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What is Canerows?
Canerows is a user led service working to improve the lives of people who are overcoming mental health issues, particularly people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds who are over-represented in the mental health system.
Canerows is based at Sound Minds, a multi-award winning user-led mental health arts charity in Battersea.
In 2016 Sound Minds was privileged to be commissioned by Mind to organise Peerfest, the annual national conference and celebration of peer support.
What is Mama Low's Kitchen?
Mama Lows Kitchen is a user led drop-in based at the Katherine Low Settlement SW11 3HP.
Mama’s is open every Friday throughout the year. As well as a low cost meal there is internet access and peer support, and a programme of outings and other activities.
Mama’s is open to Wandsworth residents only and is free to attend.
Contact Sound Minds, call in, or download the referral form.
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Meet Our Team
Ward visitors support others from the perspective of people who have been through similar experiences.
Mia Morris OBE
Mia been the coordinator of the project for the past three years, and has been involved with Sound Minds for the past 9 years. She is a highly respected member of staff who has lovingly coined the term Goslings to represent all the team at Canerows and Sound Minds.
It has been a very enlightening experience
working with Canerows. I had no preconceived ideas regarding the nature of the
work I would be doing, or the type of people I that would be meeting. But being
allowed to be a part of something that makes a very real difference to the
lives of so many people who have so many varying types of personal struggles is
both rewarding and profoundly disturbing at the same time.
Being a part of the Ward Visiting team at Canerows has given me the opportunity to meet some of the most fantastic and interesting people, who through no fault of their own have fallen on hard times. It has given me the chance to use my own personal experiences to bring people a little break from the difficulties they are currently experiencing.
Since I have been a ward visitor I learned a lot. My confidence has increased so much. I find it’s easier to talk to people. Being a ward visitor is good for my mental health because it gets me to go out of the house and help others that are struggling, just like I was once. Having a mental health illness means that for me I have my good days as well has my bad days. So I find by doing this project has a big impact with my mental health.
I enjoy meeting the patients and sharing experiences with them. On long stay awards, I like the rapport we get with patients when they see you return. It’s like a familiar face that isn’t clinical staff someone to talk to it keeps continuity going. And the surprise and astonishment that they have knowing that I too am a service user.
When I was asked to write a few words about being a ward visitor, I thought back to when I first started and realised just what a profound effect it has had on my life. It’s not that my life was unproductive before, but I didn’t have the same sense of purpose that I have now.
Terry-Sue Sinclair Ackah
It helped me in a profound way. I am
confident and healthy it’s quite interesting going onto the wards every week
without know what to expect, know that your presence can help someone to
overcome their worries or frustration. It gives me a lot more empathy towards
the patients knowing that I experience a similar illness. It is so rewarding
knowing that I can be of help others like myself.
What Our Client's Say
The thing I most love about Mama Lows is the coming together of everyone- the sense of community and fellowship.
I think that Mama Lows kitchen is good for me because Sam is a great cook and I like playing music on the laptop.
I like coming to Mama Low's every Friday because I like the people who go there and the meals are nice.
look forward to the company of others we all seem to get along grand and we have a very good chef.
I think that Mama Lows cook a lot of good and delicious food and I enjoy eating there.
I have a great time every Friday. The company is fantastic and it’s not far for me to come. I enjoy the company and food and activities I have been coming to Mama Lows even if you’re having a bad day there is always someone to cheer you up.
Teaching the street jazz dance is always a joy and rewarding seeing the students progress every week. The socializing is good as a great bunch of people we are like a little community.