We are delighted to announce that we have received £271,502 from The National Lottery for a 3 year project starting in April 2020.

The project will enable us to continue to expand our services across Gwent. Inside Out Cymru was originally a Caerphilly borough-based arts organisation set up as an arts project by Caerphilly Arts Development team in 2002 and established as a charity in 2012. Four years ago, as part of the newly formed Gwent Mental Health Consortium, we grew our provision to cover the whole region. Now with this new 3-year project fund we will be able to reach even more people.

Over the next 3 years we will ensure that adults with mental health problems can access creative arts workshops in new locations, building confidence and skills, reducing isolation and addressing geographical inequality. We will also provide an arts service in 4 residential settings (alternative to clinical interventions) to improve patient wellbeing and support their return to the community. We will Increase skills and confidence for carers & health staff through training, so they are more resourced to support those they care for to keep engaged with arts activities. And we will reach out to the wider community in creative celebration activities e.g. performances, exhibitions and workshops to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.

Manager Tracy Evans says “this is such fantastic news for us. We are a small arts organisation and this level of funding over 3 years will give us the capacity to develop new strands of work and reach more people across Gwent. There is increasingly more competition for public funding and we are grateful that our project has been awarded the grant and we would also like to thank all those people who helped us to work on the application – participants, stakeholders and staff – over the last 2 years.”

We will be advertising new staff positions in Spring 2020 and we look forward to keeping you updated on our projects as they develop.

Image: Lucy Bateman – The Phoenix Project Mural in Brynmawr

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