Change Together is a year-long project from 2014-15 that uses pop-up shops, workshops, ‘tasters’ and exhibitions to bring members of the public into contact with adults with lived experience of mental health problems in the London boroughs of Hackney and Islington, to help end the stigma attached to mental illness.
Led by Peter Bedford Housing Association (PBHA) in partnership with Volunteer Centre Hackney, the project is funded by Time to Change, England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. Time to Change is run by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.
Change Together’s targets are ambitious – to train and support 36 volunteers with mental health problems to host conversations with 1200 members of the public through a series of workshops and events. Venues range from PBHA’s own community gardens, canteens and newly refurbished shop Outpost, to galleries, workplaces and adult learning centres across both boroughs. Hand-crafted products and homemade produce from our existing enterprises provide a starting point for volunteers to engage the public and tap into enthusiasms from fashion and food to sport and popular culture.
Our objective is to work locally to create a society in which people no longer need to hide mental health issues out of fear or shame, or wonder where they can turn to for help and support.
- Interested in supporting Change Together? Please contact Bex Large to get involved – we’d love to hear from you!
- Read volunteer Stephen Baynes’ blog post about taking part in the project.
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