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Our Partnerships

Our approach to community engagement, the wide range of activities it involves, and the importance of partnership working with local communities and the third sector is well illustrated by the following examples:

Bedlam: The Festival of Mad Ideas

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) and The REP worked in partnership with people who have lived experience of mental health issues to help shape the award winning BEDLAM: The Festival of Mad Ideas, an exciting programme of drama, theatre, comedy, poetry, spoken word and photography. BEDLAM showed how the arts can play an important part in reducing stigma and promoting recovery and wellbeing. BEDLAM won the WMAHW Arts & Health Award 2014 Community Wellbeing Award. Updates for Bedlam Festival 2017 coming soon!

For more information: http://www.westmidlandsartshealthandwellbeing.org.uk/news/193/91/AWARD-WINNER-BEDLAM-The-Festival-of-Mad-Ideas.html 

M.A.S.H - Mentoring Advocacy and Support Hub


The Mentoring & Advocacy Support Hub (M.A.S.H), previously known as the Peer Support Programme, was initially developed as part of the Time to Change 300 Voices Project to support young African and Caribbean men with lived experience of mental health problems in Birmingham to build resilience and confidence to aid recovery.

For more information: https://mashhub.org/

Common Unity - UrBrum Waiting Room Directory

In partnership with Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Foundation Trust the Waiting Room Directory was evolved to engage communities with local support services through innovative technology.

For more information: https://www.urbrum.org/waiting-room/

Alzhemiers Society - Dementia Awareness in Asian Communities

In partnership with BSMHFT Memory Assessment Services (MAS), Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP), Community Engagement and Alzheimers Society a dementia awareness DVD co-produced with the help of patients and their carers translated into Hindi was launched in 2015.

For more information: https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/info/20033/publications_and_factsheets/853/the_dementia_guide_in_other_languages

Dery Foundation

The Community Engagement Team are currently working with The Dery Foundation to destigmatize mental health within the Somali Community. Mental ill health carries stigma in all communities but within Somali society it was an absolute taboo subject. This project aims to reduce the fear around mental health within the Somali Community and overcome the barriers and therefore equip community members with knowledge, skills and guidance needed to support Somali community members with their mental health needs. 

For more information: http://www.deryfoundation.co.uk/

Musical Connections - Quench Arts

Musical Connections is a network for vulnerable and isolated adults including those with specific needs, those with physical disabilities and mental health service users. The project, based in Birmingham, gives creative musical opportunities to 12 new members each year

For more information: http://www.musicalconnections.info/