Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Project funded by National Mind has finished.

Since June 2014 Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind’s Bigger Picture project facilitated:

  • 59 events across Norwich, South and North Norfolk
  • 1641 conversations with members of the public around mental health
  • The training of 22 volunteers in social contact

Paola - Manager of the Bigger Picture

Niki and Volunteers at Docking Market eventWe know we have made it easier for people from all walks of life and cultures to talk about mental health. Talking about our own mental health problems without feeling ashamed is the way forward to fight prejudice, and often the first step towards sustained recovery.

Volunteers Alison, Anastacia, Terry and Ricky having a break
VIMG_6377We also know that there is still a long way to go to eliminate stigma in our society. We are sure that the fight against mental health stigma will continue through the everyday actions of the people who have joined us in this empowering experience.
Volunteers - Anastacia, Paola, Terry, Ricky and Alison at Wells Carnival

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We would like to thank the hundreds of people who came to talk to us, the organisations that have hosted our events, everyone who has supported us on social media and the volunteers.
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And remember: if you have volunteered with us you can always say I have seen the Bigger Picture!
Norman Lamb presenting a cheque to Norwich Mind. Bigger Picture Volunteers and staff at Norwich Mind

If you want to find out more about volunteering for Norwich Mind please contact: hrmanager@norwichmind.org.uk

Niki, Laura, Szara, Anastacia, Paola, Nigel and the Star Wars Team19/7/2016 – Please note we will not be updating this blog or social media as this project funded by National Mind has ended. Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us.

The Bigger Picture Volunteers at Holt Festival

Please contact Norwich MIND if you have any questions or would like further information about volunteering.

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Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 10.29.43Article written by Paola Colombo Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Manager.

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Celebrates Refugee Week at City College Norwich event

Norwich MIND Bigger Picture celebrated Refugee Week at City College Norwich Refugee Camp on Thursday 23nd June. Refugee week is a celebration of the achievements of refugees in the UK.

IMG_7992The Refugee Camp aims at engaging visitors to help them have more informed knowledge of what being a refugee is like. Please see showreel below to view some of the photographs from the event.

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The camp was made up of different zones with different activities including Water, Food, Health, Shelter, Logistics Record Keeping and Communication.

IMG_7976Norwich Mind Bigger Picture helped to co-ordinate the Media and Communication Zone with a News Report Activity. Visitors could learn about how important communication is in a refugee camp and also how information about refugees is communicated to the world from camps and through the media. Students from City College Norwich and staff were interviewed and filmed and were asked to share their experiences.

IMG_8046IMG_7986 We also had an Animation activity where visitors could create a moving message about what they had learnt in the camp. To see the animations created please click on this link to Facebook (soon to be posted on YouTube). Includes animated messages from the Refugee Camp at the The Forum Norwich. To see blog Forum Event article and photographs please click on this link.

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IMG_8054Huge thanks to the organisers The Outsiders, Nick Little, Niki Taigel, organisations, City College staff and students, we really enjoyed the day.

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Norwich Refugee Camp 2016
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Our project has been funded by national Mind

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Celebrates Refugee Week at the Norwich Forum Refugee Camp event

Refugee Week is a celebration of the achievements of refugees in the UK.

IMG_7954Norwich MIND Bigger Picture celebrated this at The Forum Norwich with the Norwich Refugee Camp on Wednesday 22nd June.

IMG_3487The Refugee Camp was organised by Nick Little, Niki Taigel and other organisations including City College Norwich. It is unique to the Norwich Refugee Week and aims at engaging visitors to help them have more informed knowledge of what being a refugee is like.

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IMG_7930The camp was made up of different zones with different activities for the visitors – including primary school children. The zones included: Water, Food, Health, Shelter, Logistics Record Keeping and Communication.

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Lakenham Primary School were invited to go around the different zones in the camp. In each zone there were different activities and a chance to meet and talk to different organisations which support refugees and asylum seekers in Norwich. It was also an opportunity to learn about the many challenges refugees have to overcome in a camp.

