see sound cloud clip for an interview from Radio Merseyside about our Writing Well - Writing Green project 2012
Writing & Well-being
We have delivered a range of community courses for Liverpool residents who need support with mental health conditions and this continues in 2017 through our work with service-users of Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Previous well-being projects have been supported by private grant-making bodies and Liverpool CCG.
Liverpool Elegies: A creative writing and wellbeing project for people who have experienced mental distress as a result of loss
Ran in 2015 thanks to funding from Liverpool Clinical Commissioning group.
Writing and work from the project can be seen here:
Liverpool Elegies is for people whose experience of loss has caused mental distress, involving depression, anxiety and isolation. We will share 20 weekly creative workshops, using a range of inspirations (including poetry, lyrics, music, prose and talks from guest speakers) to understand elegy as a cultural artistic response to loss and separation.
Elegies are poems of loss and mourning that have been written for centuries as a way of publicly acknowledging the human emotion and suffering associated with change, death and grief. But loss can be about many things including losing one’s sense of self or identity. This most powerful of poetic genres can assist us in understanding ourselves and our own pain; it also helps in reaching out to others.
Mersey Care NHS Trust Poet-in-Residence project
Started in 2013, this project delivers the services of our Project Lead and founder, Pauline Rowe, as Poet-in-Residence for Mersey Care NHS Trust - the organisation that provides mental health services to the people of Merseyside. The work includes the provision of writing and poetry projects on various wards and community mental health services. Current work in 2017 includes the Mossley Hill Writing Group, the PD Hub in Sefton, courses at the Life Rooms and developments for National Poetry Day (28th Sept 2017).
Writing Well - Writing Green project 2012
This was an inspiring project we ran in 2012 with support from Liverpool PCT. We used the Five Ways to Wellbeing (Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Give) to develop an eco-writing project for people with experience of mental health problems. We met in Stanley Park and at the Anfield Breckfield Community Centre over 20 + weeks. Our project members shared in study of our project book, Alice Oswald's Woods etc., we walked in the park and had a guided tour of Anfield Cemetery. We welcomed guest speakers from the library service, we made a lovely project quilt and wrote a booklet together.
And the icing, top hat, was being recognised in an award - The Liverpool Echo's Environmental awards 2013 in the Take Notice of Our World category.
Living Room Project 2011
Funded by the Santander Foundation this 20 week writing course was delivered at the Victoria Gallery & Museum for people experiencing mental health difficulties. We produced the booklet Living Room.