Community Fund Awards for All (Big Lottery)
With great thanks to the Community Fund for supporting our first collaborative project in together. We worked within the Merseyside allowing us to work with many vulnerable groups in our community including within psychiatry. In Oxford, the project allowed us to work with adults in hospital undergoing or waiting treatment to bring relief from anxiety, boredom and loneliness.
Our aim is to help improve mental health through bringing joy, inspire learning and to bring connection.
Community Foundation for Merseyside
Thanks to the support of the Community foundation we worked with people experiencing mental health conditions such anxiety and depression and living in Southport and in the Ainsdale village. The primary outcome was to improve mental and emotional wellbeing, we had informal discussions and handed forms receiving very positive feedback. With the help of this grant we supported vulnerable people and promoted opportunities for creativity. Communities will benefit as participants in the origami sessions go on to share the skills they have learned with families and friends. For older people, in particular, sharing these skills with grandchildren then provides is very important as this continues the flow of wellbeing into new generations.
Groundwork Tesco Bags of Help
Thanks to their support our project has made a big difference to isolated people living in Southport. We were able to deliver 25 sessions and all the feedback was very positive. In one occasion, delivering an Origami workshop, a lady with cancer came after the session to express her gratitude and told us how by just learning Origami she cleared her mind of thoughts and she didn’t even think about her chemotherapy treatment. Many of the people mentioned will carry on learning and sharing the skills with friends and loved ones. Some participants from the project are now volunteering with us and they are involved in informing the design, development and delivery of sessions.
Postcode Community Trust
Thanks to this funder we are currently running this project which aims to help people affected by mental health and isolation, foster wellbeing, new social networks, access to information, advice and guidance in continuing to engage in the practice of Origami. Our origami workshops will bring people together and provide a strong sense of achievement through transforming a piece of paper into a beautiful creation. We aim to deliver 20 sessions in Southport Community Centres and around Merseyside.
Open Maker and Beautiful Ideas
“was feeling sad and this cheered me up” — patient