Forward Leeds were part of a discussion on mental health, music and drugs at a popular Leeds club night.
Mind Dance was a panel discussion at Sheaf Street organised by Voices who are more used to organising club nights in Manchester, London and Leeds as Ossia.
Co-organiser of the event Toby Oxnam of Voices said: “Mental health has always been something we care deeply about. I’ve had a lot of friends and family who have had mental health issues in the past.
“We decided that it was time to start figuring out how to affect policy on a grass roots basis as opposed to waiting for anyone to do anything for us.
“All of our expertise came from events and we are trying to create a correlation between what we’re doing, social causes and supporting good enterprises which is why we have invited down the charities that we have done.
“To be able to build a forum where we can talk about it, in an environment where people are safe to go over things, makes a lot of difference”.
Bill Owen of Forward Leeds, said: “Mind Dance is a really innovative idea and it was great to be part of the panel. From a Forward Leeds perspective to be invited into a club to take part in a discussion group was a really good opportunity to get some of our knowledge over.
“I think the links with mental wellbeing, drink, drugs and the night-time economy meant we could have a valuable input and hopefully help people think about how drinking and drug use can impact upon mental health.”
Voices UK describes itself as a DIY platform that has been created with the intention of helping address a myriad of social issues, from mental health to climate change, through fundraising, workshops, talks, panels and events.
The event at Sheaf Street raised £250 which will go towards the Forward Leeds Family Plus provision.