News & Events

Seagulls in Sparkhill.

Congratulations to the fantastic actresses and their backstage team on a great performance Click here for photos of the performance!

Reading Your Roots.

IMPORTANT – this great course in Reading for Wellbeing from The Hearth Centre has been postponed to the beginning of March. Please click the link below for the new dates.

Reading Your Roots teaches Reading for Wellbeing using poems and stories translated from community languages such as Urdu, Punjabi, Polish, Farsi, Czech, Arabic, Somali and more!

For more information on the course, click here


Exploring life, relationships and mental health, Other is written by Birmingham-based writer, TV actress and award-winning director, Lorna Laidlaw and directed by Alison Belbin. Actors confirmed for this tour include Barrett Robinson and Dan Hagley and Terina Talbot. 

We had a fantastic run of Other. performances and debates alongside Time to Change this month as part of their 300 voices project. Thanks to all who came, and remember to keep the conversation going! Use #300voices to join in online conversations. 

Watch and listen to our audience feedback by clicking on the photo below


Click here to hear Mike Silvera, Head of the 300 Voices Project at Time to Change, give his opinions on how Other. creates awareness and sparks debate around the experience of mixed race members of society with the mental health system.

For more information on the Other. performance, you can find it here

Snippets from Snippets!

Some snaps from our latest Reading for Wellbeing event, Snippets! With thanks to Sarah Burgess for taking them

Head to our Facebook Page for more.

Funding News

In the last eight months, the Hearth Centre are proud to announce that we have been awarded funds from the following bodies:

Awards for All
For our Only Connect project to train a wide range of professionals and mental health service users  in the Reading For Well Being method in Shropshire , Staffordshire, Worcester and with non English speaking groups in Birmingham.

The Arts Council England: For our Only Connect: Writing Begets Writing project to train and develop published writers to deliver creative writing workshops in mental health settings and mentor and support new writers from these groups to contribute to a fiction anthology- published by Nine Arches Press

Time to Change: For our Speaking Out Project in which we have trained up 20 people with personal experience of mental ill health to use poetry and fiction to spark conversations with people who haven’t experienced it.  We received initial funds for this project in 2013, and following its tremendous success in which all targets were reached, the project has been extended to April 2014.

Arts and Humanities Research Council: For our project Connected Communities- Representing the Community with Birmingham University , in which the Hearth Centre provides an arts response to research findings about perceptions of well being amongst the Muslim community in Hodgehill.