Well-being through Photography - Belfast Exposed



Well-being through Photography

Belfast Exposed



This programme embraces the NHS recommended 5 steps of well-being: Connect, Be Active, Keep Learning, Give to Others and Be Mindful. Staff will make use of photography to disrupt negative thoughts such as a distraction, instilling a coping mechanism and strategies to manage their current living and working situations.
The programme will build confidence, lift spirits and provide new and innovative ways for staff to express themselves. It will get staff to explore their home environment and self-identity, subtly developing resilience and healing mechanisms whilst building on personal strengths and supporting team cohesion.
The programme can be adapted to an individual’s needs and resources. Staff don’t need hi-tech cameras - they can just use the cameras on their phones, tablets etc. They do not need to have any photography experience to be involved in the programme.


Staff are rewarded with fun creative photographic activities that will provide up-skilling and support their mental health and well-being, while improving team building and cohesion.


Times: 1 hour slots between 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday
Platform: Zoom
· 6-week course with weekly hour-long Zoom sessions
· Unusual photography tasks set from week to week
· Access to activity sheets to support the programme
· Access to additional activity and training video resources
· A selection of your staff’s work will be exhibited and celebrated at a drinks reception at Belfast Exposed, open to family, friends and work colleagues.
Requirements: Any device with access to Zoom and any device with a camera
Participants: Up to 6 participants  


£1,000 for the 6 week programme for up to 6 staff members
£1,600 for an enhanced programme to include ‘live special guest’ slots with local artists and celebrities including musicians, poets, comedians, and authors. They will visit the online meetings and give a 15 minute live performances which will greatly enhance the experiences of staff, lifting their spirits and inspiring their weekly photographic activities
£50 for additional one-to-one sessions 


Belfast Exposed is the leading  photography organisation in Northern Ireland, established in 1983 as a cross-community organisation showcasing the best of Northern Irish photography.
They have grown into an internationally recognised photography centre based in Belfast Cathedral Quarter; however, they operate across Northern Ireland and beyond. From their inception, they have been a training organisation working with the public, communities and  businesses to enrich participant’s lives through engagement in photography. Belfast Exposed has won 21 awards for the work they have delivered in the field of mental health and well-being and are specialists in the arts providing these services.
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