IMG_7890Norwich Mind BP helped to co-ordinate the Media and Communication Zone with a News Report Activity. Visitors could learn about how important communication is in a refugee camp and also how information about refugees is communicated to the world from camps and through the media.

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IMG_7915Children and visitors were interviewed and filmed and were asked to share their experiences and report from the camp.

IMG_7862We also had an Animation activity where visitors could create a moving message about what they had learnt in the camp. (Animation showreel coming soon.) Below is a selection of the fantastic messages which were animated. Huge thanks to everyone who participated.

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Huge thanks to the organisers, visitors and Lakenham Primary School, we really enjoyed the day.
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Norwich Refugee Camp 2016
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Our project has been funded by national Mind

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture University of East Anglia Animation Workshop – Refugee Week

Norwich MIND Bigger Picture helped to co-ordinate an animation workshop with the University of East Anglia (UEA) and asked a group of people to look at an art collection in the Sainsbury Centre.

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IMG_7818The participants were asked to animate a message based on the following question… ‘is there an object in the collection which makes you feel at home and makes you feel happy?

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Take a look at these fantastic animation messages created from a workshop we co-ordinated at the UEA.

To see the animations created please click on this link to Facebook (soon to be posted on YouTube).

IMG_7796Thank you to everyone who participated in the animation workshop and to the staff at the UEA, we thoroughly enjoyed it and were impressed with the beautiful drawings and creative ways the group worked together and animated their ideas.

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IMG_7826The participants had no previous experience of stop-motion animation so it is truly remarkable what they have achieved in such a short time – well done to everyone.

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This was one of the events we did as part of Refugee Week, a celebration of the achievements of refugees in the UK. This project has been funded by National Mind

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture animated messages from the YMCA in Norwich and Norfolk and Norwich Festival Spiegeltent event.

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Look at these fantastic animations created by some talented people at the YMCA in Norwich and at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival Spiegeltent event. Norwich MIND The Bigger Picture Project is funded by National Mind.

Norwich MIND Bigger Picture were thrilled to be invited to the Norwich YMCA to run a fun animation activity creating ‘Moving Messages’ about what makes us happy, what is good for our mental wellbeing. Huge thanks to everyone who created a message for us, hope you enjoyed it.

We were also excited to be at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival in Chapelfield Gardens, who had invited a number of organisations to participate in the ‘Come and Meet Me’ in the Spiegeltent‬. They opened up this beautiful space to encourage members of the public to engage with groups and organisations that work in the community. We asked people to create some animated messages about what makes us happy. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Some great animations, please take a look at the animation showreel. (soon to be on the Norwich Mind YouTube site)

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Norwich MIND Bigger Picture ‪Animation‬ messages from ABCD Project Winter ‪Wellbeing‬ Festival

Norwich MIND Bigger Picture went to the ABCD Project Winter Wellbeing Festival where people came together to promote good mental health and #wellbeing. People created positive animation messages about wellbeing. Our project has been funded by National Mind. ‪#‎ABCDProject‬ ‪#‎MentalHealth‬

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animation workshop – for women from the Neesa Project

Norwich MIND Bigger Picture ‪#‎Animation‬ workshop – for women from the Neesa Project

Norwich MIND Bigger Picture co-ordinated an animation workshop for a group of women from the Neesa Project which is a ‪#‎voluntary‬ not-for-profit community project for women and children. They choose to create an animated message about why they wear the ‪#‎Hijab‬ – head and body covering. Our project has been funded by National Mind ‪#‎MentalHealth‬ ‪#‎Wellbeing‬

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Society Alive Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animated Messages Workshop

Norwich MIND Bigger Picture were invited to the Clover Hill Village Hall in Bowthorpe to run an ‪#‎animation‬ workshop with young people from Society Alive – a ‪#‎voluntary‬ not-for-profit community group based in ‪#‎Norwich‬. We asked a group of young people to create an animation about what helps their Mental Health and wellbeing, what makes them happy. This project has been funded by National Mind.

