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Mind And Body
  • A well attended Mind and Body session on 21st November 2018, reminding the attendees to not to separate the inseparable as mental and physical health conditions are connected. Other topics covered are The average life expectancy for someone with a long-term mental health illness is much shorter than for someone without. Many people with long-term physical health conditions also suffer from depression or other mental health conditions. How to address the problems of making sure we care for the Mind and Body together.

    Thanks to SLAM (South London and Maudsley) for giving an insight into Mind Apple, day-to-day activity that is good for your mind. Really appreciate the support from Croydon University Hospital and volunteers for making the event so successful.

Dementia Awareness Session
  • A very successful Dementia awareness session was organised at Parchmore Medical Centre for the staff and the community, providing information on the symptoms and on what to do when someone has Dementia. Thanks to Hakeem Anjorin, Chair, Croydon Dementia Action Alliance, for running the session, Parchmore Medical Centre for providing the venue and Anantha Ramaswamy for her support for the preparation and the smooth running of the session.

Feeding the Homeless
  • From October 2018, the charity has started the Monthly Feeding the Homeless project. We are working in partnership with West Croydon Methodist church to provide the food for the homeless people on First Tuesday of every month from 6 pm. KCJC foundation is sponsoring this for the first five months. Food is provided for less than cost price by Aswathi Restaurant.

    Following are the dates

    2nd October 2018

    6th November 2018

    4th December 2018

    1st January 2019

    5th February 2019

Onam With Homeless
  • Manju Shahul - Hameed Foundation for Mental Health hosted an onam feast for the homeless people at West Croydon Methodist Church. The feast was provided by the Aswathi Restaurant in the Mitcham Road of Croydon. It was a generous treat and provided a different experience for everyone gathered at the wednesday club. The occassion was quite a big one and created a nice and relaxed atmosphere.

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  • I really enjoyed Wednesday's lunch. the food was delicious and very nutritious. I have spoken to many guests . Everyone said the same and then added can it be a regular feature .It was very popular and everyone really enjoyed it .It would be great for you, if it could be!

  • Sarah

    Steve and I enjoyed the lunch and felt that it was a generous offer and a wonderful way to connect with the community. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed and our clients really enjoyed the food and it was a real treat for them to experience something different at wednesday club. The effort made was much appreciated and it was nice for us as volunteers to be treated to a sit down meal.
    Kind regards

  • Carol & Steve

    From the start of our day until the end was amazing, we had arranged three extra tables at the back of the hall, this is only when big occasions happens, so this was a big one. We usually have a set guest amount of people in the morning, and it just flows along up until lunchtime, the lady Councillor and the team of chef`s turned up at 12pm, and stared to arrange the food on the extra tables. Everything was supplied the food trays, cutlery , napkins. Then a queue of all the guests formed, but there were added people from outside that had joined us, there must have been at least, seventy plus that afternoon, a interesting conversational point were the puddings, the majority of guests wanted to try them. All the guests had remarked on how tasty the food was and really great atmosphere, at the end of the closing operation, the staff were able to taste all the different types of food, the meal was very, very yummy.

Stress Management
  • Stress is a natural reaction to many situations in life, such as work, family, relationships and money problems. Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health organised the popular stress management session with Parchmore Medical Centre for the patients of the surgery and the community. Thanks to Brian Dickens from the Medical centre and Beena Ali for their huge contribution to make the event so successful.

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  • Very interesting, thought provoking.

  • Helpful information.

  • It was very good talk and informative. Really practical solutions and provided the answers regarding the internal working of the body and with the brain. Also, the latest thinking in terms of the Chimp Paradox. Stress has played a negative part in life and hearing this realises that I need to be positive starting with diet. I don’t think that people realise that diet plays a part in stress.

Dementia Awareness Session
  • Another example of partnership working, where Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health, worked with Sree Narayana Guru Dharma Samajam to organise free Dementia Awareness Session in the community. Around 50 people attended the interactive session run by Hakeem Anjorin, Chair of Dementia Action Alliance, Croydon. It was an opportunity to learn about dementia and the small ways one can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with Dementia, every action counts.

