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Borough health visitors reach gold standard

Health Visiting services in Sutton (the team of registered nurses who support families with children aged 0-5 in the community) are one of the first in London to receive the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative Gold Award.

 

The service, provided by Sutton Health and Care – an innovative alliance of health and care organisations in Sutton, is one of a small number of community services to have received the Gold Award. The award is recognition that not only is the service providing the best standards of care for mothers and babies, but that it has the leadership, culture and systems in place to maintain this over the long term.

 

The Baby Friendly Initiative, set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organisation, is a global programme which provides a practical and effective way for health services to improve and maintain the best standards of care for all mothers and babies. In the UK, the initiative works with public services to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, safe bottle feeding and to strengthen mother-baby and family relationships.

 

Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council and Chair of the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “The health visitors at Sutton Health and Care work incredibly hard to ensure that all babies and new parents in Sutton get the best start in life. I’m delighted that their efforts have been recognised by UNICEF with this award. The work they do is so important in making sure that Sutton remains a great place to raise a family.”

 

Head of Children’s Services for Sutton Health and Care, Jenny Giles, said: “I am extremely proud of our Health Visiting team. This award is recognition of all the team do to support our local families.

 

“Whilst we encourage mothers to breastfeed and will support them throughout their breastfeeding journey, we know that breastfeeding is not right or possible for everyone, and are committed to helping parents make an informed choice about feeding methods and supporting then to build a close and loving relationship with their baby.”

 

The Baby Friendly programme sets standards for health professionals to follow and has an assessment and accreditation scheme to support the implementation of the standards. In the UK, it is recommended by both the Department of Health and NICE as an effective intervention to improve public health. The Baby Friendly Award is a nationally recognised mark of quality care.

 

For more information about Health Visiting services in Sutton, please visit www.suttonhealthandcare.nhs.uk/health-visiting-service.

 

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Corner Gallery has been popping up all over the place

Since leaving the Beeches last year (lease ended/building sold) the Corner Gallery has literally been  popping up everywhere at various events as well as travelling the UK representing at the big Art Fairs.

“Our forever home in CARSHALTON is almost ready  so I’ve found the oddest little place that has been transformed into CORNER GALLERY but in BELMONT.

“It’s the REAR LOUNGE, CAFEINA CAFE, 16 Station Road, Belmont SM2. whilst checking out the art you can grab a coffee and panini. Opening times are mon – sat 8.30am till 3pm. And Fridays are late till 8pm with jewellers and other traders.”

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Sutton Symphony Orchestra’s Spring Concert showcases local composer and soloists

Sutton Symphony Orchestra returns to St Andrew’s URC Cheam on Saturday 28th March with much to celebrate in a concert featuring a new commission written specially for the orchestra AND (yes, there’s more) the final of Sutton Music Service’s  Young Musician of the Year competition. All this plus an epic symphony more than adequately answers the question on everyone’s lips since our summer concert – “how do you follow Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite?”

First up is the special commission: so a world premiere in Cheam nonetheless. Carshalton-born composer David Hackbridge Johnson started writing music at an early age and now has hundreds of compositions to his name including full symphonies, ballets and string quartets. He is also an accomplished teacher,  jazz and classical musician (piano, violin and drums), and poet. His commission for Sutton Symphony Orchestra “River Wandle Suite” is in five movements and takes us along the Wandle from Carshalton Ponds, past the water grasses and mills into a rousing fugue of a finale.

Next up, three talented members of the Borough’s youth music service will be showcasing their skills and treating the audience to performances of concerto movements as follows:

 

Elaine Jones – Weber’s Clarinet Concertino

Johnny Tennent – Arutiunian’s Trumpet Concerto

Sophie Simpson – Mercadante’s Flute Concerto

Elgar’s 1st Symphony forms the second half of the concert. This premiered in 1908 and was universally well received by press and public alike, which must make a pleasant change for a composer. The score states it’s a Symphony for Full Orchestra and  this is pretty accurate – around 50 minutes of epic scoring of music that is noble, passionate, intense, lyrical, and very grand.  Elgar said the symphony was about love, charity and hope for the future so honourable sentiments indeed. 

The concert starts at 7.30pm, tickets from  https://www.wegottickets.com/event/493324/  or on the door: adults £10, under 18s free. Refreshments at the interval.

Do come along and support local-grown music-making talent.