 

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We Stand Together Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animated Messages

Norwich MIND Bigger Picture were invited to the ‪#‎WeStandTogether‬ event which was hosted by Norfolk Constabulary, Norwich Mind, Word and New Routes integration. We Stand Together is part of a national campaign to unite communities, celebrate our differences, reduce hate crime and build a safer and stronger society. We had an ‪#‎animation‬ activity to create messages as a way for people to express their thoughts about mental health, wellbeing and the campaign.‪#‎MentalHealth‬ ‪#‎Wellbeing‬ This project has been funded by National Mind.

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animation Pledges from 2015 – Festival of Cultures and Norwich Pride

Take a look at some of our Animated Messages from 2015

We asked people to create some ‪#‎animated‬ messages and pledges about ‪#‎MentalHealth‬ and ‪#‎Wellbeing‬ at some of our Norwich MIND Bigger Picture events including an event at Anglia Square, Norwich Mind ‪Festival of Cultures and Norwich Pride in 2015. Our project has been funded by National Mind

 

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animation from ABCD Project Winter Wellbeing Festival in Attleborough

For more information please visit the ABCD Project Website or ABCD Project facebook page.

We had a great time at the ABCD Project in Attleborough on Saturday 30th January. A fantastic warm and friendly atmosphere at the festival where people came together to promote good mental health and wellbeing.

IMG_6356Take a look at these fantastic mental health and wellbeing animated messages created at the ABCD Project Winter Wellbeing Festival. Huge thanks to everyone who took part.

Video of Animation Messages created from the ABCD Project Winter Wellbeing Festival (Facebook Link)

IMG_6422Our create a moving message activity proved very popular. People had a go at animation to create a positive message about wellbeing. The stop-motion and time-lapse animations were created using computer software, a webcam, art materials and a lot of creative ideas. 

IMG_6416One was about mindfulness ‘being in the moment’ and how important it is for your wellbeing.

IMG_6266Norwich Mind Bigger Picture were there with a pop-up cinema screening Time to Change films to challenge mental health stigma. Despite the cold weather we had over 30 conversations.

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It was great to see so many creative activities under one roof and people enjoying themselves. There was so much going on including puppets, music, dancing, singing, painting and great food including some really tasty dougnuts and cakes.

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Huge thanks to the ABCD Project and Shelly for a fantastic well organised festival, and to everyone who watched our films, talked to us and created some amazing animations.

Winter Wellbeing Festival email

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For more information about our project which has been funded by national Mind please visit the Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Website.

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animation Workshop with Society Alive

Link to Norwich Mind BP Animation Workshop video on Website News section

Link to Norwich Mind BP Animation Workshop video on Website Film section

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On Sunday 20th December we went to the Clover Hill Village Hall in Bowthorpe to run an animation workshop with young people from Society Alive – a voluntary not-for-profit community group based in Norwich.

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We were thrilled to work with some talented young people creating stop motion animations. We asked them to create an animation about what helps their mental health and wellbeing, what makes them happy. Please take a look at the showreel. The animations were created by two groups of young people.

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Thanks to everyone who helped create the animations, we hope you enjoyed it. Our project is funded by national Mind.

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Quote taken from Society Alive website. http://societyalive.org/
‘Society Alive (SA) is a community group based in Bowthorpe established in 2012 by a couple and their friends whom are passionate about bringing positive change into their community. Society Alive seeks to inject live, strength and vitality to every aspect of our community. It is open to all irrespective of race, gender, sexual affiliation or religious inclination. We operate with an underpinning philosophy of openness, integrity, inclusivity and selfless service to mankind.’

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture #WeStandTogether Animation Messages

Take a look at the Animation messages created from #WeStandTogether

 

Link to Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animation messages #WeStandTogether (website news page)

Link to Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animation messages #WeStandTogether (website films page)

On Saturday 19th December Norwich Mind Bigger Picture were thrilled to be invited to the #WeStandTogether event at the Norwich Social Centre, Catherine Wheel Opening. It was hosted by Norfolk Constabulary, Norwich Mind, Word and New Routes integration. #WeStandTogether is part of a national campaign to unite communities, celebrate our differences, reduce hate crime and build a safer and stronger society.

