Tom McCabe: A Profile

Tom McCabe current CEO of CoolTan Arts, a charity that help adults who suffer from mental health.

Tom McCabe is the CEO of CoolTan Arts, a charity ran to help adults with mental health problems. CoolTan Arts helps adults who are referred by their GP and their psychiatric nurses. The charity started 25 years ago in Brixton, but it moved to Southwark, Walworth Road. This is charity is funded by the patience’s personal health budgets from the NHS, personalisation money via by the NHS, and they also have to apply for different trusts and foundations.

Three years ago, McCabe started working at CoolTan Arts as a consultant to help fundraising development work. After working there for a year, there were some administrating changes in CoolTan, with these changes it led to McCabe being invited to be an operation director intern. Around a year and half ago McCabe was asked to be the CEO of CoolTan Arts. 

Being born and raised in Upstate New York, McCabe lived and worked many years in New York before moving to Philadelphia. It’s where he worked for years and a place that he can call home “kind of what I almost call home”.  Tom comes from a background in international arts management, which means he’s worked with sound engineering, lightning design, arts administration such as working with facilities management, programming curation, performing arts, visual arts as in creating visual arts exhibitions. 

When McCabe first started he worked in folk culture and folk art, which also included world music. Tom has “worn several different hats” in the arts facilities and general management. He was once manager director in an organisation in New York and Philadelphia. This then proceeded to him doing subcontract work as a consultant in some well-known festivals, such as New Orleans Jazz Festival and The Big Chill Festival.

With having moved to the U.K 21 years ago for personal reasons, McCabe “has seen a lot of the world” whether it was through work or holiday. This had led to McCabe actually conducting tours for artists in Europe and Overseas.

He saw a lot of artists struggle to maintain their mental health in a good state.  McCabe was inspired. ” I came across people in the arts who are straddling a fairly fine line between an artistic genius and the other side of that fine line or threshold could be some really disturbing issues with their mental health.” And this is one of the reasons McCabe does what he does now, he says.

He explained that being an artistic genius “isn’t always easy, and it isn’t always stimulated by a health mind set. So, what’ll happen is people will self-medicate. As I found in the arts, that might be through alcohol or through drugs. You’ll see a lot of people struggling.” Because of all of this McCabe had always thought how could he help the artists, so he started to talk to them and ask them how they felt and from this onwards McCabe started working towards helping mental health.

East Street Market and its diversity

The great diversity that happens in East Street market

The Walworth area is situated in the district of South East London. With Walworth was once being home to the great English comic actor Charlie Chaplin and also Sir Michael Caine.

The area of Walworth is famous for their East Street Market which has been around since the 16th century. The East Street Market sells a lot of different goods varying from Caribbean and African vegetable and fruits to household items. The diversity in the market is very similar to the people who live in Walworth, the market tries to reflect their sale on that.

I spoke to a student who lives in Walworth and asked him how it feels to live in a such an ethnically diverse and youthful area of London, “it feels really cool living in such an ethnically diverse area, it brings a lot of character to the community and with the market it provides such a large variety of worldly goods on your door step” The market is open every Tuesday to Friday 8am-5pm, Saturday 8am-6.30pm, Sunday 8am-2pm.

Save Harker Studios

Harker studio is one of the only 6 art studios left in london.

Built by Joseph Harker in 1904, Harker studio’s is being threatened to be destroyed so new luxury apartments can be built instead. There is a petition going around to try and save the studio. If you would like to sign it heres the link:

https://www.change.org/p/sadiq-khan-neil-coyle-mp-justine-simons-obe-and-lorraine-lauder-mbe-saveharkersstudio-stop-creative-hub-serving-the-theatre-for-110-years-becoming-more-luxury-housing

DING, DING Huntsman and Hounds pub saved

Huntsman and Hounds pub has lucky been reopened because of walworth society

Huntsman and Hounds pub has re-opened. The pub was closed in 2014 as it was sold to a developer but in August 2016 it was then re-opened. The pub re-opened due to a campaign led by the Walworth Society.  The pub’s 161-year-old building was earlier this year bought by United St Saviour’s charity, and the pub will then be ran by Market Taverns.

The company that opened the new Huntsman and Hounds also has a Market Porter in Borough Market. “There aren’t many pubs around Walworth anymore, it’s going be nice to bring in local people again.”says their new manager Isobel Wall. The pub has shut for another couple of months but then again it was re-opened with the charity now guaranteeing its future.

United St Saviour’s says the pub’s rental income will be used to support the charity’s community investment programme and sheltered housing for elderly people in Southwark.  United St Saviour’s say’s that the pub will introduce teas, coffee, cakes and traditional pub food. A few changes have been made to the pub’s interior just before it was re-opened, now re-opened the pub will bring the community back together.

 

Burgess Park revamp

South-west of Burgess park gets a touch up of £3.5M.

Southwark council has decided to comple a £3.5M revant in the Burgess Park, which is also part of the £9m scheme that will also try and improve the sport and public toilets facilities. 

They are planning on building:

  • 90 trees are going to be planted because 45 were cut down int eh park.
  • There will be a Natural play area made of wooden features for the children.
  • A new park entrance will be built with new lighting and seating. 

 

War memorial in Elephant Park

Bronze war memorial will be built in Walworth by May 2018.

A bronze war memorial of a boy standing on a fallen tree. This will be built in the new Elephant Park area of Walworth. The date given for this war memorial to be built is May 2018. The Southwark council has said that the statue will “represent the lives lost by war” because the boy on the tree will represent us looking into the future.