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Creative deliveries support adults experiencing mental health issues

The deliveries support adults to enjoy being creative

A woman and a man smiling at a darts Creative Directions session.

darts are delivering six creative activity packs over six months to support our Creative Directions group for adults who are experiencing anxiety, depression, or are feeling isolated.

Through contacting participants over the phone during lockdown, we have found that many of them are really miss making connections with others whilst The Point, our home on South Parade, is closed to the public.

To improve and maintain participants’ mental health during lockdown, we commissioned professional writers and visual artists, alongside Glenn Thornley from Eleven Design in Sheffield, to design a series of creative activity packs for participants. The first pack was created by renowned poet and broadcaster, Ian McMillan and featured poetry prompts, haikus and playful word imagery all around the theme of ‘home’.

Every month, we deliver the creative packs to Doncaster residents so they can explore a wide range of art forms at home. Many of the people we work with are incredibly vulnerable, and lockdown has had a real impact on their wellbeing and motivation.

Jane (not her real name) spoke about how Creative Directions has supported her during lockdown:

“Creative Directions has helped me meet so many people that I call friends. I have missed meeting people during lockdown, but keeping in contact with my friends at Creative Directions has helped me to feel less isolated”.

Jane and other Creative Directions participants have just received their second pack produced by professional artist Anna Bean and poet Lydia Allison. This time, the imagery and words are a playful look at ‘travel’ and encourage people to use their imagination to go for an adventure from the comfort of their living room.

Jamie, darts’ Participation Officer who normally supports the weekly group at The Point, has been safely delivering the packs to participants. He says Creative Directions has been vital to supporting participants’ wellbeing:

“Creative Directions builds friendships and social circles, bringing people together from all backgrounds and abilities who would have not met elsewhere. Through speaking with participants, it’s inspiring to see how they have helped and supported each other through this difficult time.”

We are encouraging recipients of the packs to share their creations and send in photos of their work so they can be displayed together on Creative Directions Art.

Jamie will continue to deliver activity packs at a safe social distance, so participants can be creative from home.

This project has been made possible through funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

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