Aspire - work displayed at photography exhibition

To celebrate 10 years of Community Links delivering the aspire service, a photography exhibition featuring images taken by Aspire clients is being held at the Leeds Industrial Museum throughout May.

In 2005, local mental health charity Community Links launched Aspire, a Leeds-based service to offer support to young people experiencing early signs of psychosis (Early Intervention in Psychosis).

Since the launch, the service has grown significantly, from a team of 12 in 2005 to a team of 27 who support around 320 people across Leeds over a 3 year period. There is also an employment specialist who focuses on assisting clients into work.

As part of the 10th year anniversary celebrations, Aspire are holding an exhibition at the Leeds Industrial Museum, Armley Mills. The exhibition features photographs taken by Aspire clients with the aim of sharing some of their ideas related to psychosis, using the word ‘aspire’ as the theme. Please visit and have a look at their work!

Rachel Ball, manager at Aspire comments:

“Over the last ten years we have been able to keep developing the service due to continued investment from NHS Leeds.  We are lucky to be able to provide a range of interventions to support young people and their families with an early episode of Psychosis. We are delighted to be able to showcase some of our clients work in this way as part of our celebrations.  Encouraging clients to pursue a creative hobby such as photography is important to their recovery and helps us use the opportunity to promote more awareness about psychosis. We are proud of the effort they have put into this project.  It’s great to see the photos on display in a public area and we have used them to illustrate service booklets and posters and our new Facebook page.” 

Other 10th anniversary celebration events this month include an Early Intervention Forum on 14 May 2015, 1pm-3pm at the Becklin Centre, Leeds and a cycle ride along a section of the Leeds-Liverpool canal for clients, family, friends and staff on 20 May
2015.