People You Know Places You Go

Introduction

This participatory project  has been developed since 2005.  It has been an innovative way of working with people who use mental health services using creative methods based on photovoice methodology. People were supported to take pictures of places you go and people you know exploring their experiences of social inclusion.  Photos were discussed to capture their accompanying narrative.  A thought provoking exhibition showcases the work produced by the photographers and a short photographic film that shows a selection of the text and images has been produced sharing some of the outcomes of the project.

Participation

Participants lived or were supported at Hughendon Lodge, Palmwood Court, 145 Thorneywood Mount,  Dovecote Lane, MacMillan Close and Broomhill. There have been close to 1000 photographs taken over the course of the project with around 200 images chosen by participants to go with words. 10 people took part during a pilot project in 2005 in 3 residential settings. 17 people took part from 5 of the residential settings during 2006 and 2007.

Aims

The aims of the research was to get a picture of what involvement people have with their local communities and to look at the ways in which staff and members of the local community can make access to these things easier.

Working Method

Participatory photography was chosen as an innovative way of working and engaging with people who wouldn't normally take part in research or other activities. This creative method also encouraged the learning of new skills and gave opportunities to explore their lives through creative expression.

Project Report

The full report and summary report are available by email request to pykpyg@makingwaves.org.

Pdf (portable document format) version of the Executive Summary 

Exhibitions

The work has already been exhibited in the following venues:

  • Involvement centre, Resource and Cafe Art exhibition at Duncan Macmillan House, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust 7th - 17th November 2008
  •  The Art Organisation  3rd — 25th  November 2008

 

This project is part of larger Managed Innovation Network project.  http://www.institutemh.org.uk/