Langdon Hospital Pilot
Funded by the Hospital
After our success of running two workshops last October we were asked back to Langdon Hospital for three further sessions in February/ March this year. The idea behind the project was an opportunity for staff and patients at the hospital to gain an insight with how Photography can play an important part in the recovery process .Participatory photography offers a unique way of capturing peoples emotions and feelings about a given subject, it has been used many times for personal self-reflection and enabling people to record and reflect their community's strengths and concerns. It can also help promote critical dialogue and knowledge about personal and community issues through group discussions of photographs.
Content-Everyone took part in the following activities:
Taking pictures or collecting images
Learning basic camera & photography skills
Developing a photo-story or theme (optional) Presenting their images
October Workshop 1
-Introduction to the photography activities
-Photo-dialogue exercise for individuals: Grateful & Happy ( The objective of this exercise is to generate thoughts and discussions surrounding different imagery, with a focus on the perceptions and feeling’s of Gratitude & Happiness.)
-Basic Camera and photography skills
-session Homework Activity: Photograph or collect images on any chosen subject
October Workshop 2
-Homework presentation: Participants present theirs images to the rest of the group
-Photo-dialogue exercise in small groups: Making Photo-stories (depending on numbers and shared images)
-Feedback and Certificates
Situated in Dawlish, an 111 acre site with stunning views across the Devon countryside and minutes away from the South Devon coastline.Secure services at Langdon-Forensic mental health services,Offender personality disorder service,FIND - Forensic service for people with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disorders.
People using the forensic mental health services are primarily men from Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. They support people who, as a consequence of their mental health needs, have had contact with the legal system and require a safe and secure environment that enables them to receive a wide range of treatments, therapies and care to assist in their recovery. The majority of the people who use the service are subject to the Mental Health Act (1983).
As well as medical and nursing care these are all supported by occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation, psychology, physiotherapy, social work, spiritual support and a range of other therapeutic and recreational services.Everything is aimed at improving and maintaining mental and physical wellbeing and encouraging empowerment and involvement so that people can be assisted in their recovery and in making a positive contribution to society.
They work very closely with carers, families and friends. They are committed to forming real partnerships and provide opportunities for carers to share their experiences and to get involved in helping us to develop and improve the services we offer.