Cumasú – The Wellness Bus has its official launch in Bantry on 27 May 2013. Cumasú, through its mobile unit, aims to provide physical, mental and social well-being services for the West Cork community through initiatives rooted in recovery and social inclusion.
The project is led by the HSE South’s West Cork Mental Health Services in partnership with the National Learning Network, RehabCare, West Cork Development Partnership and service user groups. Cumasú is part of a Genio Trust funded initiative which was established to support innovative projects that positively impact on the lives of people in Ireland who are marginalised in society. A music and health programme will form part of the project.
All are welcome at the launch which will take place on Monday 27 May from 11am to 6pm at The Square, Bantry.
Programme of events
11 – 12pm Dr. Pat Bracken ‘What does Recovery Mean?’
12 – 1pm Community Trialogue
Open discussion – ‘Is Mental Health everybody’s business?’
1 – 2pm Mr. Steve Redmond, Ocean Seven Champion
‘Wellness & Motivation’
2 – 3pm ‘The Open Door’/'Clon Drums’ in conjunction with MusicAlive & Community Arts
3 – 4pm Official launch by Ms. Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Mental Health
4 – 5pm What do you want to ask about Mental Health?
Questions & Answers Session with Ms. Alison O’Connor
4 – 6pm Live Music with D.J., Face Painting, Balloon Making and Food Stalls
For more information please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or ph. 086-7916300
The deadline for the next round of the Arts Council’s Bursary Awards is Thursday, 11 July 2013 at 5.30pm. The Arts Council provides Bursary Awards in order to assist individual artists in the development of their art practice. The window for making an application opens on 11 June.
The following awards are available:
Guidelines for each award are published on the available funding section of the Arts Council website: http://www.artscouncil.ie/en/available_funding.aspx
Derry-Londonderry was awarded the inaugural UK City of Culture designation for 2013. As part of the City of Culture programme, there are a number of on-going and once-off events in the area of arts and health and arts and disability, including Six Strings and Stigma, an arts and mental health project, Arts Care’s Here and Beyond, a large scale dance and disability performance, and the Extraordinary People Project which aims to involve hard to reach groups and communities in cultural activities.
Six Strings and Stigma, delivered by the Beacon Centre and supported by the Public Health Agency (PHA), will capture the experiences of individuals with enduring mental health needs. They will present their stories to local songwriters such as Paddy Nash, John Deery, Declan McLaughlin, Little Hooks and Eamon Friel, who will create an album of original songs that highlight the stigma associated with a diagnosis of mental illness and how people have overcome it and achieved recovery in their lives. The album, alongside a film on the collaborative process, will be launched to coincide with World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October at the Verbal Arts Centre.
Arts Care will host Here and Beyond, a large scale dance and disability performance, at the City of Culture Venue, Ebrington Square on Saturday 1 June. Over a hundred mixed ability dancers of all ages will come together under the artistic direction of London-based Choreographer Cheryl McChesney assisted by choreographers Carmel Garvey, Jenny Elliott and Artistic Director of Indepen-dance, Karen Anderson. Tickets for this event can be booked here.
Through the Extraordinary People Project, a collaboration between Culture Company 2013 and the Public Health Agency (PHA), hard to reach groups/communities such as the travelling community, LGBT and Looked after Children, have the opportunity to participate in cultural workshops and classes including photography, painting, crochet, comic art, flag-making, Tai Chi, pottery, healthy cooking, singing, graffiti art, DJing and music production. The project is taking place in several venues around the city with the aim of providing unique learning experiences, connecting people and inspiring creativity.
Destined, a support organisation for people with learning disabilities based in the Derry City Council area, will deliver a project under the theme of Invisible Lives. In 2009, Destined published a book called Invisible Lives that contained the life stories of its members. The follow-up project will involve 40 people being represented by life size cut-outs of themselves with a personal statement challenging popular perceptions of people with learning disabilities. The 40 representations will be on display throughout different venues in the city for the period of 2013.
To learn more about the Derry-Londonderry City of Culture programme please visit http://www.cityofculture2013.com/
Lonradh, a tailored art programme for individuals with dementia and their carers, will continue at Crawford Art Gallery in Cork until the end of 2013. The Lonradh programme involves groups of 6 – 8 people visiting the gallery to look at and discuss paintings, socialise over a cup of tea, with the option of also taking part in art-making activities.
Lonradh is specifically designed for individuals with dementia and their carer. Visits are facilitated by experienced, qualified education staff and the gallery is wheelchair accessible.
This programme is free of charge, all are welcome and no art experience is required, but booking is essential.
Visiting Times: First and last Wednesday of each month throughout 2013.
Venue: Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork
The Crawford Art Gallery will provide free parking directly in front of the gallery for all participants – courtesy of Cork City Council.
For booking and enquiries please contact: Emma 021-4907862 or email email@example.com
The Lonradh programme is named after a stained glass window in the gallery made by James Scanlon. The irish word ‘lonradh’ means to radiate / illuminate.
Kids’ Classics, directed by cellist Gráinne Hope, is a programme that delivers monthly music workshops to children in the hospital schools of Temple Street Children’s University Hospital, Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, and The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght. First piloted in 2008 with funding from the National Concert Hall, professional musicians deliver educational and interactive workshops in a fun-filled way to children between the ages of 4 and 15 years. Ward visits for children who may not be able to attend workshops due to medical restrictions are also provided for.
Kids’ Classics received funding in 2011 from The Community Foundation for Ireland through an anonymous donor who will support the present programme until the end of 2013.
In 2012, Kids’ Classics recorded a CD of ‘Lullaby Classics’ on behalf of The National Concert Hall and The Community Foundation for Ireland. This CD is given to parents and children throughout the hospitals during the ongoing programme visits.
In addition to the regular workshops in the children’s hospitals, Kids’ Classics and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, were involved in the first music residency to take place in a Children’s Hospital in Ireland from April to June 2012. The residency involved providing training and support for Kids’ Classics musicians and hospital staff along with a series of music and drum workshops, ward visits and concerts. This residency brought over 40 professional musicians into the hospital over the three-month period and was funded by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council.
Feedback from the children’s hospitals:
‘Thoroughly enjoyed the music. Very relaxing and set a nice atmosphere in the unit.’
‘It was beautiful and up lifting for all of my family. Both I, my husband and our girls feel like we were outside!’
‘Music seems to transport you to a relaxed state away from drips, drains and beeping machines. It is wonderful for the wonderful children that attend here and also their worried parents. To see my daughter’s face light up as she sings a long to the pieces she knows is fantastic. The fact she adores music, singing of any sort, having it in the hospital where she can see the instruments is amazing.’
‘Brilliant and interesting opportunity for children to mix and enjoy music and musical instruments they would otherwise not encounter.’
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