The CLEAR project, part of Derry Healthy Cities, provides mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide support services within the west of Northern Ireland.
Derry Healthy Cities was established in 1992 as an independent partnership organisation to ‘facilitate, champion and advocate for the physical, social and mental health development of our communities’.
Verbal’s Reading Rooms have been working with four groups based in adult day care centres in the Fermanagh district over the course of the year, bringing their model of shared reading to adults with learning challenges, helping stimulate conversation for people to share their own stories, and contribute to an positive mental wellbeing.
The six week course has been the participants read and enjoy such work as On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin, The Self Unseeing by Thomas Hardy, The First Day of Snow by Naoko Awa, Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Forst, My Father is a Polar Bear by Michael Morpurgo and Bear In There by Shel Silverstein.
CLEAR offers a range of development and capacity building training & development opportunities to community and voluntary organisations who operate in the West of the province. The project represents a unique partnership initiative which offers developmental opportunities to community and voluntary organisations providing mental health, emotional wellbeing and suicide support services in the West. Administering small grants for community and voluntary sector groups on behalf of the Public Health Agency, participating groups have organised a range of activities linked to the ‘Take Five Steps to Wellbeing’ campaign such as activity programmes, mindfulness and events that promote and support them to stay connected. Reading Rooms has been able to help deliver this initiative to our Fermanagh groups, and achieve CLEAR’s vision of increasing “access to appropriate services by people when they need it, where they need it”.