Dragon Cafe Programme-29.07.2019

29th July 2019

Songs of Summer – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Gotta Sing!
This Monday is our last one before the annual summer break and so lets have some fun and sing. You can warm up with Singing for Wellbeing at 1 pm before the Karaoke Party at 7 pm. We can be each others fans (important in this weather)! We will also welcome back Lovejane for a Crochet-Works session at 3 pm to get some ideas for August, and there is much more besides including some outdoor activity with Football and Tai-Chi.

Please Note: in August we take our annual break and so the Cafe will be closed on any Monday during that month. The last one before the break will therefore be 29th July, next returning on 2nd September. We wish everyone well and thank you for your support over the last Dragon Year 🙂

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Dragon Cafe Programme - 22.07.2019

22nd July 2019

Songs of Summer – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Mental Fight Club – Sound & Vision
We are hugely excited to be able to share a first look at a new short film about Mental Fight Club’s work – including our flagship project The Dragon Café – and a first listen to ‘Finding Our Way’ by the Dragon Café Singers. We hope that the film captures the spirit of the Café and our dedication to creativity as a healing medium of connection and will hear about the process from filmmakers Rosa Productions. Vivien Ellis has led our Dragon Café Singers for many years and this new album is a celebration of this wonderful regular group that not only meets each Monday, but has written original pieces and performed at venues including Shakespeare’s Globe and Southwark Cathedral.

Earlier in the afternoon at 2 pm you can join Vivien for a Borough & Bankside Ballad Walk exploring the local area and its history through song. You can also dig into Southwark Local History & Archives or join Li for a Make and Curate discussion group with a focus on Cafe exhibition in the autumn.

Please Note: in August we take our annual break and so the Cafe will be closed on any Monday during that month. The last one before the break will therefore be 29th July, next returning on 2nd September.

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Dragon Cafe Programme - 15.07.2019

15th July 2019

Songs of Summer – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – A Summer Song
We’ll be celebrating with song over the next few weeks and begin with a wonderful opportunity to create a new one this Monday. You can join one, or all, of our activities throughout the day including Singing for Wellbeing at 1 pm; then at 7 pm Daniel and Vivien will lead the creation of A Summer Song in an accessible collaboration in which we’ll be songwriters together.

Please Note: in August we take our annual break and so the Cafe will be closed on any Monday during that month. The last one before the break will therefore be 29th July, next returning on 2nd September.

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Dragon Cafe Programme - 15.07.2019

Dragon Cafe Programme - 08.07.2019

8th July 2019

Summer Zen – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Movement, Voice, Play & Connection
Join us for another creative Monday and a day full of options. As our special evening event at 6.30 pm you are invited to join Anthony Fidler for Crazy Zen & HeartTouch – Exploring Life through Movement, Voice, Play & Connection. As Anthony explains ” ‘Crazy Zen’ is an energy based form of play drawn from Movement work, Qi Gong, Japanese Hara practices, Breath and Sound work to bring us more fully into our bodies with a good feeling and to quieten our minds. ‘HeartTouch’ is a mindfulness and touch based practice in which we learn to enter into resonance and heart connection with another person. It is superbly relaxing! All welcome, experiencer, carer, professionals…”

Please Note: in August we take our annual break and so the Cafe will be closed on any Monday during that month. The last one before the break will therefore be 29th July, next returning on 2nd September.

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1st July 2019

Designs for Minds – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Architecture and the Asylum – Stories from Springfield Hospital
This Monday evening psychiatrist and filmmaker Dr Khaldoon Ahmed will take us on a journey of the construction of Asylums in the 19th Century, to their eventual demise to luxury housing.

Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Khaldoon and a team of volunteers looked at the history of Springfield Hospital, originally built in 1841, now redevelopment into apartments and new mental health facilities. In this talk he will present his findings, and show a short work-in-progress film about the old psychiatric intensive care unit at Springfield that was demolished last month. The talk will also include a discussion on architecture and the treatment of mental illness.

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24th June 2019

Better Together – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Intentional Peer Support: learn and grow together
We’re delighted to end our Better Together month on an evening with Chris Hansen, the Director of Intentional Peer Support (IPS). Intentional Peer Support provides a powerful framework for creating relationships where both people learn and grow together. They offer a range of training to examine and practice what is necessary to build mutual support, and help to develop peer/service-user/survivor-led alternatives to psychiatric hospitals.  IPS is used across the world in community, peer support, and human services settings, and is a tool for community development with broad appeal to people from all walks of life.

Earlier in the day join one of our many creative activities including the first week of Make and Curate at 2 pm.  This is a series of art workshops, the first and last of which will take place in the Café, the others offsite in a local space where we can dedicate a longer time to making art, with an art tutor on hand. The resulting artwork will be shown in The Dragon Café in autumn and participants will collaborate on the logistics of the show. Join us for all of some of the sessions. Session #1 Make and Curate Manifesto – ideas and planning.

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Dragon Cafe Programme - 17.06.2019

17th June 2019

Better Together – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – Research in Practice
This month we are looking at several approaches to research as a supported collaborative practice, and hope to learn more together along the way. At 2 pm you can join our Researching Southwark Local History & Archives collaboration. Learn about archiving methods, discover what is within the Southwark collection relating to mental health, and contribute to shaping it for future use.

At 7 pm we welcome Gary Coyle, a peer researcher from the McPin Foundation, who will give a short presentation about a project he has worked on called My Story: Our Future which focuses on experiences of psychosis. We will have a conversation about this project and research more generally, and all are welcome.

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Dragon Cafe Programme - 17.06.2019

10th June 2019

Better Together – This Month at The Dragon Café

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café – A Comedy Duo on Film
We are celebrating the creativity and support of coming together and this Monday you can enjoy a real treat with our surprise Mood Movies – A Comedy Duo at 6.30pm. A recent cinematic release to raise a smile, swell your heart and celebrate a classic comedy pair.

Earlier in the day we welcome to the Café our new Re:CREATE Psychiatry Programme Manager Eve Mundy to share exciting plans for this Mental Fight Club project. Eve would love to meet you and hear from you and will be at the Dragon every month.

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3rd June 2019

Artist Insights, Archives & Zumba!

This Monday from 12 – 8.30 pm at The Dragon Café
We are delighted to welcome our exhibiting artists Elsbeth van der Poel and Kathryn Watson to hear more about their exhibition In the Mind and their creative practices in our Artist Talk at 7 pm. Their visual storytelling art is based on personal experiences with mental health and can be seen each Monday at the Café this month.

Earlier in the day at 2 pm you can be part of a new Researching Southwark Local History & Archives project in collaboration with our neighbouring John Harvard Library. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about archiving methods and shape their existing collections relating to mental health. This will take place at the Library but meet at the Café first. You can also get on your feet for our Dance-Works at 4 pm this week with John David for some Zumba and Soulful Line Dance.

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27th May 2019

A Creative River Flows

This Bank Holiday Monday from 12 – 6 pm at The Dragon Café
We will be open this Bank Holiday Monday so feel free to pop in anytime between 12-6 pm. Katie Rose will be leading the Singing at 1 pm, Lovejane invites you to try your hand at Crochet at 3 pm, and we are delighted to welcome back poet David Neita and composer Deborah Pritchard to lead an improvised session combining poetry and music: There is a River – Poetry & Music Workshop from 2.30 pm. They will be with us throughout the afternoon and everyone is welcome to participate.

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