Sutton Symphony Orchestra (Conductor Philip Aslangul, Leader Annmarie McDade) rehearses on Tuesdays and provides an opportunity for local musicians to tackle ambitious orchestral works. SSO performs 3 concerts per year. If you are interested in joining,

get in touch: http://www.suttonsymphonyorchestra.org/

https://en-gb.facebook.com/SuttonSymphonyOrchestra/

Twitter: @SuttonSymph

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suttonsymphony/

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CAOS returns to Carshalton 2020

CAOS returns to Carshalton in 2020!
The Carshalton Artists ‘Open Studios’ event celebrates the rich diversity of artistic expression, cultural activities and heritage within the historic village of Carshalton, South London once again this year.
This hugely successful annual event has something for everyone, from children and families to the serious art collector; all on an art trail that includes artists studios, galleries, historic buildings, free workshops, demonstrations and themed trails. There are 60 carefully selected artists again his year in just over 20 locations, with collaborations between Sutton Museums and Heritage, local schools and businesses. There will be a water theme and a first time in the newly refurbished Cryer Arts on Carshalton High Street.
Sutton Heritage buildings will once again open their doors to the annual event, with some of the London Borough of Sutton’s artistic gems awaiting the public at Honeywood Museum and Little Holland House. There will once again be plenty of opportunities to join in too, with themed arts trails across the whole event and chances to explore your own creative expression with a variety of demonstrations and workshops.
Carshalton Artists Open Studios will be on the weekends of June the 27th/28th and July 4th/5th. For more information you can follow Carshalton Artists at www.carshaltonartists.com
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Carew Academy is outstanding – it is official!

Students, staff and families at Carew Academy are celebrating the result of their Ofsted inspection, in which the school was rated ‘Outstanding’ in all categories.

Carew Academy is a special academy for students aged 7-19 with a wide range of ability levels and additional learning needs, including complex needs. The school is part of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust (OHCAT).   

 Principal, Mr Rob Watkins, said: ‘I am delighted with the outcome of the inspection. Students thrive at Carew Academy because they know we have high expectations and we want them to do well. I have an amazing team and we all share the same vision, we want our students to be well educated, happy, confident and independent.’

 During the two-day inspection in January, inspectors met students, staff, governors and the CEO of OHCAT, Mr John Prior. They carried out formal and informal meetings with a broad range of children who proudly told inspectors, ‘This school is amazing’, a sentiment echoed throughout the inspection. They also carried out lesson visits and reviewed students’ work taking a keen interest in English, reading, science, art and design, humanities and PSHE.

 The report praised the leadership and management of the school stating, ‘The headteacher and senior team lead by example. Their energy and vision have helped the school go from strength to strength. Staff, governors and families share leaders’ high aspirations.

 Staff were also highly commended for working ‘exceptionally well with families and external agencies’ creating strong partnerships that have ‘forged a school where all pupils excel’, ‘for many it is the first time they have been successful at school’.

 Inspectors were also impressed by the high quality of education, noting, ‘Leaders and staff understand what helps students to be successful. They make ambitious choices about what students’ study and all subjects are planned carefully. Leaders and staff make sure that students achieve highly in all subjects. Excellent off-site courses provide further opportunities.’

 After spending time with students and observing teaching and learning, the report stated that, ‘Staff are passionate about meeting students’ needs’ at Carew.  Students are taught a wide range of vocabulary, which they use in their oral and written work. This positively impacts their ability to express their ideas well and show the depth of their knowledge.

 The report credited the school’s approach to personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education and the way it underpins everything the school does. It commented that, ‘Personal development is exceptional, from a young age, staff encourage students to take on responsibilities. High-quality therapies help students to manage their behaviour and feelings. Students behave very well in lessons.

 Inspectors were particularly impressed by student’s keenness to take advantage of everything the school offers, from creative arts projects and sports to debating and animation. Older students benefit from industry work placements. All of these experiences help them to learn and apply new skills.

 The report also noted that the high-quality careers education provided gives students comprehensive information on their future choices.

A very proud principal concluded: “Every single member of our school community deserves praise for what they have contributed to making Carew Academy an ‘Outstanding’ school. Our students are remarkable young people.”

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Creative workspace provider moving to Sutton Point

International creative workspace provider Spaces has continued the next phase of its expansion with a brand-new centre in Sutton opening.

One of the fastest-growing providers of flexible workspace in the UK, Spaces is set to arrive at Sutton Point this spring. The centre at Sutton Point, an exciting new development in the vibrant heart of the London Borough, is the latest announcement from Spaces who have an additional five openings in the Capital this year.

The 12,820 sq ft of serviced office space will be housed in an impressive building with an eye-catching curved façade and a double-height reception, perfect for welcoming clients or striking up conversation with a buzzing business community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

Spaces Sutton Point will allow businesses to avoid the congestion of central London while offering a quick commute with Sutton Station just three minutes away. With St Nicholas and Times Square, Manor Park and a range of amenities all within walking distance, the space is set to provide an ideal workplace that allows for inspiration and recreation in equal measure.

