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PAST PROJECTS

Magic Little Grants – helped us set up an Enhancement of Wellbeing Activity Group in Hereford

 

Over the last twelve years we have worked on a great many projects in various locations, aiming to bring creativity, boost confidence and a sense of togetherness to communities. Below are a selection we have worked on.

 

The Remember and Rebuild Memorial

Saxon Hall is a lovely Community Centre in Hereford that genuinely works to bring togeth- er a growing, diverse community. They have a beautiful, spacious garden tended with great care and skill by a range of volunteers.

 

Making a sculpture to celebrate the community was decided before the pandemic hit.

Our primary aim was that everyone involved will gain new skills, confidence, friendships and a sense of belonging. Our amazing group shared every step of planning and designing this memorial to create some thing much richer than any single person could make. It has been a very intense and wonderful experience with lots of tears, laughter and open-heart- ed honesty.

 

The Remember and Rebuild sculpture at Saxon Hall in Hereford is 2.2 metres high so you can stand inside it!

 

The base is our familiar 2 metre wide circle covered in a beautiful spiral pattern of hand-crafted Mosaic Memory Tiles made by local people bringing together hand-made

messages of kindness and warmth from all around Hereford that capture our community’s memories of lock-down.

 

It stands by the Community Orchard in the beautiful Saxon Hall gardens.

 

You can read about the whole process here: https://ospreystudios.org/2021/04/25/the- remeber-and-rebuild-sculpture-for-saxon-hall-hereford/

 

PLACES THAT WORK – Crafts, Chat & Reciprosity  - Awards For All Wales

 

This provided, seven Heritage & Crafts From Recycled Waste accredited training courses (four and six weeks) creating heritage and Traditional Craft and crafts from recycled waste at Craig-y-Nos, Ystradgynlais, Monmouth,  Aberdare, Brecon.

 

 

 

MEMORABLE DAYS IN ABERDARE -  A Walk, A Workshop, A Coffee, A Chat, A Picture, A Postcard, A Reminiscence, A Recording – Pen y Cymoedd Windfarm Community Grant.

 

9 Days of workshops, plus a walk & two day paint & print workshop

 

 

 

HEREFORD: 2022/3

 

SUSTAINABLE CRAFTS – Hereford Community Foundation

 

3 months of creative workshops at Aspire Hub, Hereford.

 

 

 

CARE & SHARE – A Working Partnership – CONNEXUS

 

This consisted of  two Agored Cymru accredited courses, a six week Applied Gardening Course at Saxon Hall, and a four  week Macrame course  at Jubilee Hall.

 

 

 

DIG THOSE WORKSHOPS, CRAFT & CHAT; SHARE YOUR FLARE – Awards For All England

 

Five Agored Cymru Accredited courses at Saxon Hall & Jubilee Hall, Hereford.  

'Using Recycled Materials for Craft Work' and 'Creating Heritage & Traditional Crafts', enabling participants to acquire & demonstrate their skills in a socially inclusive environment. They gained qualifications to enhance their CV, find a placement and improve their confidence in their own abilities.

 

PROJECTS RESUME 2022

 

 

The Forces That Shape Our Communities, Heritage project at Craig-y-Nos.

 

 

This 3 year Heritage Funded project is currently in its third and final year. It is based at the Craig-y-Nos country park is providing workshops, walks, heritage projects, environmental schemes and training opportunities.

 

 

Beacons & Surround Crafts Week 18th – 26th June 2022.

 

 

Funded through the BBNPA Sustainable Development Fund, we provided thirty craft workshops at ten different locations leading up the ‘week’ . where we provided a range of workshops and open days at thirty different venues. We also hosted a comedy night and an open mic evening, & took part in the Abergavenny Arts Festival.

 

 

Workshops for Carers in Monmouthshire & Herefordshire.

 

These GAVO funded project took place at the Melville Centre, Abergavenny and at the Bridges, Monmouth as well on line.

 

 

 

Waste-less Gardening, Cooking. & Workshops in Herefordshire.

 

 

 

With funding from Tesco/Groundwork & Communities First/Hereford Council we offered a range of craft workshops at Saxon Hall and Jubilee Hall, and offered free cooking classes for kids and weekly gardening sessions at the free veg plots & erected a new polytunnel. . 

 

ABCDE Activities Bringing Creativity & Developing Enjoyment for 0-5s in Powys.

 

 

 

Funding from Powys CC provided fun, creative, a social as well as a learning experience workshops for 0-5s at Craig-y-Nos, Ystradgynlais, Brecon, Llanwrtyd Wells

 

Make Do & Mend

 

Powys CC funded 5 sessions with 2 crafts, featuring clothes swap, books, toy swap, Proud to Patch, Borrow  and recycling workshops. One of our volunteers, with funding from sales of the workshop crafts funded another workshop, and Hereford Quakers. Another workshop with Crafts she had made, and Hereford Quakers funded a further one which was used to raise money for Ukrainian Refugees.

 

 

 

Remember & Rebuild – Autumn Leaves & Spring Shoots 

Opening up creativity at Saxon Hall & other community centres in Herefordshire with indoor and outdoor workshops and courses, thanks to funding from Hereford Council & Hereford Community Foundation

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