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What’s Your Story? is a creative writing programme that gives users the space and tools to analyse and understand their life-problems as stories.

It is a mental wellbeing programme for anyone struggling to manage, understand or change their lives.

It will be running three times in Leamington Spa for 8 weeks from January 2019.

The Springfield Mind sessions are free and run on Thursday afternoons 13.00-16.00 and Friday 09.30-12.30 mornings at the Mind building, Southborough Terrace, Brunswick St, Leamington Spa CV31 2DT. 

As of Sat 19th Jan Friday is full but there are a few places available on Thursday afternoon.

If you are interested in attending please email: bookings@changingstories.org.uk

The WEA  version runs on Monday evenings from 18.00-21.00 and costs £14.50 per week and is slightly more focused on the teaching of script writing skills. There are still places available for this version which can be booked here.

We seem to have really connected with this programme and were a little surprised to find ourselves massively oversubscribed and with less than half the places we needed for everyone who wanted to attend.

However, I am delighted to say that with the help of Springfield Mind and the WEA  we are now running the programme in Leamington Spa concurrently three times in the new year.

To run the programme three times instead of one means that some of our costs have tripled and even with the grants and donations we have raised so far we will be running at a significant loss.

Which is where you come in! We are committed to running the programme three times come what may but any donations you give will help reduce our loss and enable us to start to roll the programme out across the UK.

If you are able to help you can do so on our Go Fund Me page.

Or via BACS to Acc: 65127633 Sort Code: 53-61-3.

All the best and in anticipation… thanks for your donation!

The programme is useful as a general mental wellbeing programme but it can also help people living with common mental health issues such as depression, loneliness, anxiety, stress or addiction.

The programme is not a ‘treatment’ or therapy for mental health issues but aims to help sufferers understand the contexts within which the life-problems that arise from their mental state are occurring and thus to imagine potential solutions.

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An initial pilot was run in Stratford Upon Avon in the summer of 2018 and was funded by Springfield MIND, Public Domain Arts & Media and a grant from the Heart Of England Community Foundation. This initial pilot has been extremely successful and we learnt a great deal about how the programme works most effectively and have fine-tuned the programme appropriately.

We are now certain of the value of the programme as a tool for self-realisation and self-actualisation and feel that with the minor adjustments we have made to the programme this will only be enhanced.

We are now piloting this improved version of the programme in Leamington Spa in January 2019 

“I think the therapeutic value of these sessions is huge. Chris and Steve are so passionate, engaging and knowledgeable and the attention and guidance they are giving to each member of the group has the potential to be very healing. It’s fulfilling and stimulating on both an intellectual and emotional level and it’s been lovely to see how engaged service users have been and how supportive the group feels.”

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What’s Your Story? is an adaptable programme that can be of benefit to users in a range of circumstances from those suffering a generalised lack of well-being through to those suffering from diagnosed mental health conditions through to those undergoing rapid change in corporate environments.

We are keen to work with a wide range of delivery partners so please contact us if you would like to find out more.

And please if you are able to help us with our work you can donate here.