Big Worle are known for investing in thier community and making things happen.
For the last 3 years they have been running a course over the Winter to Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Year 1 saw the hub being used to engage a group of people with creative activities, year 2 the pandemic arrived and the course was hosted online and in 2022 the course of socially engaging activities.
For 11 weeks, local community artist; Bev g Star, amongst guest talkers, encouraged those that attended the course in 2022, to look at ways to improve their mood as well as learn a new coping mechanisms.
Throughout the sessions the group looked at how connecting with nature, being mindful, learning yoga breath work techniques, working with clay, meditation and more can help people improve thier quality of life.
COMBAT SAD 2022 ended with a celebration that included cake, party bags and reflecting on what the group had gained from the project.
We are extremely grateful to be part of watching people grow skills that focus on positive living.
Thank you to Big Worle and the people that support projects like this..
HOW CIC was given an opportunity by The Aster Group to take a creative project out of town.
In October 2021, managing director and community artist; Bev g Star was invited to join a co-hort of social entrepreneurs to undergo a training incubator and hub that helps improve, develop and streamline newly founded social enterprises.
This has helped Humans of Weston to focus on becoming an organisation that benefits its community in the right way, with the correct tools and has helped us with a strengthen our core missions, values and goals.
One part of the program was to host a piolet project for clients that access the services of the Aster Group and thier associates.
HOW spent 5 weeks with clients that live in a supportive housing community with Rethink Mental Health at Kerward House.
The people that attended the sessions led us to assisting them to paint a community mural in thier summer house.
The aim of these sessions were to engage with this community creatively.
The outcomes included; the community’s voice being heard, social engagement increasing, confidence using skills improved and a sense of achievement was felt by all those that attended.
The pilot project ended by inviting the staff and the rest of the community to see what could be achieved by engaging creatively and how it can have a big impact on improving mental health.
The feedback we received was wonderful and we wish we could’ve stayed longer.
The celebration was super and credit goes to Emily Thomas from Lemonie Art for volunteering her skills.
Wells have been welcoming the Humans of Weston for a 5 week project and clients who attended week 4 at a community hub in Sheldon Drive explored the mindfulness of Mandalas.
Each year, the Aster Group open a programme to mentor social entrepreneurs that looks at all aspects of their business and how they can benefit communities to the highest their potential and we have been lucky enough to be a part of it all.
Sometimes, just having a cup of tea and biscuits with others can improve how we feel as we connect as humans together.
Social innovation, community and collaboration is at the heart of everything Aster do and this piolet project has had a wonderful impact on its community.
Bringing people together to tackle isolation is key to assisting people to live their best possible lives whilst putting into practice skills that can be grown.
Hosted by visual artist Emily Thomas and community artist; Bev g Star the group has been looking at ways to engage socially and creatively to improve their well being.
Mandalas are a great way to slow down whilst being in the moment and everyone who attended enjoyed looking at ways to draw Mandalas.
Our last session with the Humans of Wells will be exhibiting to the rest of the community and the community workers what can be done to engage people who access the services of Aster.
We are thankful for the new networks we are building, the opportunities that are opening up for us a CIC and the people that engage with what we have for offer.
Whatever you do today, we encourage you to be mindful,
A community mural is a wonderful way to get people involved..
HOW has the interest of the community at it’s core, so when we were given the opportunity for clients at Keward House to help lead a project, it was decided, that, as a group we would paint a mural in their summer house.
Week 1 of a 5 week piolet allowed the attendees to explore ideas to grow throughout our time being creative with them.
One client drew Glastonbury Tor on the wall and as a group they agreed to use this as inspiration.
Week 2 of the project, we got stuck in and made things happen by adding the first coat of paint to the bigger picture.
We are passionate about growing confidence and finding purpose for skills that people can develop aswell as put into practice.
The project has gotten off to a great start, everyone feels involved and thankful to be part of something where there feel seen, listened too and included.
