What a difference a year makes

A year ago, Making Minds was just a series of scribbled notes on various sheets of paper. A string of meetings with community arts organisations, mental health organisations, business support organisations, artists and other interested individuals, we’re now a constituted group, with a clear set of aims, some good working relationships and a network of…

Making Minds Summer Meeting notes

Making Minds Summer Meeting St Catherine’s Church, Pontypridd Many thanks to Ellie Byrne for taking notes at this meeting. 1. Background to Making Minds – Mark • See www.makingmindsblog.wordpress.com for more comprehensive information; • Making Minds has four key strands of work: o Arts-based services; o Network of individuals and organisations; o Events and ‘experiences’;…

Making Minds talks to…. Sammie Roberts

In the first of a new series of blog posts for Making Minds, Cardiff artist Sammie Roberts talks to us about her art, experience of mental ill health and her sources of inspiration. Sammie is about to graduate from the Cardiff School of Art & Design, where she studied illustration. Sammie, can you tell us…

Volunteers needed for events and developmental work

Hi. Some of this may seem familiar, as it’s featured in previous blog posts, but I think it’s good to not only issue it as a reminder, but as a call out to those who have already expressed an interest in Making Minds and those that we’ve met since the April volunteers meeting, to actually…

Guest post – Mischief Managed: ‘My Story’

It’s great to hear from other mental health bloggers and ‘Mischief Managed‘ got in touch with us on Twitter, with details of a post that tells her story of mental illness and her relationship with writing, that comes in various forms. If you’d like to provide a post for the Making Minds blog, just comment…

Mixed emotions as we continue to progress

Right now, things are good in the world of Making Minds. However, the weekend brought news that overshadowed everything. The death of Swansea mental health campaigner Jordana Thomas stopped me in my tracks. I did not know her personally, but was aware of the excellent work she was involved in, particularly with the group ‘People…

Volunteers meeting #1 – the main points

Thursday night saw the first Making Minds volunteers meeting take place. It was held at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff and attended by about 20 people. After an initial ‘people bingo’ icebreaker, we got down to business. Mark Smith, who has developed the Making Minds idea over the last eight months, delivered a Prezi presentation…

Making Minds needs YOU!

Hi. We’re putting a list together of people to invite to an informal get together, to provide an update on Making Minds, discuss plans to hold a series of networking/scoping events across South Wales and to see who would like to help Making Minds start up, by being involved as a volunteer in some way. Everything…

Friends, funds, blogs and an ATTIC

Hello. The fact that I’m writing this blog post on Valentine’s evening is merely incidental. Love shows itself in a multitude of ways. After a brief spell of ill health a month or two ago, I’m reconnecting with things that I love…things that meant nothing when I was unwell. Feeling better has enabled me to…