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.
During COVID-19 we took the programme online and between April 2020 and July 2021 we worked with 300 participants via 41 courses, all run online, enabling people to still access these opportunities during the pandemic
From September 2021, as restrictions have eased, we have restarted delivering courses in person across some of our venues as well as continuing with some online delivery.
We have also been running a Poetry for Wellbeing Course in partnership with the South Downs National Park. To view a film about this programme please click here.
These courses are part of the Hampshire County Council Adult Community Learning Programme, Hampshire Learns.
"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."
"It helped me overcome my perfectionism, opening up another type of journaling to me to help with recording my mental health survival/recovery journey."