Disability charity, United Response, welcomes the community to its third annual ‘Big Picnic’ on Friday 11th August in Hotham Park, Bognor Regis.

People of all ages in the community are invited to come along between 10:30am and 3pm to enjoy a range of stalls and activities, including cake decorating, an organic allotment-grown vegetable stall, a book stall, a tombola and of course a picnic lunch.

All funds raised from activities and the sale of veg and cakes, will go towards United Response – a charity which supports people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and mental health needs to live in the community. The money will be used to benefit the charity’s mental health services in Bognor Regis, including to buy seeds for their allotment.

Unique to this year’s picnic, there will also be an art exhibition, displaying pieces from United Response’s bi-weekly art group for people with mental health needs.

Works of art will include pictures using various mediums, such as pencil, watercolour, and pastel, art poems, hand-made cards and jewellery. They will be displayed creatively in the park using trees and bushes.

Vicky Arnell-Smith, United Response’s service manager, said:

“Art is a fantastic emotional outlet. It can take people’s minds off things and distract their thoughts away from the anxiety. During creative activities, we have noticed an improvement in people’s well-being and ability to manage all aspects of their mental health.

“This exhibition is providing a useful focus and boost for our group. They have produced interesting work which deserves to be showcased. The exhibition also aims to raise awareness of United Response services in the community, so that people who may need support are aware what services are available to them.”

The exhibition has been planned, curated and organised by those who attend the art group. It has been made possible by a grant through United Response’s Small Sparks programme, funded by the Clothworkers’ Foundation. These grants enable the people supported by United Response to be active members of the wider community.

There will be an information stand at the Big Picnic where people can find out more about United Response services, as well as other organisations such as the Sussex Recovery College.

For a lovely summer’s day out, come along to the Band Stand in Hotham Park, Bognor Regis, PO21 1HW. Food will be provided, but visitors are encouraged to bring along extras to add to the picnic.

To find out more about the event or United Response’s mental health services in the area, please contact Vicky by email: [email protected].