A new initiative for mental health Service Users is about to launch in Bournemouth. The Jericho Arts Group (JAG) is a peer support group set up by and for vulnerable adults in the area who have an interest in starting or developing their art skills. JAG is funded by a grant from Richmond Fellowship and is supported by and hosted at the Southbourne Creative Hub. The group will encourage people with mental health problems to grow in their creativity and develop in confidence and self-esteem. The pilot scheme will run for nine months, and will provide participants with a range of themes and ideas and the opportunity to work with different materials and art forms.
JAG will benefit from visits by other professional artists, and there will be opportunities for those who want to display their work and to create work as a group as well as individually. Participating in the group will give people a sense of ownership and common purpose and help develop independent living skills outside of mental health services.
The JAG project starts on Saturday 30 June, from 2.30 to 4.30pm, and is free to attend with all materials provided. Places will be limited, and it’s first come first served, but a waiting list will be drawn up. So come on and join in all budding Bournemouth artists!
For more information, and to request a booking form, please contact Myriam Lee, Support Worker, RF Irving Road on 01202 417 971 or email Myriam.Lee@richmondfellowship.org.uk