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Growing Voices

PROJECT NOW FINISHED. Growing voices is all about giving people with experience of mental ill-health a voice in their own community. We plan to tackle stigma and encourage people to talk openly about mental health by telling their own stories. With our beautiful 'talking tree' and brilliant team of dedicated volunteers in Phase 1. of the project we travelled to over 25 country fairs, music festivals and other outdoor events across the county. Now in Phase 2. we are taking our message into schools helping young people understand mental health, combating stigma and teaching about wellbeing.

Growing Voices: The tree!

We need you!

Volunteers who are passionate about combating the stigma around mental health problems are central to this projects success. Thanks to our brilliant team of volunteers in Phase 1 of the project we managed to talk to over 2,000 members of the public about mental health, stigma and wellbeing, but, we're not finished yet!
We need volunteers for all aspects of Phase 2 of the project including;

  • Volunteering to go to schools/colleges and help set up
  • Attending in school workshops and talking to pupils about mental health, stigma and wellbeing
  • Talking to young people about your personal experience of mental health problems
  • Helping with admin on the project

We want to make volunteering with the project fun and supportive, and an oppportunity to make a real difference to young peoples perceptions of mental health.

Check out blogs by our past volunteers on the Time to Change website:

We will be holding volunteer training events in feb/march '15 ready for rolling out the project in April. You can come along to any of these events and they are a great chance to meet the staff and volunteers helping with project and learn more about what we do. There will always be a cuppa and cake too!

More information about how you can get involved with the project can be found at the bottom of the page.

Find out about our next meeting dates and workshops

Find out more about our Talking Tree

See Zoe talking about the project

'Growing Voices' is funded by Time to Change, England's biggest program to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. Part of this work is a £2.7m grants scheme to fund grassroots projects, led by people with mental health problems, that will engage communities in meaningful conversations about mental health.

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  • Growing Voices

    Our Growing Voices project travelled around county shows, festivals, and empty shops throughout the county talking to people about mental health and stigma. With our colourful marquee, travelling tree, and a picnic of crafty activities we popped up all over Cumbria! This project is now finished, but you can still check out the Growing Voices Facebook page to see what we got up to:

  • Sign up today to end mental health stigma

    1in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives but we still dont talk about it. What are we afraid of? Sign up to Time to Change to help end mental health discrimination. 

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