This impact includes improvements to the safety, wellbeing and quality of life of local communities.
Members of the Speaking Up group were delighted with their win – as you can see from the photograph!
The group is run by Grapevine on a monthly basis but is largely driven by its members who work on projects and campaigns all year round, even sitting at board level to have their say about big decisions on local services.
Atherstone Speaking Up is one of several similar groups for people with learning disabilities also taking place each month in Nuneaton, Rugby, Stratford and Leamington – spreading opportunities and influence far and wide across Warwickshire in partnership with Warwickshire County Council.
Amongst other things, the groups also get involved in the design of new public places so they are accessible to learning disabled people – such as the recently unveiled creative space at Nuneaton Library.
Other awards presented at the event included Long Service, Health and Wellbeing and Unsung Hero – both for individuals and groups. Four Special Recognition Awards were also handed out.
30 people from our Feel Good Community came along to Fargo Village in Coventry last Tuesday evening (17 April) to help generate new ideas and projects to keep the group busy, creative and positive.
And from a total of 50 creative concepts put forward at the event hosted inside local bakery and café bar Backhaus & Co, three main ideas emerged as the most popular and doable. They were:
Themed monthly meet ups
Another Feel Good Festival / Createathon
A new campaign to get Feel Good voices heard more widely
There were also several kind offers of possible venues for the events.
The next step is to develop these ideas over the coming weeks. Look out for updates on our website and on Facebook @FeelGoodCommunity.
The Feel Good Community promotes health and wellbeing through creativity and social action. Anyone can join in but particularly those with a long-term health condition who want to be part of a like-minded community and to feel good.
The recent Easter washout wasn’t enough to prevent a 33-strong group (plus our Feel Good Ambassadors and one particularly enthusiastic dog) from attending April’s Feel Good in the Park.
As a quick ‘crafty’ alternative to a long walk round the Memorial Park in the rain, the group gathered inside to create pom pom animals, helping hands cards, Feel Good banners and scratch doodles – ably supported by crowdsourced cake, sweet treats and hot drinks.
And a walk was still on the cards… meaning those who participated in the 4 April event combined having a go at some indoor creative pursuits with some much-needed time in the fresh air in the park.
For the second event celebrating IWD in Nuneaton, Mel from Escape Arts led an art session with folk at the Ramsden Centre.
The group had great fun with paints, brushes, stamps and sponges to create a piece of artwork to be displayed at a series of IWD events over the next two weeks.
We are proud to say lots of mess was made, laughter filled the room and everyone enjoyed the experience.
The session was made possible by Dawn from Grapevine Empowerment Service and Maxine who is the Community Development officer for Nuneaton and Wembroook. It was a great example of partnership working within the local community.
Find out what else is going on and how you can get involved.
Every one got the chance to share their thoughts on what would make an amazing local Day through Ideas Factories organised by our own Dawn Nicholls. More importantly people pledged their support to help make it happen!
Local community as equal partners in pool, play and support
Mel has been working with Coventry Sports Foundation to help encourage more people into the pool. ‘The Big Paddle’ helps adults who are nervous about swimming to get confident in water. No swimming costumes were needed and help was on hand if needed. Tea and cake were provided afterwards as a treat for those who mastered their fears.
If you would like to try one of their FREE adult swimming lessons contact Natalie – Goswim@covsf.com for more details