"Chilli Studios gives me a sense of meaning and value"
Set up in 2004, Chilli Studios is a registered charity that delivers services to those who are, or are at risk of experiencing diagnosed mental health problems, and those who experience other forms of social exclusion within their communities.
Our Aim is:
Improving mental health through Creativity
Our Mission is:
To provide a sustainable service that engages people in creative activity, which promotes social inclusion and interaction, develops skills and ability which builds resilience, enables potential and improves wellbeing.
Our Values are:
To promote creative freedom.
Promote the power of creativity to empower individuals to challenge internal and external perceptions of mental health. Valuing everyone’s unique personal expression, inspiring people to take creative chances, build skills and celebrate achievements.
To be a compassionate and safe service.
Create a safe, inclusive place where everyone feels welcome, encouraged to participate and supported throughout involvement—developing a caring community through encouragement and support. Taking time to listen, learn and respect others and their privacy; when a difference exists, value it and find shared understanding within the community of interest.
We are based within a vibrant inclusive community space near the centre of Newcastle. It provides a creative service in many disciplines from multimedia to ceramics and lots in-between. Studio space covers over 240m2, includes creative professionals and numerous volunteers. It is highly regarded as a professional and innovative small community based service.
Members and referral agents have described the importance of the social environment fostered by the studio, how Chilli Studios staff help members grow in terms of their self-esteem, how the studio gives members something to look forward to and a place to learn valuable skills which in turn, can prove therapeutic both socially and emotionally.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
“The Artroom is invaluable to me. It is my primary social interaction and the only place I can express myself creatively doing artwork and sculptures. It's so good to have somewhere I can be myself and people don’t judge me for my mental health. It is a warm community type place.”
Camille, Chilli Studios member
“Just helps 100%, tenfold, I think a lot of problems I’ve had, I’ve had antidepressants thrown at us but to make yourself happy you have to make yourself proud of yourself and this got me back to doing my art – I’m like a different person, I was diagnosed with social anxiety but now I am
talking to people more.”
Simon. N Chilli Studio Member
“I think Chill Studios is an incredibly important resource for people …. coming to terms with the real deficit imposed on them by their mental health problems. Its importance is even greater today than ever…in my opinion it provides a unique range of support ….and brings in an important
but often overlooked part in recovery”
Dr Sankalpa Basu
(Consultant Psychiatrist, NTW NHS Foundation Trust)