Creative Writing Group

Creative Writing Group

Friendly writing for beginners in Miles Platting for everyone (adults) with no experience necessary.

Benefit of creative writing

Creative writing can benefit numerous aspects of an individual’s life. Creative writing can help improve literacy and communication skills across all ages. Attending writing groups can help reduce loneliness, giving participants a sense of connectedness and belonging within the group and their community. In clinical and non-clinical settings, writing has been shown to improve mental health and wellbeing, enabling individuals to express difficult emotions and experience feelings of empowerment, self-actualisation and achievement. It is often used as a form of self-help, reducing stress and thus stress-related visits to the doctor.

Location

St Georges Community Centre

Bothwell Road,

Manchester

M40 7NY

Project team

Buzz

St Georges Community Centre

Aim

Charles McDermott who is a local active citizen and poet started that group supported by buzz. Getting people together, telling and writing stories and poems in friendly and nonjudgmental environment.

Evaluation

Project was doing great, Charles had more and more people coming to attend the workshops/ we decided to give financial support to publish the book (it's postponed at the moment due to Covid-19 restrictions)

Strategic links to local/national policies

Benefit

Policy

Increased mental wellbeing

Manchester Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy

Reduce social isolation

Manchester Population Health Plan

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Empowerment

Healthy Lives, Healthy People (MH Government, 2010)

Fair Society, Healthy Lives (Institute of Health Equity, 2010)

Taking Charge of our Health and Social Care in Greater Manchester (GMCA, 2015)

Prevention

NHS Five Year Forward View (Department of Health, 2014)

Research/evidence base

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry Report (2017) - Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Baikie, K., & Wilhelm, K. (2005) Emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 11(5).

Gillam, T. (2018) Enhancing public mental health and wellbeing through creative arts participation. (2018) Journal of Public Mental Health. Volume 17 Issue 4.

Lewis, L., Tew, J., Ecclestone, K., and Spandler, H. (2016) - Mutuality, Wellbeing and Mental Health Recovery: Exploring the roles of creative arts adult community learning and participatory arts initiatives.

Malyn, B. O., Thomas, Z., Ramsey‐Wade, C. E. (2020) Reading and writing for well‐being: A qualitative exploration of the therapeutic experience of older adult participants in a bibliotherapy and creative writing group. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research. 00: 1– 10.


Contact

Anna Jarawka - Neighbourhood Health Worker

Anna.jarawka@gmmh.nhs.uk

Tel: 07342630494


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