Winter newsletter 202430 January 2024
We have just published our Winter newsletter!
It includes news, partnerships, workshops, creative courtyards, project updates, volunteers update, opportunities and temporary exhibitions.
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A supportive Conversation with Dr Esther Aslan: Mental Health Arts Participation26 January 2024
Image Credit: Milton Keynes Arts Centre
Wed 6 March 2024, 10am – 11.30am
Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Great Linford, Parklands MK14 5DZ
Since the 2020 pandemic, poor mental health has been on the rise. It is now suggested that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health disorder each year. With pressure upon the health services to meet demand, more and more people are turning to the arts as a way to reduce stress, lower anxiety levels, improve mood and create a space for social connection. The arts have a valuable role to play in supporting mental health, but are artists equipped to deal with the specific challenges involved?
Milton Keynes Arts Centre in partnership with Arts for Health Milton Keynes invite professional participatory artists working in Milton Keynes to discuss and reflect on their experiences and to meet Milton Keynes-based educational and child psychologist, Dr. Esther Aslan. Esther Aslan will be providing practical advice to working with adults and children experiencing poor mental health and inviting artists to join a series of 'Supportive Conversations' across the year designed to improve resilience within the sector.
︎This session is free but booking is essential.
︎ Please RSVP by Wednesday 28 February 2024 to email@example.com.
Click here to see our event page on Facebook.
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Feel Good Foods Cookbook21 November 2023
On 13th October we held a book launch for our new cookbook Feel Good Foods at the Eaglestone Restaurant, Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH), and thanks to the Head of Catering several of the recipes were available as lunch options that day. Feel Good Foods is a collection of 35 recipes gathered from MKUH patients, staff and visitors.
It was compiled by Lizzie Merrill, an Open University PhD student, who donated her time to the project (and cooked and tested all the recipes!). Piecing together the culinary heart and soul of the MKUH Community she included the stories behind each of the dishes, from recipe origins to their feel-good histories. This book project aimed to explore the numerous ways that food can ignite our creativity and make us feel good. We hope that you will buy a copy and feel inspired to sprinkle a little extra love and care into every recipe that you try for yourself!
Francesco Fiore, Head of Catering at MKUH with Lizzie Merrill.
Governor, Shirley Moon with Lizzie Merrill.
Shirley Moon, governor of Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, wrote a blog post about the launch day.
Click here to read the post.
You can order your copy of the book for £12 using this Amazon link. All proceeds from the sale of this book go towards supporting Arts for Health MK.
AGM 22nd November 2023
You are cordially invited to our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 22nd November 6pm - 6.45pm at The Old Bath House, Wolverton.
This will be an excellent opportunity to hear about our achievements in 2022-23.
You will also be able to meet our Director, Ben Heyworth and our Board of Trustees.
You can also hear of our plans for the near future and into 2024 and find out how you can get involved!
To register your place please email firstname.lastname@example.org including any access or dietary requirements.
To view the full invite please follow the link: https://conta.cc/3tYdKD4
Music workshops at MK Recovery Centres24 August 2023
Please view our latest video!
Ben (Director, AfHMK) and course tutor Josh Fowley discuss the impact of facilitating music workshops for people with mental health concerns in inpatient settings in Milton Keynes.
We have three music sessions a week going on at the Campbell Centre, Cherrywood Mental Health Unit and Topas centre and Josh is our musician in residence.
We also have some sound clips from our workshops that we would love you to listen to:
The first one is called Fizzy Rain:
the second one is called Misunderstood:
Sessions held for Arts for Health MK in partnership with Central and North West London Foundation Trust.