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Do you identify with the difficulties associated with personality disorder?

Do you enjoy creativity and the arts?

Would you like to meet others with similar experiences and interests?



What is the Arts & Social Network?

The Arts & Social Network is a service-user led network whose members identify with the difficulties associated with personality disorder (whether formally diagnosed or not). We meet on a monthly basis to enjoy London based arts and cultural events. After the main part of the event, there is the opportunity to socialise in a café. This is where people can share thoughts about the event, reflect and make friends. There are usually around 10 – 15 members at each event.  You are welcome to attend as little or as regularly as you wish.

 

What is the ASN for?

The Network supports and promotes users to meet together in a safe and containing way. It is organised to give people who may be very isolated an opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the experience of going to cultural events with a peer group who can appreciate the difficulties of having a personality disorder.  It is our hope that over time these experiences may help you to overcome some of your anxieties and assist you in strengthening your ability and resourcefulness to do and see things you may not have felt able to do on your own.

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Arts & Social Network Events

"I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent at the Museum and this has introduced confidence I didn't have before to participate in active creative processes with others."

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Events are based on visits to galleries and arts venues in London, and consist of exhibition tours and more expressive events such as workshops. They are free to attend.

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Coming along to an ASN event

"I like the informal interactions with other members. It’s a relaxed friendly group".

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Our groups are friendly and welcoming with a mix of new and regular members. If you have any anxieties about walking in on your own please let us know as we can arrange for a steward to meet you at a designated meeting point close to the venue if this would help.

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What the ASN means to members

Written by Steven, an ASN member

I have a chequered history. Most of my childhood, teen and adult relationships were dysfunctional. On the few occasions I was able to connect with someone emotionally, the relationship usually soured after a while. I suspected a pall of anti-charisma had attached itself to me, and I grew increasingly angry, neurotic and insular.

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