Monday, 30 March 2009

Happiness & wellbeing in Lambeth: how can we make it a reality?

You are invited to an event that can really make a difference to what happens in Lambeth.

Thursday 2nd April 2009 9.30am – 5pm
at the Brit Oval Cricket Ground with a delicious lunch!

Have you got ideas about how to improve happiness & wellbeing?
Do you want to share your ideas and experience with others?
Are you keen to get involved in creative action to make a difference?

Who should come?
Anyone who is enthusiastic about making Lambeth a great place to be! If you live, work or volunteer in Lambeth, if you are working with others to improve services for people in the Borough, if you can see how you can contribute to happiness and wellbeing in Lambeth and what a difference it can make – this event is for you.

Why come?
To take part in an exciting event that will help develop what we are going to do over the next few years to make happiness and wellbeing a reality in Lambeth – particularly at a time when the challenges to people's wellbeing seem to be greater than ever. The day will not be about telling others what needs to be done – but about being a part of making a real difference to what's decided about wellbeing in Lambeth.

What happens on the day?
Come from 9.30am to register for 10am prompt start. Speakers to start our day will include Naomi Eisenstadt who from 1999 ran the Sure Start Programme and was then made responsible for the Government's policy on services for young children, extended schools and parenting. Naomi is now Director of the Social Exclusion Task Force at the Cabinet Office.

Open Space
The rest of the day will be in ‘open space' format, led by Roma Iskander, an experienced open space facilitator. Open Space is used all round the world as a way to hold better, more people-friendly meetings. The people who come on the day will set the agenda. The day will offer plenty of opportunity for you to focus on the topics and interests that matter to you. The success of the day depends on your energy and ideas – it is really important to be there at the start when we set the agenda and to stay to take part in voting on priorities at the end of the day.

And then what?
Very soon after the event, everyone who comes will get a report containing all the discussions, recommendations and priorities.There will be another session on Wednesday 15 April 2009, 2-5pm, to work on the priorities that have been identified. This work will help shape strategic plans for Lambeth for the next 3 years.

How to book a place
The day is free but you need to book early as space is limited and there is lots of interest in this event already! To register either book online at or complete the booking form at & return to or FAX to 020 3049 4357 to the attention of Janika Dixon.

Alternatively, you can phone Janika on 020 3049 4191 to submit your booking.