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COMMUNITY: SBitC collaborate with Warwickshire County Council to encourage the COVID-19 vaccine uptake

5 August 2021

Sky Blues in the Community are collaborating with Warwickshire County Council to encourage COVID-19 vaccine uptake.

Warwickshire County Council commissioned several artists to deliver important vaccination information in order to encourage uptake in individuals who may be reluctant to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

Filmmaker Antony Barkworth-Knight travelled to Coventry to interview one of our MENtalk members, Dave Allcock. 

Since joining the MENtalk programme, Dave has had a significant improvement in his mental health - which supported him in being able to get the COVID-19 vaccination:

“I cannot begin to explain how much this has helped, I’m a different person. I feel mentally a bit stronger and it has helped me to be physically more active as well. I wasn’t going out and felt trapped in a never-ending cycle, but now I have hope and methods to help me get better mentally and physically.”

See the inspiring video below:

A Sense of Pride from Antony Barkworth-Knight on Vimeo.


MENtalk launched in February 2021 and has had fantastic feedback so far:

“I am not exaggerating when I say this course has been a lifesaver as I was really struggling and running out of options about how I was going to keep going before being introduced to this course.”

“I have gone from zero to hero. I can control my anxiety attacks to an extent now using the methods we were shown in the sessions and I have stopped taking medication because of the training I have received”

“You have helped in so many ways. I’m not sure you realise how awesome this project is from a person to have lived with this illness for so long. Talking with you has helped calming me down and getting me in a better place. This group is awesome for me. My wife wants to thank you as well as she’s seen a change”


If you feel the MENtalk programme would support you or someone you know, contact for more information.


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