Managers Blog: The Only Way Is Expression (Creative)
Well it’s not the only way but it’s what we do at S2C and I know I keep going on about the benefits of being creative but then I have witnessed how it helps both personally and professionally (as it were). Somebody else seems to appreciate that too, at the end of the coming week some of our team are off up to Keswick to The Theatre By The Lake to find out if we can go one better than finalists in the Cumbria Culture Awards for Community Art Group. Keep a few things crossed for us.
I feel that the recognition from this is in some way a reflection of our steady growth and increasing ability to help more people both directly and by providing the space and resources for other groups to run. There are a lot of very exciting projects and collaborations lined up for the coming year so it looks like being another good one. One thing we are aiming to do is to change our volunteer, admin and gallery working to better support our service users and to be able to offer more in terms of the services we provide and the number of people we work with.
Sometimes with volunteers it has been difficult recently in that we are in an odd position. In one sense we have too many in terms of being in sessions and supporting service users during sessions yet at the same time if we do more we will need more of these kind of volunteer. On the other side in order to develop the service we don’t have enough volunteers doing the behind the scenes work, fundraising, admin, gallery and exhibition work, cleaning the non glamorous yet essential roles. It’s a slow burn in some cases. We need to get volunteers in certain roles but at first the role will seem quiet and unuseful but by being there the role will allow the development which means it grows and becomes vital! It’s the old chicken and egg conundrum.
Some of the brilliant artwork from the last week: