Offer an arts-based project for people with mental health problems, which aims to help draw on inner, creative resources while exploring personal issues with a trained arts tutor in a safe, contained space, in order to achieve psychological change, wellbeing and promote confidence.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1064524)
All our clients are unemployed adults of working age; most suffer social isolation, loss of confidence, anxiety and poverty in addition to (and generally as a result of) their mental ill-health. They are highly vulnerable and many have been impacted by recent welfare reform. Nationally, people suffering mental ill-health have the lowest employment rate of any disabled group, only 24% securing long-term work. Fewer than 40% of employers will consider recruiting someone with a history of mental health.
Piloting this project to a small group of people is already having a positive impact on helping our clients to reduce the crippling social isolation they experience. We find that for many people attending Oakleaf, their visits to us are the only time when their leave their homes. Having the opportunity to meet with others in a supportive environment, with a shared aim of participating in art, is helping them network, increase self-esteem and boost positive mental health, whilst acquiring new skills.
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