Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Visit to Liverpool's Urban Farm

Great time at Rice Lane Urban Farm Monday with the women's group we're facilitating for Healthy Inclusion. Bring on more fun days like this, rain and all!!! 

Thanks to the Black Environmental Network for supporting the visit and Rice Lane Urban Farm for the food, friendship and all round kindness of the experience. Everyone loved the sheep and the goat. The pigs made us laugh and the chickens got the kids running around (not chasing them but trying to keep up!). The cows were very interested in what we could feed them, Alfie the rabbit put up with us for only so long and the guinea pig was pretty tolerant. Loads of great ideas flying around now about more links with the urban farm. What a great facility in Liverpool and for Liverpool.

Thanks guys! Fab day out :D

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Celebrating World Mental Health Day 2013

Great day at The University of Liverpool's Mental Wealth Fest. Thanks SOLA vols for supporting & sharing about mental wellbeing!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Celebrating mental health and wellbeing

SOLA is at Mental Wealth Fest, University of Liverpool tomorrow, sharing the importance of mental health and wellbeing for uni students.

Pop down and see us if you are around...

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Art Therapy In The Community

We have started the new brief programme of Art Therapy and are grateful to Trafford Hall DIY Fund for providing the first bit of funding towards this.

This is our 2nd Art Therapy programme coming under our 'Art Therapy In The Community' offer. This next stage of provision will run for 12-weeks, between October 2013 and January 2014.

We will be offering opportunity for both individual and group work.

This brief intervention programme focuses on supporting people from black and minority communities in Liverpool. Specifically, we are looking to engage people who are;
  •  currently not under NHS Mental Health services
  •  being discharged from NHS Mental Health services
  • refugees or asylum seekers

The programme will be delivered by our experienced arts practitioner and now qualified Art Therapist, Adele Spiers.

The Art Therapy Drop-In Studio, will be accepting referrals from support agencies, health services and community projects from mid October. Watch this space for more info... 

NOTE: The individual sessions are currently full, but people can still be referred for individual support, although currently this would be charged at a reduced community rate. Just email or call us to find out more.

Working with volunteers for better awareness of mental health illnesses and distress has already begun, with 2 of a 3 x 1/2 day training programme run by Adele.

Volunteers have already commented on how much better they are aware of and understand Art Therapy and it's benefits. As well as this, volunteers have been able to explore how mental health and psychological difficulties can evolve, how mental distress can be experienced and supported, and the different types of mental health problems that we can experience.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Welcome Samiullah!

SOLA has a new Trustee, Samiullah Nowzady. Samiullah joined us as a partiicpant a good few years ago and has gone from joining in, to volunteering and now a Trustee. What a fab journey!

A warm welcome and many thanks for your commitment and support. Looking forward to the journey ahead...