To mark the start of the Festival of Wellbeing the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is inviting everyone to attend the opening of an art exhibition at Fieldhead, Wakefield on Tuesday 29th September at 5pm.
The festival runs from September 29th to October 16th, so to get it off to a flying start the exhibition of artwork, poetry and photography features work created by people who use Trust services in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. The Trust is delighted to exhibit this work as a celebration of the many creative activities that take place across its services as part of the care it offers or through service user led initiatives. It will run until 5th October, but some original pieces will be available for purchase. The event coincides with the Trust’s annual general meeting, which will be held on the same day and gives people interested in health issues an opportunity to listen to a review of the year and hear about forthcoming plans for the Trust. It will be an opportunity to have a say on the Trust’s plans for the future and hear about forthcoming events. Nearly 14,000 local people are already members of the Trust. Trust Chair, Joyce Catterick, said, “We’d like to extend a warm welcome to people to come along to our meeting, meet NHS staff and learn more about our Trust. The AGM is also a time to reflect on the achievements of staff and people who use our services, and we are celebrating this at our meeting through an exhibition of service user artwork and photography." In addition to the exhibition and AGM the two week festival will feature a whole host of events across the region all aimed at raising awareness of mental wellbeing. Events and activities are being planned, based around three central themes: Get moving! Get creative! And Get involved! which have all been found to boost wellbeing. Celebrations will include archery and bulb planting, as well as plenty of sporting activities such as football, a roller skate derby and aqua fit classes. There will be information stalls at the events and displays helping people understand the importance of looking after their own mental wellbeing. Information for families and carers will also be available. The Trust’s chief executive, Steven Michael, said: “As 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem, this is an ideal opportunity to raise awareness of mental health issues, reduce stigma and promote wellbeing. We’re asking people to join in with our festival any time between 29th September and 16th October." Further details and a list of events taking place in different areas can be found at www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk The AGM will be held at 5.30pm on Tuesday 29th September 2009 in the large conference room, Learning and Development Centre, Fieldhead, Wakefield, WF1 3SP. Anyone with an interest in local health services is invited to attend.