Bee Keeping

Community Reporter, Kevin Gallagher tries his best to avoid using any obvious puns; Sherlock Holmes, Aristotle, Sir Edmund Hillary, Maria von Trapp, Ronnie Corbett and Scarlett Johansson – what’s the connection? They are or were all beekeepers. Bee Mastery has found a new place in the public consciousness due to media coverage of Colony Collapse […]

Flourish House

Many businesses and community projects could learn useful lessons from the example of Flourish House. If the public has any conception of what is involved in a clubhouse, it usually is of a drop-in centre where members do as much or as little as they like. For those not aware the clubhouse model, it is […]

A good day

My family dog recently had 8 puppies and I spent the day looking after them.  They are so full of life and curiosity that I couldn’t help but smile.  It made my day all the better when they all fell asleep around me, exhausted after a day of playing in the sunshine.   Story by […]


Many people who have a mental health problem find it difficult or distressing to deal with certain aspects of their lives, like dealing with bureaucracy, when they are acutely unwell. In those situations, it is often a good idea to call on the skills of an Independent Advocate. Advocacy is an impartial, non-judgemental and usually […]

Being a Community Reporter

When I was given the opportunity  to work with the Mindwaves project I was very excited about the prospect. Not only did I consider it work that I believed in but I also appreciated the experience it would give me. Having once had mental problems myself I understood that it was difficult for people to […]