Making for Change to smash stereotypes

Making for Change to smash stereotypes features campaigns highlighting issues with discrimination and the stigmas associated to mental health.

“All people are still people”

Vishal Sangu, Rahul Clair, Sanam Kaur Nahal and Terell Ivey-Lowe

Craftivist team Vishal, Rahul, Sanam and Terell want to talk about their personal experience of being targeted unfairly by the police in the Handsworth area. They are asking the police to think before judging certain groups and asking them to stop targeting people due to stereotypes.

Their campaign is centred around collecting data on how many visitors have been stopped and searched by the police. They’ve created a dog tag that holds the slogan ‘all people are still people’ with statistics on the back.

“Don’t be afraid of what you don’t understand”

Heather Green

Heather is driven to change the language around mental health as it can be very hurtful and contribute to the stigma associated with different conditions. Her campaign is based on crafting a hot air balloon made of paper with a metal basket. This represents that labels can hold us back, however if we can free ourself from them, the sky is the limit.

How to made a crafty hot air balloon:

  1. Cut a balloon shape into 7 sheets of coloured card and lay them on top of each other.
  2. Sew from the bottom to top down the middle.
  3. Open the layers outwards, and you’ll have your very own balloon.
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