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Members of the Brighter Futures art community will be showcasing their ‘Hidden Talents’ at an exhibition which opens next week. Nearly 60 pieces of work will be available for the public to enjoy at The New Vic Theatre in Basford from Wednesday 27th May until Saturday 13th June.
Art therapy is one of the many ways Brighter Futures works with people in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire who have complex needs with the aim of helping them to lead fulfilled lives. Arts Worker Zoe Best delivers various workshops across the city in a range of accessible locations. Members of the community can express their creativity via many mediums including canvas, watercolour, textiles and 3D modelling.
Zoe tells us more: ‘Hidden Talents is our opportunity for the arts community to celebrate their skills. It enables them to demonstrate that despite the challenges they may face in their daily lives they have talent. We aim to break down stereotypes and challenge the stigma that surround trigger factors such as addiction or mental ill health.’
Members of the art community come from all walks of life, this diversity is reflected in their art and has created a fascinating and varied exhibition. Each piece will be accompanied by a short narrative which will give insight to the life of the person who created it and where they are in their journey.
Zoe continued: ‘The art groups at Brighter Futures are always well attended bringing people together in a supportive environment. A lot of our customers have discovered that they have a ‘Hidden Talent’ and we are looking forward to celebrating this with the exhibition.’
Hidden Talents which has been generously supported by Staffordshire University, will run from Wednesday 26th May – Saturday 13th June at the New Vic Theatre. Opening hours are Monday – Saturday 10am-6pm, longer on performance days. Members of the public are warmly invited to come along and enjoy the Hidden Talents of Brighter Futures customers.
Please note that Brighter futures telephone lines will be down fro 8.15am-8.45am tomorrow morning (13/05/15). We aim to restore the connection as quickly as possible and apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused. Thank you.
Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual event organised by the Mental Health Awareness Foundation, a charity which aims to reduce the suffering caused by mental ill health and help everyone lead mentally healthier lives. Brighter Futures, a local organisation that delivers a range of mental health support services across Staffordshire will also be celebrating the week.
The Clubhouse Network, Echo, Safe Spaces Network and the Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline offer differing types of support to people with a range of mental health issues.
The Clubhouse Network offers opportunity to meet new people, access support, training and volunteering for people experiencing mental ill health. There are four clubhouses conveniently located across the City and Newcastle. Clubhouse has an open door policy and customers can refer themselves.
Echo provides mutual support to people over the age of 18 who have experienced self-harm, allowing them to talk in confidence to others without judgement in a supportive environment. The Safe Spaces Network offers a safe and calm space to people in mental distress or crisis over a weekend. A professional referral is needed initially
The Staffordshire Mental Health Helpline provides emotional support for people concerned about their mental health. The helpline provides encouragement and information on a variety of services that can help, and also offers a ring-out service so that extra support is provided when other services are closed.
Charlotte Kay, Communications Manager at Brighter Futures says: ‘Mental Health Awareness Week provides a great opportunity for us to talk about the services we provide to local people all year round. Sadly there is a still a stigma surrounding mental ill and many people suffer in silence. We want to get people talking about an illness that will affect one in four of us in some point of our lives.’
Brighter Futures offers effective solutions for complex needs. We have developed a wide range of services which support, improve and maintain mental wellbeing, allowing people to live independent and fulfilled lives. Our health services ensure that people can get support from us 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
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