A project for people with lived experience to express what they need to say service-providers, leaders and society through art, poetry and other creative media...and have their voices heard.
OUR FIRST EXHIBTIONS AT OCEAN STUDIOS and DEVONPORT GUILDHALL, PLYMOUTH HAVE BEEN A GREAT SUCCESS. See photos of some of the amazing artwork here and photos of visitors, performers and feedback responses here. We have also had two wonderful collaborative exhibitions in London, as part of Refugee Week. Photos of both, plus workshops and artworks are here.
Community Services - WORKSHOPS IN SOUTH LONDON AND PLYMOUTH More free community workshops, exhibitions and associated events are coming in London and Plymouth - dates and details here. Please contact email@example.com if you'd like to be involved, book a place or learn more.
Services for Organisations Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss free and subsidised training for service-providers, organisations, universities and businesses, plus presentations and speeches about compassionate and relational practice, co-production, and lived experience of psychosis/non-ordinary states.
The focus of Hope in the Heart's current projects is to give a voice to people with lived experience and find ways to ensure those voices are heard by those in power.
People who live through challenging times often emerge with a message that is asking to be communicated. It is as though a door has been opened within our psyches; we have a story that needs to be told, to aid our own recovery and healing, and to inspire and inform others. Creativity can be an ideal channel for this communication.
For people with lived experience, such communication can aid their own personal development and healing. Expressing something they would like to say to service-providers, policy-makers, commissioners and leaders may also contribute to changes in the way services support others in need. From discrimination to climate distress, from displacement to disability to dissatisfaction with the prison system (and so much more) our expereriences are important and our voices deserve to be heard.
Relational Practice involves prioritising relationships over systems. While those of us who are or have been service-users may have encountered some excellent supportive services, we can often feel that providers do not relate to us as human-to-human, in a spirt of compassion and equity.
This project provides a platform to address some of the issues faced by people with lived experience, and promote relational change and co-production and in an innovative, interactive and creative way.
Please visit our YouTube channel to see a variety of short videos narrated and illustrated by people with lived experience.
WORKSHOPS, INVITATIONS AND GUIDELINES
Creative workshops are currently running, to generate more artwork for the next exhibition, which we hope will take place in London early next year. Please contact email@example.com with questions or to express an interest.