Gavin Bailey is the newest addition to Moodswings; the trained counsellor has a new role which is Senior Support Project Worker.
Along with his one to one counselling, Gavin has taken on board the activity group on Tuesday afternoons.
The group is a way of getting people to try new hobbies. Activities so far have included The Chill Factor, tubing, a variety of walks and also tai chi.
The group also have enjoyed visits to Heaton Park and The Royal Exchange Theatre. Gavin said: “We try and get people to attempt a lot of different kind of activities that they wouldn’t have necessarily have tried before.”
The group is designed to work alongside the successful one to one support, which gives people the extra support they may need in order to participate. Gavin also said: “It’s all about increasing people’s own interest and getting them out of the house when sometimes just the thought of leaving home is actually worse than doing it.
“It might just give people the boost to get out there and make plans with other people and gain the opportunity to try new things. If you’re not feeling great, sometimes you just cannot face going out of the house and having something a little bit out of the ordinary planned each week with other people can give people that confidence to get out there.”
Gavin’s background is in opera, where singing has taken a back seat to his new role. He often freelances with his musical talent and is currently working on Fidelio with Opera North.
Where the two, counselling and opera meet for Gavin is the project Streetwise Opera at the Booth Centre in partnership with Opera North, a project which gives homeless people a voice. Gavin works as Workshop Project Leader of the Manchester group of this national project.
Gavin’s role as Senior Support Project worker is to help support people at Moodswings in different ways.
Gavin added: “The new services which will be coming into effect at Moodswings are going to be really exciting, supporting people in a way that will really help them to achieve long term or short term goals.
“The thing that is really important to people’s self esteem is small achievable goals that they can meet which make it hit home that you can tackle other things. It’s like a snowball and it gets the ball rolling.”