We have taken over the Voluntary Action Angus building at 1 - 3 St James Road, Forfar and are using it as a Centre for Creativity.
We have display space, creative space, a bring and share kitchen, a one-to-one/calm room, and also are working towards having a digital editing suite and a woodworking and picture framing workshop in the coming months.
We are open to anyone in the community, and recognise the benefits of creative activity for health and wellbeing - whether as a pass-time or distraction, for expression, or for catharsis. (At present we need under 16s to be accompanied by a responsible adult.)
We have drop in sessions, where people can try out the art and craft resources here, and/or bring their own work in, and we have Art groups on Wednesdays and Creative Writing groups on Mondays.
We've started a couple of Perspectives groups on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons - these are for people wanting to work on creative input for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival in May 2020. All these are free. Donations are welcomed, but not necessary, and we find a number of people once connected with us become both visitors and volunteers.
People have found out about us through Facebook and other social media, and through word of mouth, the local community etc. Organisations introducing people to us include:
Communities Team (Forfar and Kirrie)
Rehab Worker (Glenloch centre, Whitehills)
Lochlands Resource Centre
CMHT Forfar/Kirrie and CMHT Brechin/Montrose
Voluntary Action Angus
Enablement Team, Angus Council
Other organisations in touch with us
Well Bean Cafe
Stop Mental Health Stigma Group
OT student based at Gowanlea
Feedback from visitors includes comments like 'I miss ACM when I can't get' and 'pure dead brill'.
Please feel free to drop in if you are in the area, or ask any further questions.
We also welcome contact from anyone who would like to be added to our contacts list(s) - at present most of our updates are on www.facebook.com/anguscreativeminds