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As a student of Positive Psychology I was keen to write about wellbeing during International Stress Awareness Week (5 - 9 November). Ironically, trying to write a blog during a busy and, let’s face it, stressful, week was a challenge. In the end it came down to deciding that this was a priority for me, despite all the other demands. And for many others like myself, deciding not to allow stress to take hold has to be a conscious decision.

So what helps?

Photographs from VAL's Collaboration conference

 

Here are some of the photographs from VAL's Collaboration conference in October. 

VAL trustee Barbara Gray, from Urban Dandelion, speaking today about BAME collaboration at 'Collaborate for Lewisham' - a day of inspiring speakers, case studies and workshops on collaborative working. 

 

Capture Projects Lottery funded community garden and mosaic project at the Mulberry 

 
Guest post by Debs Astell from Capture Projects
 
 
Capture Projects was thrilled to receive National Lottery funding to do a community garden and mosaic project at the Mulberry Centre in New Cross. 
 
Over the past couple of months we have worked in the Centre with the staff and centre users - hard work but also great fun.
 

World Mental Health day

Today is World Mental Health Day – a good a day as any to talk about my explorations in Positive Psychology, otherwise known as “the study of what makes life worth living”.

 

What is the Charity Governance Code?

The Charity Governance Code provides an overview of best practice for managing charities and a useful structure for reviewing how your own charity measures up. There are different versions of the Code, with one designed for small organisations that takes into account the specific challenges that smaller charities face.

Rosario Guimba-Stewart, VAL trustee and  Chief Executive at Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network, encourages organisations to work together 

The many challenges many refugees and migrants currently face are immense. 
The government’s ‘hostile environment’ for illegal migrants is wrecking the lives of those who have the right to be here. 
Landlords are now required to check on tenants’ immigration status or otherwise face hefty fines; this practice encourages racial profiling and discrimination. 

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