I am a progressive activist campaigning and acting to improve mental health services and understanding in my local area and beyond, not least in the political sphere. I have a holistic approach to mental health and recognise the importance of many factors especially the environment as well as art & music in improving the lives of individuals and communities.
I have taken part in two recent direct actions with Disabled People Against The Cuts:
1. A disobedient guerrilla art takeover of space in the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern, which was a positive experience for activists, the gallery, its staff, and the visiting public.
2. The closing of Westminster Bridge in order to highlight the deaths arising from government policies. This was more controversial, but the refusal of the government to publicise the United Nations commission's findings on human rights abuses against disabled people in the United Kingdom received attention across national media.
My primary objective is to raise expenses (meals, city travel etc) for my trip to Liverpool on Saturday during the Labour Party conference, so that I can connect with DPAC and other activists. Momentum have made the trip and accommodation as cheap as possible but recent political activities and relevant volunteering have left me seriously out of pocket. Having obtained a diagnosis of Mixed Affective Bipolar Disorder only in February, and the process being unnecessarily onerous and stressful, I am not yet receiving the disability benefit I am entitled to. Hillside Clubhouse are helping me with my application for PIP.
I have devoted the majority of this year to progressive causes, online and in person.
Over the next six weeks I am taking part in a Disability Action Theatre project on economic oppression, in association with Disability Action Islington and The Royal Society of Arts. We will be presenting the performance to 15-20 Islington people with disabilities.
I have attended political and policy events hosted by bodies such as Compass, The Royal Society For The Encouragement of The Arts, and the British Humanist Association.
I am taking an active role in the campaign to keep Hornsey Town Hall Green publicly owned.
I attend the excellent NHS run Recovery College and naturally have a vested interest in making sure their work continues with sufficient funding.
In Liverpool, aside from DPAC, I intend to share ideas and learn from other mental health activists and groups, connect with the Don't Buy The Sun campaign, further my knowledge of performance based political action, and learn more about the role of Psychology in tackling austerity, which hits the disabled disproportionately.
If you can, please contribute a small amount so I can eat and travel in Liverpool. Anything over £90 will be spent on relevant conference fringe and cultural activities in Liverpool. Anything raised over £170 will be saved and spent on activism expenses in London. NB: I do not require crowdfunding for expenses for Disability Action Theatre.
Anything over £300 will be donated directly to DPAC.