Mind Over Matter and Poetry Prescribed are partners in poetry; using spoken word and music to break down barriers; and promote good mental health and well-being. We offer our Young Minds Matter programme to educational services, youth charities, and organisations.
We offer stand-alone or 6 part courses of workshops culminating in a spoken word assembly/showcase/event, with the option of purchasing an e-book of all the poetry created during the course; and/or edited video footage of the assembly/showcase/event.
Our signature workshops can accommodate up to 30 participants, but we are also able to design bespoke workshops for larger groups too.
In addition to the direct benefits to be had from taking part in our workshops, there is also an opportunity for participants to learn enough about spoken word poetry and creative writing to be able to continue to use some of the workshop techniques in their own time.
Our in-house events can run as smaller scale poetry showcases, and be easily integrated into assemblies. There is also the option to run a larger scale event, opening it up to both students, and the public. We would host an open mic/showcase for workshop participants before presenting headliners from the spoken word and/or music scene.
Workshops are facilitated by Miss Yankey and events are organised by Fisky – Founder of Mind Over Matter. Both are highly regarded on the spoken word scene and beyond.
We believe through our workshops and events we can provide:
– Information; the knowledge and skill that will enable people to make informed choices abouttheir lives.
– Empowerment; the ability to understand, seek out and access appropriate services.
– Support and Advice; in a nurturing, and friendly environment.
– Self-expression; an opportunity for people to share their feelings, thoughts, ideas and work in a way unique to their individual experience and creative skills.
– Collaboration; we continue to work with other projects and organisations to create latformsand share experiences. We support signed and unsigned acts with paid performance rates,gig opportunities and promotion.
– Community; we create a safe and welcoming environment for people to come together to discuss the difficulties they have faced, or continue to deal with.
– Inspiration; providing a platform for people to share in a space free from judgement and towitness artists discussing their own experiences with mental health, through their art.
Poetry Workshops and Event (Outcomes):
Our workshops explore poetry on a variety of topics including mental health, loss, celebrating women, a culture of violence, love and relationships, discrimination, and much more.
During our workshops, we invite participants to read, listen, speak, create, and share poetry in a safe and nurturing environment. In addition to our signature workshops we run workshops focused solely on creating and performance.
The poetry created in the workshops can be collated into an e-book,which essentially will be a poetry pamphlet. This poetry will also be presented by workshopparticipants at a final event/showcase (with the option of filming).
Poetry is frequently used in structured therapy sessions; and on a personal level is accessed by manyin times of need. It can inspire thought, change, and creativity; it can also promote healing and personal growth. Through poetry we can creatively connect to self, others, and our communities.
– Has been repeatedly shown to relieve depressive symptoms, improve self-esteem and selfunderstandingand encourage the expression of feelings
– Inspires creativity
– Promotes healing and personal growth
– Alleviates anxiety and stress
– Enhances problem solving skills
– Promotes mindfulness
– Develops greater empathy and understanding of others
– Can tap into powerful non-verbal responses, much the way music does
– Promotes self-reflection and exploration
– Validates emotional experiences
– Can help people realise that many of their experiences are shared by others
– Can boost your mood
– Can say what you can’t
– Improves communication skills
– Helps individuals redefine their situation by opening new ways of perceiving reality
Click here to see photos from the Young Minds Matter launch at Londons City Hall in collaboration with The Greater London Authority Education and Youth Team & The Peer Outreach Team. The event was run and hosted by young people.