We came together with Southend Borough Council’s public health team to create an innovative project based at our Metal Art School in Chalkwell Park, and working with NetPark, the world’s first digital art park. Since 2016, the Netpark Wellbeing Project has offered a free support system for people living with mental health and wellbeing concerns, creating a safe space for our community to make friends and explore their creativity. Among our past and present courses, we have hosted opportunities with groups including Macmillan, Open Arts, Project49, REACH Recovery, Nazareth House, St Christophers School and many more.
Emma Mills who co-ordinates the programme with Ian Wilson said, “We aim to encourage people who may feel isolated, anxious, lonely or depressed to come and talk to us about having a go with the NetPark digital apps, create their own artworks, make friends and have some fun with us.”
The project is FREE and open to both individuals and community / education groups.
We can offer a one-off experience or a series of sessions, introducing and promoting making art, telling stories, photography and/or music created in response to the art and walks experienced through NetPark.
We have free iPads and headphones available to all of our ground attendees, which can be used to access inspirational artworks, NetPark apps and ProCreate – a brilliant app to create your own digital paintings and artworks.
Sessions are typically on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday’s (Mornings from 10am – 12pm / Afternoons from 1pm – 3pm). Please check dates and times before arrival.
For all current courses – see our What’s On Page or scroll down!
For more information about how to get involved, please contact Emma Mills on firstname.lastname@example.org / 01702 470700
CURRENTLY RUNNING GROUPS
Dementia Group 1 and Dementia Group 2
Yoga & Art Therapy Trauma Group