I often describe Space2Create as a benign dictatorship. If that were true it would not be a healthy way to run an organisation but sometimes it feels like that. At the end of the day one person has to take the lead and make the final decision. Even if the decision is empowering somebody else to make the decision. In that sense S2C is very top down. But actually it’s not, it is also bottom up. Ideas and suggestions feed upwards from service users and what we do generally comes from the whole organisation putting itself behind somebodies ideas.
It also runs itself on a very lean volunteer force. Being an organisation that aims to empower it’s Service Users and enable them to rebuild and regain esteem and confidence a lot of the running and organising is done by its Service Users. Sometimes, however I feel the need for more support, volunteers with particular skills to share the load and help the organisation run better. It’s not always the exciting stuff though, admin, web site, fundraising, project management, one to one support, promotion, networking, managing volunteers, supporting service users, running creative sessions, organising exhibitions, hanging and framing exhibitions…….and more! We need people who can givc a bit of time and help us achieve our aims. Doing the dull bits doesn’t mean you can’t join in the fun stuff too!
I have been thinking about how we organise and how it can be made more efficient and give a better service. The recent threat of closure to Kentmere Ward has also made me think how Space2Create involves itself in the more campaigning role, raising awareness and challenging stigma. Every now and then in the coming weeks I will be asking questions to everyone about how we can solve some of these challenges and make S2C even better. No one person can do it. It takes a real team effort and the whole of an organisation to get behind change, one of the biggest hurdles is to admit the need for change and we need to change so we can do better for those who need us.
If you think you might be able to help or give us some of your time to help vulnerable people in our community then get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org also keep an eye on our website where we will be making changes and letting people know just what help we need in the near future.
Mat, Creative Manager
Some of the happenings at S2C this week:
Today we were looking at Yayoi Kusama, a Japanese artist. Her work involves creating bold, bright and intricate patterns within simple shapes such as butterflies, peppers and flowers. Using her ideas we created our own pictures, based on the theme of water. Others continued with or completed their own personal projects.
We took a range of record covers into the ward, and a variety of different media in which to try and recreate those of classic rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Zeppelin, The Beatles and David Bowie.
Rather than simply copying the covers, we tried to create interpretations of the designs, using collage, pens, sharpies and pencils. We also took tracing paper, which one of our artists used to create versions of some personal photographs.
We continued to work towards the Creative Challenge set by the Blooming With Dementia project, by making as many more recycled ‘flowers’ as we could for the display at the Unit. Others also continued with their individual projects. Don’t forget that the ‘Blooming With Dementia’ Open Day and Workshop take place between 10am and 4pm at Unit 31 tomorrow (Sat. 28th May – see previous S2C post for details)!