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Thank You!

A big thank you to those who attended our open evening on World Mental Health Day at The De Ferrier's Gallery which showcased the talents of our clients.

The exhibition is called 'Seen Not Heard' and runs until 4th November so come along and see for yourself the incredible talent!


We are at the Nailsworth Bee Festival at Ruskin Mill this month 
Checkout our relaxing Lavender pillows, paintings and crafts

Group Equine Psychotherapy Sessions


Are you interested in Group Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) ? Do you experience anxiety and depression, and live in Gloucestershire? 

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded the Thriving Communities Grant from Gloucestershire County Council, in partnership with HHPDA, to provide GROUP EAP. The aim of the Project is to help reduce social isolation and loneliness and to create a network of Peer Groups for ongoing support around mental health and wellbeing.

Please email HHPDA (info@hhpda.co.uk) or Independence Trust (emma.royer@independencetrust.co.uk) to discuss eligibility criteria.

Singing for Joy

Mark Cooper was referred to Inde Trust and was keen to get into any activities to keep him focused.  He signed up for a Confidence Building Course, which he said had done him the 'world of good.' Mark then attended a 'Sing Yourself Happy' workshop held at Gloucester Library.  These sessions came to an end but this was something that he had really enjoyed participating in. 

Mark, with a few others decided to seek some funding to carry on these sessions with a view to organically grow and to encourage new members. The group ‘Singing for Joy’ runs on Wednesdays at The Methodist Church Hall, Barton Street, Gloucester.

The Group have gathered momentum, and while they do not aim to be ' X Factor' contestants, they are continuing to go from strength to strength with the main aims being to have fun and socialise.

The Tesco store in Cam display art work from local community groups and schools and are currently displaying some work in the store from Claire a client from Dursley . Claire one of the artists, went down to the store to see the pictures being displayed, Claire said she was thrilled with being part of it.





An exhibition was held at The Museum in the Park 17th to 20th May, this exhibition was on the theme of Mental Ill Health and Medication and this was in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week 2018. 


Over 25 artists took part, most of which have experienced mental ill health themselves, all participants are supported by Independence Trust Stroud, and Surrounding areas. 


The works which took the form of Photograms, Artists Books, Art Works and Sculptures made a powerful statement of both the negative and positives effects of medication, stories were shared through the worksand this moved people, which then got them talking, this was the main aim of the exhibition which was totackle the stigmas associated with Mental Ill Health and medication. 


Quote from Museum in the Park 

‘We were honoured to show this moving, powerful and thought provoking exhibition here at The Museum in the Park and believe all the Artists should be very proud of what they achieved. The Museum is for everyone, and everyone knows someone whose life has been affected by mental health challenges even if they are lucky enough not to have experienced mental ill health themselves. The artwork made people think, ask questions, share stories, understand other people and their struggles a little more – thank you Independence Trust Stroud and all the Artists for organising  this incredible exhibition.’ 

Abigail Large  

Events & Exhibitions Officer  

The Museum in the Park  


Councillor Camilla Hale 

‘This Exhibition is a Triumph and speaks to all of us. I hope it goes to many places. Excellent  

work and thanks for your honesty’. 


 J K Global Peace Party 

‘I have found this exhibition as moving and inspiring as any exhibition I have been to’. 


 Stroud Music Group

Monday 3.30pm-5pm  

No experience needed, a great chance to have a go and enjoy yourself. 

Call Dave 01453 767999