish for Santa Claus, has funded a brand new futon, complete with removable and washable cover, and a storage bag.

We all want to say a big thank you to the generous and mysterious Joulupukki   and hope that by some miracle a copy of this newsletter reaches him in the snowy wastes, where we believe him to be celebrating a successful end to the season with a few alcohol free lagers and a big cohort of elves and reindeer.

ENGAGE 2011

On Friday 16th October 2011 there was a conference by Central and North West London  NHS, it held the 1st forum for The Strategic Service Users Group, it was called Engage 2011 ( Vocational Services ).

The first speaker was our very own Tim Sampey. Tim made an excellent job of promoting the other services that we have to offer as well as the social side of things.  Things like our gym and badminton, C.B.T groups and not forgetting our Mentoring Service which is very helpful for when service users need a helping hand to help them help themselves, also he spoke in great length about the volunteering side of the SUDRG.  Volunteering can be a very useful tool to help you get ready for a job or even to just give you confidence in your abilities without having drugs in your system to prop you up.  If you have not been to one of his presentations, you do not know what you have been missing.  I personally find Tim’s presentations very engaging, informative, motivating and best of all fun.  Therefore I suggest that you come along to the next one he does. ( When I have the information on his next presentation I will let you all know when and where to be ).  Then you can come along and see for yourself.

Tim SampeyAfter Tim had finished his section our 2nd speaker was an Employment Specialist called Kay who was immediately followed by an Employment Project Manager named Kyriacous.  Their talk was very enlightening if getting back into paid work is your goal.  What they were saying in a nutshell was that their aims are to help you get the training that you want, and not what someone else wants you to do.  They also work with you to help get you into employment.  A young lady called Anastasia then spoke to us about her experience with Users Employment, she said that she had found them very helpful and was not only grateful  but she was also very impressed with all their advice and support that she got along the way to gainful employment.

If anyone reading this is interested in finding out more about service users groups or organisations that are there to help you get back into studying or into training with the objective of getting back into work then just ask one of our volunteers to let me know  ( Linda Chan ) and I will get the information for you, but you know what ? why don’t you come along to any future presentations that  come up in the future.  Dates and venues to be published as and when they come to our attention.

HOPE TO SEE MANY MORE OF YOU AT THE NEXT PRESENTATION!!Linda Chan

Having a financial situation that resembles the one in Greece at this moment int time I am also forced to economise as much as possible.  Having two kids and being a cook means that there is no chance that I will ever rely on any type of ready meals.  So, I have some very easy tips that help me find cheap and fresh veggies and I mean really cheap. Firstly, Portobello Market! I often take a long walk with my daughter  down the “Bella”, and usually after 4pm a number of vegetable stalls tend to reduce their prices.  If you bur a few different types of veggies it is possible to get even further discounts.  A few days ago for example, I got a bowl of mushrooms, romano peppers (6) two pieces, of broccoli and a bunch of parsley and coriander for £3.50p

Another  that I made is Westfield.  They have M&S and Waitrose, and although these two shops are a couple of the priciest, they tend to have amazing offers for meat.  I got a chicken the other day for £4.00, and some really nice sausages and pork stuffing reduced from £6.00 down to £3.00. I tend to eat the meat on the same day I purchase it, or put it in the freezer for later.

So I have tried to create a menu from the ingrediants that are not too expspensive and that is easy for you to make.  Hope yuou like it!!!!

 

MUSHROOM SOUP

1.  a small handful of dried porcini optional)

2.  olive oil

3.  600gms mixed fresh mushrooms (chantrelles, girolles, trompettes de mort, shitake,oyster)

Cleaned and sliced.

4.  2 c loves of garlic, peeled and finely sliced.