Fantastic event – the centre was packed with people who had come together as a community to enjoy the fabulous food, listen to the organisations who did presentations and chat to each other. Food is a great way to bring people together and start conversations.

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We had an information stand to talk to people about the project, Norwich Mind services and Time to Change. We also had an animation activity to create messages as a way for people to express their thoughts about mental health, wellbeing and the #WeStandTogether campaign. Please take a look at the animation showreel created at the event. We also had taster reflexology sessions which proved very popular, great way to relax and unwind. Huge thanks to everyone involved, we really enjoyed the event. Our project is funded by National Mind.

See below for more information about #WeStandTogether

#WeStandTogether is a community led initiative in partnership with the police. Communities from all faiths, non faiths and backgrounds are coming together and standing against extremism and hatred. #WeStandTogether is fast becoming a recognized campaign across the country, with local people showing support through local events and activities.

#WeStandTogether means that:

We will Stand Together, celebrating differences and diversity.
We will not tolerate extremism or hatred and will actively challenge it.
We share British values and stand united as one community.
We feel any attack on one community is an attack on all communities.

An attack on one community is an attack on all communities.

Fantastic event – the centre was packed with people who had come together as a community to enjoy the fabulous food, listen to the organisations who did presentations and chat to each other. Food is a great way to bring people together and start conversations.

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Animated Messages from Norwich Pride, Festival of Cultures and Anglia Square events

Link to Norwich Mind Festival of Cultures Blog
Link to Norwich Anglia Square Event Blog
Link to Norwich Pride 2015 Event Blog

Norwich MIND The Bigger Picture Animated Messages Showreel – Norwich Pride, Festival of Cultures and Anglia Square

Watch our showreel of animated messages which were created at various events including Norwich Pride and Norwich Mind Festival of Cultures. The Bigger Picture has been using animation as an activity to engage with the public. We asked people to ‘create a moving message’ about mental health or create a pledge about what they would do to reduce Mental Health stigma and discrimination. The messages were created using stop motion animation and time-lapse methods. Our project has been funded by Mind

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Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture Celebration Animation Showreel – Time to Change Pledges 2015

Take a look at the Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Celebration Showreel – Time to Change Pledge Animations now on YouTube

Watch the showreel of animated Time to Change pledges which people created last year at our Norwich MIND Bigger Picture celebration. We asked people to animate a message of what they would like to do to end mental health stigma and discrimination. Pledges were created using stop motion animation and time-lapse methods.

 

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Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture at Magdalen Street Celebration – World Mental Health Day 2015

Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture celebrated World Mental Health Day at the Magdalen Street Celebration. The theme for World Mental Health Day this year is dignity: what can be done to ensure that people with Mental Health‬ problems can live with dignity? Please see end of blog article to read about WMHD and the World Federation for Mental Health.

Link to document – World Federation for Mental Health 2015 campaign material for the theme Dignity in Mental Health. PDF WMHD_report_2015_FINAL

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Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture at the Magdalen Street Festival Anglia Square

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Patience at the Magdalen Street Festival – beautiful hand crafted jewellery

The Magdalen Street Celebration is a great community-led, lively street fair which celebrates the creativity and diversity in Norwich through art, music, dance, local performers and food.

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Magdalen Street Festival Anglia Square

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Helen Simpson – one of the Magdalen Street Festival organisers

Magdalen Street Festival 2015 Poster

Magdalen Street Festival 2015 Poster

Text by Paola Colombo Bigger Picture Manager
‘As Bigger Picture volunteers we know that stigmatising and discriminatory treatment can be particularly distressing when a person is experiencing a health crisis. We all have mental health, and by failing to treat people with mental health problems with dignity we make it more difficult to ensure that we all are more proactive towards safeguarding our wellbeing and seeking help when we need to. This leads in turn to self-stigma, low confidence, low self-esteem, withdrawal and social isolation.’ We believe that effectively supporting people experiencing mental health problems is on target to become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time.’

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Paola Colombo (left) – Bigger Picture Manager with Anastacia (right) BP Assistant

We had a fantastic day at the Magdalen Street Festival for World Mental Health Day ‪#‎WMHD15. Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture had 50 conversations with people about mental health. Huge thanks to everyone who stopped to talk with us.

