14 September 2015
More than 450 residents and service users came together to have fun and learn about mental health and wellbeing at C&I’s community open day on Sunday 13 September 2015.
We were delighted that Jeremy Corbyn, MP for North Islington, joined us for his first official engagement as Labour Leader. Mr Corbyn visited stands and met with patients, staff. He said that he was there “because I’m a local MP and support the work of the trust and all the volunteer groups and all the other groups that come together to build that community around mental health”.
There were speeches from C&I chair Leisha Fullick, the Mayor of Camden, Councillor Larraine Revah and Mayor of Islington, Councillor Richard Greening. Families enjoyed a host of fun activities, including a rodeo bull, face painting and a bouncy castle. Tariq Knight, who starred in BBC 1’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, caused gasps of delight and amazement with his magic tricks. There was also a tour of the gallery at St Pancras Hospital which has artwork produced by veterans to raise awareness of the struggles they face during war and the value of the arts as a therapeutic and healing form of practice.
There was a range of stands highlighting C&I mental health and substance misuse services and our partners from the Police, Fire Service and London Ambulance were also there.
The day finished with a prize draw and we would like to extend a big thank you to the following local organisations who very kindly donated gifts:
Cofely, Harry Potter Shop – King’s Cross, Pancras Square Leisure, John Lewis, Waterstone’s, Waitrose, Hamley’s, Hatchard’s, Fortnum & Mason, Marks & Spencer, Sainsburys, Tesco, Waterstones, B&Q.
And a big thank you to everyone who helped staff the stalls and helped everything run smoothly.
Stalls on the day: C&I Members stand, Service user involvement stand,UNISON and Unite, RCN, Ragland and Netherwood Day Centres, You and your rights (mental health law), Margarete Centre, FallStop Campaign, Pharmacy, Recovery College, Nicotine Management, Research, Careers, Health and Wellbeing, Volunteering, iCope.
That's it! You can also see the full contact sheet of photos on the day.