Toi Ora Trust is an award winning art organisation that provides innovation and leadership in the field of creativity in mental health recovery.

Our aim is to promote social, intellectual, artistic and creative pursuits that enrich people's lives, improve capacity and contribute to the destigmatisation around mental health thus encouraging social change.

Toi Ora Live Art Trust Studio 

We provide member lead service and studio space for tutored workshops and classes for people to develop their strengths and potential in the arts in a safe, non-institutional environment.  We wish to bridge the gap for those who come into contact with mental health/addictions and other support services, with the exploration of creativity as a proven means to enhance recovery and maintain wellbeing, and opportunity to open a pathway personal recovery, peer support, training and career opportunities.  

Toi Ora has a unique shared creative space in the heart of Auckland city for people in support of their mental health and wellbeing. We provide an array of arts, creative writing, music and recording classes and workshops, that are tutored by professional practitioners with experience and/or an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health. Studio space is available for people wishing to work on individual or collaborative projects. A diverse range of art materials and resources are available for use. Members are able to explore their creative ideas and potential in this supported environment.

 

Express Yourself was a youth development programme promoting the wellbeing of vulnerable young people at risk of or experiencing mental health issues, addiction, exclusion  

The project offers inspirational workshops and mentoring led by established artists, youth workers and peer mentors in a supportive youth-friendly environment. Express Yourself nutures creative interests, personal strengths, identity development, social connections and participation in wider support networks.

 The program sought to explore, test and evaluate various delivery methods and aspects including partnership approaches, a methodology, which combines creative processes and youth development strategies, and aspects of strengths based mental health practice such as mindfulness, course structure, location, and leadership.  Findings from the evaluation will be used to inform the ongoing programme in Auckland and the future expansion of the programme both geographically and demographically