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  • Hakeem

    It’s really a fantastic session and enjoyed the knowledge behind dementia really understood what is dementia and how we help people with dementia.

  • Shaji Natrajan

    The session was very informative and very helpful.

  • Sonia Walker

    I found this session so understanding and informative. Mr. Hakeem delivered the message clearly and made me more aware of dementia as a condition not o be totally afraid of it. The impact it has on the lives of everyone and that it’s ok to talk. Thank you for the invite and I would like to be kept informed of further events.

Laughter Yoga with the Homeless people
  • The charity organised the second Laughter Yoga session in the community and this time it was for the homeless people, who came to socialise and get food at the West Croydon Methodist church. The staff and volunteers, who help with the homeless project also participated, where they experienced deep breathing exercises with laughter, get motivated to laugh for no reason other than out of joy and fun.

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  • Alberta

    It was a pleasure to have Callie with us. All of us had not experienced laughing yoga and it was therefore an interesting new experience.Staff joined in and found it fun and learn’t about the different ways laughter can be beneficial. A few clients joined in and found it fun. However, many didn't want to engage with this activity. Some felt shy, or didn't understand how laughing yoga works and felt it was not something they wanted to participate in.For many the time span needed to participate was more than they felt able to do. Overall a good experience for staff but not so much for our clients. In the future, talks on drugs, alcohol and mental health would be very welcome.

New Year’s resolution for better Mental Health
  • A very successful Stress Management session at Croydon University Hospital for their staff and the community by Dean Rahaman. More than 50 people participated understanding why is it important to manage stress, how people are putting their entire well-being at risk and stress narrows the ability to think clearly, function effectively and enjoy life. Thanks to Mike Bell and Anita Vincent from the Croydon NHS Trust and Nerinder for promoting the event.

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  • I’ve always believed stress is more harmful than we give credit…it really is!! Thank our for a very interesting session.

  • Facilitator great informative and really good at breaking info down - fantastic seminar.

  • Great session, knowledgeable speaker, very informative. However felt like an introduction as lots of areas covered in a short time.

How to Manage Mental Health as a career
  • Dr. Sunil Babu presented a very informative and interactive session called ‘Managing Mental Health as a Carer’ for the charity. The attendees braved the rain and cold to listen to Dr. Sunil Babu, who was engaging and provided a platform for attendees to share their experiences.Thanks to Mind in Croydon for sponsoring the venue, Beena Ali for all the preparation to make it happen and Dr. Sunil Babu for sponsoring the workshop.

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  • Thought the session went well. It was informative. The interactive bit at the end was really good I thought. Professional

  • Sylvia

    Feedback- the session was very well set up and informative. The doctor presenting the session was engaging, knowledgeable and approachable. Sessions like this are very valuable to the community and in special for those who are affected by a mental health problem, or are close to someone who is. It also gives the information and awareness to face the stigma around mental health more easily. Hope I can attend similar sessions. Thanks.

  • Rajesh

    It was very informative. I am always amazed by human mind and how it works. Dr was very experienced and his real examples of disorders were very good. Thanks a lot for the invitation. Do let me know about the next event.

  • Sadie

    Very Informative. I wish we had more time. Facilitator was excellent.

  • Rita

    The information sent on PDF suggests that we would be would be involved in a work shop and it never happened. They need to rearrange another session simply focusing on how carers can cope with their demanding role.

Combining Yoga & Meditation session
  • A very successful Yoga & Meditation session organised by Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health with the well qualified Aromatherapist and yoga teacher Alpa Amin. Alpa has been teaching for last 15 years in different parts of UK providing aromatherapy, reflexology complementary therapy yoga and meditation retreats for carers. Thanks to Age UK Croydon for sponsoring Scratchley Hall and Sheela Ajay for all the help and support from preparation through to delivery of the event.

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  • Beautiful, learning about pressure points and breathing techniques.

