Mindy raised £630
Mindy launched her Crowdfunder during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 to encourage on-going conversations about mental health and the particular challenges that Covid-19 lockdown presents to the most vulnerable in our society.
We take it for granted that everyone has at least a smartphone and internet access but in fact 60% of the people who enrolled on The Fine Art to Wellbeing did not have the skills and confidence to use video conferencing. Many didn’t have smartphones, didn’t have sufficient data, or were on pay-as-you-go and so couldn’t afford to live stream.
Mindy was inspired to raise funds for Arty-Folks through her own experiences: “I have experienced mental ill health and I know many, many others who have too. Everyone needs support to find their way through those difficult times and each person’s journey will be different. Most of those journeys will involve making some kind of creative connection that can help us to process and communicate our experience and, most importantly, be comfortable with who we are and comfortable in the world with others. ” Mindy Chillery is the Executive Director of Coventry Artspace
Remaining physically distanced but socially connected is how we need to lead our lives for some time to come. With the money Mindy raised we will be able to purchase 3 tablets we will lend to people who need support to come online. We will work in partnership with other organisations who will provide digital training, make sure they have a good mobile phone contract, help with budgeting, debts, etc.