On Tuesday 6 June, Volunteer Centre Sandwell in partnership with NHS The Recovery College, celebrated National Volunteer’s Week with two free drama productions. Midland Actors Theatre, performed their latest masterpiece, The Ward, to over 140 volunteers at West Bromwich Town Hall, written by the playwright David Calcutt.
The powerful, inspiring play gave the audience an insightful view of mental health, whilst exploring attitudes of how service users, professionals, and carers managed the condition.
Overall feedback from the audience of the performance was extremely positive. Many shared the view that they were better informed about mental health and a few shared their memories of real lived experiences.
Jean Taylor Chief Executive Officer said. ‘This year we took the opportunity to build upon on our working relationships with NHS Recovery College to raise the profile of mental health and the impact the condition can have on the lives of individuals.”
Mick Morrow, Recovery College Lead, supported the event with Joanne Newton, Chair of Black Country Partnership Mental Health Foundation Trust. Volunteer Centre Sandwell manages a 5 year Big Lottery funded Hands on Project, which supports individuals with a long term health condition into supported volunteering opportunities.
See photograph of Mick Morrow, Joanne Newton, Jean Taylor & Mayor Cllr Haque MBE, taken by Deva Singh Bhogal, Volunteer.