Positive Practice award for Chichester mental health work

Sheila Connor

Chichester Festival Theatre has won a "Partnership in Practice" Bronze Award at the Positive Practice Awards 2017 run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The Theatre's Learning Education and Participation Department has worked with the Chichester Centre—a three-ward unit for people experiencing mental health related issues—since February 2016.

Weekly sessions at the Chichester Centre with participants from a variety of different backgrounds, diagnoses and levels of participation introduced theatrical skills ranging from scriptwriting to improvisation and performance.

Participants have also attended relaxed performances, dress rehearsals and theatre tours at the theatre and some have taken part in voluntary activities there.