Past Projects Community Vibe worked in collaboration with Rosie Kay Dance Company delivering ‘FIT & FUNKY’ to promote physical and mental wellbeing. 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. Click on thumbnails to enlarge Back to Projects