Ideas Festival – Local Communities Finding Solutions

Ideas Festival – Local Communities Finding Solutions

changing-our-livesIf you experience a mental health crisis at 1 am, would you want to wait in A&E for hours on end, or would you prefer to chat with others who understand what you’re going through at a local café?

Changing Our Lives is inviting individuals, charities and businesses to share ideas about the development of community places of safety locally and nationally at an Ideas Festival on Friday, 27 January 2017, 1 pm to 4 pm, at West Bromwich Town Hall, High Street, West Bromwich B70 8DT.

These places of safety will be at the heart of a community, such as a café on a busy high street, and will be open in the evenings and at night for people who are experiencing a mental health crisis and want somewhere to go that is not A&E or a police cell.

Changing Our Lives want people to bring ideas, experiences of mental health, knowledge of setting up small businesses and pledges of support to the Ideas Festival. Providers who currently run evening and night-time cafes for those experiencing mental health crises will attend, along with members of the community, faith groups, local businesses and third sector organisations.

Ideas to be developed include where a café could be based locally, how it will look, who can volunteer their time and how can income be generated so the café is self-sustaining.

Does this sound like a venture that you could get behind? Do you already have some ideas of what would be right for our community?

If so, please go along to the Town Hall on the 27 January. Bring your friends, bring your local community group, and most of all bring your ideas!

To book your place at the Ideas Festival, please contact Changing Our Lives on 0300 302 0770.

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