You might have noticed that things have been a little quiet on the NEMS front at the moment. This is because a core group of forum members have been working on a Mad Studies community course which we will deliver July-August this year at Waddington Street in Durham City Centre. As we all have day jobs and/or other commitments we are all quite hectic trying to keep all the balls up in the air and have decided to suspend the regular forum meetings until September later this year (date for your diaries- Thursday 15th September 4pm-6pm at Waddington Street for our next general forum meeting).
We have 10 places on our course, beginning weekly on Monday 4th July to Monday 8th August (inclusive). It is free to attend but we are unable to provide travel costs. We ask that participants are able to commit to each Monday (10am until 4pm) from 4th July until 8th August (6 Mondays in total), no prior experience is necessary or required, just an inquisitive mind, some experience of madness and distress, and a desire to fight for equality. Participants will be invited to keep a reflective journal which will remain private to them and perhaps contribute to creative projects and the work of the NEMS forum in the future, but this is entirely optional. For more information about the NEMS forum please see http://madstudiesne.weebly.com/.
We are currently inviting expressions of interest from potential participants and so if you are interested in attending the course please reply to this e-mail with your name and contact details. We will then get in touch about arranging an informal group introductory meeting so that you can find out more about us and we can find out more about you. If you would like to express your interest in participating in the course please do so by reply e-mail Friday 20th May.
On behalf of the core group working on the course, I am happy to answer any questions you may have in the interim. Please feel free to circulate this amongst your networks and others who may be interested.
With all best wishes
Victoria (on behalf of NEMS forum