Managers Blog: Collaborators will be welcomed…….
Collaboration takes many varied forms where S2C is concerned. Without collaborations we would be a very isolated and poorer organisation who would be very limited in what we offer our service users. I sometimes have dealing with organisations who are very much within themselves, they focus on their services and approach and don’t really engage with similar organisations or those who could enrich what they provide. When I actually sit down and list the people we collaborate with it is quiet astonishing as we work with a variety of individuals, charities, businesses, funders and local government agencies to help us support the people we do.
Kendal Town Council, South Lakeland District Council, Cumbria County Council, Whinfell Centre, Community Mental Health Team, Gateway Centre, Lakes International Comic Art festival, Sedbergh School Archive, Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, Creative Arts Hub, Ragtag Arts, Scrapstore, Factory Collective Artists, Green Door Artists, Kendal College, Pioneer Projects, CVS, Frieda Scot Trust, Lakeland Arts, a large number of individuals and artists….the list goes on and grows weekly at the moment.
Just how important is this. Well lets pick one of those collaborators…Lakeland Arts. Lakeland Arts through one of their community workers helped S2C get going and established by giving us the use of a room at Abbot Hall Art Gallery which in itself was an amazing thing to do. This has developed into regular gallery visits guided by their staff alongside workshops based on the exhibitions. For our service users it means an opportunity to engage with art in a major gallery that they might not otherwise have. For Lakeland Arts it means that they get to communicate and develop relationships with an audience they might otherwise not have any contact with breaking down the barriers between the local community and the vulnerable people in it with what might be seen as an elitist and out of reach establishment. But the relationship goes beyond this as we work together to support people by us providing them space to run dementia groups as well as providing volunteers. This means our service users have opportunity to develop their skills in becoming volunteers for an organisation outside S2C.
That does not even scratch the surface of the support and advice that passes both ways, opportunities, projects, funding…..it runs very deep and under the radar of what you might perceive as being the benefits of collaboration. At Space2Create we welcome and seek out opportunities to work with as many different organisations across Cumbria and further afield as we seek to do the very best we can for the vulnerable adults we, and other organisations, support.
Some of the artwork produced at S2C this week: