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The Darby & Joan Club in Streatham was a hotbed of activity today, as their members came together for their annual event as part of Black History Month.

Mayor of Lambeth at Streatham Darby and Joan Club

Mayor of Lambeth at Streatham Darby and Joan Club

Unlike some groups which are very targeted to a specific group within the borough, the Darby & Joan Club is extremely diverse and a great example of how people from very different backgrounds can a do come together, support one another and provide a valuable source of friendship to people who otherwise could become extremely isolated.

I was treated to some delicious food, which I needed in the middle of an extremely busy, and was great to see everyone coming together for the meal.

I heard about how the work on Phase II of the development of the Streatham Communities Hub had started with commencement of the building works on the coach house which will incorporate the Older Persons Resource Centre and Lambeth Carers Hub.

 

 There is some great work going on at the Darby & Joan Club and Gloria Baileys ‘Make a difference Black-Afro Caribbean Group’ did a great job putting on this event which had a big party atmosphere – just a shame I had to go back to work as I would have loved to stay on and partied all afternoon.

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The official launch of Black History Month 2009 was held at Nettlefold Hall.

Black History Month pamphlet

Black History Month pamphlet

The evening was a celebration of Black literature and arts, and included performances from Lady S, a popular and well established poet, and presents on Nomad Radio. Also appearing was Churchboyz, a gospel tribute band.

Launch of Black History Month in Lambeth

Launch of Black History Month in Lambeth

This year’s programme is crammed full of a inspirational, fun and thought provoking events to celebrate Black History throughout October across Lambeth.

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On Wednesday 26 November I attended the Spring Forward Showcase event which marked the culmination of the artistic achievements of borough wide arts groups, artists, school children and residents featured in the Arts Trail map for Lambeth.

Deputy Mayor of Lambeth with Dance Group

This was a fantastic celebration of how arts and being creative can benefit the well being of individuals and communities.

Spring Forward Arts Trail is a unique collection of creative events that ran throughout October and November in Lambeth. The arts trail highlighted some of the events happening as part of world mental health day. The events were many, varied and cross generational, ranging from, a stunning performance of Mind and Soul choir at Southwark Cathedral as part of a service for well being and Black History month, to a walk for well being and many participatory arts workshops.

Now in its third year, this project fulfills one of the statements in Lambeth’s mental health and well being promotion strategy. This emphasises the importance of supporting the develeopment of arts and creativity as a means of promoting well being. Our mental well being is at least as important as our physical health. The event showed how getting involved in the arts, activities or being creative in some way can have a hugely positive effect on how we think and feel what ever our age and background.

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