Community Vibe worked in collaboration with
Rosie Kay Dance Company delivering ‘FIT &
FUNKY’ to promote physical and mental
The project was run in BSMHFT sites and Community
settings from February to July 2010, culminating in a
performance ‘MIND OUT’ shown at the Patrick Centre,
Birmingham Dance Xchange, Birmingham Hippodrome
on 23rd July.
The result of this unique project enabled many service
users and staff to work towards creating a professional
piece of dance theatre which looks at the modern
misconceptions of mental health.
‘MIND OUT’ is the culmination of the ‘FIT & FUNKY’
community engagement dance project.
The performance, which explores the modern misconceptions of mental
health, was shown at The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome on
23rd July 2010. There were two shows - matinee and evening, which
both had full houses. Audience members ranged from mental health
service users and healthcare professionals, associate organisations,
funders, artists as well as members of the general public!
All of the participants benefitted from this project in so many ways;
building confidence and self-esteem, being part of a group, sharing
common interests, getting physically fit, learning new skills and
rediscovering existing skills, having routine, getting out & about and
meeting new people, and of course - learning to dance!
Moreover, all NHS staff involved in the in-patient delivery remarked at
how well the project was received in the hospital settings. Participants
really had something new, fun and positive to look forward to each week,
and the work created a real buzz on the wards.
Community Vibe strongly believes that these projects are vital to
breaking down barriers to participation among mental health service
users and the wider community, helping to reduce the stigma about
mental health and promoting positive mental & physical wellbeing.
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