Who are Time to Change Waltham Forest?
We are a social movement aiming to change the way people think and act about mental health in Waltham Forest.
The Waltham Forest Time to Change Hub works in partnership with:
- CREST Waltham Forest
- Waltham Forest Public Health
- Clinical Commissioning Team
- Leyton Orient Trust
- Waltham Forest Communities Faith Forum
The Hub’s steering group includes a number of local Time to Change Champions, and we are currently recruiting new Hub partners to join the steering group.
How does Time to Change Waltham Forest work?
Time to Change Waltham Forest has run a number of events and activities for the general public to encourage meaningful conversations that help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems.
Our past events and activities have included:
- The Waltham Forest Hearing Voices group set up a lounge area in the local shopping mall
- Our Champions started conversations at Leyton Orient Football Club's Conference Premier Day
- The Waltham Forest Public Health team ran a series of events around Time to Talk Day
- Champions went along to the Walthamstow Garden Party in July 2018 and 2019
- Two Lunch and Share sessions have been run by an Asian Elders community group
Photography and art
For Time to Talk Day 2019, we held an exhibition of photographs shot by one of our Champions, entitled One in Four. Thirteen of our Champions were photographed to capture a positive and negative image relating to their mental health, and some later shared their stories at a celebration event at the Borough of Culture. Following its success, the exhibition was extended into the Lawrence St Jewry Church in the Guildhall and opened by the London Lord Mayor, who spoke openly about mental health with the photographer.
Another Champion held an evening event during the E17 Arts Trail to show photographs of himself when mentally unwell and talked openly about this very personal experience.
What’s coming up
We are keen to keep up the momentum, and build on this success. Over the next couple months, there is plenty going on in the Waltham Forest borough:
- Two photographic exhibitions depicting images from the LGBTQ+ community
- Human Library
- A laughter yoga session for London Borough of Waltham Forest employees
- A street party by the drug and alcohol service Change Grow Live
- Three short films showing conversations between two people – one with and one without a mental health problem
- A Champions Action group at Leyton Orient Football Supporters Club
- An open day hosted by OrganicLea, where a Champion share their experience of living with a mental health problem and their work at the horticultural centre
How can I get involved?
There are lots of ways to get involved with Time to Change Waltham Forest, including:
- Becoming a Time to Change Champion and sharing your experiences at events
- Joining the Hub steering group, which meets every 6 weeks
- Being part of our Champions Action group to plan events and activities
- Attending free training workshops that cover Social Contact and speaking out (commencing in October)
- Encouraging employers in the borough to sign the Employers Pledge
- Working with local Youth Health Ambassadors to raise awareness of mental health in schools and colleges across the community
- Contacting the Hub Coordinator to find out more
Hub Coordinator: Chris O’Sullivan
Phone: 07555 717239
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