Wellbeing Arts Group is formed in Berwick
The Wellbeing Arts Group has been set up in Berwick to provide a safe place where adults experiencing mental health issues can have a go at a range of art forms or develop existing talents.
It’s an informal group where having a go is what it’s all about, and there are never mistakes or disasters – things just sometimes turn out differently to expected.
One of the founders, Wendy Ward, said: “I think opportunities like this are very important. I know when I had a mental illness being able to feel safe and have a go at arts alongside people with similar experiences really helped my recovery. I felt I could still turn up even when I was having a bad day because I knew everyone else understood.”
So far, members have experimented with mod roc, sculpture, water colours, acrylics and collage. Members also provided decorations for the window of the Pop-Up Christmas Presence Shop.
The group has been awarded £3,000 from the Readman Family Grassroots Fund at the Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. This is enabling it to have artists come in to facilitate workshops in preparation for an exhibition during World Mental Health Week.
The group meets on Thursdays from 10.30am-12.30pm at Berwick Baptist Church Hall. Anyone 18 or over experiencing mental health issues is welcome and it’s free.
If you’re interested or just want to know more call John Hodgkins on 07795 908207.