Artists wanted for creative workshops

Young healthwatch is holding an event  to engage with young people between 12-18 years so they can tell us what young healthwatch should look like and how it can work for them. The event will take place at The Station, Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2AG on Feb 13th 11-2pm.

As part of the event we want to offer some creative workshops. We are aiming for about 30 young people so are looking for 2 or 3 different activities to run from 12:30 – 2pm.  Funding is available to pay for time and expenses. The activities don’t have to follow any theme, but do need to be age appropriate and artists would need a valid CRB.  

Anyone interested in facilitating these workshops is invited to get in touch with Claire Littlejohn at younghealthwatch@thecareforum.org.uk for further information as soon as possible.

GP: We help drug giants earn fortune

The over-prescription of antidepressants has become a multi-million pound earner for the drugs industry, a GP is claiming. It is ‘its golden goose, incurable, common, long term, and involving multiple medications,’ write Glasgow based Dr Des Spence in an article for the British Medical Journal. Antidepressant prescriptions in Britain rose 9.6 per cent in 2011 to 46million. Other mental health experts say their use is vital and still misunderstood by some GPs.

As read in METRO 23/01/13

Free 8-Week Arts Course for Women

Referrals are now being accepted for a course for women with a need for positive mental health support, at risk of offending and/or within the Criminal Justice System.  It is part of the Creativity Works Networks project and runs at Light Box, starting on January 15th.

The course is for women going through tough times, who want to build confidence, reduce exclusion and explore creativity. 

  • A creative and fun way to build connections and move forward positively.
  • Every Tuesday from 2 – 3.30pm. Starting 15th January.  
  • 12 spaces available. 
  • Held at Light Box, first floor of the Galleries Shopping Centre, Broadmead, Bristol.
  • Week 7 special session (26th February) held at Arnolfini Arts Centre, Broad Quay, Bristol.
  • Facilitated by Kathryn John – Light Box facilitator and supported by the Light Box Team. 
  • Mentor support provided for participants in between sessions.   

Referrals process: Please contact Kathryn at Light Box: info@wearelightbox.co.uk with the name and contact details of the participant, and a contact name and number at the referral organisation. Contact or queries can be made directly by participants or referral organisation staff.  

Further information about the Networks Project

NETWORKS is a new Creativity Works project based in Bristol, working with professional artists to deliver courses of arts workshops for vulnerable women involved with the criminal justice system or facing mental health issues.

The networks course aims to support service users’ ‘recovery of self’ and self-development in a group setting. A range of creative activities tailored around participants’ interests will develop a range of skills, the ability to engage with others and an increased sense of wellbeing. The project also supports the integration of professional artists within partner settings.

Courses are run in parallel across five settings and are 6-8 weeks long. Project partners include: Teign Ward (a women’s medium secure unit), Eastwood Park prison (mother & baby unit), One 25 (reaches out to women trapped in street sex work), Rethink (women affected by mental illness), and cultural partners Arnolfini and Light Box. Two of these courses are already underway, with three more starting in January.

A resource developed with participants will allow the sharing of artwork across the courses, creating connections and communications between the women. Visits are arranged to cultural centres in the city, allowing women to feel a stronger sense of community.

Creativity Works is a creative community development agency, delivering quality socially engaged and participatory arts projects. Further courses are being run later in the year. Please contact Deborah Aguirre Jones for further information: dj@creativityworks.org.uk