Hammond House Publishing has successfully drawn down some funding from the Big Lottery Communities Fund to support and setup local creative writing groups and VANEL is supporting the process.
Creative writing is a rewarding activity that supports mental health and well-being, improves skills and confidence, and provides a sense of purpose. It is particularly beneficial in mental health, including early stage dementia, preparation and retraining for work and tackling social isolation and loneliness.
There are two ways to get involved with this process:
Firstly you could form a writers group.
With support from Big Lottery Communities Fund, the Hammond House Literary Lonely project can provide the following support to help your clients or staff establish and maintain a writers group.
• Run Taster sessions
• Support the group leader and volunteers with training and mentoring
• Provide professionals to run creative writing workshops
• Publish work produced by members of the groups
• Provide financially support towards the costs
Hammond House can make sure a programme of support can be tailored to suit your needs. A typical programme would start with a taster session followed by six workshops run by a specialist in creative writing to get the group started then periodic visits to give feedback on progress and cover new topics. The skills are practiced in writing a short story which will be published in an anthology.
There will also be opportunities for group leaders to visit other groups and meet with group leaders to exchange ideas and good practice.
Or you could refer clients to a group
VANEL and Hammond House are in the process of establishing a number of groups in North East Lincolnshire and can provide opportunities for you to refer clients to a suitable group.
If you’re interested in either of these routes to connect to a writing group then please make contact with Jenny Hodson at VANEL who is the Project Coordinator.
More about Hammond House Publishing here.