News and Events

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Mount Lodge hosted the last of CHT’s summer BBQs this week and they did a fantastic job. The food was amazing and a couple of us took a trip to the beach afterwards. Thanks you so much to all the residents and staff for all their hard work. Click here to see some pictures from the day.


This week we had our second Fundraising Committee of the year and there was a great turnout. Thank you so much to everyone who took part and it was a very productive meeting. Fundraising bids are so much stronger when they are coproduced with service users meaning involvement from our services is crucial. Click here to see some pictures from the day.


Highams Lodge held an Art Festival for the local community on 8th August 2019. This was funded by The Mayor of London’s Borough of Culture and Waltham Forest Borough of Culture 2019. Local residents joined in craft activities and Highams Lodge residents held an exhibition of their wonderful art work in their garden room. The event was a great success, with positive feedback from local residents, including asking if we could hold another one!


The Lilias Gillies House BBQ was an excellent day and happened to fall on the second hottest day in London ever. There was some amazing food and we managed to cool off with a water balloon fight. The residents and staff did an incredible job putting everything together. Click here to see pictures from the day.


Our newest service, Onkar House, has recently opened in Southall. We are working in partnership with Thinkcare Housing to provide a 24-hour, 6 bed shared house. Thinkcare Housing provides the housing management and CHT provides the psychosocial support and therapeutic components of the programme.  Check out the CHT services section of the website for more information and click here to see pictures of the service.


Booking is now open for then International Network of Democratic Therapeutic Communities conference 2019. This event will bring together experts to discuss relational practice and more genuinely democratic ways of working in mental health services. Come and join the discussion at the Cassel Hospital on the 14th September 2019. Click here for more information.


Happy Co-Production week! An important part of CHT’s model is beneficiaries and staff learning from one another, resulting in Co-Production being at the centre of our approach. Residents are expected to increasingly take part in community groups and work together with staff and each other to achieve a particular purpose. One of these groups is our Fundraising committee where residents and staff get the opportunity to learn about fundraising and, last week, put together two fundraising bids that will be sent out later this month. Co-Production is an invaluable process that results in services users and staff being happier and healthier as well as, most importantly, an improved overall service. Here are some pictures of what we achieved at the fundraising committee.


The first CHT barbeque of the year was in May at George Dooley House. The residents and staff did a great job of organising and set a high bar for the rest of the services. Click here to see pictures of the day.


Last night we celebrated 25 years of CHT with the help of staff, residents and supporters from throughout the years. The October Gallery is an excellent venue with very helpful and friendly staff and was the perfect place to display art work by our residents. It is a great time to be part of the organisation with a very bright future ahead of us. Click here to see pictures from the evening.


We had a great time at the Highams Lodge BBQ last week with an excellent turn out. Thank you to the service who did a fantastic job cooking and decorating. Click here for more pictures of the day.


This years TCTC (The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities) Annual Windsor Conference is now open for bookings – the very last at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor – so one not to be missed! See link below for info and to book.

2019 Windsor Conference


To mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week which runs from 13th-19th May 2019, CHT would like to celebrate residents and staff at Highams Lodge taking part in a local Art Trail over the weekend as part of the Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019.

Being part of the local community and finding meaningful occupation is key to recovery for our residents and promoting good mental health as it is for all of us. A fun day was had by all of the community and the service will have it’s own Art Festival in July! Click here for more pictures from the day.

A big thanks to National Lottery Community Fund for supporting us and to Lillevilla for their amazing work in building the Garden Room. This will provide an extra space to Highams Lodge and is the first phase of our therapeutic garden project. Click for more information

CHT is now registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a community-based service for people with mental health problems providing Treatment of Disease, Disorder and Injury (TDDI)! Click for more information

Latest edition of CHaT Newsletter – CHT’s Resident led newsletter, this edition has been produced by staff and residents at Fairhall Court & George Dooley House.

CHT’s Annual Report and Accounts – We are pleased to present our Annual Report and Accounts for 2018. Click here to download a PDF copy or view below.

CHT Featured in Waltham Forest Echo on the benefits of outdoor space on mental health – see page 5 for feature written by, Natalie our Head of Relationships.

Latest edition of CHaT Newsletter – CHT’s Resident led newsletter, this edition has been produced by staff and residents at Mount Lodge.