Mental Health & Wellbeing

Wellbeing – Cycling Training Programme

Dear Refugees & Asylum-seekers,

Be invited to take part in this exciting opportunity to get fit and save some money.

SRCF is organising a cycling training programme for refugees, men and women, in Summer 2015.

The classes are for those who cannot ride bikes at all, or who can but, are nervous and need training and assistance.

Starting Date: 25 April 2015

Day & Time: Saturday 10 am to 1 pm

Venue: Burgess Park

To book your place: Contact Eltayeb on 0207 277 44 00, or e-mail him at

Funded by Near Neighbours Fund


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Mental Health – Time to change

Thousands have shown their support to end mental health discrimination.  When will you?

SRCF pledges to help end mental health prejudice among refugee communities in Southwark.

Mental Health First Aid training

Attendees of the Mental Health 1st Aid workshop organised by SRCF and Cares of Life
Attendees of the Mental Health 1st Aid workshop organised by SRCF and Cares of Life

SRCF and Cares of Life organised a two-day training course on supporting people with mental health problems for representatives of refugee communities.

The course aimed at increasing awareness of mental health in order to tackle discrimination and stigma, while giving precious information on how to recognise and understand depression, anxiety and psychoses. Participants were then instructed on how to provide first aid support to help people in a situation of mental distress.

Anxiety, stress and self-confidence workshop

SRCF organised a workshop in partnership with Southwark and Lambeth Primary Care Trust aiming at providing refugees with creative ways to cope with the stress and anxiety caused by adapting to living in a foreign country and a new culture.

In order to find solutions to manage difficult situations, the workshop used a new interactive and creative approach allowing participants to engage with each other in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

As women are particularly exposed to stress because of the change in family dynamics that are implied, SRCF encouraged the participation of women to the workshop.

Celebrating! World Mental Health Day Harmony & Well-being Day

SRCF in partnership with Southwark Council Primary Care Trust, Cares of Life, Southwark Somali Refugee Council and Southwark Psychological Therapies Service celebrated the World Mental Health Day as an initiative to fight stigma and prejudice at Peckham Library on 30 October 2010.

Members of the refugee community and the general public took part in relaxation sessions and received tips about dealing with stress issues.

The day represented an opportunity for families and individuals to come together in a serene environment and learn about the relevant services provided in Southwark.

The celebration ended with a performance by the SRCF member Tradicion Andina & Anata, engaging the public in folkloric Bolivian dances.

SRCF is planning a preventive programme to promote well-being and tackle mental health discrimination. To register your interest, please get in touch with us. Please look out for further updates.

This programme is sponsored by Southwark PCT