We are very excited that we have secured funding from POP Collectives to extend the Plymouth arm of Messages From The HeART - Hope in the Heart, in collaboration with The Intersection and Real Ideas, brings you Messages from the HeARTlands.
From October 2022, we offer you three smaller (but no less powerful) exhibitions, with associated events, featuring creative expressions by people with lived experience of mental health and associated challenges. The first of these has now taken place at Devonport Guildhall (see photos and details below), and two more will follow in 2023, with free workshops beforehand. Dates to follow as we have them.
As before, each piece contains a message for people in power (service providers, commissioners, local leaders and society in general) and the collective “voices” of the creators combine to highlight what is working and where change is needed. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com with questions or to express interest.
Exhibition - October 2022 - Devonport Guild Hall
The first of the three Messages From The HeARTlands exhibitions opened on the afternoon of Friday 7th and ran until Friday 14th October. Daily timings are shown in the blue square above, and accompanying events below.
Saturday 8th October - Celebrating the HeART 6.30 - 9.30pm Performance evening with moving and insightful poetry/writing/spoken word/music from a variety of local creators, each containing a message from the HeART. Doors open 6.30pm. One free non-alcoholic drink before 7pm, top-ups available for a small cost. We hope to be able to provide a wider variety of drinks - update coming soon! There will not be a break during the 90-minute performance, but there will be an opportunity for networking afterwards. See photos from our previous performance evening in May here. Sunday 9th October- Mental Health Connections: Learning from Each Other and Finding What Fits 11am - 4pm On the eve of World Mental Health Day, Plymouth REG (Recovery and Empowerment Group) presents stalls and workshops from local grassroots organisations committed to improving mental health and wellbeing. Free light refreshments and workshops.
Tuesday 11th October - Building Bridges - the Journey of Co-Production 10am - 11am Fresh from Perugia, Italy, where they attended and spoke at the ISPS Conference, Livewell Southwest Consultant Clinical Psychologist Elina Baker and Hope in the Heart founder/CEO and Lived Experience Consultant/Trainer Tam Martin Fowles will again deliver their conference presentation “Growing co-production from the ground up” - an overview of the development of Plymouth REG – and talk with participants about the importance of co-production, what they learned in Perugia, and the continuing development of Plymouth REG. -
Thursday 13th October - Bridging the Gaps 10am - 1pm Hope in the Heart and The Intersection invite you to join us for a morning where service users and service providers unite as equals and peers to relationally experience our common humanity and explore how to Bridge the Gaps in services within our city in order to create a compassionate community where everyone feels safe, valued and that they belong.