Restoration Trust Newsletter May 2018

We have just released our newsletter for May 2018, which includes updates on our projects Change Minds, Human Henge, Culture Quest and our new project Burgh Castle Almanac. If you’d like to sign up to receive our newsletters in the future follow this link.

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New Inn Thinkathon

Back in March we held our inaugural Restoration Trust Club meeting at the New Inn in Suffolk. We were privileged to stay in this beautiful Tudor in as part of the Landmark Trust‘s 50 for free scheme. 

Here are some thoughts on the event from Mr BPD, a member of our Human Henge project.

Mystery in a Medieval hall

The call had gone out and the representatives of the five tribes journeyed to the great medieval hall. The elders sought a hidden wisdom one that had been lost to time; but with the birth of the children of stone, clues to the wisdom of existence had been revealed.

The elders had only known a wisdom that could transform lives, but like all things of value a journey of discovery must take place. A journey that would transform mortal men and women into heroes and legends’.

After feasting and a visit to the realm of the dragons and the dead the triad counsels were formed and many voice became five…

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OK enough drama. The Restoration Trust Club was set up to look at how services provided by the Restoration Trust to people with mental illness could be improved. The main issue with mental health services is the ending; most services are time limited 10 to 12 weeks / sessions so just as you start to settle in its time to face the ending.

The endings can be traumatic for many with mental health issues and if there was a way of not ending a project the trauma could be eliminated. But that would be impractical and costly. I have been in contact with mental health services on and off for the last 36 years and only come across 1 project that came close to building peer to peer support and friendship.

Peer to peer support and friendship is the key. Luckily, I was a member of group 2 of Human Henge and something unique happened, we became a peer to peer support network with social gatherings. The funny thing is none of us know how it happened, but we all know it is valuable as a support and friendship and social activities.

In some way the conference was looking at what happened with group 2 and where looking at how it could be recreated along with other ideas to increase service user involvement. We came up with lots of ideas including an annual music event (Resto Fest!), several booked socials get togethers spaced over a year.

It is important to encourage peer to peer support because great benefits can be achieved. I can only speak of the benefits I have experienced and seen since being part of Human Henge. I have got out more and socialised, I have invited people to my home, I have visited others and I have set up my own group. These are major things for me being that I have Avoidance Personality as a major part of my BPD.

It’s nice to see that the Restoration Trust is taking a very active role in improving the end results of mental health service and is engaging service users at every level of the process. One day mental health services will work more holistically with levels of support including those discharged who just need a group of local friends who share a commonality.

The Restoration Trust Club will go one step to creating a peer to peer network that will help improve the lives of those with poor mental health.

Groups Involved

Human Henge www.humanhenge.org

Change Minds www.changeminds.org.uk

Culture Quest www.culturequest.org.uk

Burgh Castle Almanac www.burghcastlealmanac.org.uk

Voyagers

Restoration Trust www.restorationtrust.org.uk

 

Authors Resource

Name Mr BPD

Website 

https://trowbridgeusersgroup.co.uk/

http://www.my-dark-lyrics.uk

About Author I have Borderline Personality Disorder and as a writer and poet I explore my madness through the creative arts. I have a personal belief that even in darkness light exists and it is a personal responsibility to always seek the light and I find the light in creating something.

I also run TUG Trowbridge “service” Users Group a peer to peer social group on Mondays for anyone how has experienced mental illness

  

 

Using archives to improve mental wellbeing – Change Minds on the National Archives blog

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Thanks to Beth Brunton for this great blog post about our Change Minds project on the National Archives blog.

The benefits to the participants have been significant. Feedback shows that the chance to meet people, and to feel connected to new people in both the past and the present has been transformative. It has opened up new interests, new confidence in skills and talents, and even paths to volunteering.

Read the full post here.

Burgh Castle Almanac – Session 2 – 15 May 2018

Culture therapy at Burgh Castle and Time and Tide Museum

by Jeannette Beynon

I came across Culture Therapy when doing an online Genealogy course which helped me look into more of my family history My father went into hospital during WW2 while in the RAF after having a tooth out and experiencing neuralgia. While investigating this I found out about another hospital in Edinburgh, the Craiglockhart Hospital in WW1 for traumatised military personnel. Their treatment was changed from very strict discipline that disregarded any sort of illness in 1916 because it just didn’t help the  traumatised men. A more therapeutic approach encouraged the men to get back into everyday life, and they were supported into a type of work experience, helping out on farms and even in schools. Coincidentally this was called Culture Therapy in 1916.

Our Burgh Castle Almanac project is helping us to visit places of historical interest and to look into the history of our area. The project includes us using art forms to record our experiences and perceptions when we go to Burgh Castle Roman Fort. This session we were at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth, with artist Ian Brownlie.

Manipulating our photographs with the gimp2 software is both challenging for me (being older and not brought up with technology) and exciting. A few years ago I made an animation of one of my own short stories about my cat in a media class, and today will help me return to doing more photography and art, which I’ve enjoyed since school.

Looking round Time & Tide Museum today was brilliant. Museums are so much more hands-on and interesting now than I remember them being back in the 1950s. It was fascinating to hear Malcolm’s experiences of working on the herring boats and his travels all over the world back in the 1960s and 70s. He knew exactly what the fishing relics were at the museum and had even owned some of them himself. Others in the group have so much knowledge of the area too and they gave personal social accounts of the history of Great Yarmouth. Adrian talked about developing his interest in archaeology when young and finding artefacts which he didn’t realise then could have been quite valuable. Other members spoke of their expertise in photography and different art forms and their different ideas and personal stories of the
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The best part for me of the Time and Tide Museum was going down the reconstructed lane of 1900 in Great Yarmouth. The tiny houses with all the different occupants, the chemist shop, the sail maker, the more affluent home, the child’s room with the mother and child in it; so many different types of houses, so closely packed together. It gave me a glimpse into their world in the 1900’s and the close sense of community there must have been.

My added interest included taking along today my father’s photos of his “house parties” in Great Yarmouth in 1927, when he and “the gang” from London went on holiday there.

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My own first holiday photos were of Great Yarmouth in June 1947 when I was a baby. I’m playing on the beach with my 2 older siblings and we are wearing out our poor parents with our excitement of being at the seaside, as children do.

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I look forward to getting back into my art and photography and creating my own record of this area which will include the history right up to the present day. Many thanks for including me on this really interesting project.


Photos by Andrew Farrell, Project Officer, Water, Mills and Marshes

 

 

Burgh Castle Almanac – Orientation and Session 1

Our new project Burgh Castle Almanac began on 24th April with an Orientation session for participants, staff, support workers and volunteers at Burgh Castle Roman Fort.

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Medieval Church at Burgh Castle  by Jeannette Beynon

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The horses going up to Burgh Castle  by Jeannette Beynon

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Part of the Castle wall  by Jeannette Beynon

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by Jeannette Beynon

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The view from the Castle to the River Waveney  by Jeannette Beynon

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The first session took place on 1st May at Burgh Castle Fort. Participants worked with creative facilitator Ian Brownlie and learnt about the photographic survey technique which will be used to monitor a leaning section of the wall.

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Participants also took their first set of fixed point photos in various locations around the site. This will be repeated monthly during the project.

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Fixed point 1: View of entrance into the Fort site

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Fixed point 2: View of Fort in the distance

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Fixed point 3: View of left-hand (south) section of Fort east wall

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Fixed point 4: View of tumbled wall at south end

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Fixed point 5: View looking back to Fort from river

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Fixed point 6: View of river from north end of boardwalk

Our next session takes place at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth on 15th May.

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