Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium: Collective Power Awards
This blog features one of the joint winners: Gloucestershire Creative Health Consortium, made up of Art Shape; Mindsong; The Music Works; Artlift and Artspace. They all work in partnership to provide high quality, personalised, inclusive and accessible creative health services for people experiencing psychological and/or physical challenges.
2.8 Million Minds: Collective Power Awards
This blog features the 2.8 Million Minds project. Between November 2021 and May 2022, over 120 people contributed to A Manifesto for 2.8 Million Minds, a youth-led, artist-centred, and Disability Justice-informed approach to how young Londoners want to use art to begin to radically reimagine mental health support, justice and pride.
Black Men and Digital Mental Health Support: Collective Power Award
This blog features Kooth, a digital mental health service providing online support from self-help to peer support and structured counselling. They worked with two grassroots organisations – BLKOUT and Cultures CIC to understand black men's relationship with their mental health and the challenges they face in accessing effective services.
Road of Restoration
Last year, we were privileged to work with the Elephants Trail in Manchester as part of our lottery-funded Not Another Co-Production Project. Patrick Tierney, Elephants Trail member, shares his brilliant blog post, Road of Restoration, which considers the role of hope in our lives and recovery journeys.
Measuring Impact: the Winning Hearts and Minds Way
Winning Hearts and Minds is a joined-up approach in north Manchester to improve people’s long-term heart and mental health by stepping outside the traditional approaches to health improvement. They share their ethos on measuring impact.
Post-pandemic mental health of children & young people: Three projects paving the way in Scotland
Three organisations in Scotland are switched on to providing support for children and young people's mental health.
I’m With Sam: Tackling learning disability hate crime with Dimensions
Learning disability hate crime is a problem that is under-reported but can have a huge impact on victims. Dimensions' #ImWithSam campaign is led by an expert with lived experience and takes a multi-pronged approach to the problem. They support victims, raise awareness, train police forces, work with the CPS and influence policy to improve reporting, convictions and ensure victims are taken seriously.
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A year on: Are everyday people our new invisible trauma and loss workers?
Trainer Lourdes Colclough highlights an extraordinary new role being carried out by members of the community in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic: informal trauma and grief counselling. She tells us about the training being offered to those stepping up to fill gaps in formal mental health support.
Outside Edge Theatre Company: Collective Power Award
This week we hear from the winners of the CHWA Collective Power 2021 Award, a theatre company focused on improving the lives of people affected by any form of addiction with lived experience and co-production at its heart.
Interview with Spaces of Hope Founder, Matthew Barber-Rowell
Matthew tells us about his favourite piece of work, his best mistake and how Spaces of Hope hopes to make a difference during the UK's second wave of Covid.
Covid Considerations: Food, phone calls, yoga and volunteering – a personal account of lockdown
Ametrine is a middle-aged autistic woman who struggles with living independently at the best of times. Here she writes about her experiences of lockdown.
Covid Considerations: Stop taking the piss
Based on the experience of caring for her mum, Sally, the National Co-production Advisory Group Chair, wants us to stop and think about what we're measuring and reporting - especially now when people are separated from their loved ones.