Next week we will make a return visit to the Humans of Wells and layer on the second coat of paint.
For the second part of our pilot project in Wells and as part of the social mentorship program with The Aster Foundation; HOW visited clients that live in a supported housing community called Keward House.
The supported living clients have access to a Summer House that we will be based in for our 5 week project.
We are making use of that Summer house by turning the place into a creative hub that displays art the clients make throughout this journey.
The clients that attended were encouraged to start thier creative journey by making visual art with the materials provided by HOW.
The materials were laid out and the clients began exploring ideas that we can grow by mark making and mixing media.
Starting with a blank canvas, we looked at the different ideas that we can grow and what ideas we can develop as the project unfolds.
Anything was possible and it is our purpose to help people access creativity whilst facilitating social engagement.
Some great art was made and it was a delight to see people unlocking thier creative licenses as they discovered what is possible when you incorporate creativty into everyday life.
We are passionate about humans living thier best possible lives whilst putting into practice the skills they learn along the way.
HOW focuses on getting the community to lead where they would like to take projects.
It was decided by the clients they would like to work on a mural and expand on a wall drawing of the Glastonbury Tor in our first session.
We are very much looking forward to seeing what happens next.
Since October 2021, Managing Director and community artist; Bev G Star has been part of a mentorship and co-hort program that is being hosted by The Aster Foundation.
Aster are working within their communities to bring organisations, who have something to give, a chance to grow whilst hosting a socially engaging project in that network.
HOW CIC has been invited to host a 5 week piolet project in Wells that focuses on; making creativity accessible to everyone assisting better mental health whilst documenting the importance of having engaging activities for us as humans to connect with.
Aster supports people living in social housing and the first place HOW visited was a community hub to facilate a mixed media workshop for clients that are looking to engage and connect in a creative way.
It was a great success and some of the feedback given was that even just a cup of tea can make someomes day.
We are so thankful to be given the opportunity to be part of a program that has enabled us to grow.
Finding balance in your everyday life is important..
A session, that is part of the COMBAT SAD course explored the idea of balance and how to assess it in our every day lives, was hosted at Big Worle.
Rachel Stark natural health, wellness biohacker and eduhacker led the group in an activity that used the Yin Yang theory to help us see when we are in or out of balance and how finding balance can help us live a happier life.
The concept describes how contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, and how they may give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another.
The group looked at what each side of the symbol can represent and matched up the opposite forces under the Black feminine Yin and the White masculine Yang.
Light against Dark, the Sun with the Moon, Heaven and Earth, as Above as Below, and Fire with Water were all some of the examples that were discussed as principals to look at areas of our lives that need to be balanced to for us to live in harmony.
In-depth conversations were had and everyone received a journal to help keep records of their thoughts, feelings and life events as a helpful tool to empty busy minds, so we are able too process the fast paced incoming knowledge and information we experience everyday.
We were reminded by Rachel that balance is one of the keys to a happy healthy life.
We are not Human doings, we are Human beings.
It was a very gentle session and we are thankful to Big Worle for making this all possible.
Humans Of Weston CIC Director Bev g Star has been undergoing a mentorship program with the Aster Foundation.
Since October, Managing Director of Humans Of Weston and community artist; Bev g Star has been part of a programme for social entrepreneurs that has been enhancing our social innovation, our community network and has helped us find new collaborations.
The Aster Foundation invest in their communities and their future through a range of initiatives.
The Aster Foundation also supports Housing First tackle homelessness and their Independent Living Services support and enable independence for older customers by providing solutions to address a range of exclusion challenges.
Bev g Star was invited to join a co-hort; a selection of socially focused organisations that have been connected online to undertake a syllabus that drives to develop innovative and sustainable ways to drive change across our communities, to invest in their future through a range of initiatives that improve life chances and remove barriers.
