Katherine is the project manager of Showcase Smoothie, an exciting new Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust project, funded by Arts Council England.
‘Showcase Smoothie’ is a literature and music based project, targeting adults with experience of mental health problems. A prototype of ‘Showcase Smoothie’ has been selected by CSIP as one of only ten National Beacon Projects and featured by the BBC as part of their Headroom Season (also featuring Ruby Wax, Stephen Fry and Myra Syal). A film has been made about it by the young people’s charity, Trutube and this has featured at the BFI (British Film Institute). A film made by ’Video Nation’ has been showcased on 10 ‘Big Screens’ located across the UK. The project has also been documented by the UK’s leading mental health journal, ‘Mental Health Today’. Showcase Smoothie is championed by Professor Antony Sheehan, Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford and Dr Mohammed Al-Uzri. It is partnered by Leicester University, renaissance one (the literature company), BrightSparks (Voluntary Arts in Mental Health Group), Akwaaba Ayeh and Beauty & Utility Arts.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is actively seeking participants for its first year’s project cycle. Applicants (for the project as a whole) may be male or female and come from any cultural background, however we are particularly seeking participation from young men of culturally diverse backgrounds and in particular, young black men. For more information, please email Project Manager, Katherine Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org