The Mindfully Creative Programme

The Mindfully Creative Programme

The Mindfully Creative Programme

The Mindfully Creative Programme

Stay Calm and Connected and get Creative – from Home!

Are you anxious, fearful or feeling low about all the uncertainty at this time? Would you like to improve your mental health, build resilience and become more creative?

Use your imagination and your smartphone or camera to explore creative ways of seeing and experiencing what is happening around you and improve your mental health and resilience at the same time.

This booklet offers a selection of arts activities to be done mindfully to help improve your mental well-being, including a 7 day Re-frame Your Now Mindful Photography taster by Ruth Davey from Look Again and video links to music, visual arts and crafts activities for you to do at home.

The activities will help you:

  1. slow down your mind and stay calm
  1. deal with some of the fear and anxiety you may be feeling
  1. build resilience and become more adaptable
  1. create your personal photo story, music or artwork
  1. take positive action

All you need is your eyes, a smartphone or camera, simple art materials and an open mind.

This is a FREE resource for you to use during the Coronavirus Pandemic, thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council for those that are currently shielding and with a disability in Warwickshire, for children, young people and adults. Click HERE for the pdf version.

Click HERE for the Hand-Sewing for Mindfulness resources

Contact Jenny for a copy of the booklet 07946 585978

Inside Stories-Storytelling Activities Booklet

Inside Stories-Storytelling Activities Booklet

Graphic of Gavin Young by Michell Flint

Thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council we are able to offer the CEV group (Clinically Extremely Vulnerable) of people living through this global pandemic a FREE storytelling booklet that has six lessons in it from storyteller Gavin Young.

The following six stories have been placed here to be read at the end of each lesson in the INSIDE STORIES Storytelling Booklet. They can, of course, be read anytime you like, though each story builds on the theme in the lessons, enhancing what you get out of them. Enjoy!

Story 1

Story 2

Story 3

Story 4

Story 5

Click HERE for more storytelling resources

If you live in Warwickshire and are one of the clinically extremely vulnerable people please contact Jenny for the storytelling booklet 07946 585978

The P.O.I.N.T. (Providing Opportunities Inspiration and Nurture towards…)

The P.O.I.N.T. (Providing Opportunities Inspiration and Nurture towards…)

A new project for Arts Uplift CIC using film-making with adults that are unemployed or economically inactive from across Warwickshire. The brilliant EGO Performance Company will be delivering it who are very experienced and are great fun to work with too! No experience of film-making is necessary. The aim is to support people’s well-being who are out of work and not in education or training to work together to create a new short film. The course aims to improve people’s confidence and skills so that they can be supported in to employment, education or training after the course finishes.

The POINT offers the highest quality tailored training program that supports unemployed people to support themselves. Investing in them and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own future and direction. Through performance skills and production arts we offer opportunities to build confidence and self esteem, helping individuals to recognise their strengths, abilities and talent, to aim higher, set goals, and move forward into further training, education or employment. The project allows individuals to choose a pathway in the arts or non-arts sectors, it gives experience of working together, in smaller teams and individually to achieve the goal of producing a short film.

As well as gaining new skills and exploring their personal qualities the project offers individual mentoring. The activities and tasks ensure individuals will:

• Identify and break the personal barriers to getting back ‘on track’
• aim higher, explore their potential and set goals.
• improve listening and speaking skills.
• improve work ethic, punctuality and professionalism.
• improve understanding of what employers want.
• improve team work skills.
• discover talent and strengths, as well as area’s that would benefit from improvement.
• rekindle hope, drive and ambition.

This project is funded by the European Social Fund and the Education and Skills Funding Agency, and supported by the Local Enterprise Partnership.

The first course starts on 8 January on Fridays from 2.30-4.30pm at Brunswick Healthy Living Centre, Leamington Spa (Currently online due to Covid-19). Travel costs can be covered for the participants.

Course 2 will start on Friday 26th February from 2.30pm-4.30pm on Zoom

Course 3 will start on Friday 23 April from 2.30pm to 4.30pm either online or in person Covid-19 dependent

To book and more information contact Jenny Davis Project Manager 07946 585978

View leaflet here 

Face to Face Course content is here 

Online course content is here 

Watch course one’s film HERE Tranquil Eyes a film for visually impaired and non visually impaired audiences. A film to help you relax and unwind.


Inside Stories 2

Inside Stories 2

Thanks to funding from Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust we will be delivering more workshops with CGL (Change Grow Live) from Coventry and Warwickshire with adults that are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and with mental health issues. Deborah Rose will be delivering some song writing workshops online through Zoom from November 2020 and the group will create their own song that will be professionally recorded. Gavin Young will then follow on next year and will deliver creative writing to the group where they will create their own story or poem.

Click here for the leaflet

This is what the group wrote last time click here 

Click HERE to listen to the songs produced by the group- Rushed Flight of Night, Cycling in the Wilderness, A Kick in the Head, Better Way to Fight and Zoom.

Suitcase Stories 3 Worcestershire

Suitcase Stories 3 Worcestershire

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England, Worcester City Council, Redditch Borough Council, Wyre Forest District Council, The Elmley Foundation, Severn Arts, Museums Worcestershire and Worcestershire County Council we are able to deliver reminiscence and drama sessions to people living with dementia and their carers in Worcester, Wyre Forest and Redditch for 7 months from January to July 2021. We will deliver these sessions in care homes and older people’s groups online or when allowed in person. We will also be working with 9 Primary schools across Worcestershire at Keystage 2 to interview the older people and also create new short films and drama pieces based on the memories collected. These will run up to October 2021. These films will be shown at a live You Tube event. We also hope to work with drama students from Worcester University that will be mentored through the process. Vamos Theatre will also be offering ‘Listening With Your Eyes’ training for all involved.

If you are a care home or Primary school in Worcestershire then please contact Jenny Davis 07946 585978 to book. See leaflet for care homes here

For past Suitcase Stories projects see our Past Projects page.


Suitcase Stories Rugby

Suitcase Stories Rugby

Thanks to funding from Warwickshire County Council we will be delivering our Suitcase Stories project to three care homes in Rugby online through Zoom from November 2020 to March 2021 for 5 weeks each. Helen Fountain will be doing the reminiscence work and Orchestra of the Swan will be playing music and encouraging people to sing along. Handling objects will be provided by Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project. Each week the session will have a different theme and Helen will show photos of the objects to stimulate discussions and memories. The musicians will also play music to those themes. See the leaflet here.Arts Uplift CIC presents-3