It was all very exciting this week as we had chance to let a wider audience know what we do at Space2Create when a journalist from Radio Cumbria called in. It all gets a bit nervy when a microphone appear in front of you but the comforting thought is that all the really inane comments can be edited out (I hope). The rest of the volunteers and service users talked far more sense than me and made us sound good! It’s all about raising profile and letting people know how what we do helps some very ill and vulnerable individuals.
It’s growing all the time. Last week we engaged with 83 people in our unit. That’s 83 people from the local area who have benefited in some way by coming to us, feeling more positive, feeling stronger and more confident, learning new skills, getting out of the house. The highlight for me though was a bit of a difficult issue to start with. Late one evening I started getting some very down and negative text messages from a service user. They wanted to stay at home, not see anyone and were feeling so low they wanted to cut everyone off. Managed to persuade them to just come along to a session and to not be alone and isolated. We arranged that a neighbour would bring them in. They came and did some stunning artwork and as they left were smiling and saying how much they realised they needed people round them. It was hard for them going back to an empty house but they know that they can get out to us and be with others.
This week we also added an online donation feature. You can donate from our website via a secure payment site to make donations to Space2Create. Head to the page here to take a look:
February looks set to be a busy month of events so keep an eye out for all that’s coming.
This week at S2C:
Karen and Flo came for their second visit with the amazing selection of items from Sprint Mill. Those who missed last week created pictures from the objects with Flo and the others were doing some creative writing with Karen based on their pictures.
A busy DeafArt group today. The group were creating pictures using torn paper collage.
A really good session which started with Jenny coming to invite the group to take part in a project to fill Wainwright Yard in Kendal with textiles based on buildings. The group were very enthusiastic and will be contributing. Then Kirsty had the group making very cute little mini hats from wool. Chris also made a collage on canvas on our building theme using material and old children’s blocks.
A fun session creating abstract paper sculpture not using any glue or tape to hold together. We cut strips of card then shaped them. We created random designs holding strips of card using joins made by slitting two pieces and linking them together.