Harnessing creativity and building understanding
Throughout 2013 we will be running our ‘Sharing Stories' campaign, which is about using the power of storytelling to bring people together around this common purpose. Stories are about making connections, engendering empathy and understanding, decreasing prejudice and stigma and about creating shared experiences, as well as tapping in to our imagination.
We welcome everyone, people who use our services, carers, staff, members and the public, to come together to tell their stories.
There's been lots of campaign activities to date such as the launch events where we welcomed Peter Bullimore to share his experience of hearing voices and how he's used it to write a book, the readathon in March as well as the ongoing ‘Book of the month' initiative.
There's plenty more to come including the York Walls Walk, Love Arts festival and the Annual Member's Day, which will be themed around storytelling. In connection with Love Arts, we are also running Love Music Leeds, which encourages people to nominate songs that help improve their wellbeing to be covered by Leeds artists and bands. Visit www.leedslovesmusic.org.uk for more details.
In May we welcomed Rommi Smith (left) as our creative writer in residence and she'll be working with teams and services across the Trust to pull together a book of stories.
Bi-annually we publish our Your Stories magazine, the latest one can be read here. The magazine highlights various individuals inspirational journey's to recovery. If you would like to share your mental health or learning disability experience for the magazine, please get in touch with our communications team (email@example.com / 0113 30 55989)
If there is any aspect of the ‘Sharing Stories' you are interested in and would like to get involved with supporting the campaign please get in touch with communications on the details above.