Taking a never seen before approach, We Make The Path brings together mental health and arts expertise to create an innovative, impactful program to support mental wellbeing and enhance people’s capacity to self-manage long-term conditions.
In partnership with Recovery Training & Consultancy, Bijli has co-produced a program of peer-led creative activities to help people express themselves in new ways, re-imagine their stories, increase optimism, and create connections.
'THE POSITIVE CHANGES I’VE WITNESSED AS A RESULT OF THIS APPROACH HAVE BEEN ASTONISHING.’
Our project harnesses the power of creative practice in groups including drama and movement, where the whole body is used in the journey of expression of ‘lived experience’ and recovery.
At the heart of our approach is self-sustaining resilience, self-expression and creativity, to focus on ‘what can be’, rather than ‘what has happened’.
‘WE CAN EXPRESS OURSELVES THROUGH WHAT WE CREATE AND FIND STRENGTH’.
Funding for this project has been provided by the Self Management Fund for Scotland administered on behalf of the Scottish Government by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) with support from the William Grant Foundation.
‘SEEING OTHERS TELL THEIR STORIES AND STAND PROUD – IT'S VERY INSPIRING.’
- Quotes from previous Bijli project participants
Showcase Photos - August 2022
Venue: Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
We worked with 15 Black, Asian and Arab women over ten months of weekly sessions. These sessions were facilitated by Director and Facilitator, Vicky Mohieddeen. Eight participants performed their pieces in front of an audience for the very first time at the public showcase in August 2022. The group collectively curated the performance, with support from Vicky Mohieddeen and Mariem Omari.
BIJLI WMTP TEAM
Lead Facilitator & Director – Vicky Mohieddeen
Facilitator & Project Coordinator – Mariem Omari
Project Adviser & Psychotherapist – John McCormack
Administrator & Design – Leila Talmadge
Outreach Support – Dinna Likonde