Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley

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Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Wellbeing activities for 150 Residents in Batley
Let
Let's Sing...

As we begin to enjoy the early signs of Spring 2019 in Batley, we continue to welcome friends, old and new, to our beautiful Bagshaw Museum for a cuppa and a natter between 12 noon and 2.00pm on Saturdays. We've enjoyed some lovely conversations, sometimes around the personal challenges we face in our day to day lives and sometimes around creative community activities. We have been blessed to receive enthusiastic volunteer support from Kate and Chris, linking this project with our local church, St. Saviours, Brownhills and local creative talent. 

Next Saturday, 23rd March, we are welcoming Songsational to Bagshaw Museum for one of their inspiring , 'Let's Sing Rock & Pop' events. An enjoyable activity that is as much about conversation and fellowship as it is about the quality of sound that comes out of our mouths! All Welcome. 

We are developing a range of activities for Spring, working alongside other local organisations. These include play performances and Poetry in the Park. I am looking forward to letting you know how we are getting on later in the year.

Once again, many thanks for your support.

Best wishes,

Mark. 

Welcome to Bagshaw
Welcome to Bagshaw
Place of Welcome
Place of Welcome

Since my last report, we have been busy developing creative approaches to mental health and wellbeing at Bagshaw Musuem in Batley, West Yorkshire, England. 

Bagshaw Museum is set within 36 acres of parkland and ancient woodland and it is accessible to all. There's no better place and space to support our wellbeing, locally. 

We successfully launched our project on October, 18th this year, enjoyed by some forty delegates from local community groups; schools; Kirklees Council and voluntary organisations. It was an opportunity for all voices to be heard and friendships to be made and ideas shared. 

We have begun our activities with a 'Place of Welcome' on Saturdays between 12 noon and 2pm. Please see attached photograph. We've shared a cuppa and biscuits and chatted about life's challenges along with new project themes for 2019. These themes include, participative 'Poetry in the Park' led by the BatleyPoets (batleypoets.co.uk) and a community marketing training initiative to promote our museum and park.  Please see attached photograph. We are planning community transport to ensure that folk who will really benefit from visiting Bagshaw Museum and Wilton Park can do so. With best wishes for the holidays and 2019.


Your support has made this project happen. Thank you, Mark. 

Marketing Campaign
Marketing Campaign
BatleyPoets
BatleyPoets
BatleyPoets1
BatleyPoets1
Bagshaw Museum, Batley, Uk.
Bagshaw Museum, Batley, Uk.

It's two years since we began our crowdfunding journey with GlobalGiving. We are a small, grass roots community organisation. Quite simply put, we have been able to do more good stuff in our town, thanks to you. 

And now, I am delighted to share further progress. Because of the generosity of GlobalGiving philanthrophy we have been able to secure a match-funding grant from Creative Minds  This means that we can begin work alongside the Kirklees Council team at our fabulous Bagshaw Museum. We will support creative approaches to mental health and wellbeing. Two years ago, this would have simply been a dream! 

Bagshaw Museum is set within 36 acres of parkland and ancient woodland and it is accessible to all. There's no better place and space to support our wellbeing, locally. 

So, we will be launching this project at Bagshaw Museum on October, 18th this year. We will then launch our second crowdfunding campaign in early 2019, to support this work. 

Two years ago, we began our GlobalGiving crowdfunding journey in support of activities for isolated older people at Howden Clough Community Centre. And you answered our call. I am delighted to report that the team at Howden Clough goes from strength to strength and they have secured additional funding to continue their fabulous work. I share, again, the 'Great Get Together' image from 2016 for our Jo Cox. Humbling and inspiring. 

I will write once more, prior to launching our second crowdfunding campaign.

Your support has made this project happen. Thank you, Mark. 

The Mission
The Mission

Since our last report we have been chatting with local organisations (some big; some small) about isolation; loneliness and mental health across our community: we have shared our project work and have looked at their ideas and discussed ours. Effective partnership working is a key aim for us.

We have been particularly inspired by conversations with Creative Minds - http://bit.ly/CreativeMindsProjects

and Bagshaw Museum - http://bit.ly/BagshawMuseum

Creative Minds promote the use of creative approaches and activities in healthcare; increasing self-esteem, providing a sense of purpose, developing social skills, helping community integration and improving quality of life. Bagshaw Museum is set within 36 acres of park and ancient woodland and boasts a Butterly House; an observatory and a fabulous 'Friends of Wilton Park' voluntary group. 

Thanks to your support we have been able to plan a variety of sessions, working alongside these groups, at the Bagshaw Museum. These activities range from star gazing to walks and talks and relaxing with friends in the Butterfly House. These activities will commence in September, 2018 and we will share progress in our next report. 

In the meantime, best wishes for the summer and thank you for your continued support.

Mark

International Women
International Women's Day (Batley, March 2018)

As we searched around for new year's inspiration to build on the work that you helped us achieve in 2017, we found it in the International Women's Day theme for 2018, #pressforprogress. 

We have been chatting with local organisations (some big; some small) about isolation and loneliness across our community and shared our project work: we have looked at their ideas and discussed ours. Effective partnership working is a key aim for us. We look forward to sharing the results of these conversations with you in our next report.

In the meantime, I'd like to share a number of photographs with you that include our partnership working for International Women's Day; progress that the team at The Mission at Howden Clough Community Centre are making and our emerging 'Conflict and Kindness' project.

We participated in International Women's Day for the first time this year and found much inspiration. We developed a  Batley Poets display for Batley Library and Art Gallery. The ladies featured in our first photograph are shown #pressingforprogress They are volunteers at the Library and we began to realise how important this venue is for many of us local folk to meet up and chat and relax.

Much of our work in 2017 was centred around, 'The Mission' and it's a delight to see how the team are progressing. Currently the stage area is being developed into a 'black box' performance space (it was still wet paint in this photograph!) and funding has been secured for lighting too. The Royal Vountary Service will be providing additional activities at the centre during 2018.

Finally, the work we began in 2017 about a very special local lady, Catherine Exley (1779-1857) has proved to be a joy and 'Conflict and Kindness'  - a project linking Catherine to women in conflict zones around the world today - is bringing a number of inspiring women together from a variety of backgrounds. 

Thanks so much for your continued interest and enthusiasm for our work. 

Best wishes, Mark. 

ps - we just had to include a Fox's Biscuit van in this report - a very special Batley business!

International Women
International Women's Day, BatleyPoets
The Mission
The Mission 'Black Box' stage...
Fox
Fox's Biscuits, Batley, March 2018
Stories of Conflict and Kindness
Stories of Conflict and Kindness
 

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