The Umbrella Arts Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd March from 10am to 4pm at Nuffield Southampton Theatres NST City, SO14 7DU. With a Song in Mind are performing at 11am at this event.
Umbrella Arts celebrates the ways health and wellbeing can be transformed through art. We encourage everyone to get involved. This is a free event for all!
The Umbrella Arts festival has a number of aims:
AWARENESS: Raise general awareness of the arts and health activity in the city, the roles of the Southampton Art in Health Forum and its partner organisations
ENGAGEMENT: Encourage more people to engage with the arts to help them with their health issues including build coping and resilience in dealing with long term conditions
CONNECTIONS: Get health professionals, health and community organisations and arts practitioners connected with each other with a particular emphasis on the social prescribing agenda;
FEEDBACK AND EVIDENCE: Ensure that public feedback, public involvement research and evidence-based practice is central to the day and the health/arts agenda, with local universities and Healthwatch Southampton involvement to help progress these elements.
The event is coordinated by Matt Salvage from SoCo Music Project firstname.lastname@example.org and Rebecca Kinge from Healthwatch Southampton email@example.com.
Check out umbrellafest.wordpress.com for further information.
The next committee meeting is at 12.30 pm on Wednesday 6th March at Freemantle United Reformed Church.
There is horse riding available at 2 pm on Tuesday 26th February at Brockenhurst stables. Meet at Freemantle United Reformed Church at 1 pm. Pre-booking with Julie is essential.
We are, at last, delighted to offer our 'Products of Hope' brochure for your perusal. We were very pleased to receive sponsorship of £5k to get this project off the ground with the Allen Lane Foundation. We are hopeful of continued funding to further the project and take on staff to train so this can be an ongoing training base and offer real work opportunities and learning in many skills. It will also be a much needed source of income generation. We are looking for places where people would be willing to host our products and also purchase products to use i.e. within their offices, so we can get the message out about 'Hope' and Creative Options as a project. Please contact the e-mail address in the brochure for orders. Thank you.
There will be a 'Celebration of Love' event that will involve the Song in Mind group. The event will be taking place at Hebron Court, Rollesbrook Gardens, Southampton SO15 5WB. See poster below for more details.
Creative Options fund raising fashion show raised £1000. We would like to give particular thanks to Chyanne who cooked and all those who helped in the kitchen including Mary Elizabeth, Saire Herschel, Edi and our volunteer Jo. Thank you to everyone who sold tickets and those who attended.
The next women's group on 21st February will be a day out somewhere. Meet at Central Baptist Church at 1.30 pm. If you would like to go please contact Frances on 07850 189 069.
We invite you to join us at West Quay Mall, Level 1, next Thursday, 7th February, at 12 noon for an exotic treat from Master Chef Shelina Permalloo (of Lakaz Maman) for Time to Talk Day. She’ll be sharing inspired recipes from her award-winning cuisine and her own personal story about how she talks about mental health issues. You’ll also have an opportunity to get advice and information from local organisations including Time to Change; Solent Mind; Radian Housing; No Limits; Samaritans; Southampton Voluntary Services; Carers in Southampton; and Southampton Central Libraries.
The next Time to Thrive course starts Thursday 7th February 2-4pm at Board in the City, 38 Onslow Road. The course will give you inspiration and tools to improve your wellbeing and make the most of life. Feedback from the last course: “Through the course I have rediscovered my self esteem and self worth and my self motivation to engage my life again. I feel alive”. If you are interested in coming along you need to sign up and pay the deposit ASAP so we can confirm numbers.
The mental wealth trialogue was in fact on 30th January and not 31st as previously stated. We apologise for this. Please do not go on the 31st as it will not be taking place then.