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Volunteer Ricky

Our information stand had a range of leaflets to inform people about the many different services Norwich Mind provides.

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IMG_4144We had a creative scratch art activity for children and adults which encouraged people to talk to us about mental health stigma.

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Volunteer James created this fab sign for our scratch art activity

IMG_4125Scratch art has proved very popular at events and is really easy to do. It is a great conversation starter and people really enjoy getting creative and being able to take their artwork home with them.

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IMG_4242Below is a slide show of some of the creative scratch art produced at the Magdalen Street Festival. Thanks you to everyone who participated in our activity and talked to us.

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We also asked people to sign Time to Change pledges about what they would do to end mental health stigma and discrimination. Huge thanks to everyone who created a pledge.

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Time to Change is England’s biggest campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination. It is funded by the National Lottery, Department of Health and Comic Relief. IMG_4151 Their latest campaign is focusing on the #SmallThings which people can do to help someone and how it can make a big difference in their lives. Please see the Time to Change website for further details.

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Huge thanks to everyone who talked to us and joined in our Scratch Art activity and to the organisers of the event. Slide show below with lots of pictures from the event.

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Text taken from World Federation for Mental Health website
World Mental Health Day #WMHD2015 was observed for the first time on 10 October 1992 and continues to be the official day of commemoration every year. It was started as an annual activity of the World Federation for Mental Health by the then Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter and it has become the largest and most widely promoted education and advocacy program of the WFMH.’

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Helen Simpson one of the organisers at the Magdalen Street Festival 2015

‘…WFMH is an international membership organization founded in 1948 to advance, among all people’s and nations, the prevention of mental and emotional disorders, the proper treatment and care of those with such disorders, and the promotion of mental health. The Federation, through its members and contacts in more than 100 countries on six continents, has responded to international mental health crises through its role as the only worldwide grassroots advocacy and public education organization in the mental health field. Its organizational and individual membership includes mental health workers of all disciplines, consumers of mental health services, family members, and concerned citizens. The organization’s broad and diverse membership makes possible collaboration among governments and non-governmental organizations to advance the cause of mental health services, research, and policy advocacy worldwide.’ Text from WFMH website.

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Link to Extract from World Federation for Mental Health 2015 campaign material Dignity
‘This year the World Federation for Mental Health has chosen “Dignity in Mental Health” as the theme for World Mental Health Day on 10 October. “Dignity” is a word that has a number of meanings, none of them precise—but we all recognize dignity when we see it, and more importantly, we recognize the lack of it when it’s absent.
With this year’s theme we aim to show the ways in which dignity can be provided in all aspects of mental health, ranging from care for our patients/consumers to the attitudes of the general public. We hope you will support the theme with activities in your own region that educate people about the importance of dignity in mental health.

If you are interested in finding out more about Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture project please contact paolacolombo@norwichmind.org.uk

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Blog compiled by Anastacia Tohill – Bigger Picture Assistant – Design and Social Media

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture at the Festival of Cultures 2015

Festival of Cultures EDP article
Norwich Mind Photos on Facebook

IMG_3701What an amazing atmosphere at the Norwich Mind Festival of Cultures. The annual festival was at The Forum Norwich on Saturday 26th to celebrate cultures from around the world.

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There was a diverse range of activities at the event including Bulgarian and Bollywood dancing, music, food, jewellery stalls, therapies and stands from other organisations.

IMG_3561There were many other activities at the festival including: Welcome and Lord Mayor’s Speech, Sandra Flanagan – deputy CEO’s speech, Bollywood Sparkles, Salsa, TAIKO- Drumming Workshop, NEWROUTES performance, Bollywood dance workshop, HORO – Bulgarian dance performance, World Music, Tai chi/Qi gong, Arts Workshop- Past in pencil and paint, Story Telling.

Link to more Norwich Mind Photos on Facebook
Link to see a video of dancing from the Festival of Cultures 2015

IMG_3702Norwich Mind had an information stand to inform people about the different services they can offer. Huge thanks to the volunteers who helped on the day and to Amrita from Norwich Mind who organised the event – well done.

