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You! Me! Us! We! Jun 18

This year’s annual London Pride Parade was due to take place in June, but as with many things planned in our calendars over recent months, it has been rescheduled to take place next year. In February, the event organisers had announced this year’s theme was ‘You! Me! Us! We!’, saying that, “In a climate where […]

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Black Lives Matter Jun 08

It’s been truly sickening to bear witness to the horrific killing of George Floyd in the US. Racism and discrimination are not just issues for the US, as has been amplified so clearly in protests over the past 10 days in the UK too.  The detrimental impacts of racial inequality affecting Black, Asian and Minority […]

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Certitude’s Response to Easing the Lockdown May 28

Certitude remains driven by its mission to keep everyone we support and colleagues as safe and well as possible during the coronavirus pandemic.  We recognise that there are many challenges in coming out of lockdown and as such we will implement any changes very carefully, seeking the views of people where we possibly can and […]

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Working for a Mental Health Crisis Helpline During Coronavirus Lockdown May 28

Solidarity in a Crisis (SIAC) is Certitude’s out-of-hours mental health crisis helpline in South London.  Carolin Sternecker is one of our Peer Supporters with the service and has been supporting callers during the Covid-19 lockdown. She talked to us about what impact the lockdown has had on people’s mental health… Carolin Sternecker, a SIAC Peer […]

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Thank you for your help May 27

Since being restricted to our homes, and with the closure of our usual activities, life has been challenging. We have been bowled over by the demonstration of creativity, patience and love from people we support, our incredible support teams, central services staff, volunteers – and people like you, who continue to support us during this […]

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Calls to mental health crisis helpline in London almost double during lockdown May 18

Solidarity in a Crisis, which operates an out-of-hours mental health crisis helpline in Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark has seen a dramatic rise in calls since the beginning of the lockdown.   In April, calls increased by 46% compared to February and 87% compared to January 2020. Calls to the helpline are expected to be even […]

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The ‘New Normal’ May 18

Have you ever wished you had more time to learn a musical instrument, to cook, to garden, to decorate, to read, to clear out all that clutter? Janice Joannou, Certitude’s Head of Learning & Organisation Development, thinks some of us may now be careful what we wish for…  Janice, Head of Learning & Organisation Development Big […]

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Embracing The Unknown: My New Role During Lockdown May 06

Magda is a Certitude Support Worker, who has recently moved from working at a day centre to a ‘Supported Living’ house to help the team during the Covid-19 crisis.  Here she writes about her experiences working with a new team in a new environment and what she is learning along the way.  Magda, a Certitude […]

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Certitude Covid-19 Update Apr 27

You might be wondering how the current situation is directly impacting the 1500 people we support across London…

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Tribute to Barbara West Apr 23

Barbara West, a wonderful woman who lived in Isleworth and whom we supported for many years, sadly died in hospital recently, having been diagnosed with Covid-19. This week, BBC Breakfast featured a wonderful tribute to Barbara, in which her sister, Frances, and Certitude CEO, Aisling Duffy, remembered her life and raised issues about the impact Covid-19 […]

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