Invitation to free Talk For Health course taster session

Dear friends and partners,

As people who are active in the New Cross community, you are invited to take part in an innovative training course called Talk For Health, which enables people both to get and to give the benefits of therapeutic talk as an ongoing practice in their lives.

The RSA is fully funding the programme, which will take place over four weeks (one day a week – either a Saturday or a Thursday), as part of our Connected Communities scheme. It will be run by Nicky Forsythe, a trained psychotherapist, whose evidence-based approach is based on the idea that 1. Having the skills to share feelings with supportive peers is good for your own mental health, and 2. That therapeutic talk does not necessarily have to be carried out by professionals – instead, anybody in society should have access to the skills to support people’s mental health, just as many of us have skills in first aid to help people’s physical health.

The course will run either on each Saturday in August this year, or on Thursdays or Saturdays this September, depending on which option is most popular with people who are interested in taking the course.

Nicky will be spending some time in New Cross between 24th-27th June and hopes to meet as many of you as possible in order to answer questions and give you more information about the course. I shall be calling you over the phone in the next few days to see if you would be interested in meeting Nicky, either at your place of work or at a mutually convenient location.

In the meantime, please feel free to read Nicky’s website for more information – – or contact me by email or phone with any queries.

I hope that many of you will choose to take part. If you have colleagues or service-users who may be interested in joining the course then please let me know as we can fund up to 30 people to take the course.

With thanks and kind regards,

Matthew Parsfield
Connected Communities Project Developer

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