Whilst undergoing this programme, it has assisted HOW to strengthen its Missions, Values and Visions, Aster Inc has helped by hosting a series of workshops and sessions that has enabled us to look at all areas of our business, how we can develop and have been encouraged to assess our ethics so we can grow organically alongside our communities and find our place with what we have to offer.
One of the aims and goals of the incubator program is to develop a pilot project for the Aster clients and, in March, HOW will be visiting Wells to host a selection of creative workshops in aid to show how creativity incorporated into the every day lives of the people who network within our communities, can help lift social engagement too tackle social isolation, help people put into practice skills and generally connect with each other.
COMBAT SAD was in its 5th week when the group got to togther too explore clay with Nicky from Magesta Pottery.
The clients who attend the group in aid to lift thier mood and try to find ways to incorporate creativty in to making ourselves feel better, were each given a handful of clay to make a pinch pot, a piece of cloth to put down on the table and a cocktail stick to help indent and decorate with patterns.
Clay worker Nicky, guided the group through a gentle session by using basic skills to make something beautiful.
Examples are shown to the group of what they can achieve with little tools and creative ideas.
Everyone who attended the session felt like they relaxed into the process and enjoyed using thier focus to be in the moment and some great pieces were made.
We thank Big Worle for making community projects like this happen and happy to see people grow in confidence, social skills and as people.
Next week the group will explore the subject of Well-Being.
Community conversations are important and this week the COMBAT SAD Crew explored nature.
Learning a little more about nature was an important session focus and a vital part of the COMBAT SAD course in aid to lift peoples mood and tackle social isolation.
Fully funded by Big Worle, each week, community Artist; Bev g Star uses creativity to enable to explore ways to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Those that met as a group on Thursday evening decorated pots whilst openly discussing together ways to nurture seeds and how nurting them can relate to us humans as we grow.
Shelly Jane, a local community gardener, came to talk with the group about nurturing nature and how its relativant for our human needs as we listened to her share the wisdom she has collected over the years.
We talked about what connecting means to each of us as everyone felt the texture of the soil and we discussed the importance of establishing good healthy roots and what we need to help us thrive.
Everyone was granted the time to be seen, be heard and at the end of the session received a gift box that contained a few plant nurturing essentials.
We are so thankful to watch people grow and credit Big Worle on making this all possible.
There is something wonderful happening at the Big Worle hub..
A 10 week course called COMBAT SAD is being fully funded by Big Worle.
Each week a group get together to explore ways to keep our spirits lifted, connect with other people and learn new coping mechanisms for low mood.
This week was magic as host and community Artist; Bev g Star welcomed Dawne Hope from Mihalo Meditation to guide the group through a Singing Bowl Meditation.
The session Started with Dawne talking of her experiences travelling the world spending time with the Buddhist Monks, the work she does in the recovery network and her journey on the path to enlightenment.
The meditative sound journey was transcending and all the attendees relaxed as the group learned that where our energy flows, our manifestations grow.
The session was much needed and everyone felt uplifted and calm after the experience.
Dawne was excellent at sharing her knowledge and we were so pleased to have her guide the group through this practice.
At COMBAT SAD this week, connections were made, new skills were shared and people were uplifted….
Everyone who attended the session was gifted a Happy Meditation Kit that contained; Incense sticks, Earthing River Rocks, Bath Salts, A Candle, Herbal Tea and a few other goodies.
We hope everyone takes the time out to rest and look after their selves.
Launching with the idea to make conversations with the community, the HOW show fixed a weekly Sunday show going live at 5 to shine light on the humans that can be found around the magical town of Weston-super-Mare.
Director of the Human CIC, Bev g Star alongside radio show producer Harii Bo made a safe sounding show with good music and great community conversation.
Since the show started, 25 humans from Weston’s community have appeared on the show to talk about their organisations, their love of the town and what they contribute the growing town.
The last show aired in 2021 was with a live chat with James Willis-Boden, a local town representative that talked about his own contribution plus his involvement with the Fridge of Free food in the Sovereign Centre.