‘Journeys’ is a brand new project that we hope will help us celebrate and identify personal journeys within ‘mental health’, and students within the Recovery College. It will focus on things that have been especially helpful to students, and why/how. By the end of the course we will have started to document these ‘journeys of change’ and plan to present them using a variety of mediums and in a variety of settings.

Nothing goes to waste on the journey of life. Both good and bad experiences shape your mind and heart for what is to come”- Leon Brown

This is a project for everyone! I’m really excited to announce this as it is going to be journeys of many sorts. Ok, we WILL achieve this as a team - there’s so many great things already going on that we need to celebrate these and let the world know! Well, at least those in Newcastle/Gateshead and the region - seriously!

We are all on a journey, we all have mental health, and within that journey we all will have come across certain things that may have helped us a lot to keep well, or even rediscovered things that we rejected because of ourmental health (Irelate to this one so much!) And therefore we are all so important in the grand scheme of things - we are going to celebrate this in a great big project where we will show off our talents, develop our confidence, and share our talents to students and beyond!

How are we going to do this? As I said, there is going to be something for everyone, so do share your own ideas, too…

We are going to create a book, where we contribute pieces of writing, quotes, songs, letters, poetry and recipes that have really helped us - and add why they have been so important to us - that’s the key part… reflecting on how these have fitted in our journeys!

Secondly, we need a media team, photographs, ICT, and whatever else falls into that category that I don’t know about - oh perhaps social media - we should hopefully have a twitter account to document our celebration about journeys….Oh we need to film this as it is created, and produce a documentary of the project as it is created, and a Big Brother style Diary Room to document our ups and downs as we progress…

Next, we are going to celebrate all our individual talents in a ‘show’ style evening - I aim high and hope to take this to audiences outside of ReCoCo… (Our fantastic team will help us do this). We might have sketches written by people, music performances, speeches, readings… well, whatever floats your boat, whatever fills your sails, tickles your fancy…you get the idea - all is welcome!

We will then host an open day-where we can have everything from drop-in sessions for you to share your talent with others, explain why it helps you, share your skills, share your cooking – the list is endless. You are able to empower others with your knowledge and skills, perhaps if you are nervous to do this, that might be part of your journey - to aim to do that by the end of the project Easter 2018, or you might prefer a behind the scenes role. You might change your mind - that’s fine too.

Time: 10am – 12pm
Day: Monday
Dates: Every Monday from 11th September
Location: Broadacre House
Contact: Recovery College Collective
Course Leader: Cheryl Wright