IMG_3796The Bigger Picture had an animation activity and Time to Change information. Time to Change is England’s biggest campaign to end mental health stigma and discrimination. It is funded by the National Lottery, Department of Health and Comic Relief. Their latest campaign is focusing on the #SmallThings which can help someone and how it can make a big difference in people’s lives. Please see their website for further details.

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IMG_3577The Bigger Picture also had a fun animation activity to ‘create a moving message’ about mental health and wellbeing.

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IMG_3792Participants had a go at creating unique animated messages using words, drawings, letters and craft materials.

IMG_3735People could explore the possibilities of stop motion and time-lapse animation methods using simple computer software and a webcam. Stop motion animation is great fun – an activity which encourages creativity and gives people an opportunity to try something a bit different – a unique way to get an important message across about mental health and wellbeing.

IMG_3833We usually do animated pledges about stigma and discrimination but we decided to open it up a bit more to reflect other thoughts about mental health and wellbeing. We asked people the following to create an animated message…

IMG_3823‘Animation is a fun way to express your thoughts and feelings about mental health – What does mental health mean for you? give life to your thoughts: animate a sentence, an image or a single word and watch it again and again, share it, see it travel wide over social media!’

IMG_3719A pledge, a positive message, a word of hope to others:
Maybe you know someone who lives with a mental health condition, maybe you don’t – but one in four do struggle with it at some point! Send a positive message in a special way, use your native language, a sunny image, if you know someone who lives with a mental health condition send them your thoughts. Use your native language, a sunny image, an unusual script and see it come to life!’

IMG_3750Thank you to The Lord Mayor Brenda Arthur who created a moving message of hope for us – ‘Our richness as a society lies in our diversity everyone has something to give to enrich us all’.

IMG_3730Thank you to everyone who created an animated message and all the volunteers who helped us. A showreel of completed messages from the festival and other events will be on our website soon.

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Text taken from Norwich Mind website.
‘The Festival of Cultures is our annual summer event that started on the 4th of September 2004 and celebrates cultural diversity in Norwich.

Children and adults alike are treated to free complementary therapies, multi-cultural performances, games, prizes, workshops and fun activities like Zumba workshops, face painting, henna tattoos etc. The Festival provides people an opportunity to meet and make new friends and learn about other cultures. The event aims to strengthen the community spirit and forge partnership working for a more cohesive society.’

Information on last years Festival of Cultures (click on link). To view the photos of the day please visit the Norwich Mind Facebook page here or click on this link below to view a short film of the most recent festival.

IMG_3584If you are interested in finding out more about Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture project please contact paolacolombo@norwichmind.org.uk

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Blog compiled by Anastacia Tohill – Bigger Picture Design and Social Media

The Bigger Picture Website  |  The Bigger Picture Facebook Tweet: @BiggerPictureNM  |  Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Website  |  Time to Change Website

© Copyright 2015 The Bigger Picture Norwich Mind. All rights reserved. Please do not download or use any images/text on this blog site or any of our social media without permission. This blog site contains photographs taken from events we have attended. If your photograph is on this blog site and you wish it to be removed please contact us and we will be happy to remove it for you.

 

Norwich Mind Bigger Picture at Anglia Square

Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind website

The sun came out for Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture at Anglia Square on Saturday 29th August.

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We were there to bring mental health awareness to the Norwich community by talking to people about our project and offering information on mental health and what services are available. We screened Time to Change films to help people understand the stigma and discrimination faced by many people with mental health problems.

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Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. The films we were showing in the cinema can all be seen on the Time to Change YouTube site.

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Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.34.54We also encouraged participants to engage in an animated message activity to create a unique pledge about what they would do to end mental health stigma, give a message of hope to others or something which helps maintain good mental health and wellbeing.

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.36.18We used stop-motion and time-lapse methods to capture the messages, using letters and other materials. The activity involves using computer software and a webcam.