5.  1 red onion, peeled and fineldy chopped

6.  a knob of butter

7.  a handful of fresh thyme, leaves picked, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

8.  1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock (a stock cube will do)

9.  a handful of fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and roughly chopped

10. 2 tablespoons of soft cheese

11. 1 lemon

 

Place the dry mushrtooms in a small dish, add boiling water just to cover, and leave.to soak.  Get a large casserole-type pan nice and hot, and then add a good couple of lugs of olive oil and your fresh mushrooms.  Stir around very quickly for a minute, and then add your garlic, onion,butter and thyme and a small amount of seasoning.  After about a minute you’ll probably notice moisture cooking out of the mushrooms and at this point add half your porcini, chopped up, and thew rest left whole.  Strain the soaking liquid to remove any grit, and add it to the pan.  Carry on cooking for about 20mins until most of the moisture disappears. Season to taste, then add your stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 20min

I usually remove half the soup from the pan and whiz it up to a purée at this point, then pour it back in, adding the parsley and if you can get hold .

some soft cheese or some  type of   Greek type of yogurt, and season carefully to taste.

FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS:
You can serve this soup as you like, but there are a few things to remember when finishing it off. Mix together a pinch of salt and pepper with the zest of one lemon and the juice of half of it, then spoon a little of this into the middle of the soup. When you go to eat it, stir it in and it gives a wonderful flavour. Other things you can consider are little slices of grilled crostini put into the bottom of the bowls before the soup is pored over. Or you could even quickly fry some nice-looking mushrooms – like girolles, chanterelles or oysters – and sprinkle these on top of the soup. If I was going to use truffle oil, then I would use it on its own – a few drips on the top just before serving.

All in all, you can make this very simple or truly luxurious!

THE MAIN;

The main can be any veggies you can get hold of. Wash them, cut into chunks, add some salt, pepper, any fresh herb will do, some chilli, oil, you can use whatever you have hanging about in your kitchen cupboard,  put into a roasting tin and roast for approx  40min at about gas mk 5/6 or 180c.  If you have no oven stir fry is an option. It doesn’t have to have oriental flavours but any you choose.  Serve your lovely roasted veggies withmash potato or salad, and some of those yummy and reduced M&S sausages.

DESSERT;

Tinned fruit compote with vanilla yogurt .

Baked bananas with chocolate.

Peel the banana then cut in half and stick pieces of chocolate between the slices. Wrap up in aluminium foil and bake for 15min on gas mark 7 or 200 c.You can serve this with ice cream or whipped cream or anything else that you like.

Hope you enjoy and try these recopies. My kids love it!
I usually remove half the soup from the pan and whiz it up to a purée at this point, then pour it back in, adding the parsley and if you can get hold .

some soft cheese or some  type of   Greek type of yogurt, and season carefully to taste.

FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS:
You can serve this soup as you like, but there are a few things to remember when finishing it off. Mix together a pinch of salt and pepper with the zest of one lemon and the juice of half of it, then spoon a little of this into the middle of the soup. When you go to eat it, stir it in and it gives a wonderful flavour. Other things you can consider are little slices of grilled crostini put into the bottom of the bowls before the soup is pored over. Or you could even quickly fry some nice-looking mushrooms – like girolles, chanterelles or oysters – and sprinkle these on top of the soup. If I was going to use truffle oil, then I would use it on its own – a few drips on the top just before serving.

All in all, you can make this very simple or truly luxurious!

THE MAIN;

The main can be any veggies you can get hold of. Wash them, cut into chunks, add some salt, pepper, any fresh herb will do, some chilli, oil, you can use whatever you have hanging about in your kitchen cupboard,  put into a roasting tin and roast for approx  40min at about gas mk 5/6 or 180c.  If you have no oven stir fry is an option. It doesn’t have to have oriental flavours but any you choose.  Serve your lovely roasted veggies withmash potato or salad, and some of those yummy and reduced M&S sausages.

DESSERT;

Tinned fruit compote with vanilla yogurt .

Baked bananas with chocolate.

Peel the banana then cut in half and stick pieces of chocolate between the slices. Wrap up in aluminium foil and bake for 15min on gas mark 7 or 200 c.You can serve this with ice cream or whipped cream or anything else that you like.

Hope you enjoy and try these recopies. My kids love it!

Olivera BON APPETITEe

 YOGA

Assumptions, misconceptions and misinterpretations about YogaWe have the tendency to complex thinking and resistance about the understanding of the unknown. We also tend to exercise prejudice, pre-judge because what we heard about or what we think this is or it could be.

Yoga is not a series of complex and difficult postures.Yoga is a science, a philosophy, a lifestyle where to integrate awareness and consciousness to living..

