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Our wider partnerships

We work with our partners to support adults who have experienced mental health illness. We provide opportunities to use learning as part of the recovery journey.

Out of Character Theatre Company

The Out of Character Theatre Company was formed in 2009. Its members are people who use, or have used, mental health services. It includes students and volunteers. 

The Company has devised, written and performed on projects in York and across the country. They perform scripted works as well as producing site-specific durational performances. They have also created and performed personal pieces for audiences interested in mental illness. 

Out of Character have collaborated with York Theatre Royal, Love Arts, Arts & Minds, the Wy-Fi project, the NHS and medical schools. 

How to get involved

Visit the Out of Character Facebook page

Emerging Voices Music Charity

Registered Charity Number: 1183043

Emerging Voices gives adults with mental ill health the chance to make music. The charity responds to a growing need to provide music opportunities beyond Converge.

By taking part in music individuals improve their wellbeing and achieve their goals. Emerging Voices can be a first step into exploring music or the next step after Converge.

The charity provides one-to-one support, courses, performances and recording opportunities.

How to get involved

Visit the Emerging Voices website.

Supported Volunteering in Horticulture

Horticultural volunteering is available in partnership with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. Volunteering opportunities are available at St Nicks Fields and Poppleton Community Railway Nursery.

Green space has benefits for mental health and wellbeing. Sessions offer a programme of relaxed and interesting gardening skills.

No previous experience of horticulture is needed.

How to get involved

Poppleton Railway Nursery is Britain’s last surviving railway nursery. Sessions take place on Mondays, Tuesday afternoons (craft session) and Thursday mornings. For more information email Paul Botting on 

St Nicks Centre for nature and green living runs ecotherapy sessions. Activities include Discover nature, Nordic walking and creative writing. For more information email

Converge at Northumbria University

Based on the York St John model, Converge at Northumbria was established in 2018.

Courses are designed and delivered by undergraduate and postgraduate students at the university. Support is provided by academics and Converge staff. Courses are based within Drama, Art and Design and Fashion.

Converge at Northumbria works closely with local mental health organisations and cultural venues. They provide community opportunities such as theatre visits and backstage tours. They work with regional artists to offer bespoke workshops to their students.

How to get involved

For more information email

Find out more on the Converge Northumbria facebook page

Converge at Pacific University, Oregon

Based on the York St John model, Converge at Northumbria was established in 2019.

A pilot course was held in July 2019. The goal of the course was to show the feasibility of the Converge principles and approach in the US educational system. This is in order to seek funding for a larger multi-year demonstration project in the future.

How to get involved

Find out more about Converge at Pacific University