How can YOU get involved?

1. Share your story

If you have experienced mental ill health or have worked in mental health care in Gloucester and would like to be part of this innovative project we would like to hear your story. We want to gather stories that can help understand the current situation of living and dealing with mental health issues. 

Your stories will help create an awareness of how mental health treatments have evolved over the last 150 years in Gloucestershire.  

If you would like to be part of this project and have a story you would like to be heard please contact our Community Gatherer: Caroline Jester at caroline@strikealightfestival.org.uk

2. Joining the Choir
The opportunity to perform in the choir as part of Never Better is open to everyone - you don't need any specific experience of performing or singing to take part.  We are planning to bring together a choir of 30 people who will sing alongside professional actor/musicians as part of the performance. The choir will be led by experienced and local choir leader Philippa Smith. The music is being composed specially for the event and will be inspired by records from Gloucestershire Archives and modern day stories of mental health that have been gathered from across Gloucester. There will be a series of rehearsals in Gloucester leading up to the final performance in Blackfriars Priory. We warmly welcome anyone with lived experience of mental health.

All sessions will be inclusive,supported and welcoming.

Rehearsals in August:

  • Tuesday 13 August 7.30-9.30pm

  • Tuesday 20 August 7.30-9.30pm

  • Tuesday 27 August 7.30-9.30pm

  • Intensive rehearsal weekend 31 Aug / 1 September. Times TBC

  • Rehearsals and performances 4th - 8th September evenings. Times TBC

For more details please contact philippa@strikealightfestival.org.uk

3. Book tickets

The performance will take place September 7th and 8th 2019 at Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester. The event is free but ticketed. Tickets will be on sale soon, keep an eye on the website for details.

How we will use your information?

All personal information collected will be handled in compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018.  It will only be shared with Strike a Light(producer of performance), GUST(Project Partner and supporter of cultural development in Gloucester), Gloucestershire Archives(Project Partner and holder of records) and the History Press(publisher of book) for project purposes, and contact details other than your name will not be shared with anyone.  All information gathered will be stored securely in line with partners GDPR policies.  Information will be used in our performance and will be stored indefinitely following the event at Gloucestershire Archives.  Your information may also be used to produce a book bringing the information together and published by the History Press.  To request access to your data held by us please contact Sally.Middleton@gloucestershire.gov.uk.