Aims and Objectives

Below is a table that outlines some possible objectives to be met by Sound Minds services, offered as an aid to busy professionals. This is by no means a comprehensive list and of course most importantly it’s down to the individual to identify their own aims.

Arts Participation

  • To gain confidence and self esteem through art/music/film/theatre/writing that is valued in a wider community context
      • To advance my work through contact with arts professionals
      • To learn how to work with others and improve my ability to relate to other people
      • To communicate my own experiences through art/film/music/theatre/writing to my peers or the wider public through performances, /events/films
      • To use my art/music to further understanding of the human condition
      • To access the facilities/equipment/materials to practice my skills
      • To enjoy and learn more about myself and my own creativity from others
      • To make friends and improve my social life
      • To identify, use, value and develop my talents and creativity
      • To refine my artistic communication skills
      • To be confident that I can learn new creative skills and techniques at a pace that suits me
      • To use arts activities to help people understand more about mental health
      • To grow within a safe and encouraging context for creativity and interaction
      • To take responsibility for giving support and advice to others.
      • To receive support and understanding from others who accept my experiences and make allowances for times I’m not feeling too great
      • To feel respected and understood.
      • To help me to develop a meaningful structure to my week.
      • To be assured that if things start to go wrong for me, there are people around who can make sure I will receive the help I need.
      • To get more from my life by learning from other people who have been through similar experiences
      • To learn skills I will need for the future beyond Sound Minds
      • To take advantage and enjoy the creative opportunities, events and arts projects  that Sound Minds creates
      • To help me to identify and prepare for  employment/ self employment/ volunteering in the creative industries
      • To be part of the creative and community life of Wandsworth

    Support for Employment or Volunteering

    (Management Committee, Canerows and Plaits Committee)

      • To gain experience of managing an organisation
      • To learn about budgeting, cash flow, personnel issues and employment law, health and safety etc.
      • To learn how to work under direction and supervision
      • To learn about project management
      • To learn how to run and contribute to a business meeting
      • To feel valued by others
      • To learn how to motivate and communicate with others
      • To learn how to make decisions as part of a team
      • To have the chance to practice my existing skills to the benefit of others
      • To gain the satisfaction of having contributed to the good work of Sound Minds
      • To be valued by wider society through contributing to the greater good.
      • To help me to identify and identify my strengths and talents in this field
      • To help me to prepare for committee work in other fields
      • To help me gain experience that will help me in future employment as a trustee and/or company director
      • To help me to develop a meaningful structure to my week.
      • To make friends and improve my social life
      • To learn skills I will need for the future beyond Sound Minds 
      •  To help me to prepare for  employment in the creative/care/peer support industries

    Support for Employment or Volunteering

    (Canerows and Plaits Teaching, Teaching Assistant, Niche Volunteering)

    • To learn and practice teaching and training skills
    • To learn about budgeting, cash flow, personnel issues and employment law, health and safety etc.
    • To learn about project management
    • To learn how to work under direction and supervision
    • To learn how to motivate and communicate with others
    • To improve my self esteem and confidence with other people
    • To learn how to make decisions as part of a team
    • To feel valued by others
    • To help me to develop a weekly routine and otherwise organise my time
    • To help me to identify and identify my strengths and talents in this field
    • To prepare for future teaching or training roles
    • To make friends and improve my social life
    • To receive support and understanding from others who accept my experiences and make allowances for times I’m not feeling too great.
    • To gain the satisfaction of having contributed to the good work of Sound Minds
    • To have the chance to practice my existing skills to the benefit of others
    • To learn skills I will need for the future beyond Sound Minds
    • To be rewarded financially for my work 
    • To help me to prepare for  employment in the creative/care/peer support industries

    Support for Employment or Volunteering

    (E.G. Arts Volunteering Roles, Workshop Facilitation)

    • To learn and practice teaching and training skills
    • To learn how to work under direction and supervision
    • To improve my self esteem and confidence with other people
    • To learn how to make decisions as part of a team
    • To feel valued by others and those I work with
    • To have the chance to practice my existing skills to the benefit of others
    • To achieve a sense of satisfaction  at having furthered someone else’s creative aspirations.
    • To be rewarded financially for my work
    • To have the satisfaction of having contributed to the good work of Sound Minds
    • To make friends and improve my social life
    • To help me to develop a meaningful structure to my week.
    • To receive support and understanding from others who accept my experiences and make allowances for times I’m not feeling too great
    • To learn skills I will need for the future beyond Sound Minds
    • To help me prepare for  employment in the creative industries/elsewhere

    Courses

    (Accredited and Unaccredited)

    • To gain confidence and self esteem by learning new skills and techniques
    • To learn how to wrok with others and improve my abilities to relate to people
    • To access the facilities/equipment/materials to practice my skillsTo improve how to communicate my own artistic vision
    • To enjoy my own creativity and that of others
    • To learn skills I will need for the future beyond Sound Minds
    • To make friends and improve my social life
    • To help me to develop a meaningful structure to my week.
    • To identify, use, value and develop my talents and creativity
    • To refine my skills of artistic communication
    • To feel confident learning within a safe and encouraging context that is flexible enough for me when I’m not feeling too great
    • To be assured that if things start to go wrong for me, there are people around who can make sure I will receive the help I need.
    • To get more from my life by learning from other people who have been through similar experiences
    • To help me to identify and prepare for employment/ self employment/ volunteering in the creative industries
    • To gain transferable skills in ICT

    General

    • To feel that my culture is accepted, valued and celebrated by people around me
    • To feel safe in a positive and creative environment
    • To make friends and improve my social life
    • To influence how Sound Minds services develop and improve
    • To help influence and  improve people’s experiences of mental health services locally
    • To make a contribution to the success of a user led organisation. To help me to develop a meaningful structure to my week