BTDT Poetry Workshops believe that by delivering poetry and Creative visual work through workshops covering sensitive issues such as Drug and Alcohol Dependency, Domestic Violence, Mental Health Issues, and Homelessness will have a significant impact on the audience of the workshops. These workshops are authentic and honest and are to be delivered by myself and other members who have lived and survived through the above-named subjects. This helps people in attendance of the workshops see that change is possible and that there can be a different future in the foreseeable.
These workshops will be delivered not only through poetry but other avenues such as Drama, Creative Writing and Music. Whilst delivering the proposed workshops I believe that I will be able to address issues and help deliver coping strategies to the audience, each poem that will be delivered in the workshops addresses the issues rose on a personal level and are intended to have a positive ending.
I understand that a lot of the time when people are in a situation beyond their control it can be frustrating and lead to feelings of worthlessness or self-doubt. I would like to bring out positives from negatives and prove to the audience that there are other avenues that they can go down other than drink, alcohol, violence or gambling and that if you have a hobby or something that you can focus on which can be an alternative approach then that will provide their life with a positive outcome.
I’m aware in some cases people may not want to express their feelings and that not everybody will be convinced, I would like to use myself as an example in the fact that when I was homeless myself writing and performing poetry help myself to turn my life around and gave me a feeling of self-worth. I have also had to attend two different lots of rehabilitation and was not even aware at one point in my life that I had an addiction I just felt out of control in all aspects. Isolated and disconnected, with a feeling of no self-worth and unaware of the potential capabilities that I had to offer.
Some of the people who may attend the proposed workshops may not be able to think of a hobby or interest; in that case, I would like to talk about furthering their education or voluntary classes.
The aim of my workshops is to highlight sensitive issues and think of alternative outlets that can create a positive impact on their lives. Not only would I like to provide workshops for pupils but for anyone who has an interest in the creative arts or for a person who would like to gather an understanding of the issues rose in an alternative way such as through poetry. I would like to work with volunteers who are in recovery also so that will be giving them a feeling of accomplishment self-worth and help to give them a direction of what future employability prospects they may like to go into.
Our Little Book of Hope
My Name is Beth Abbott and I was a functioning Alcoholic for over ten years locked in a cycle of guilt fear consequence and pain. I did not know how to stop drinking or where to go for help. I had no idea that there was a recovery community out there or that in fact, I was an Alcoholic.
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Been There Done That
I met Beth Abbott from Bridgnorth and Gary Thompson from Ludlow, who both have a powerful story to tell about their battles with addiction, alcohol in Beth’s case and drink and drugs in Gary’s. Both have turned their lives around, are very eloquent and aim to spread their message through a series of BTDT (Been There, Done That) workshops, which they aim to take into schools, targeting primarily to 13-16 year-olds – prevention is better than cure they believe. They plan to use creative arts like poetry and drama to cover sensitive issues such as drug and alcohol dependency, domestic violence, mental health issues and homelessness. It is an ambitious and important project and I will do what I can to shine a light on their work.