Local disability charity United Response is holding a festival in Bognor Regis, featuring games, workshops and music for the local community.

Taking place on Friday 29th August from10.30am to 3.30pm, the free event will be the sixth annual festival held by the charity.

Attendees, which will include people supported by United Response as well as members of the public, can enjoy a barbecue, raffle, create a Postcard of Hope as part of an ongoing art project, and build and fly a kite.

Local MPs will attend the event at the Regis Centre on Belmont Street, including Bognor Regis town mayor Tony Gardiner, Nick Gibb MP and Councillor Jim Brooks.

Three exciting projects will also be on display on the day, setting up stalls for visitors to find out more about their work. Sussex Recovery College will have an information point at the festival, with details of educational courses on mental health recovery, delivered by people with experience of mental health needs as well as clinical staff.

Arun Wellbeing Centre at the Arun District Council will also have a stall, which will have tips for wellbeing covering smoking, eating well, alcohol and the benefits of exercise, as well as a Wellbeing Adviser to provide Wellbeing MOTs for information about weight, bone mass and hydration levels.

Community based heritage and arts programme the Graylingwell Heritage Project will also have a stand at the festival, a Heritage Lottery funded scheme focusing on the history of the Graylingwell Hospital and the people associated with it.

Commenting on the event, Service Manager Vicky Arnell-Smith explained that previous festivals were open to people supported by the charity with mental health needs and were held in West Sussex, near to the roots of the very beginning of United Response as an organisation. This year, the event has been moved to a more accessible area as the charity works to reduce isolation whilst raising awareness about mental health.

She added: “Our sixth annual United Response festival is a chance to catch up with friends and to meet new people.“

The activities available on the day are always popular with both the people we support and the public and this is a great opportunity to have fun with the local community.

“We aim for it to be a fun day that raises awareness of not just United Response and the work we do but that of our partners and hopefully, reduce the stigma attached to mental health illness in general.”