Torquay Museum is hosting for the first time free mental health recovery courses, in a three way partnership with Devon Recovery Learning Community and Ladies’ Lounge. 

The museum is hosting a range of courses.  Ladies’ Lounge volunteer Fleur Barr is co-tutoring the course “Creative Recovery Jigsaw” which starts in November.  Ladies’ Lounge is a Torquay based Charity which supports vulnerable women in Torbay.

Fleur says “We are thrilled about this new partnership and being able to bring free creative mental health recovery courses into Torbay.  Students attending this course will be able to explore the museum exhibits, and handling collections.  Throughout the course we will use the theme of a jigsaw puzzle to help students to find their own recovery pieces and encourage them to try new recovery paths over the 6 week course.” 

“Not all creative pieces will fit, as we are all different, so we simply put that to one side and try another piece.  It’s about empowering people, encouraging them to take control of their lives to support their own recovery.”

Torquay Museum is also running “Mindfulness at the Museum”, “Drawing for Peace of Mind” and “Sound Paths: Talking the walk”. The aim of these courses is to promote hope, opportunity and choice. 

Example of a Recovery Jigsaw

Basil Greenwood, Director, Torquay Museum, Said “We are pleased to be working in partnership with both Ladies’ Lounge and Devon Recovery Learning Community. Providing local mental health creative recovery courses at the Museum will result in improving the mental health of local people.  This initiative will meet the needs of vulnerable adults in Torbay who often struggle to access recovery services.”

Fleur says “I see our vulnerable ladies that come into our drop in centre in Market Street, they gain in confidence when crafting.  Creativity relaxes a stressed mind, and eases anxiety. The courses at the museum are open to both men and women, I hope people will look on line and see what courses are available and start booking on them.”

Students of these courses are people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, their families and friends, and the professionals who support them.  Students are encouraged to take back control and become the expert in their own wellbeing and recovery so they can get on with their lives despite any mental health challenge they might face.

Basil said “Torquay Museum is an ideal venue to host these courses.  It is easy to find and on a main bus route.  We are pleased to provide the facilities as it will benefit the wider community.”

To find out about the courses and to book visit or speak to a member of staff between 10am-2pm Monday-Thursday 01392 677067 to find out about Ladies’ Lounge – new volunteers always welcome!

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