Events News

August 27th, 2018

Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

The organisers of Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week (WMHAW) now in its 6th year are thrilled to announce that they have a new website!

A crowdfunding campaign whereby gifts in kind were recognised by the Worthing County Local Committee who then generously awarded a grant to cover the cost of the website. It is the first grant in the Worthing area to be awarded under West Sussex County Council's new funding scheme.

The website was designed by Worthing website creator Stacey Church from Lime Pixel who has worked tirelessly in order to get the website up and running in time for the annual Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week which coincides with World Mental Health Day (10th Oct).

Events for this year's Worthing Mental Health Awareness Week (8th - 13th October at Offington Park Methodist Church, South Farm Road by Broadwater Green) will be updated on the website, on Facebook and via #WMHAW on Twitter.

The aim of the Week is to challenge the stigma around mental health and to provide good quality information in a safe and non-judgemental environment.

Most of the events are free and are open to all. Local charities, organisations and groups will have displays in the 'Information Centre' and there will be a variety of workshops and talks designed to promote positive mental health throughout the week.

The week will be launched on Monday 8th October at 10am by the Mayor of Worthing Cllr Paul Baker followed by the Mayor’s Chaplain lighting a Peace Candle with co-founder Bob Smytherman acting as Master of Ceremonies.

The key note presentation this year will be by representatives of the local branch of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA).

Organiser Carol Barber said she was "delighted that SSAFA had agreed to talk to WMHAW about the ways mental health impacted on those in the Armed Services, Veterans and their families."

In the evening there will be a special Meeting of Worthing Rethink Mental Health Carers group run by Mark Hughes with a guest speaker from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Tuesday 9th will focus on keeping well in later life and include an open meeting of Dementia Friendly Worthing at 4pm.

On Wednesday 10th October which is World Mental Health Day. The organisers have asked Grassroots (a local suicide prevention charity) to deliver their SafeTALK (suicide alertness) training.
This will start at 10am and last for three and a half hours. This is the only event in the Week for which there is a small charge.
This training event is subsidised courtesy of the grant from the County Council at just £35 per person and includes a ploughman’s lunch provided by Offington Church places are limited and must be booked in advance by contacting Carol Barber.

Thursday's and Friday's activities include ways of promoting self-care and emotional resilience, and also the opportunity to paint pebbles as part of Coastal West Sussex MIND's anti stigma campaign called 'West Sussex Rocks'.
For more information

A film will be shown on the Thursday night.

On the Friday evening the week will conclude with a free concert, with a retiring collection for Coastal West Sussex MIND.
The concert is co-ordinated by Karen Simporis and compared by Guild Care Trustee Mr Percy Nowell

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August 27th, 2018

Cemetery Tours in September (missed the magazine in August)

The Friends of the cemetery are continuing their summer programme of thematic cemetery tours with both a Saturday and a Sunday tour scheduled for the month of September 2018. The dates for Inside Broadwater reader’s diaries are Saturday 1 September and Sunday 23 September 2018.

On Saturday 1 September there will be a nostalgic tour titled ‘Life After World War 1’, when previously untold stories are revealed for the first time, giving an insight to the difficult days after the end of the First World War for Worthing veterans and the community at large. This tour is directed towards the centenary marking the end of WW1. The tour will commence at 11.00 and visitors are requested to arrive at the cemetery chapels in South Farm Road by 10.45. The tour is free but a special booklet relating to the tour will be available at the modest cost of a single pound. Refreshments will be also available for a donation and these will include tea, coffee and cakes. There will be display boards and a sales stand and other items of interest.

On Sunday 23 September there will be an unusual tour titled ‘A Tree Tour’ that follows the popular ‘Nature, Flora and Fauna’ tour last month. Visitors will be astonished at the amazing variety of trees that can be found in the 14.5 acre cemetery site. This Sunday tour will commence at 14.00 and guests should arrive at the cemetery chapels in South Farm Road by 13.45. Refreshments will be available for a donation to the Friend’s funds, which are used to enhance and benefit the cemetery and therefore the community at large.

The Friends look forward to greeting you.

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August 8th, 2018

Worthing Islamic Social and Welfare Society Remembers Srebenica

Twenty three years ago, a long way from Worthing, thousands of people died in an action fuelled by religious hatred. Ethnic cleansing and concentration camps bought many bitter memories of another war, only this time the victims included 8,000 Bosnian Muslims theoretically under UN protection. Nearly 30,000 women & children were displaced and abused.

On Wednesday 8th August, 2018, Muslims, Jews and Christians combined to learn the lessons of that time and declare to each other that We will not allow how prejudice to divide communities and I would like to express my gratitude to the organisers for giving is that opportunity.

Between 1956 and 2016 there were 43 genocides across the world and at least 43 different occasions where one section of society thought that it was acceptable to exterminate others. And if that sounds like just a problem for another country, we need to examine more carefully the casual way our own society accepts new ways to divide communities with fear and prejudice.

If prejudice is an adaptive response rooted in fear of the unknown, then this occasion was a welcome step in getting to know each other better.

We all need to speak out against prejudice, whether Islamophobia, antisemitism or any other form, and sometimes we need those small but persistent acts of courage whenever we hear inappropriate comments. We can share good stories and speak against negative stereotypes.

Negative voices still surround us, even in Worthing, and seem to growing in popularity. Extremists don’t want us to unite because then we can’t be manipulated and controlled. That is why events such as this are so important, as they are an example of reaching out and countering the prejudices that are exploited by others for their own agendas.

Cllr Margaret Howard

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May 19th, 2018

Broadwater's Royal Wedding Picnic

The weather was amazing, the atmosphere was fantastic and we all had a Right Royal Time! June Issue of Inside Broadwater has collages of the photos from the event on 2 double spreads!
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