Disconnect & Reconnect 2018

After the success of last years calendar I have produced one more.  We raised £!,500 last year and hope to do the same this year as we are now self funded.

As I suffer from SAD and anxiety, I decided two years ago to start taking sunset photos.  I loved the way it calmed me down and gave me some peace.  I believe we all need to get off our phones and screens and take a look up at the sky, and the beauty of nature around us. Disconnect from the internet and reconnect with nature.  As well as sunset photos from Norfolk each month has a small blog about my mental health and coping strategies that I use throughout the year. The Calendar is £10.00 and available directly from me, via Mind The Gap Facebook page or from Norwich Arts Centre.  We will be selling them at our gig this week 19th October at the Owl Sanctuary Norwich.

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Hellesdon Gig Summer Break

We all had a great day at Hellesdon Hospital.  Everyone played well and most importantly enjoyed themselves! We have now stopped for the summer but will be back on Wednesday 6th September.   Viva La Gap!!!

BILLY

One of our members Billy has just released his first EP Luminary.  He had produced and written all the songs himself.  Please listen and share.  Billy has an amazing voice, and his words are deep and reach your heart.  Well Done Bill ! This is fantastic.

PUNK CAROLS

We’ve had an amazing time this year.  And were finishing it off performing punk rock christmas carols in Norwich City Centre.  With our friends The Common Lot , we will be performing our version of original carols starting this Saturday 10th December.  We will be somewhere in the city, hopefully your’ll be able to hear us!  Next confirmed dates are 14th December supporting a theatre company at Norwich Arts Centre, 15th December late night shopping, and the 17th and 18th.

Disconnect to Reconnect.. a year long photography project

Mental Health still holds a massive stigma, not enough people talk about it, open up about their feelings. 1 in 4 of us will suffer, everyone is connected to someone with mental health issues. We need to speak openly and support each other, this silence is killing loved ones everyday.

I took my first picture on my phone, at Sea Palling on 2nd January. I was amazed at the natural colours that were right in front of me. Norfolk, and our world, is a beautiful place. I felt calm, and ready to take on the new year. I decided to treat myself to a good camera and start to look at my natural environment through the winter. I watched the time the sun set, and where it set. I found myself reconnecting with nature. It gave me a purpose in those usual dark months. When the summer came I felt a lot more positive and decided to make my photos into a mental health blog calendar.  I have used no filters, or photoshop.. the colours are real life. Society is so caught up with social media and the internet, we do not connect with each other or with nature. Look up, turn your phone off, catch the sunset. You think you’re connecting but you’re not connecting with real life. So my message is to Get off your phones and social media and look up at the beauty around you.

This calendar is about opening up and sharing my mental health journey with people, each month has a small paragraph on how I was healing and how nature helped me. Also what time the sun set and how many hours sunlight. All photos are from Norwich and North Norfolk.

I will be releasing the calendar on Monday 10th October  World Mental Health day. All proceeds will be going to Mind The Gap. Details of where to purchase will follow.

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