Arts help provide a bright spot

A CHARITABLE company is urging Morpeth residents to discover more about the mental health benefits of taking part in the arts.

Taking Part Workshops was set up by GP Ruth Evans and a director of a local arts organisation, Matthew Henderson, to develop the link between arts and health to help people who feel stressed or depressed.

As part of its Bright Spots programme, it has formed a partnership with DAWN Advice, a Blagdon-based debt support service, which provides residents with an additional level of support to help them get back on track.

Project Manager Victoria Smyth said: “We are creating an infrastructure in Northumberland that will support GPs and health professionals to refer people into existing participatory activities to help them meet new people, learn new skills and find out just how much they can achieve.”

To help raise awareness in the community, Taking Part Workshops is holding information days in the county – including one at the St James Community Centre in Morpeth on Tuesday, February 15, from 3pm to 5pm.

It is also looking for groups and organisations that provide participatory group activities across Northumberland to get involved.

If you are part of, or know of a group that would like to be part of Bright Spots, telephone Victoria Smyth on 0191 2621808 or e-mail