About us

trentweb-424x454 logo1.jpgOur History   

Started in a room within the Uttoxeter Town Hall, Art and Soul Friendship Group was set up  as an independent charity by a small group of local individuals who had previously used MIND before it’s closure. Without government funding for a drop in centre and  a high need within the Uttoxeter area they worked tirelessly to get Art and Soul off the ground. Gaining charitable status and forming strong relationships with Staffordshire County Council, Trent & Dove Housing and other supportive organisations they have continued to offer their service to all individuals in the East Staffordshire area regardless of location or diagnoses. Their friendly, person centered, humanistic and positive approach has led them to win an Impact in the Community award and strengthens their commitment to continue providing their services as long as they are needed by the community.

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What we offer

Art & Soul is open from Monday-Friday 9am-3.45pm at 45 Market Place Uttoxeter and available to everyone regardless of location or diagnoses, more often than not doors are open by 8.30 so if your bus gets you in earlier from surrounding areas you will be able to come in as long as the doors are open.

Art & Soul offers friendship, laughter, advice, relaxation and mutual support in a non judgmental space.  a  member stated ” my only regret is that it took me so long to come through the doors, i have finally found somewhere i fit”  :)

Vikki our Senior Support Worker had this to say:

“You are welcome to call in for a brew and a tour around the project, no obligation to stay. We have project members coming from Burton on the bus on a daily basis, Ashbourne, Blythe Bridge, Cheadle and even Derby. We are aware it can be scary coming through the door for the first time, call us on  01889 359243  if you only get as far as the bus station or the front door step of Art & Soul if you need help getting over the threshold, ring and we will come and help you in.

There is no form filling, no referral needed, not necessary to have a CPN (community psychiatric nurse) or even on medication or an official diagnoses, if you feel a little off and would benefit from mixing with people or hanging out in the quite room, making up a jigsaw or creating a master piece of art, making cards in the art room or any other activities that you choose to participate in please let yourself be known. There is a timetable of activities and events that change every six weeks. Visit our open Facebook page at Art and Soul-for better mental health. There is also a closed account but this is for active members and currently has 150 people using it for support, but due to confidentiality this is not open to the public. If you where to become a regular member you will be allowed access to this so long as you adhere to the guideline’s to keep one another safe.

If you are feeling isolated or suffering from loneliness call in for friendship, art no skills required, support and activities.  This is all free apart from a donation for tea, coffee and biscuits but only if you can afford it £1 minimum donation cheaper than a drink in a cafe in town.

If you have bi polar, schizophrenia, personality disorder, depression through to loneliness and isolation call in for friendship, mutual support and a non judgemental approach from all and lots of laughter.

Art & Soul is based in the heart of Uttoxeter , next to the Olde Talbot Inn and opposite Yum Yums, don’t suffer in silence.

Hope to see you soon

Regards

Vikki

Senior Project Worker

We have now achieved full charity status.    Reg. Charity Number 1150590

Councillor’s boost for Art and Soul Friendship group

By James Brindle

A MENTAL health group formed in Uttoxeter last year has been boosted by a £4,000 donation from a county councillor as it settles into its new home.

The Art and Soul Friendship group, now based in Hawthorne House in Market Place, has been given the vital injection of funds by Uttoxeter Town county councillor Geoff Morrison from his community fund.

The group formed last year in response to the closure of the mental health charity Mind in Uttoxeter which left users homeless.

However, after temporarily being housed in Uttoxeter Town Hall, the group is now enjoying its permanent position in the town centre and Councillor Morrison’s donation has been greatly welcomed.

Chairman of the group Jo-Anne Cane told the Advertiser: “It all came about because we were in a small room in the town hall but because of the refurbishment we had to find new premises.

“I spoke to Geoff Morrison about the new premises and he was pleased with the work we are doing and he thought we were a good cause to support.

“We will put the money towards rent and other costs. It will make a really big difference to us.” The owner of Hawthorne House, June Herbert, has been made a patron of the group because of the ‘tremendous help’ she has given Art and Soul.

Mrs Cane said that since its formation the group has seen a high demand with plenty of people utilising its growing facilities.

She said: “It’s been going really good. We have a very popular arts and crafts room and we’ve had a computer donated as well which is great.

“We have new people walk in off the street every week and we have about 150 people who use the group regularly now. There is definitely a need for a service like this.” County councillor Geoff Morrison added that he was more than happy to help Art and Soul and praised the work it has been doing in the town.

He said: “When Mind was going it was providing some terrific help for people with mental health problems, particularly depression and when it closed it was looking a bit disastrous.

“But they have managed to get themselves together and I think they’ve done very well and deserve all the help possible.

“The money comes from my community fund and this is the sort of thing that we can help start up that essential money that gets them on their feet.

“That is what we did with Rakemark Respite and they are going from strength to strength and it is very satisfying to see.”

Reg. Charity No. 1150590

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2 Comments

2 thoughts on “About us

  1. Hi there

    I’ve just moved into the area and wondered if the group is open to other mental health service users. I’ve had depression since 1998 and was being seen in Stoke by the Healthy Minds network. I enjoy art.

    Best wishes

    Julie

  2. Hi Julie…you would be more than welcome to come along. The opening of the new home of the Friendship Group will be on Wednesday 14th Sept. at 10.30 am until 4pm at the Town Hall. If you wish, the final meeting of the women’s group is tomorrow (Thursday) above the Olde Talbot pub (down the side of the pub and up the stairs) from 6.30 until 9 pm., then every Thursday evening at the new venue.
    As i’ve said, you are more than welcome, just ask for Jo (my wife) or Michelle.
    There is also a facebook group and hopefully here is the link!
    http://www.facebook.com/groups/222643507763458/

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