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Centre for Social Futures

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The Centre for Social Futures (SoFu) is hosted within the Institute of Mental Health, the UK's prime location for inter-disciplinary research in the mental health field. The Institute, based in Nottingham, hosts a number of centres of excellence covering areas such as health and justice, ADHD, neuroimaging, dementia and old age, and education.

The Centre for Social Futures seeks to transform how service users, carers and professionals work together in a new community of understanding, advancing social and cultural interventions that promote mental health recovery and helping to address the gross inequalities experienced by people living with mental health conditions.

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Centre for Social Futures Meeting

12 January 2016

At the 12 January meeting for the Centre for Social Futures, Paula Gurteen and Sally Bowden from Centre for Advanced Studies provided an overview of arts, humanities and charitable funding related to healthcare.

They kindly provided the powerpoints to assist our researchers with useful overviews of funding possibilities. To view the presentations please click on the links below:

Paula Gurteen

Sally Bowden

Breathing new life into Yoga

The yoga club based at the Institute has been enlisted to test ExoBuilding, a unique new architectural environment for people who practice yoga and meditation.

ExoBuilding' is a piece of adaptive architecture which has been designed and built by a team of scientists and architects at The University of Nottingham.  It is a tent-like structure that changes its height, volume and shape according to its inhabitant's real-time physiological data.

To find out more visit the University of Nottingham website here.

Integrating for Impact

The Centre for Social Futures (SoFu) has already established ten active research groups to increase and promote dynamic relationships, information sharing, and develop integrated projects across communities.

Read more: Integrating for Impact

Resource for critical thinking

The Centre for Social Futures (SoFu) has links to the International Critical Psychiatry Network (ICPN) which is co-chaired in the UK by SoFu member Associate Professor Hugh Middleton. The ICPN website brings together communities of interest around the world to share experiences and insights of those interested in critical thinking and alternative approaches to psychiatry.

Integrated Research Groups (IRGs)

The Centre for Social Futures has established several Integrated Research Groups (IRGs) to progress our work across a number of interest areas. Descriptions of these IRGs and contact information follow below.

Read more: Integrated Research Groups (IRGs)

Open Futures MIN

A new Managed Innovation Network (MIN) has been established by the Institute under the remit of the Centre for Social Futures. Details of the scope and membership of the Open Futures MIN are pdfshown here.

The Art MIN

There is an on-going programme of exhibitions of art work scheduled up to Summer 2015. The ART MIN will have an overview of the programme and will manage an annual budget which will facilitate and support the exhibition programme. Resources, and schedule will be managed with internal administrative support (Lorna Viikna) and the in-house enthusiasm for sustaining a programme of Art Exhibitions at the IMH.

The Arts programme will culminate in 2015 with the Summer Open exhibition and the budget for this is part of a continuity funding which has been previously agreed with the IMH. City Arts take a lead in the process of advertising, receiving art work and then curating the summer exhibition and Kate Duncan (City Arts) has submitted a costing for this work for 2015.

As well as co-ordinating the temporary exhibitions, the Art MIN will also keep an overview of permanent displays through the shared spaces of the building. The plan is to identify and then to characterise the different gallery spaces (e.g., A Floor Gallery, B Floor Gallery). The MIN will keep a track of Art works to be disseminated via a brochure (which will be regularly refreshed) including all of the work on display in the building and also via a new art web section embedded within the current IMH webpage.

Community and Capoeira MIN

Dr Jordan leads an IMH MIN entitled "Community & Capoeira". This study is a work package from Prof. Paul Crawford's large AHRC grant: Creative Practice as Mutual Recovery. This capoeira research falls under the umbrella of SoFu at the IMH and is pleased to be a part of this Centre and contribute to its work.

Greencare events

A series of 'Greencare' events are being planned for 2014 by various networks and organisations which fit in well with the theme of the Centre for Social Futures. These include events by Growing Better Lives on June 23, the first one-day conference of BIGSPD (British and Irish Group for the Study of Personality Disorder) on October 10 at Roots and Shoots in London (details via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">sandra.o'This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and on November 11-13 a living-learning experience on an organic farm in Kent (details via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Student Minds - Look after your mate

Student Minds at the University of Nottingham asked students how they looked after their mate - the result is this beautiful video of friendship!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-OqCsbWz0k

The Look After Your Mate campaign aims to give more students across the UK the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to support their friends at university.  Learn about the campaign here: http://www.studentminds.org.uk/look-after-your-mate.html

Keep up to date with Student Minds Nottingham here: facebook.com/studentmindsuon