Carr Gomm Football Club – update

In May 2012, Mind Waves Community Reporter David visited our weekly 5-a-side football project. As David reported at the time, the concept of the group is that people who have lived experience of mental health issues have the opportunity to meet up every week and have a game of football. It’s no more complex than […]

Happy New Year from Mind Waves

Happy 2013 and best wishes from everyone involved in Mind Waves.  Thank you to everyone who has supported our journey of discovery in 2012.  Just a few stats for you from our year gone by – our committed team of volunteer Community Reporters shared over 50 stories in 2012, and around 75 pictures.  Our Mind […]

To lift my spirits

This approaching Christmas I went round my estate and took some seasonal photos of the light displays on people’s homes. I enjoyed the walk in the freezing weather. I asked a neighbour why he put up the light on his house each year. “I do it for the kids but I like to see them […]

Bowls for Well Being

I started bowling three years ago, lawn bowls that is, not to be confused with indoor bowls or indeed carpet bowls …who would have thought there were so many different types and I haven’t even mentioned crown bowls! When I mention I Bowl, I’m always amazed by peoples reaction. I’ve been told that it’s an […]

Surviving Christmas

At this time of year, do you ask yourself how do I survive Christmas? Or have you already got a ‘Mental Health 5 a Day’ to see you through? Everyone feels the pressure, whether it’s finding enough presents or keeping to a tight budget when everyone else is spending. It’s a time of extremes. No […]

More Global Community Reporting Inspiration – Brazilian Style

In the same vein as the post about the work of the Global Girl Project, another community media project that has provided Mind Waves with international inspiration is Catalytic Communities, also known as CatComm. Based in Brazil, this initiative has a focus on destigmatising and integrating the favela communities of Rio de Janeiro into wider […]

Global Girl Media

At Mind Waves, we like to look at how other people across the world are using social media.  Trevor Lakey referred to the great work they do in his recent presentation at Social Media Week and we’d like to share this interesting project with you: GlobalGirl Media is a non-profit organization, it is dedicated to […]

A day at the races

We had booked our tickets for the Track Cycling World Cup in Glasgow weeks ago, but now, at last the day had come. We arrived at the brand new Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome early, at least an hour before the cycling was due to start, but so had everybody else. The masses of people making […]

How to fill an empty weekend

My plans for the weekend had fallen through and I was facing a long empty weekend on my own. I knew that I had things to do in the flat but I had really been looking forward to the company.  I suddenly remembered I’d seen an article in the local paper about a local craft […]