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Open Mind Summit

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Open Mind Summit 

An annual Summit exploring the role of creativity and culture in improving young people’s wellbeing. 

Launched last year on World Mental Health Day (10 October) the sell-out event attracted over 100 like-minded individuals of all ages to be inspired, learn, collaborate and connect with a diverse lineup of artists, social influencers, national organisations, educators, researchers, musicians, dancers etc. You can watch a short video about Open Mind Summit here and have a look through last year’s programme.

This year, we are moving the Summit online on 9th October and exploring the role of creativity and culture in helping children and young people overcome isolation and loneliness. This theme seems particularly relevant in a year that has seen terms like social distancing and lockdown become the norm and where many young people have reported increased isolation and less hope for the future.

The programme this year will include a keynote session from Steven McLeish, panel discussions and a range of workshops.

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· Stage
Keynote: Steven McLeish
International Speaker & Spoken Word Artist, Steven Mcleish, will share his story + message of hope with a focus of combating mental health and social issues
Steven McLeish Nicola  Ferguson
· Stage
Panel: Creative approaches for overcoming isolation
A panel discussion showcasing incredible examples of creativity bringing communities together and helping overcome isolation and loneliness.
Chris McDonald rod kippen Jenni  Mason Lewis  Hou Sarah Falconer Gayle McPherson
· Sessions
Round table: Defining Isolation + Loneliness
Isolation + loneliness are subjective terms with many aspects. So what do we mean when we talk about isolation + loneliness in young people?
Lan Pham
· Expo
Lunch Break
Enjoy some lunch, explore the expo and enjoy some entertainment on the main stage with a showcase of creative programmes.
· Expo
Creative Showcase
Enjoy a creative showcase (whilst eating your lunch) from Renfrewshire based organisations including Gallowhill All Stars, Gateway, CREATE Paisley and Art Boss.
· Sessions
Session: Project C
An opportunity to hear from Jemma Stein as she shares her new work 'Project C', created to connect her friends + fellow dancers
Jemma Stein
· Sessions
Session: TeenCovidLife
TeenCovidLife asks how the C-19 pandemic is affecting the health + wellbeing of young people, and impacting upon their school and home life.
Rebecca Dawson Chloe Fawns-Ritchie
· Sessions
Session: Hold The Mic - Getting creative with mental health
An interactive workshop with actor/songwriter Scott Reid + director Jordan Blackwood on exploring mental health through creativity
Jordan Blackwood
· Sessions
Session: Play:Disrupt
Could playful consultation and evaluation methods entice a wider range of young people to engage in active citizen conversations?
Malcolm Hamilton
· Sessions
Session: Getting Musical for Wellbeing (Lewis Hou
How does music + creativity support wellbeing? And how can we connect music + creativity to other interests with young people?
Lewis  Hou
· Stage
Panel: Shaping our future
A panel conversation on how we ensure children and young people's voices are central to shaping our future. Chaired by Sarah Robertson
Mairi Mclaughlin Kevin Ditcham Chloe Whyte (she/they) Erin Campbell Sarah Robertson Allan Lindsay


Scott Reid

Actor / Songwriter

Chris McDonald

Music Teacher, Kibble

rod kippen

Creative Producer, The Horsfall

Mairi Mclaughlin

See Me Consultant Youth Worker

Kevin Ditcham

Network & Delivery Manager, Democratic Society

Jenni Mason

Artistic Director, PACE Theatre Company

Steven McLeish

Keynote Speaker

Chloe Whyte (she/they)

Youth Champion, See Me Scotland

Lewis Hou

Founder & Director, Science Ceilidh

Erin Campbell

Midlothian North & Musselburgh MSYP | Deputy Convener of @EQUCommitteeSYP | Founder of @KeepInMindCam

Sarah Robertson

Network & Events Manager, YouthLink Scotland

Allan Lindsay

Participation and Co-design Director at Young Scot

Gayle McPherson

Professor in Events and Cultural Policy and the Director of the Centre for Culture, Sport and Events at UWS.

Jordan Blackwood

Theatre Director/Producer

Sarah Falconer

Arts Development Officer, Kibble

Lan Pham

Centre for Culture, Sport and Events, UWS

Nicola Ferguson

Host, CREATE Paisley

Alan Clark

Founder, CREATE Paisley + Open Mind Summit

Chloe Fawns-Ritchie

Volunteer Data Collection Officer, Generation Scotland

Rebecca Dawson

Recruitment Coordinator, Generation Scotland

Jemma Stein

Contemporary Dance Artist

Malcolm Hamilton

Creative Director, PLAY:DISRUPT

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CREATE Paisley

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CREATE Paisley

Youth arts organisation reducing loneliness and inequality

Into Film

Film Education Charity

See Me Scotland: FeelsFM

The Worlds first emoji Jukebox for Mental Health

I Am Me Scotland

Mental Health Film


#KeepInMind is a youth-led campaign fighting for an end to mental health stigma in the UK by changing the way young people speak about mental health.

Science Ceilidh

Supporting a creative, curious, equitable & well Scotland

Culture and Wellbeing Community Network Scotland

An open Scotland community of practice sharing learning, discussions & resources

YouthLink Scotland

YouthLink Scotland is the national agency for youth work

CCSE: Centre for Culture Sport & Events

CCSE is a partnership between UWS and Renfrewshire Council providing a space to undertake collaborative research and development work that is relevant locally, nationally and internationally

Active Communities

Creating happy, healthy and active communities!

Erskine Arts

A youth-led charity focused on arts and culture for all

Renfrewshire Creative Showreel

A creative showcase from Renfrewshire based organisations


Dance opportunities for all

Renfrewshire Youth Services

Empowering Renfrewshire’s Young People


A service that champions people with Autism

Star Project

STAR Project delivers a consistent and varied programme of creative group and individual supports to community members within Renfrewshire from our base in the North End of Paisley