An inspiring creative experience for adults experiencing mental health issues
If you’re experiencing mental health difficulties, life can be a confusing and stressful place. Often you find yourself so overwhelmed by everything that you often forget to enjoy those fleeting magical moments when they arrive and forget how to express yourself.
Creative Directions is a group for adults that uses art workshops to help people experiencing mental health difficulties get back on track. Our artists have designed creative activities to help you express yourself and develop new friendships, learn new skills and ignite new passions. The workshops are free to any adult experiencing mental health difficulties or feelings of loneliness and stress.
Thanks to funding from Spirit of 2012, we’ve also brought Creative Directions out into the community with Creative Directions in the Community.
The sessions at Edlington and Askern provide a range of music-based opportunities for local residents.
Professional musicians deliver the sessions and encourage participants to write their own music using the Edlington and Askern’s unique heritage and history as inspiration.
The first group meet every Tuesday at Edlington Community Organisation (ECO) at Yorkshire Main Community Centre, New Edlington from 10am – 12pm.
The second group meet every Thursday at Alexander House, High St, Askern, from 1.30pm – 3.30pm
To find out more, visit Creative Directions in the Community.
It’s understandable that, when you’re already feeling under pressure and isolated, you might not want to commit to regularly attending a session at exact times every week.
Creative Directions is designed to be flexible, so just come along when you can. Sessions are held every Wednesday. The Point is open from 10am-4pm and has a gallery and cafe. Between 1.30-3.30pm we encourage you to join us for an artist-led session if you feel you can.
In this session, you’ll work with an artist to explore their artform – lately the group has had a go at visual art, drama, dance and film-making.
Of course, just because you’re working with professional artists, it doesn’t mean you need any experience with the arts. Everyone is creative and capable of expressing themselves in their own way, and help and support will always be available when you want it. Before you know it you’ll unlock creative skills you always knew you had, and become more confident in using them in your everyday life in positive ways.
I’ve felt a lot calmer, I’ve had more patience and I’ve felt happier.
I’ve become a stronger person. I’m more focused on the way I express things, my confidence has grown and I feel a lot brighter in myself, I’m making friends.
I’m a lot more adventurous about trying new things that I didn’t like to do or believe in myself I could do.
If you would like to come along to Creative Directions or know someone who may benefit from the sessions you can just turn up at The Point or call Amy Knowles on 01302 558041, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about The Point, our facilities and how to get here, please follow this link.
Creative Directions is funded by the National Lottery through The Big Lottery Fund.