Yoga holds many different methods and tools among which, Asana or posture, is only one aspect.

Yoga assists to humanity considering their different natures, Doshas, personalities and their different needs. Therefore, assisting with different tools, or methods, for their different needs and situations.

Yoga is experiencing through practice in a playful way to awake the inner potentiality.

Yoga offers to experience aspects of the Self to evolve and fully be conscious, being in charge of your own destiny, through awareness and directed attention.Where your attention is, that is where you are.

Yoga trains the different aspects of the body, the mind, the emotional, patterns of behaving and the different layers of the self PanchaMaya Kosha, where the Prana, Chakras and Nadis, take relevance, through the many methods. Some of these methods are;

* Body postures and dynamics, Asanas, as we know

* Sound/vibration using syllables or words, Mantra

* Control of your energy through breathing Pranayama

* Unblocking, purifying and Energising with hand gestures Mudra

* Visualising for a positive thinking, emotional well being and                 comforting, using imaginary and imagination.

* Control of the senses, to free ourselves from distraction Pratyahara

* Dhyana, meditation

* Yoga practices detachment, the no identification and discernment from personal Drama and the fluctuations of the mind within situations

* The practice of Yama (abstention) to; Ahimsa/non violence, Satya/Truthfulness, Asteya/non stealing,Brahmacharia/abstention from misconduct, Aparigraha/renouncing of unnecessary possessions

* The observance or Niyamas; Saucha/purity, Santosha/contentment (finding positive aspects for enjoyment and celebrate life here/now with what you have here/now), Tapas/austerities, auto-disciplines, Svadyaya/study of the self, Ishvara/dedication to that which you regard as divine.

As you can see, Yoga is much more than complex body poses. Also what we do at SUDRG Yoga department is using, altering and modifying yoga methods according to our own needs, thus it could be used as a real tool box for the following benefits among others;

  • Detoxing and purifying body/mind
  • Physical Excercise/Auto-massage
  • To Relax tensions, moods, stress, it brings Calm.
  • Developing strength, stamina and flexibility
  • It boost up the Immune System
  • Releases Endorphins (the Happy Hormone)
  • Cultivates Awareness
  • Balances the whole body systems: nervous System, Cardiovascular, Digestive, respiratory, etc….
  • Corrects postural alignment
  • Removes toxins, bad habits, Depression and Anxiety
  • Energises Body and Mind

Yoga benefits can be felt straight away. Anything we practice from Yoga rewards positively.

I invite you to give it a few goes, just to make room for mistakes and improvement; It would be an idea to “open doors” symbolically, to say Yes to Life in a playful way.

Hester Olassolo

BELOW ARE FIVE STATEMENTS THAT HAVE TO DO WITH HARM MINIMISATION. C’MON JUST HOW SAVVY ARE YOU?  DO YOU THINK YOU CAN TELL WHICH ONES ARE TRUE AND WHICH ONES FALSE?

Try your luck with the questions below, you never know you might be the winner pulled from the hat, but never mind if your not, you might learn something that will help to keep you safe…..

1.  You should always use drugs on your own.    True/False

2.  Bottled water is best for injecting.   True/False

3.  H.I.V is easier to contract than hepatitis ‘c’.   True/False

4.  Detachable syringes are better for you than the all in one syringe.   True/False

5.  You can’t catch Hep ‘c’ from an old tourniquet.   True/False

All correct entries will be placed in a hat and a winner will be chosen at random.  Keep your eyes on the SUDRG notice board for the name of the winner.  GOOD LUCK to you all!!!

You can find copies of this competition on your S.U.D.R G  notice board

Hand in you filled in copies to whomsoever is at the desk, attention for newsletter

A VETERAN

BBy  anonymous   I
II’m a veteran of the street

With the earth beneath my feet,

But I couldn’t see

Who I wanted to be.

I’ve been shooting for the moon

With the needle and the spoon,

But, the way it made me feel

Wasn’t no big deal.

I drank all the barrels dry

Of the whisky and the rye,

And all I could see

Was me, looking back at me.

So I lay out flat one night

Looking for some kind of light,

But the light didn’t shine

Though it did give me some time.

Time to line for the day

To listen to what others say,

To find another way

To live life the right way.