Jane Thakoordin Arts

Jane is a participatory artist and mental health professional, combining the two in her practice.

Jane is a participatory artist of British and Guyanese heritage. Jane qualified with a degree in Visual Arts from Lancaster University and has many years experience of reseaching, facilitating and evaluating arts projects, workshops and events.

Following a career as an arts administrator, Jane built on her community arts experience by qualifying in Social Work from Glasgow University. She went onto to manage a number of community based mental health services both in Glasgow, and more recently in Birmingham. She has a commitment to creativity and engagement and has been recognised nationally for her work in creative approaches to organsiational change and consultation. She delivers learning and engagement opportunities  with diverse groups of adults, young people and older adults.

Jane has a Masters Degree from University of Birmingham. Her research interest was the creative relationship between Survivor Artists and social work students. In December 2016, Jane co-authored an article published in The International Journal of Social Work.

Jane is a practicing artist, manager of a University based mental health service and visiting lecturer in social work. She is founder of Birmingham Artivistas – combining creativity and political activism- two elements both very close to Jane’s heart.​

In 2016, Jane established The Black and Blue Collective a collaborative live arts organisation that works in co-production with artists and people with lived experience of mental health issues

Website: www.janethakoordin.com

E-mail: thakoordin@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jane.thakoordin

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/janethakoordin_/

Balsall Heath CATS – Children Action Team Support

Balsall Heath CATS is a parent led organisation, set up to run play, leisure, sports, arts and recreational activities for disabled children, young people and families.

Arts activities include parents/carers coffee mornings, with creative and craft opportunities. Mental health well-being. Play and youth sessions with arts focus for disabled CYP.

Website: http://www.bhcats.org.uk/

Address: 110 Edward Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9LS

E-mail: Info@bhcats.org.uk

Phone: 07889 930 040

Saheli Hub

Sähëlï – A friend dedicated to improving community health and wellbeing by providing innovative services and solutions that educates, motivates, inspires and empowers.

Art activities include:

  • Talking through what’s on your mind using Art through movement
  • writing
  • photography
  • natures crafts
  • crochet
  • painting
  • printing

Website: Saheli.co.uk

E-mail address: Shebina@saheli.co.uk

Address: Saheli Hub, 257 Edward Road, Balsall Heath, B12 9LF

Twitter: @SaheliHub

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sahelihub

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/saheli_hub/

Moseley Road Baths

Moseley Road Baths is developing a programme of health, wellbeing and creative activities through their ‘Moseley Road Baths Alive’ work. They are also developing space for Arts activities.

Their ‘Threading Tales Together’ project started in March 2021. They plan to offer yoga, drum’n’bounce, yoga for kids, wim hof meditation, cross stitching, poetry, hip-hop and photography, depending on the interests and stories of participants.

Website: https://moseleyroadbaths.org.uk/

E-mail: Emily Butler at emily.butler@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk

Address: Moseley Road Baths, 497 Moseley Rd, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX

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Misfits Music Foundation

Misfits Music is a Birmingham based charity providing musical and social activities for adults who play any instrument to any ability.

We provide a place for musicians to connect with each other, either online and in-person. We play a variety of repertoire including arrangements of well-known pop songs and film scores alongside collectively written pieces from the group.

Misfits currently run the Moseley Misfits instrumental group, Capo Guitar group and The Misfits Choir.

Website: https://misfitsmusic.org.uk/

E-mail: info@misfitsmusic.org.uk

Address: The Moseley Exchange, B13 8JP

Phone: 07458 306 508

Twitter: https://twitter.com/misfits_music/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/misfitsmusic/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/misfits_music_foundation/