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Why does Peer Support matter today? Peer support allows people to connect with each other, to learn together, to grow, to make friends & to receive vital support from those who have lived with & have had a similar experience to them. The STAR group in Blackpool is one such group, formed in 2018 as a direct response to Mental Health Services lack of positive encouragement and support for members as a group, STAR like all adventures and positive deviants went out on their own...this is a short film about why peer support matters to them.
Adam is 18. Whilst many young people are preparing for their future, having adventures, forming relationships, love, or just worrying about what to wear for the next night out...Adams life tumbled down the rabbit hole into a living nightmare of Groundhog Day futility. In this short story,
Adam tells us of his Journey down the rabbit hole and how he through his own courage and choices climbed out of that hole and up a mountain. Also available as a Facebook video, you can also find this film along with others, blogs and articles on the Journal website. Filmed in soft focus technicolor with wonderful ambient music by Solar Fields
Blackpool has a vibrant "Do It Yourself" Grassroots community. A Grassroots community consists of Non-Profit projects, small businesses, individuals and group of like minded peers who come together to provide activities, support, help and kindness to others in their community often for free. This is Mutual Aid - people helping people out of kindness, not profit or power. If you have a story to tell then tell it on our multimedia interactive and as easy as Facebook to use community portal - Journal.
TeaTalks & Community Conversations (Season 01, Episode 02) Talking about Mental Health Assessments
Season One opens with conversations about Mental Health. Filmed at Crafty B's art table in Central Library Blackpool, people with lived experience of Mental Health Systems discuss the good as well as the stuff that might need improving.
Crafty B's was set up by two ordinary citizens from Blackpool who after their own lived experiences decided they wanted to end isolation and loneliness over a cup of tea, laughter and some arty stuff. Season 1 has been filmed with Tracey & Sherri of Crafty B,s along with 5 other citizens (off camera) and many other citizens as an unexpected pop-up audience.
TeaTalks & Community Conversations (Season 01, Episode 01) Talking about Mental Health Services
Season One opens with conversations about Mental Health Systems and services. Filmed at Crafty B's art table in Central Library Blackpool, people with lived experience of Mental Health Systems discuss the good as well as the stuff that might need improving. Crafty B's was set up by two ordinary citizens from Blackpool who after their own lived experiences decided they wanted to end isolation and loneliness over a cup of tea, laughter and some arty stuff. Season 1 has been filmed with Tracey & Sherri of Crafty B,s along with 5 other citizens (off camera) and many other citizens as an unexpected pop up audience. Spontaneous as TeaTalks are the process certainly intrigued both the public and opened up some rich honest debate at the table.
Tracy is one of those ladies who give so much back to her community (Blackpool). As well as running (alongside partner in crime Sherri) Crafty B's Art and Talk group from Central Library Blackpool, she also raises money for our charity and good causes. At the end of September Crafty B's will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning to raise funds for such an important cancer support service. To add more good measure Tracy will also be having all her hair shaved off, bald, completely bald to raise extra funds as well as donating her hair to create real hairpieces for children who are presently under treatment for Cancer. 10 out of 10 good citizens.
A small preview of a forthcoming series of filmed community conversations. Giving a voice to our community, encouraging conversation, debate or the sharing of experience & story can have profound effects on the well-being of participants and provide a rich source of ideas for encouraging more positive and inclusive communities.
Bohemia is a project based in Blackpool, England created by a partnership of people from three grassroots organizations (Naked, wild & free, The gathering fields & elephant, creative thinking). Our goal is to bring their diverse & eclectic mix of skills, under one roof stir in a healthy dose of community & deliver everything from mental health & well-being projects, art & creativity, co-production event &, alternative living & a healthy cafe, gallery & show culture. We want to take over an old abandoned church, breath colour & life back into it and return a collective space back to our community with regular alternative Sunday Services clothed in a faded bohemian elegance.