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Dragon Café opens – 1 October

The Dragon Café is the latest creative endeavour from Mental Fight Club; it is a relaxing café and imaginative space open to all, located in the crypt of St George the Martyr Church, opposite Borough tube station. The café will open its doors every Monday from 10 am – 8 pm from Monday 1 October 2012. The Dragon Café will provide a simple, affordable and delicious weekly menu and a spacious chill-out area. It will also host a creative programme - workshops, exhibitions and performances based on monthly themes which explore the experience of mental illness, recovery and wellbeing.

‘We Are All Born Free’, new exhibition from GO Create @ GOSH and Amnesty International UK

The exhibition presents a series of illustrations depicting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The illustrations are all taken from the award-winning book ‘We Are All Born Free’ and include drawings from Korky Paul, who illustrated the Winnie the Witch stories, and Axel Scheffler, famed for his work on the Gruffalo.

The exhibition, in the Morgan Stanley Clinical Building will be accompanied by a series of creative art workshops throughout June and July.  NB. THIS EXHIBITION SPACE IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Big Squeeze annual survey 2012 – deadline 11 June

This is the fourth year of LVSC's annual Big Squeeze survey, which looks at the impact of the recession and public spending cuts on London's voluntary and community sector (VCS) and the people who use their services. Reports summarise the survey results and include recommendations for policy makers, commissioners and LVSC.

Last year’s survey produced findings including:

Film London Awarded HLF Development Grant

Film London and London's Screen Archives have received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant to develop a major three-year project focused on the moving image history of 15 London outer boroughs. 'London - A Bigger Picture' aims to engage local communities in the capital, to inspire interest and ownership in their local screen heritage.

The project will specifically work with groups who would not typically watch heritage film and also those whose stories are not well represented in London's current moving image collections.

Governing London

Following the re-election of Boris Johnson as Mayor of London, the capital’s local government leaders “reiterated their commitment to a closer and strengthened partnership for the next four years”.

London Councils has published a plan - Governing London Towards 2016 - setting out how the Mayor and local councils can be a united voice speaking up for London.

Creative people and places fund opens for applications

The Arts Council has launched a new £37 million fund to support arts activity in areas where levels of involvement are currently low. Over three years, the Creative people and places fund will invest in around 15 programmes of activity that use radical new approaches to developing excellent, inspiring and sustainable arts experiences for communities not currently engaging with the arts.

London NHS provider to cut third of voluntary sector funding

NHS Enfield primary care trust has confirmed that in financial year 2012/13 the voluntary sector in the borough will receive £500,000 – a third less than the historic spend of £750,000 in previous years.

The cuts were first mooted by NHS North Central London, parent organisation to NHS Enfield, following its annual review of its provider contracts in October last year. Findings of this review were discussed at the NHS North Central London and Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group’s January board meetings and a statement confirming the cuts released on 9 February.

London's health priorities

Saving more Londoners’ lives through the early diagnosis and prevention of cancer and tackling childhood obesity are among the key priorities identified by the new London Health Improvement Board. The board, which is chaired by the Mayor and includes representatives from the capital’s 33 local authorities and NHS London, has been set up to take a strategic pan-London approach to tackling some the biggest health problems in the capital.

Arts 4 Dementia London Arts Challenge in 2012

Arts 4 Dementia (A4D)’s London Arts Challenge in 2012 programme of challenging activities for people in the early stages of dementia and their carers, is now part of the London 2012 Inspire programme. From February to September, there will be courses of free weekly workshops art, comedy, scriptwriting and drama, dance, Indian dance, music, photography or poetry and communication at fourteen arts venues around the capital.

The London 2012 Inspire programme recognises innovative and exceptional projects that are directly inspired by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

GO Create and the Wellcome Trust present the 'Hands On' Project

For the past year, artist Isobel Manning has been exploring the ritual of hand washing in the hospital environment.

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