Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week was from 18th-24th May and this year’s theme was Kindness. Watch our beautiful video created by Centrepieces artists.

Calling new Trustees

There are some vacancies on Centrepieces’ Board of Trustees. If you think you could participate in the management and strategic direction of the charity, please contact Geoff Norris at The Lodge for an initial discussion. We would particularly like to appoint trustees with experience in mental health practice, fundraising, marketing, merchandising, facilities management or creative arts. The Trustees meet monthly, usually at lunchtime on the first Wednesday of the month, and we hold our Annual General Meeting in July.

Could you volunteer with Centrepieces?

We are looking for a new admin volunteer to help out in the office at The Lodge. Tasks might include helping to prepare for exhibitions and events, writing publicity materials, photographing and logging artwork, keeping the membership records up to date and dealing with enquiries on the phone. You would need good office and IT skills and be confident talking to people. If you are interested and have at least one day a week to spare, please contact Geoff Norris or Karen Larkin on 01322 554589 or email


Do you shop at Amazon?

If you shop online with Amazon, you can also help Centrepieces by using the Amazon Smile website. If you nominate Centrepieces CIO as your preferred charity, Amazon will donate 0.5% of everything you buy to Centrepieces. The goods and prices are exactly the same as on the main website. So why not take a look at and help Centrepieces every time you shop

Books about Art Therapy and Centrepieces

Britta Von Zweigbergk, one of our Trustees, has written another book, an anthology of poems, writings and pictures from the Art Therapy Department at the old Bexley Hospital between 1973 and 1976, called Words From The Edge. It costs £8-99. Her two previous books are Tales of Bexley Hospital based on her ‘Asylum Diaries’ of her years as Head of Art Therapy at Bexley Hospital, £9-99, and Centrepieces, A Story of Mental Health and Art in Bexley Part 1  about the evolution of Centrepieces and art therapy from the mid 1970’s to the mid 1990’s, £14-99 or £12-99 for Centrepieces artists and volunteers. Copies of all can be bought from The Lodge or the Pop Up when they reopen, or phone 01322 554589.