Stigma-busting cafe event

Miranda Betts from New Quay has secured funding from Time to Change Wales to put on MaDCaff, a much-needed new music and dance project across Ceredigion.

These open cafe events showcase the talents of local musicians and dancers who are, or have been affected by mental illness.

The MaDCaff Launch Event took place on March 21, in Aberystwyth and the next Event will be in Small World Theatre, Cardigan, Saturday April 12, 4.30 to7pm. Tickets are free from Eventbrite.

There will also be a swapshop at each cafe event, where people can bring and swap CDs, books,clothes etc, as well as time to talk and meet new people, and of course, tea and cake.

The swap theme at the April event is Books.

Miranda is hoping to attract people both with and without experience of mental health conditions to come along and enjoy the music and dance performances.

She said: “The main aim behind the project is to give musicians and dancers with mental health problems a safe space to share their stories, skillsand talents, and to get people together, talking about mental health."

People with either personal or professional experience of mental health conditions are equally welcome.

Mental health problems affect one in four people a year. Time to Change Wales is the first national campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people with mental health problems in Wales.

For further information contact Miranda on westmadcaff@gmail.com, join the Facebook group or view the blog

madcaff.wordpress.com.

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