Moray Feelgood Festival set to ‘RECLAIM’ Mental Health celebration

MORAY BASED GROUPS and societies along with bands or individuals are being invited to ‘get involved’ when the Moray Feelgood Festival sets out its stall later this year.

The Moray Feelgood Festival is part of the national Mental Health, Arts and Film celebration being held from October 10 to October 30.

It will see events taking place throughout Moray with the theme this year ‘RECLAIM’ – with organisers saying that can be interpreted in many ways.

A spokeswoman explained: “In relation to mental health and processes, it might refer to reclaiming life after a crisis, reclaiming health after illness, reclaiming your identity, or reclaiming lost memories and feelings – the interpretation can be as broad as your imagination!”

In Moray this festival was known as the ‘Moray Feelgood Festival’ and ran successfully for three years led by Health and Social Care Moray. This year, Moray Wellbeing Hub has taken over coordinating the 2017 festival and looks to work with a wide range of groups and individuals to support them to link in with this opportunity.

The spokeswoman added: “We have a small coordination fund to enable us provide central publicity and support volunteers, but we aim to attract more funding for future years. Our festival team is made up of community members with personal experiences of crisis and challenge in mental health, and partners in arts and wellbeing.

“They will devise and co-produce the 2017 festival, delivering a diverse range of arts events across Moray. We welcome any volunteers keen to be part of this team to get in touch.”

The Moray Wellbeing Hub is a new social enterprise run by and for members of the community who have experienced crisis or challenge in their mental health and want to create change in Moray.

Their focus is on celebrating an individual’s strengths and empowering people through sharing experience, adding a belief that everyone has mental health, and that looking after your mental wellbeing is important to every individual.

To learn more and apply for inclusion in the Festival visit this page online – please note there is a tight deadline with applications required by Monday, July 17 – however, expressions of interest can be put in place with further discussions later by telephoning 07902 293166.