IMG_2697We will be posting some of the completed message from this event and pride soon. To see our animated pledges from the Bigger Picture Celebration earlier this year please click on this Facebook link. or Bigger Picture website.

If you are interested in finding out more about Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture project please contact paolacolombo@norwichmind.org.uk

Blog written and compiled by Anastacia Tohill – Bigger Picture Design and Social Media

The Bigger Picture Website  |  The Bigger Picture Facebook Tweet: @BiggerPictureNM  |  Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind Website  |  Time to Change Website

© Copyright 2014 The Bigger Picture Norwich Mind. All rights reserved. Please do not download or use any images/text on this blog site or any of our social media without permission. This blog site contains photographs taken from events we have attended. If your photograph is on this blog site and you wish it to be removed please contact us and we will be happy to remove it for you.

 

 

Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture and Time to Change at Norwich Pride Event 2015

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This blog site contains photographs taken from events we have attended. If your photograph is on this blog site and you wish it to be removed please contact us and we will be happy to remove it for you. Photographs © Copyright Anne Adams and Anastacia Tohill. All rights reserved

Saturday 25th July – what a fantastic colourful day at Norwich Pride 2015.

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Bigger Picture and Time to Change volunteer Poppy with the Norwich Pride banner at the pride event

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Thousands of people attended the Norwich Pride event to watch the parade from Chapelfield Gardens to the Norwich Forum.

IMG_8581-copyThe LGBT community walked with pride in a display of beautiful rainbow coloured banners and eye catching creative costumes.

IMG_2803Outside the Norwich Forum crowds of people watched acts perform on the main stage including Future Radio DJs, Sing with Pride Choir & Friends and Parallel Dance Studio.
IMG_2874Quote from Norwich Pride Website ‘Norwich Pride is a celebration from the LGBT community for everyone. Our mission is to ensure that Norwich is a city where everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves. Norwich Pride is a grass-roots, do-it-yourself celebration organised by a collective of friendly, creative & enthusiastic volunteers.’

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IMG_8495Below slide show images taken from the event. Photographs by Anastacia Tohill – Bigger Picture Design and Social Media

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What a fantastic atmosphere at Norwich Pride 2015. Amongst the beautiful rainbow colours the sun finally came out for Norwich MIND at Chapelfield Gardens after a morning of rain.

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Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture cinema and information stand at Chapelfield Gardens Norwich Pride

IMG_2742We screened Time to Change films to raise awareness about Mental Health stigma. Time to Change is England’s biggest campaign to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination and is led by Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. One of the videos we screened at Pride is called ‘Meet the #Wolfpack’ which was released last year to specifically target the male YouTube audience.

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Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture Cinema screening Time to Change film ‘Meet the #Wolfpack’ at Norwich Pride

Research has shown that men find it more difficult to talk about their mental health compared to women. The film is about friendship and looking out for your mates which is shown through a group of four dogs. Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture has screened the film over the last year at many events and this has proven to be very popular with the public – humour is a great way to convey an important message.

Quote from ‘The Drum’ website
‘Thea Cole, director of content at MediaCom Beyond Advertising said: “Devising unique, targeted content specifically devised for the YouTube platform is a powerful way of building a community of interest around a cause. We hope the calibre of the YouTubers, alongside clever storytelling will encourage young people to spread the word about the #MakeTime campaign. Using humour to engage with a male audience via a canine cast which personifies a group of mates will, we hope, make the campaign’s message infinitely sharable.”

IMG_8448Activities to engage with the public included an information stand which gave people an opportunity to find out about the many mental health services Norwich Mind offers.

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Norwich Mind staff Sarah and photographer and volunteer Anne on the information stand at Norwich Pride Chapelfield Gardens

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Layla and Simon Norwich Mind staff at Norwich Pride

For the first time we introduced a new activity to engage with the public – a unique opportunity to create an animated pledge.

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Animation pledges activity

Using stop motion and time lapse methods, letters were used to create words – a creative way to convey an important message about mental health. The activity proved very popular and we are looking forward to talking this to more events.

