Support group to be in festival finale

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A three-month festival of fun, which has helped bring the creative arts to those suffering from mental health problems, will culminate at the end of January with songwriting sessions involving a support group from Sleaford.

The Insider Arts Festival has been running since October 10 and has featured a range of events and performances in museums, community halls, schools, churches and hospitals throughout Lincolnshire.

January’s ‘final flurry’ will see members of an independent advice and support group from Sleaford joining others from Lincoln and Louth, researching, writing, and recording their own songs and accompanying them with their own original videos.

The festival, which was launched on World Mental Health Day, has been hosted by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Managed Care Network, in conjunction with cultural solutions UK and the SHINE Mental Health Support Network, to showcase how the arts can have a positive impact on mental health and battle stigma along the way.

Chairman of LPFT Paul Devlin, said the Insider Arts Festival was a fantastic way of engaging patients and service users to learn new skills and explore their creative sides.

He said: “Getting in touch with our creative, artistic sides can be really rewarding and fun.

“The wide range of arts covered by this festival gives so many ways for people to express themselves.”

To find out more or to get involved in January’s sessions contact David Lambert on 07880 908539.