Catherine, Sue and the team at PHAST wish you all the very best for the Christmas holiday and a peaceful new Year in 2016.
We recognise what a difficult time public health is having at the moment, so please remember we are always happy to talk through problems and issues. One of the main reasons we set up PHAST is to value all our colleagues who aim to improve health and reduce inequalities because it is easy to say but difficult to action.
It’s the time of year when our thoughts turn to those who are less fortunate and we wonder how we can help. PHAST associates donate their time and we keep all costs to a minimum so we are able to support charitable projects in the UK and internationally.
Some of these projects include the Climate Change and Health Council, the Living Well centre in London, Soundabout, Onyx Art Therapy (more on this below) as well as community projects in Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Gambia.
By working with us you are supporting healthier outcomes for everybody as well as supporting several good causes. If you would like to donate
to our public health charitable work or find out more about any of the initiatives above, click here
. In the meantime we are looking forward to seeing you on December 10th for the final Friends & Associates meeting of 2015.
Successful European Parliament Bid
We start with some good news...We have just received notification that PHAST, in partnership with Optimity Advisors, have been successful in our bid to the European Parliament for the provision of external expertise in the field of Public Health impact assessment and evaluation. Our partnership is as one of five contractors in the framework contract.
The Onyx Art Therapy Project has been an incredible success over the last 7 months; it is an Art Therapy group programme supporting women prisoners from overseas in HMP Holloway. The project encourages group members to develop their creativity and visual language within a safe and therapeutic space, creating a rich dialogue of cultural exchange whilst employing therapeutic principles. The project assists the women to support and improve their well-being whilst in prison. It aims to reduce the risk of reoffending upon release by offering a space in which participants can process emotions and past trauma through art making and group processes.
The Onyx Art Therapy Project commenced following a successful pilot project. The project will be evaluated upon completion and may be used to inform further therapeutic intervention of this kind with women prisoners from overseas. The project is run by qualified Art Psychotherapists and is supported by PHAST, Feminist Review Trust as well as the Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
Time to choose your Christmas Cards
PHAST Associate Tasmin Pyper has designed these original festive cards with all profits going directly to support a community health project for women in The Gambia. Tasmin and associate Jenny Sawyer are part of a team that work in deprived communities with a focus on training women to cascade accurate knowledge addressing maternal and child health. If you like the look of these designs and wish to support this fantastic cause, please visit www.tasminpyper.com
Please remember PHAST is here to promote public health and provide high quality public health consultancy, training and support. If you have any questions, please do contact the management team.
Best Regards and all the best for 2016,
The PHAST team.