World Mental Health Day
What's on in your area.....
Community African Shield Exhibition for the Launch of Black History Month Cheltenham
As part of Black History Month 2017 Barnwood Trust, in partnership with the African Community Foundation, has been running a competition encouraging community groups across Gloucestershire to come together to design and create their own African Shield, themed around what their community means to them. The mosaic group in Cheltenham submited their entry and were successful in winning 3rd place. Well done to the group and all the effort that was put in!
We're "Branching Out" (excuse the pun!)
Flowers grown at our Weavers Croft garden are now being sold as cottage garden bouquets. Mike Wiseman owner of Fleurs De Rue (The funky little van outside the Subscription rooms in Stroud) is now stocking our beautiful blooms.
Please call by and have a look.
Weavers Garden Project
Independence Trust with support from the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust have set up a community gardening group and Craft Group at Weavers Croft, Stroud.
Benefits to Community
The projects provide purposeful and meaningful activity for individuals. The time spent is an opportunity to develop both social and practical skills. This is crucial for people who are building confidence and also provides a sense of real achievement when reaching goals. The projects are the beginnings of a journey into learning, gaining and sharing knowledge.
One client described the project in this way: ‘a way of being with nature which is very healing, working the land as a team This fulfils many needs I have as someone with a mental illness’.
How can you support this community venture?
There are two ways of supporting this project.
Donate resources, such as tools, gardening equipment, woodworking materials etc
Donation of a monetary value to the Independence Trust.
Any donation you can offer would make a real contribution to the success of this project and in turn the wider community.
If you would like further information regarding these projects or would like to visit us call 01453 767999
Weavers Garden Crafts
This is a quiet, tranquil space where our group creates garden crafts. You will have the opportunity to make Bee Hotels, Bird Box's Decorative Pots or just potter in the garden.
Lovely Feedback from our Work Experience Student Ellie!
In June we had a lovely student from the High School for Girls in Gloucester spend the week with the Gloucester team. She sent us the following email.
"I am just emailing to say thank you to you and the rest of the team for a lovely week at work experience. It was very useful and it has definitely confirmed to me that this is the sort of career I would like.
I apologise for the delay in the email, I have been very busy with school work. However, thank you for the opportunity, I have immense appreciation."
Exciting New Project for Young People in Cheltenham
Caroline Mander from the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is going to be running a project in Jan 2018 at The Isbourne centre. It is a new choir for young people (under 25 ) who suffer from anxiety or depression (or anything that makes life feel especially hard at times!)
Please tell your young friends who may be interested and message Caroline for more information. There will be a one off session on Nov 14th from 2-3pm for people to come along find out more .