Participant Voices

Read about CoolTan Arts’ participants’ experiences surrounding creativity, mental health and wellbeing.
CoolTan have developed many different blogs over the years to share ideas and artwork and showcase work from different projects.
We would love to have further contributions of writing, poetry, art or video, reviews or anything you would like to share!
If you would like to submit work to be published here, please email: elizabeth@cooltanarts.org.uk
Please explore below to find out more.

Peter’s Blog: Visit to the Horniman Museum

Weston-Super-Mare, June 20 2018

An infrequent visitor to CoolTan from outside London, I gained reassurance from attending Shenan’s lively and informative Self Advocacy sessions on hoarding (23/11/17), depression (23/2/18), anxiety (24/5/18) as I have suffered from all conditions, and hoarding in the past almost caused eviction from the flat which I was renting. At her I.T sessions on March 23 and May 11, I was learning about downloading images from the internet and sending photos by e mail or social media, and Twitter. Shenan explained to me what it means to follow people on Twitter, or to be followed.

I attended a … Read More »

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Peter’s Corner: Poem- August 26 2007, Depression on a Sunny Day

 

I’d lost a long-time job, which proved quite hard to bear.

The mornings were the worst, with moods of near-despair.

A brilliant August day. A Sunday. Mood – not best,

but could have been much worse. Deep down I felt depressed.

 

Kew Gardens – walked about, and such a sunny day.

If only there had been a cloudier sky with grey.

It helped me when I saw a label on a tree.

I liked a light large lounge in which I had some tea.

 

I’d seen the Palace too. A King and Queen stayed here.

An unused room upstairs – or so it did appear.

And later on I … Read More »

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Peter’s Corner: “It was the same every day.”

So you say, so you say, but how could it possibly be the same every day?

Two dinners could possibly be identical if prepared by MasterChef-winning microbiologists, and it would be possible to wear precisely the same clothes two days running although not everybody would be happy to do so, but honestly, two days could not really be anything remotely close to identical, no matter how powerful a superficial feeling of sameness and monotony in one’s life there might be.

Even if you could breathe and move in identical ways doing exactly the same things in exactly the same ways on two … Read More »

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Volunteer of the Month – Jonathan

Jonathan ran the Big Half for CoolTan Arts on the 4th of March 2018, and helped raise £225.

1. What made you decide to start volunteering here?

I wanted to get involved in Volunteering and I saw CoolTan Arts Walks which looked very interesting. It is for mental illness which is important to me as my family have had personal issues with it so I thought I would get involved.

2. What is an average day like volunteering at CoolTan?

Very fun! You get to meet new people, you gain good knowledge from working with other volunteers.

3. What has been the best thing about … Read More »

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