Community Gatherer for Mental

We are seeking a sensitive and experienced person to work with us, volunteer group leaders and the community to collect and curate contemporary mental health narratives in small group settings across Gloucester City in the early part of 2019 and gather community members with lived experience of mental health to be a part of the immersive theatre performance MENTAL – a history of in September 2019.

Project fee- £3000  – Freelance role from January -September 2019.

About the Project



GUST, Gloucester Archive and Strike A Light are delivering a year long project in Gloucester exploring the history of mental health in the City.

MENTAL launched at the History Festival on Thursday September 6th at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester.

MENTAL: Gloucester’s History.

This exciting and innovative year long project will work with research teams unearthing stories from the archives that reveal personal and professional tales of mental health through the ages. Alongside this research will be a gathering across the city of contemporary mental health narratives. A volunteer team, managed by the Community Gatherer, will run sessions across the city where community members are sensitively invited to share their personal experiences of mental health or tell hidden stories from within their family.

This gathered material will be used to create a delicate, moving and immersive piece of performance theatre in September 2019 where a cast of professional and community actors will bring these stories to life.

The aim of MENTAL is to bring issues of mental health into the foreground, by exploring our past treatment of mental health to enable us to understand our present.

The project team are actively seeking volunteers and performers with lived experience of mental health to work with us. We will work in a  mental health friendly way and through our creative process we will be inclusive and tell stories that need to be told.

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Please send your CV and no more than 2 pages of A4 explaining why you are interested in the role by 5pm on Monday 5 November to Sarah Blowers at

Interviews will be held the week commencing 12 November.

The role will be offered subject to satisfactory references and an enhanced DBS check