The Brighter Futures programme works in partnership with local health and community providers to support adults with mental health needs.

Participants, who come through partners such as Wellbeing Centres and Social Prescribing networks, attend courses such as Poetry for Wellbeing, Needle Felting and Arts Journaling, to support them to grow their confidence, develop their emotional resilience and to increase their socialisation.  Participants can also self-refer themselves onto these courses.

Since April 2020 we have worked with over 230 participants via 30 courses, all run online, enabling people to still access these opportunities during COVID-19.

As restrictions ease we will also be delivering courses in person across some of our venues.

To see the current programme of courses please click here.

We are also running a Poetry for Wellbeing Course in partnership with the South Downs National Park.  Please click here for more details.

These courses are part of the Hampshire County Council Adult Community Learning Programme.

"I have gained a new confidence in my abilities and an increased empathy towards others. When in lockdown, it's hard to appreciate that everyone around you is going through the same mental health struggles. I grew a greater sense of understanding of my own mental health issues as well as empathising with others."

Participant feedback

 

"It helped me overcome my perfectionism, opening up another type of journaling to me to help with recording my mental health survival/recovery journey."

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