The Time to Change Village at Cedar Square (by St. John’s Church), Blackpool was an interactive space, where the public had open conversations about mental health, whilst having lots of fun.
The Blackpool Village involved the whole community and was supported by Richmond Fellowship, State of Mind and Blackpool BID. Working alongside the local community in Blackpool agencies included local mental health services Lancashire Mind, Blackpool Council and Blackpool volunteer centre.
Diverse community members helped to shape this event into something that reached right across the community, from the planning of the event to the variety of acts and activities.
When people met our village volunteers with lived experience they found out more about the realities of mental health. This helps to challenge the prejudices and stereotypes which often lead to discrimination.
The day kicked off at 10:30am with a welcome from Sue Baker, Director of Time to Change, the Blackpool Unicorns, a performance from salsa band Poco Loco, and a huge flash mob coordinated by Urban Dance, as well as performances from local singers, bands and choir groups.
Emma Louise Jackson, runner-up on BBC televisions’ The Voice, compered throughout the day which included a range of different free workshops and activities for all the family including a workshop on dreams delivered by the Grundy Art Gallery.
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Registration for this year’s events has now closed. However, we are planning an exciting program of events for next year, so watch this space for future opprotunities!
Times to Change Volunteers are people with lived experience of mental health problems who support our community engagement events to end mental health discrimination by talking to people in their communities.
Time to Change welcomes help in promoting volunteering opportunities, so please help us spread the word and print off our volunteer recruitment poster for use on community notice boards.
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