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Further Poems for…the wall developments

The charity's  Poems for... project has launched two new collections for use in schools. With help from the charity United Response, the new collections were launched in Bristol. The larger collection seeks to communicate some of the experience of having mental health problems. The other seeks the same thing with the experience of having a learning disability. Over the last few months we have been looking for ways to offer both the collections to schools, as part of a teaching package.
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Catching up

Through the first half of 2017 this website is changing in various ways. Partly in how it looks. Partly in its role. The change is due partly to the fact that the site was looking increasingly dated. But also it was no longer doing a real job. It began as a description of the charity's various activities. It was hoped that, in turn, these activities and descriptions would act to give living shape and meaning to the values for which Hyphen-21 stands. But things have moved on. The activities fall under two main and distinct headings - mental health work in the community and a project called "Poems for..." which offers poems for display in public spaces (that project is soon to be re-named "Poems for...the wall"). "Poems for... has…
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Poems for…the wall developments

For nearly ten years now, the charity's "Poems for..." project has been offering bilingual poem-posters for public display. Mostly they go to school-teachers, for use in schools all over the world. More recently two new collections have been added. One is on mental health, the other on Learning Disability. The collections were launched in Bristol at the end of 2015, under the sponsorship of United Response, a national charity. See www.poemsfor.org
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The Death of Mary Young, Hyphen-21 Trustee

Mary Young born 12th December 1924, died 29th April 2012. Introduction Mary was a long-standing Trustee of Hyphen-21 and so it is fitting that a tribute to her should appear on the charity's web-site. A pdf version of this tribute can be accessed here, for printing, if you choose Mary Young was a woman of great gifts and profound sensitivity, warmth and insight. She also masked and disguised herself with art and skill and consequently was known to all sorts of different people in a whole range of different ways. Behind the good cheer was a deeply serious vision of life ; behind the posh accent of the Shires, something of a rebel and anarchist and much of a progressive ; behind the chatter, a serious and fearless thinker, even…
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High Wire Connection across a big break

This online bulletin at the end of July 2012 can serve as an update.For those interested, we shall be uploading in the near future a copy of the Director's report recently sent in to Companies House, updating on developments up until Christmas 2012. The same report has also been uploaded on the Charity Commissions website. Most developments since Christmas involve the Project "Poems for..." They include funding that will allow the project to put together new poem collections for display in schools, libraries and healthcare settings. One collection will be on and about mental health, and will support a mental health promotion campaign in schools, starting in the Hillingdon area. A second collection will be on Learning Difficulties. Funding is also being sought for a collection of poems about ageing.…
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Michael Rosen’s poem to celebrate the NHS joins “Poems for…” and goes bilingual

Photograph: Graham Turner 2008 was the 60th birthday of the NHS. As part of the celebrations, the NHS commissioned Michael Rosen, still then the official Children's Poet Laureate, to write a poem. His “These are the Hands” is meant to be for children but is appreciated by all age-groups. With its subject a health service that’s for everyone, here is a poem that’s for everyone too. This year, Michael has enthusiastically agreed to his poem being placed under “Poems for…” colours and published on the "Poems for..." website, available for downloading. In future it will simply join the “Poems for…Waiting” collection - to be downloaded from that site along with all the other poems. For now, you can download it from the link above simply by opening it, saving it…
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Does Listening to People Need Skill ? Does it Matter ?

An opinion piece by Rogan Wolf has been published in the February edition of "Open Mind," a bi-monthly periodical produced by "MIND," the national charity. The full version of the piece can be read here. It expresses Rogan's concern that top-down directives requiring managers to consult with the users of their services, have led to practice which can put people's mental health at risk. The piece calls for a national code of conduct for consulting with users of mental health services, to ensure an adequate level of care and skill is deployed in process and methodology. Rogan believes that this code is as at least as necessary as the code of conduct for ward rounds and similar meetings featured {cms_selflink page="ward-round-code" text="elsewhere"} on this site. The ward round code has…
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“Poems for…the wall” website attracts world-wide interest

Rogan Wolf, the project worker for "Poems for...the wall", put together the short report during Christmas 2008. It entailed tracking all the registrations the new site had received since the April launch, and establishing where they had come from and how they planned to use poem-posters once down-loaded. You can read the report here.Findings from the report emphasise the high proportion of UK schools interested in this project, followed by public libraries. The main reason for the interest in nearly all cases is the fact that large numbers of the poems are bilingual, "in celebration of diversity."But also the report reveals that this project is now of international interest, doubtless for the same reason - that the poems celebrate diversity. For example, during one week-end in the Autumn of 2008,…
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Hyphen-21 holds its AGM

The AGM took place in the Royal Brompton Hospital, South Kensington, London. It followed a bilingual poetry reading in the main reception area of the hospital. The event was organised jointly with Victoria Hume of rb&hArts and opened by Dr Mark Rigby, one of the hospital staff. Then a large, appreciative and lively audience, mainly composed of hospital staff, heard poems read in Arabic, Hindi, Persian, Punjabi, Somali and Turkish. Poets taking part included Debjani Chatterjee MBE, Mevlut Ceylan, Shadab Vajdi, Amarjit Chandan and Abdullahi Bootaan Hasan. Amjad Taha read a poem by Mourid Barghouti and an excerpt from a poem by Mahmoud Darwish, both Palestinian poets. Each short poem was followed by its English version, read in several cases by hospital staff. Chris Meade and Stephen Watts also read.…
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Poet Laureate launches new website

  Andrew Motion reading at the Nehru Centre Inauguration. The Poet Laureate Andrew Motion launched the new web-site on April 22nd in London. The site allows people to down-load and print for themselves the 145 poem-posters we've put together so far. Future collections will also be displayed on the site as soon as they’ve been completed. The launch took place at the Nehru Centre, near Hyde Park Corner. The Centre was founded by the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and is part of the work of the Indian Embassy. Its purpose is to strengthen Anglo-Indian understanding, chiefly through the arts. Eighteen of the project's bilingual poems were exhibited at the launch, many of them by poets from from south Asia. The posters were enlarged to A2 size especially for the event…
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