Venue: Cellar Bar @ Chaplins
Date: Sunday 14th September
Time: 2.20pm. 1 hour.
The Jericho Art Group (JAG) by and for adults with mental ill-health was piloted by The Southbourne Creative Hub (SCH) in partnership with The Richmond Fellowship in 2012. In 2013/14, the group sought to continue by engaging Bournemouth Mental Health service users in Life story work- multi media: creative writing/story telling/drama/poetry; timeline drawn/written; self-portrait painting/photo etc. This was linked to the creation of a sectional mosaic inspired by: “what does it mean to be well?”
Members of JAG worked with other local community groups in Boscombe and Southbourne to explore other people’s ideas on this theme alongside their own, residing at Vita Nova for this project and also delivering workshops with Creative Kidz at The Shelley Theatre and other locations.
The motivation for the group comes from the desire to interpret and implement the 5 ways to wellbeing: a system for people to monitor, understand and be in control of their journey to recovery. This project encapsulates and enables the 5 ways: connect; take notice; keep learning; give; be active.
The group developed a range of skills including writing creatively, mosaic design and execution, objective setting, physical and verbal confidence building, self expression, team work, presenting ideas to a group, articulating arguments in a debate, vocal skills, engagement with audiences and local community groups at the public workshops and performances at Vita Nova.