Pathway to Resilience

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This project uses photography to assist people with mental health in their recovery, (re)integration into community life and will develop a practical tool to help users cope with the stresses of life that can negatively impact their mental health.

Photography is an accessible medium as most people like to take and view photographs.  Each course will run for 10 weeks and comprise a series of workshops that include a combination of internal and external activities.   We will cater for a maximum of 12 beneficiaries per course.

Through interactive workshop sessions will teach users various types of photography including portraiture, landscape, movement and close-up (macro) photography using our DSLR cameras.  During each course users will work individually but also in pairs, in project teams and as a whole group which will promote interaction between course members.   Courses will include photography trips to local galleries, parks and other venues to broaden their horizons, (re)acquaint themselves with other community provision they may wish to access outside of course sessions and this coupled with groupwork, will facilitate friendships and reduce feelings of isolation.

The journey from novice photographer to exhibitor is a journey in confidence – each course will culminate in an Exhibition and Awards Ceremony at week 10 where users will gain sufficient confidence to showcase a selection of their work to family, friends, health workers and the general public.

Courses take place at:

25 Hockley (in the Nottingham Writers’ Studio, opposite Bunkers Hill Pub), Nottingham, NG1 1FH – Please press the buzzer marked ‘NPH’

  • Courses are free of charge to learners
  • Courses introduce learners to basic digital photography; no experience is necessary and we welcome people who have never before used a camera
  • Digital cameras will be provided but learners are welcome to bring their own if they prefer
  • All courses culminate in an exhibition where learners showcase their work to their family and friends
  • The courses run for 10 weeks each and last up to 3 hours per week (indoor activities may be finish earlier; the 3 hours includes travelling time for external trips)
  • We are happy to meet with potential learners beforehand to help alleviate any concerns they may have about joining

This project will end in June 2019, and is now fully booked. We are therefore not taking any more referrals.

This project is funded by Big Lottery Fund for three years.

For further information contact Clare Rhule at the Hub on 0115 947 0364 or contact her by email. Her email is