There are good dilemmas and bad dilemmas. In running S2C we have encountered the bad ones and they usually revolve around money or at least a very definite shortage of it. recently we have been starting to encounter some of those good dilemmas. For example, we recently employed a couple of reprobates to help make links in the local community with local services supporting vulnerable people as well as local business. It appears they have been doing a good job. We have increased numbers of people using our services and developing new ideas for projects and sessions through the week. We have also started some very exciting projects alongside other groups and have plans in place to develop new services.
Great. All good. But then you get down to the nitty gritty. All those activities need resourcing, they need volunteers support, they need staff maybe, they all need training and appropriate clearance and of course they all need space. For the first time in three years I looked at our Unit last week and thought “Gosh we could do with a bigger space!”
So it all adds to the pressure. But then that’s why we do what we are doing. The end results are worth the effort because you can see a tangible and real benefit to the people you are helping. What can I say. expect a lot of new announcements, some new volunteer opportunities and for me some form filling. Well the form filling isn’t really increasing but maybe the figures on the “How much?” section have increased a little. Oh and if you find a lovely big building with potential to develop a first class creative wellbeing centre around town somewhere, let me know………
This week we started a project with Sedbergh and Casterton School Archive which has been funded by #hlffunded #hlfnorthwest the Heritage Lottery Fund. This involves our service users using material from the school archive to inspire artworks. The main thrust of the project is through Screen Printing though other artwork will be created alongside this too. We had a great session last Friday with a wide range of material dating back to the 1890’s of school photo’s, items and information that had everyone thinking of ideas. The plan is to now have six sessions led by printmaker Kevin Hankey and then screen printing sessions with local artist BenDodge in his professional studio to create a set of high quality screen prints. All the material created will be exhibited in the future. So if you would like to pick up some basic screen printing skills and then have a go with some serious kit do come along to our Friday WellArt sessions.
Some of the artwork produced this week: