“Mental health on the go” with art and culture – JOM Charity

Good mental health is vital if we are to live the most positive and enriching lives possible and the JOM Charity has a series of exciting events lined up to bring society together and improve wellbeing through art and culture.

“Mental health on the go” through art and culture events from JOM Charity
“Mental health on the go” through art and culture events from JOM Charity

“We are a charity focused on local people working within our local communities," says JOM Charity founder, trustee and chief executive Josephine Oboh-MacLeod.

Her charity has lined up Afro-Celtic art, wellbeing and mental health exhibitions and workshops with the theme of “mental health on the go” across Kirkintilloch and Milngavie.

Ms Oboh-MacLeod says they are “aimed at building stronger relationships between African, Scottish, Black, Asian, Minority, Ethnic(BAME) and other communities in Scotland. The purpose is to create better a positive and meaningful cordial interrelationship between them.

Wellbeing and mental health exhibitions and workshops with the theme of “mental health on the go” across Kirkintilloch and Milngavie – JOM Charity

“The events will allow participants to interact with others thereby alleviating isolation, loneliness, depression and other mental health and wellbeing challenges, especially post-Covid lockdowns and restrictions.”

There will be an exhibition in Kirkintilloch by artist Johfrim.

On Sunday May 15 Twechar Family Fun Fayre will see wellbeing art demonstrations by local artists Chief Amu, Geoff Foord and others. There will also be a workshop, face painting, African and Scottish food, music and a fun fair.

On Monday May 23 a “Jubilee High Tea” is being held at the Fraser Centre in Milngavie. A jubilee tree planting will take place alongside an exhibition, food and music by Geoff Foord and Willow Moon Band. Games will also be organised and a discussion of dementia and alzheimer awareness by Alzheimer Scotland.

During this time you will also find the Peace to the World Creative Art 2022

Exhibition at Milngavie and Kirkintilloch libraries and an awareness exhibition exploring the art of tie and dye, African and Celtic symbols, sayings and proverbs at the Twechar Healthy Living Community and Enterprise Centre.

On Saturday September 10 men’s mental health is the focus with mental health expert Salvino Volpe running an art and wellbeing workshop at the Fraser Centre in Milngavie.

Saturday October 1 will see “Afro Celtic International & Black History Month, Day” in honour of Nigerian Independence Day. There will be an exhibition of JOM Charity’s work, short speeches by experts, music, food and drinks as well as a silent auction and raffles at The Broadcroft Hotel Kirkintilloch.

The events form part of the Jubilee Afro-Celtic Art & Mental Health Project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. To find out more go to www.jomcharity.com