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PROJECT NOW FINISHED. Find out about where we have been with our talking tree
Caption: Visit to Ben's Workshop in Carlisle on Friday 28th June.
Caption: A few of the team, from left to right: Savvy, Ben Gates (front) Me and Reuben.
Caption: Our lovely stall at Penrith on a Plate with Matthew, one of our Community Cafe Volunteers.
Caption: Savvy, putting the finishing touches to the tree.
Caption: Our 'talking' tree has many stories to share pick a fruit, put on the headphones and listen!
Caption: everybody smile..now jazz hands!
Caption: The Tree at Rheged
Caption: The team at Rheged
Caption: Busy day at Rheged
Caption: Time for tea?
Caption: Apple Day
Caption: A busy Day at Apple Day
Caption: Time to talk at Apple Day
Caption: The sun came out eventually!
Caption: Looking down at the Tree at Carlisle Library
Caption: Gathered at Penrith Library
Next Event: Country Fest 31st May and 1st June
ITV Border Lookaround. The team from Lookaround came to film us at Simply Local farmers market as part of a series of features for mental health awareness week. Our little feature went out on Tuesday evening. If you'd like to see it you can watch it here: www.itv.com/news/border/update/2014-5-13/growing-voices-tackles-mental-health-stigma/
Simply Local Farmers Market. We paid a visit to Simply Local Farmers market on the 12th May as part of Mental Health Awareness week. It was a quiet day, at least until the film crew from ITV Border turned up!
Whitehaven Library. We had a great day at Whitehaven Library, they loved our tree and we had lots of good conversations.
Carlisle Library. We took our tree to Carlisle Library to coincide with Time to Talk Day on the 6th February. Our team of volunteers spoke to lots of people visiting the library that day and some of our volunteers took the the streets of Carlisle to talk to passersby. Zoe our project co-ordinator took part in a live web chat organised by a Cumbria partnership in order to talk about the project.
Penrith Library. We took the tree to Penrith Library for the weekend 17/1/14-20/1/14 to coincide with Blue Monday. Our team of volunteers was on hand to speak to the public on the 18th and 20th Janurary. We had lots of great conversations and the staff at the library liked the tree so much that they asked if they could keep it longer.
Winter Droving. We were based in the Soup Shop for this event, so we were cosy and had soup! This was a very busy day with lots of families coming in to make masks for the parade and it was lots of fun. The Soup Shop liked the tree so much they asked us to leave it there until we needed it again, so we did.
On the street in Carlisle. We had a very cold but successful day in the centre of Carlisle we met lots of people and made masks for the Winter Droving.
Apple Day. We had a great day at Apple Day, it was a cold and windy day but the event was still well-attended and we spoke to over 70 people about mental health and stigma. Our fantastic team of volunteers and staff really worked hard to engage the public in activities and conversations and hand out much needed cuppas!
No Health Without Mental Health conference. We were invited to attend this conference at Newton Rigg. We put the tree up next to the stage where it rather stole the show! Attendees were invited to listen to the stories recorded on the tree and then in the afternoon Zoe our project leader helped run a workshop with Oz Osbourne of Time to Change to encourage people to pledge to take up the challenge of tackling mental health stigma in thier own communities. The workshops went well and at the end of the day we'd collected a number of pledges and a couple of new volunteers!
Happy Monday. We're had our happy monday event here at Rowan House on the 30th September. We held it in the cafe and had a nice day chatting to people about life, the universe and everything... If only every lunchtime could be that sociable!
Rheged visit. We put the tree up at Rheged on the 16th September where it stayed for a week as part of their C-art sculpture trail. At the end of the week (Saturday 21st Setember) we launched the project there. Our team was on hand from 10am-3pm with crafty things to make and keep, free cuppas and delicious cakes baked by our in-house volunteers. We had a great day and lots of conversations.
The Tree is coming! Our tree is now built and ready to go, Ben Gates has done a fabulous job. It is being delivered to the Penrith office in the next couple of weeks and we’ll be having a practice session putting it up on the 21st of August.
Penrith on a Plate Sat 20th July. Thanks to the organisers of this event for providing us with a free stall! Our staff and volunteers had a great time promoting our project and all the other things we do here at Carlisle Eden Mind. They handed out cake, Frisbees, bags and other freebies as well as lots of leaflets and enjoyed talking to the public.
Visit to Ben's Workshop in Carlisle on Friday 28th June. It’s not finished yet but here’s a sneak preview of our tree, we visited Ben’s workshop last Friday and helped him start to dress the tree with foliage. There will be fruits, flowers, birds and beasts by the time he’s finished!
Telling our Story Workshop in Barrrow in Furness on 21st June. We had a great session recording five stories to share and we plan to go back soon to do it again! Big thanks to Stephen and Janet from the Croftlands Trust for helping set it up, the staff at Jubilee House for looking after us so well on the day and of course the volunteers who came and generously shared their stories with us! Our next workshop will be on the 23rd July in Carlisle.
Ravenstonedale Festival on 15th June. We had a grand day out at Ravonstonedale serving up tea, coffee and cake, encouraging visitors to add a message to our wellbeing tree and chatting about mental health stigma. We met a number of festival goers and really enjoyed the chance to get out and about and have a talk to folks, we even had a chance to catch up on some live music and have a bit of a boogie!!
We will keep this page and our facebook page updated with information on events and lots of lovely pictures too!