At our last event, Tamsin Williams, from Wide Berth gave us an update on how things had gone since she pitched and won at BrightonSoup @ Hangleton. For those of you that couldn’t make it we invited her to be our guest blogger for today;
“I set up Wide Berth to enable mums to have time to be free and honest about motherhood and mental health whilst engaging in an activity such as making mosaics. We aim to counteract social isolation for mums and develop a community of support for families throughout Brighton and Hove.
We won the money at the second BrightonSoup event back in September. We now have a bank account so the money had somewhere to go! We’ve been working towards a Make and Meet taster day led by mums who participated on our previous mosaic course. Three mums and a grandmother are teaching how to make felt brooches, bracelets, prints and pendants. This one-off afternoon event is run by mums for mums to get a bit of time off from daily chores. The BrightonSoup money has gone towards producing leaflets and the materials like felt, inks, beads and clay. We’re using Honeycroft in Hove as the venue and the crèche, so it’s covered this cost.
We made a wonderful connection with Helen Jones who runs On Request, an online ‘ideas sharing’ platform. It allows audiences/the public to say what they want or would like to see or do, while providing a space for arts providers or any organisation to respond, hopefully by listening to people and responding with relevant programming/provision. Helen has masses of experience in arts marketing and we’ve had skype meetings encouraging and helping me, even doing mailshots for me. This has been incredible voluntary support that I wouldn’t have had without BrightonSoup.
We had lovely feedback from mum’s who did our last workshop:
“I think what you are doing is amazing and I hope there will be a way to continue the project as it has certainly helped me to cope with all the negative emotions I have been feeling. I know there must be lots of women who feel like me and would benefit from the project as I have… “
“I just wanted to say thank you for today’s session, I really enjoyed it! I had a panic attack this morning and very nearly didn’t come but I’m so glad I did, it has lifted me up. The relaxation exercise really helped too!”
Please let any mums you know who would benefit from an afternoon off, that we have our one-off afternoon ‘Make and Meet craft for mums’ on Friday 11th March @ 12.30 – 2.30pm.