We believe in listening to our members. It’s why we have TalkBack events, urge members to vote in our AGM, and encourage them to join our Connect Community discussions. We regularly ask for and act upon the voices of our members, but we wanted to do more. So, in July 2017 we launched a campaign to celebrate the voices and experiences of ordinary people through performance poetry.
The campaign resonated with one of our members in particular. Nic was so moved by the performances, that he was inspired to capture his own spoken word. He also wrote to us to let us know how poetry had always been a help to him during his mental health struggles. In the spirit of the campaign, we took the opportunity to give Nic his own platform to be heard.
We wanted to help Nic build both his skills and his confidence. So, we hooked him up with one of our seasoned London poets for mentoring. With his mentor’s help, Nic perfected his work ‘Invisible’. With his perfected piece and renewed confidence, Nic agreed to be filmed reading his work. We shot the film on location in Falmouth’s Little Dennis Castle. Somewhere that Nic regularly goes to walk his dog and collect his thoughts.
Nic’s message has now become part of our Voices campaign and was aired as an advert on 10 October for World Mental Health Day.