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Mental Health Awareness

With Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 running from 10-16 May, we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight a range of opportunities and activities conducive to mental wellbeing. Getting active and creative has been proven to have a positive impact on mental health outcomes – and we want to encourage everyone to find joy in taking part and connecting with others. 

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme of ‘Nature’ here.

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We’re hugely excited to be collaborating with a wonderful range of partners on several projects focussed on mental health. Firstly, we’re working with Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust on an outdoor mental health and wellbeing art trail, to be launched in Redditch this July. Now We’re Talking with Art is a new campaign spreading positivity, highlighting mental health support and encouraging people to get out, exercise and support local businesses too.  For more information see more here

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Continuing the mental health support theme, our friends the Word Association are currently offering a programme of Lottery-funded online mental health and LGBTQ+ support creative writing sessions to residents. This is a great opportunity to get creatively active and also make new friends, supported by expert writers. For more information visit www.the-word-association.com or contact ‘holly@hollywinterhughes.com’.

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As well as the opportunities above, throughout the pandemic we’ve been working closely with artist Keith Ashford to develop a series of online tutorials, showing people at home how to make a scintillating series of creations ranging from a miniature suitcase to a Halloween lamp decoration. We’re really proud of these video masterclasses and are keen to promote them as a great starting point for budding artists. View the whole series at the link here.

In other visual arts news, the Worcestershire Open Studios weekend is set to return from 28 to 30 August 2021, and in a new addition for 2021, organisers are offering artists a programme of online events and an outdoor art market. Participants are being offered a year-round web presence, with the opportunity to feature a gallery of their work and promote their exhibitions, workshops and events. Find out more and sign up via the link here.

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We’re thrilled to promote a great online opportunity from our friends at Pop Up Projects, who are launching their first live-streamed summer showcase of children’s

literature - Pop Up Festival Presents - FREE to all primary, secondary and special

schools, in a week-long celebration of some of the best children’s literature. Events will be

live-streamed on Crowdcast daily between 14 and 18 June 2021. Find the full programme and book for FREE at pop-up.org.uk/presents

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Finally, from Sunday 16 – Thursday 27 May, Radio 1 will host online sessions introducing young people to experts from 10 creative industries, who will offer their insights into how young people can work to secure their dream jobs. Weekday sessions will be held from 5:30 – 6:30pm and Sunday sessions will be held from 1:30 – 2:30pm. Tickets are now available via the sign up link on the BBC Radio 1 Homepage.

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