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Anastacia Norwich Mind Bigger Picture staff helping people to create animated pledges

One participant’s pledge read ‘The media should think before they print’. (Coming soon animated pledges from the event)

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Great message

We had face painting for kids and adults – very popular, everyone wanted rainbows painted on their face.

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Ruth Norwich Mind staff helping with face painting

Using a variety of activities to engage with the public is a great way to encourage people to talk about mental health.

IMG_2868In the afternoon we had an information stand at the incredibly busy Norwich Forum, giving us the opportunity to talk to many people.

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Norwich Mind staff Ruth and Photographer and Volunteer Anne on the information stand at the Forum

Crowds gathered at the Forum to join in other Pride activities – an incredible day.

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IMG_8437Below slide show images taken from the event. Photographs by Anne Adams – photographer.

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Norfolk Time to Change Champions and Bigger Picture volunteers were also at the Forum to start conversations about mental health and encourage the public to write pledges to say what they would do to end mental health stigma – an incredible amount of pledges were on display.

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Lots of pledges. Laura Bigger Picture and Time to Change volunteer at the forum Norwich Pride

IMG_2888 Norfolk Champions carried the Time to Change banner with pride on the parade. Thanks to Maddi Cassell East of England Time to Change Co-ordinator for helping to organise the event at Norwich Pride.

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Norfolk Time to Change Champions and Bigger Picture volunteers carrying the banner at Norwich Pride

IMG_8597Thank you to the organisers of Norwich Pride – a great event. Huge thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make it such a successful day and to everyone who talked to us and joined in the activities. Thanks to Photographer and volunteer Anne Adams for the amazing images. See you next year.

Paola Colombo, The Bigger Picture Manager having fun at Norwich Pride

Paola Colombo, Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture Manager having fun at Norwich Pride

If you are interested in finding out more about Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture project please contact paolacolombo@norwichmind.org.uk

 

Blog written and compiled by Anastacia Tohill – Bigger Picture Design and Social Media
© Copyright 2014 The Bigger Picture Norwich Mind. All rights reserved. Please do not download or use any images/text on this blog site or any of our social media without permission. This blog site contains photographs taken from events we have attended. If your photograph is on this blog site and you wish it to be removed please contact us and we will be happy to remove it for you.

 

Society Alive Event at Bowthorpe

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On Saturday 20th June Norwich Mind The Bigger Picture went to Cover Hill Village Hall at Bowthorpe to talk to people about mental health. The Bigger Picture joined forces with Society Alive, a group based in Bowthorpe.

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Quote taken from Society Alive website
‘Society Alive
(SA) is a community group based in Bowthorpe established in 2012 by a couple and their friends whom are passionate about bringing positive change into their community. Society Alive seeks to inject live, strength and vitality to every aspect of our community. It is open to all irrespective of race, gender, sexual affiliation or religious inclination. We operate with an underpinning philosophy of openness, integrity, inclusivity and selfless service to mankind.’

IMG_1756Society Alive are passionate about bringing positive change to their community. We went along to talk to people about mental health and to offer advice and information about the project and Norwich Mind. We also had an art activity for children – scratch art which proved very popular.

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Bigger Picture Volunteer Ricky on the Norwich Mind information stand

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Norwich Mind Bigger Picture Activity Scratch Art for Children

The food was amazing and there were lots of other activities people could get involved in on the day including:

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Paola Colombo enjoying the food – Bigger Picture Manager

  • Complementary therapies – free Indian Head Massage
  • Face painting for children
  • Children’s craft table
  • Bouncy Castle by Millennium Entertainment
  • Salsa dancing by Jose Ferrera
  • Hi Jack Carnival Arts
  • Raffle draw
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Lots of activities at the event

This blog site contains photographs taken from events we have attended. If your photograph is on this blog site and you wish it to be removed please contact us and we will be happy to remove it for you. Photographs © Copyright The Bigger Picture. All rights reserved

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© Copyright 2014 The Bigger Picture Norwich Mind. All rights reserved. Please do not download or use any images/text on this blog site or any of our social media without permission. This blog site contains photographs taken from events we have attended. If your photograph is on this blog site and you wish it to be removed please contact us and we will be happy to remove it for you.