  • Relaxing, stimulating, lovely, calming and really good.

  • Had a totally relaxing afternoon thank for organising and letting me be a part of it.

Uplifting, fun hour of Laughter Yoga!
  • The Laughter Yoga session organised by Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health was a great way to bring the parents and staff of young people, with special educational needs, who attends St Giles, Priory and Bensham Manor Schools. Thanks to Callie Carling, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher,CreaTEAvity Consultancy for an enjoyable session, St Giles School for sponsoring the venue and Beena Ali for making all the arrangements.

    The event was an opportunity to boost your energy levels, reduce feelings of stress AND improve your physical and emotional wellbeing while joyfully connecting with others. All while learning simple laughter yoga exercises and indulging your inner child with playfulness. It is set at an easy peace along with simple yoga stretches, breathing exercises and meditation, designed to laugh yourself healthy!

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  • Noora

    It showed me how to make myself laugh with confidencewithout worrying about other’s opinion.

  • Heather

    Had such fun. Fell so much better. Will try this at home.

  • Linda

    I think laughter is great for everyone. Not sure about yoga as my body is a bit stiff.

  • Lou

    Session was good. Will use techniques at home with kids. Just because I have a lot going on I think the emotion was a bit overwhelming.

  • Beena

    Enjoyed the session so much. Will try and find class nearby to attend.

  • Hazel

    Fantastic Session- so easy to do and so enjoyable.Thank you.

First Aid Training at Methodist Church West Croydon supported by Broad Green Big Local and St Johns Ambulance.
  • Madam Mayor, Cllr Toni Letts and Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed inaugurated First event of the Foundation, First Aid Training at Methodist Church West Croydon supported by Broad Green Big Local and St Johns Ambulance. The event was oversubscribed with hundreds of people in the waiting list. The participants will receive certificates from St Johns Ambulance and it is valid for 3 years.

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  • Thank you for inviting me.

    I found the First Aid training extremely beneficial and very informative. The tutor was excellent and his delivery of the training was professional and engaging. I learnt a lot and believe that every person who is able to undertake First Aid training should do so, as having these skills could save someone's life. I am very grateful to have been invited..

  • My organisation deals with individuals and incidents from many walks of life which makes athe First Aid Training Course so needful.

    The training, information and delivery on the day was excellent with precision and professional. It was an interesting session and the trainer made it very easy to understand and absorb all the details on the emergency action needed to administer assistance in an emergency.

    The duration of the course was just right and we hope that this will be organised again very soon. I wish to register my interest for further any upcoming courses in the future.

  • Thank you for the email. And was a pleasure meeting you in person. It was a great First Aid training and much needed in the community! Great opportunity to be able to do this for FREE. I really enjoyed it and appreciated as needed to do one as I work with clients in the community doing health

  • Training was really useful, refreshing and I took away new skills like using a defibrillator and the importance of putting causalities in a recovery position. It also help me to dispel some of the first Aid Myth such as eating bread or drinking water when choking on a foreign object. I really appreciate the opportunity you gave me and my community connectors.

The charity called Manju Shahul-Hameed Foundation for Mental Health was launched by Cllr Toni Letts OBE, the Mayor of Croydon and Cllr Tony Newman, the Leader of London Borough of Croydon.
  • Dignitaries present at the event were Bishop of Croydon, Jonathan Clark, Colonel Ian McRobbie, Queen’s representative for Croydon and Mr. Rahul Nangare, First Secretary of Indian High Commission.

    A number of Councillors and representatives of community and voluntary organsiations and charities and business leaders were also present.

    The speakers at the event in addition to Cllr Manju Shahul-Hameed, Cllr Toni Letts OBE and Cllr Tony Newman were Mr. Richard Pacitti, Chief Executive of Mind in Croydon and Mrs. Deborah McClusky, Chair of Age UK Croydon.


    Aims of the charity

    1. Improve and maintain community mental wellbeing by

    2. Celebrate older people’s lives.

    3. Improve community wellbeing and promote the value of mindfulness.