Birmingham REP Fix It events go online

Published: 16 July 2020
Reporter: Steve Orme

Promoting positive mental health: Shifting the Dial Credit: Armir Trota

Birmingham REP and Lightpost Company have begun a series of free online events, Fix It: Time to Breathe, created in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

The digital conversations are designed to explore and share strategies on how to address the adversities young African Caribbean men face in arts, health and justice. They are part of Shifting the Dial, a three-year project to promote positive mental health among young African Caribbean men in Birmingham funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The first event was on the subject of trauma and brought together practitioners working with young people, commissioners, decision-makers and community leaders. The next will focus on Justice and Rights (21 July) and Healing (28 July).

Shifting the Dial project producer Samina Beckford said, “due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we've been forced to change how we run our Fix It events. This new format allows our delegates the space for vital reflection during and after our online conversations. We'll continue to work to dismantle systemic issues that negatively impact young black men."

Further information is available at the Birmingham REP web site.