FreeSpace #1 Space2Create

9 Oct

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Space2Create: Volunteer Power

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When a small Mental Health charity called Workbase closed almost exactly a year ago it left around thirty vulnerable adults, ten volunteers and five staff devastated and without a place to go. The charity took on people recovering from serious mental health problems and helped them move on by using meaningful activity and training. Some went on to education, some to jobs and as part of the progression some moved from service users to being volunteers.

At the news of the closure a number of the volunteers decided to learn from the mistakes that led to closure and to start a creative group to help individuals struggling with illness to improve their mood and wellbeing. Space2Create was born.

A year on Space2Create is a thriving and rapidly growing organisation that runs drop in creative sessions for anyone, runs sessions on local mental health wards and delivers sessions to other groups and organisations. Always on the lookout for opportunities to collaborate, Space2Create works with the Lakeland Arts Trust, Cumbria County Council and other local groups to provide opportunities that are creative, fun and meaningful. Local events have been the stimulus for creative projects. A shed with a character living in it obsessed by shoes for Mintfest, and a comic and window display in a local shop for the Comic Arts Festival in Kendal.

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The Shed created for Mintfest

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Window Display for the Comic Arts Festival in Kendal

The Window Display for the Comic Arts Festival, Kendal

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Space2Create firmly believes that creative activity brings people together and helps vulnerable individuals who are ill or facing isolation improve their well-being as part of their recovery. Space2Create is totally volunteer led providing a service by people recovering from serious problems for people recovering.

This is demonstrated weekly with the atmosphere of fun, mutual support, socialisation and creativity generated in the groups. Also the fantastic creative work produced. Space2Create does not put expectations onto people but lets them achieve what they can and celebrates that. People who have come to the sessions are now moving on and running activities for Space2Create, it is wonderful to see them growing in confidence.

Space2Create is now ready to expand in further directions with planned groups for creative writing, photography and sessions for deaf people led by deaf artists.

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logo1To find out more about S2C:

www.space2create.co.uk

Twitter: @S2Cspace2create 

Facebook: Space2Create

Email: info@space2create.co.uk

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You can hear and see more from ‘ Space2Create’  on Tuesday 14th November via their 2nd ‘FreeSpace’ contribution. 

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