I think the best thing that Magic Carpet offers is a safe environment where there’s no pressure or expectation. You can come and do as much or as little as you like, and that’s important. Not having that outlet or regular activity can be really isolating, which is dangerous when you’re already suffering from any mental health issues. Before, I needed my support worker to be with me but now I’m much more confident and have even brought friends with me who are still attending groups.
Through Magic Carpet my art has only gotten better in the past 5 years and I’ve been able to have my work put on exhibition at the Gloss Gallery, the Northcott Theatre and St. David’s Community Centre in Exeter. I’ve been very proud to have my work displayed and independent feedback has been really important for my confidence.
There used to be so many of these support groups, but there aren’t many left now. I can’t stress how important they are, and without them I may still have been very unwell and struggling to cope. If you were thinking about joining Magic Carpet I would definitely recommend taking that first step. There’s absolutely no pressure and you’ll meet people who are on a similar journey to you. It’s a safe place to be, where there’s no stress and you could discover a new passion that you can explore further. Everyone is so nice and welcoming - you won’t regret it and you’d be surprised just how important it is and how much it can help you in your personal life.”