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Face2Face volunteer having a conversation about mental health with member of public - Image: Richard
Face2Face stall at Chettle country fair, North Dorset - Image: Richard Jeffery
Face2Face volunteers demonstrating Gyotaku fish printing at Weymouth Waterfest - Image: Richard Jeff

Face2Face Dorset

Arts and mental health project addressing stigma and offering volunteering opportunities to people with lived experience of mental distress,

Name of organisation:
ZooFish Arts CIC

Title of project/programme:

Face2Face Dorset

Dates of project/programme:

29th March 2014 - 28th March 2015


Face2Face is an arts and mental health project set up by ZooFish Arts CIC and Richmond Fellowship as part of the national Time to Change campaign attacking stigma around mental health. The project offers meaningful volunteering opportunities for participants with lived experience of mental distress.
Funding ended in March 2015, but we are actively seeking support to keep the project running.
The project has two strands:
• Face2Face - a team of participants who volunteer to engage the public in meaningful conversations about mental health at community events across Dorset. We exceeded our target of 1000 conversations in February 2015.
• Zap Arts - a weekly art group in Poole, where participants learn a range of art techniques. Members volunteer to run free art activities to engage the public, setting the scene for these conversations to take place.
• Some volunteers work on both teams.

We offer an exciting range of art– from drawing with mops in Poole Park for ‘The Big Draw’, to traditional Japanese Gyotaku fish printing at Weymouth’s Waterfest. Badge making is a regular activity. We sometimes also use free cake to engage passers-by…
We have worked with over 50 participants, with some thirty receiving training in a range of skills other than art; participant representatives sit on the Face2Face steering group and 3 have been employed by the project.
Volunteer attendance at public events has been good, and we have maintained excellent attendance at our Zap Arts workshops.

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