A day of celebration for Equinox Lewisham at Supporting People event

Posted by on 9 July 2012 | 0 Comments

Hats off to Equinox Lewisham's Cheryl McLeod - here's our top girl in the Mayor's chair at the Catford Civic Suite, London Borough of Lewisham.

Cheryl put her heart and soul into event planning and delivery for the Supporting People Service User Event - a multiagency event to celebrate good practice and recognise achievements of service users in Lewisham. And, of course, to have fun!

Equinox Lewisham Service Manager, Peter Crudeli, said: "Cheryl was perfect for putting forward for the planning team for the Supporting People event - she's great with people and is a really hard worker.  All Lewisham staff attended at different  times throughout the day. The Supporting People event has been a fantastic opportunity to promote independence and growth of the individuals we work with at Equinox Lewisham - which is what we're all about."

The day included a welcome speech from Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock, who spent time with service users and service representatives at the event.

Equinox service user, Ari, said of the Mayor's appearance: "I think it's really positive that Mayor Steve came here today - there is a stigma attached to having a mental illness and it shows he cares about people of his area who have mental health problems. I told him how Equinox have helped me to make the most of the gifts I have by enrolling at the University of East London for a Bachelor degree in Law. And Equinox help me to manage my medication properly, for the first time I can now do this." 

There was an open mike section for poetry and spoken word contributions from service users, tai chi, laughter workshops, a raffle and live saxophone over lunch.

Equinox Lewisham also ran an Art Workshop at the event, based on the theme of identity. This was led by Equinox students from Goldsmiths and Southbank University, who put their enthusiasm and support into the activity for service users. Prizes were awarded to the top three creative works, based on service user votes. 

Find out more about Equinox Lewisham - and how they help people in the Lewisham area with mental health needs, housing needs, forensic history and drug / alcohol issues. 

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