Offering both private and shared offices and meeting rooms for hire, Spaces Sutton Point brings a productive new way of working to the local business community.

 Richard Morris, UK CEO of Spaces says, “We are delighted that Sutton Point will be the newest home of Spaces’ flair and creativity. Our new centre will meet fresh demand from entrepreneurs and local business in Sutton while building on the success of Spaces’ nationwide expansion.”

“According to our 2019 Suburban Economic Survey, flexible workspaces are set to pump £12 billion into local economies by 2030. Our new offering in Sutton reflects the fact that businesses are increasingly setting up shop in the suburbs of major cities. Aside from the direct financial impact, local office space has additional social benefits including reduced commuting time and opportunities for those less able to travel into the city.”

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Signpost Sutton forums organised by borough’s mental health foundation

Signpost Sutton – Sutton Mental Health Foundation

Signpost Sutton is a programme of open forums, which explores a range of different themes and issues that impact on the lives and experience of Sutton residents who experience mental and emotional distress.

Their March session is:

Coercive control
Do we know what it really means? 

Tuesday 3rd March 2020
3-4pm
At SMHF, 63 Downs Road, Belmont, SM2 5NR

This session is open to service users, carers and those who would like more information on this topic.

Confirm attendance by contacting 020 8770 0172 or email jane.isaac@smhf.org.uk.

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Sutton young carers take part in half term project

This February half term the award-winning charity Create has been working in collaboration with Sutton Carers Centre to empower the lives of young carers from Sutton through the creative arts.

School holidays can be a particularly difficult time for young carers. For many, without school’s daily routine, increased time at home equates to an increase in time caring for a relative. Creative workshops enable these vulnerable children to foster friendships, build new skills, increase confidence and self-esteem and take vital time away from their caring responsibilities to have fun.

Create are currently raising awareness about young carers through a stark and powerful mural painted in Shoreditch. The mural asks in bold red lettering, COULD YOU USE A NEEDLE AT 9 YEARS OLD? The mural can be viewed here.

While most of us never had to find out if we could use a needle at age nine, this is a reality for many young children across the country who act as a primary caregiver for loved ones.  Today Create, the UK’s leading charity that uses the creative arts to empower lives, unveiled a striking street art mural in Shoreditch to raise awareness of the more than 700,000 young carers in Britain, some as young as four years old, who take on an over 20 hours of caring responsibilities a week. Some care for more than 50.

Young carers are a vulnerable group of children who often experience bullying, isolation and mental ill-health. Many are responsible for tasks that adults could find daunting, such as being in charge of family finances and administering life-saving medication on a daily basis. Furthermore, they may not be aware that there is support available for young people like them.

Nicky Goulder, Chief Executive at Create, said: “At Create we understand the impact these responsibilities can have on a child. By developing and running carefully tailored creative arts projects in partnership with localised young carer services, we enable these vulnerable children to foster friendships, build new skills, increase confidence and self-esteem and take vital time away from their caring responsibilities to have fun and just be children. We are deeply committed to enhancing their wellbeing and have seen how the creative arts can empower and upskill.”

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Extra time given to enter building and construction awards

The National Building & Construction Awards have announced that following exceptional interest in the second year of the awards, extra time to complete entries.

The extended deadline is the 10th March at 3pm. Businesses can enter at www.nbcawards.co.uk and entry is FREE OF CHARGE.

Priestley Construction were the winners of Contractor of the Year in 2019. Construction Director Rob Pell commented “It has been an amazing 12 months for us here and to now be crowned with the title is a genuine thrill.”.

Awards Director Damian Cummins said “Building on a fabulous foundation, we are delighted with the level of interest in these prestigious national awards. Many entrants are only starting their application now and so we have decided to stretch the deadline to accommodate everyone. We are very much looking forward to celebrating the best of the UKs building & construction at our glitzy awards final in South Kensington in just a few months’ time“.

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Carshalton Environmental Fair date set for August 31

Carshalton Environmental Fair
Bank Holiday Monday 31 st August 2020
10.30am-8.00pm
Carshalton Park, SM5 3DD
 150+ stalls: craft, farmers’ market, and eco advice
 children’s fun
 tasty food, vegan, real ale
 3 stages with live music
 Children under 12 get FREE entrance, 12-16 year olds and concessions are £3, adults
are £5. Family deal ticket of £15 for families with two adults and up to three teenagers
under 17.

Under 12s FREE,
020 8404 1522
www.envfair.org.uk
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