A Women’s Art Group runs on Wednesday afternoons (2pm-3.30pm) at Peckham Settlement and we also try to provide other creative activities more sporadically throughout the year at the other centres.
Creative activities are hugely beneficial in the reduction of stress and management of mental health issues. The trauma experienced by those seeking asylum often results in mental ill health and therefore we believe providing a creative outlet is hugely important. The groups also encourage clients to socialise in an expressive and supportive environment.
Computer classes and access
SDCAS is an eDigital Competence Commission (eDCC) registered centre and as such we offer beginner’s Computer classes. The classes are available on Wednesdays at Peckham Settlement and Thursdays at Crossway, 2pm-4pm.
Our Computer Classes aim to provide IT education to our clients in order to build confidence and improve language and self educating skills. They also encourage participants to socialise. We hope to equip clients who are unable to obtain formal education with relevant IT skills to improve their integration into society, as well as empowering those with little or no knowledge of computers in communicating and utilising the technology to independently improve their knowledge and skills.
We have a rolling programme of Parenting Courses available in a number of languages. So far we have run English, French and Arabic Parenting Courses and will be repeating the cycle from September. There is a crèche service available in conjunction with the classes.
The asylum process is immensely stressful and uncertain. Enjoyable family-time together can be very rare as parents and carers struggle to secure their status, find housing and food for their family and try to secure school places for their children.
The asylum process is immensely stressful and uncertain. Enjoyable family-time together can be very rare as parents and carers struggle to secure their status, find housing and food for their family and try to secure school places for their children. For families who are reaching the end of the process, perhaps caught in the situation of being refused asylum but unable to return to countries where governance has broken down, the opportunity to work on parenting skills and learn ways to spend time together without stress is even more vital. This project focuses on strengthening family relationships through the delivery of parenting courses.
We have English classes at each of our centres. On Tuesdays the classes run 2pm-5pm, Wednesdays 1.30pm-3.30pm and Thursdays 2pm-4pm.
We have Esol (English for speakers of other languages) teachers providing introductory level English classes at each centre as it is very important for our clients to improve their language skills in order to reduce the level of isolation they can often feel. As the many of our clients do not have access to education in this country or the means to pay for it it is a vital service.
Health & Wellbeing Activities
At the Copleston Centre we have two drop-in support groups – Women’s Dance Movement Therapy Group (2pm-3pm) and Men’s Wellbeing Support Group (3.30pm-4.30pm).
The groups use body work exercises, movement and relaxation techniques in a supportive environment and are facilitated by a registered Dance Movement Psychotherapist (ADMPUK).
activities are designed to provide a respite from the pressure of the asylum process and relief from depression and post-traumatic stress symptoms
The work is designed to provide respite from the pressure of the asylum process and relief from depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress symptoms. The groups stimulate clients’ creativity and self-awareness, empowering them to gain confidence and self esteem. Through creative movement, dance and relaxation sessions the clients are supported within a new culture, increasing social interaction, making new freindships and enchancing quality of life.
We are currently running a Gardening Project that aims to create a peaceful and productive space in our local allotment. We meet at the Copleston Centre on Tuesday mornings to visit and work on our garden.
Our Gardening Project (run in partnership with our local allotment association Camberwell Gardens Guild) is a vital new initiative designed to offer a creative response to the considerable mental distress experienced by asylum seekers and refugees. The process of creating and maintaining an allotment together offers a variety of benefits to clients. Participants experience respite from the daily challenges of the asylum process and the trauma of past experiences through getting involved in a safe and nurturing activity, supported by staff and local volunteers. Along with the therapeutic elements of the project there are also practical benefits such as the horticultural knowledge gained and involvement in the local community.
We have a crèche service at each of the centres that is run by qualified Play Workers alongside the advice sessions to allow parents to benefit fully from our services and allow children the important social interaction they need for development.