The HOW CIC are in term 4 of thier creative skills courses.
Four weeks ago we launched our last sessions for 2022 by facilating 6 courses at Weston Artspace for the community to grow and develop skills that they can transfer into skills for life and find opportunities for work.
So far we have created 2 events, 1 being a fashion show to show how cosume making can lead to opportunities for commissioned projects and a table top workshop day for those people who are attending the ‘How to host workshop’ course.
We will be announcing our Recycled Fashion fashion show next week….
We have enjoyed the tie dye skills sessions as it’s enabled the clients to explore techniques that can help them repurpose old fashion and sell the creations they make as a way of becoming self employed aswell as enjoy the process of creating.
The engagement has been inspiring.
It’s been a wonderful 4 weeks and we encourage anyone looking to learn with thier community to engage with us.
These courses were made possible with funding from North Somerset Community Learning.
So much is happening and we want everyone to be part if it,
The HOW CIC has launched 6 new courses to help its community grow..
The Humans of Weston have been busy working on organising the last term of 2022 with a selection of interactive skill building sessions.
With funding from North Somerset Community Learning, the HOW CIC has launched 6 new public open courses and 2 closed groups for our community.
Our 6 open public community courses and workshops are;
Back in August we asked our communtiy what they wanted to learn and what skills they would like to develop to help them grow.
The community wanted us to think about being eco friendly and upcycling nature as well as scrap materials so, with that in mind, Monday mornings at 10am till 12pm at the Weston Artspace we will be hosting: Eco Crafts.
On Tuesday mornings, for 9 weeks, HOW will be facilitating a Costume Making course that will end in a parade of the costumes we make.
The first session will focus on designing a fancy headress whilst talking as a collective about the end of term show.
Tuesdays afternoons will be dedicated to a Creative Skills drop in where people can come to a safe space, enhanced thier creativity and express themselves with different mediums.
Our community wanted colour and informed us they would like to further thier skills in Tie Dye so they can maybe upcycle and sell clothes to better thier future independent work choices.
Wednesday afternoons from 1pm till 3pm, we will be exploring different tie dye techniques including working with tshirts and canvas bags.
With a focus on creative skills; HOW CIC came to understand that our communtiy want skills that can further artistic and creative careers.
HOW hosts and facilates creative workshops and believe assisting other people to host thiers would be a great skillset to develop;
Thursdays at 10am we will work with clients to help them create and design workshops of thier own.
Also a skill that our communtiy wanted to further was thier event hosting skills..
We have designed 8 weeks of course information that will help them produce some events on the 9th week.
1pm till 3pm on Thursdays we will create an event and promote to the wider community.
All of the above courses will be held at Weston Artspace.
Our current focus is to help humans grow skills whilst connecting in a creative and social environment.
We were so happy with so many humans that came to see our creative showcase..
The Humans of Weston showcased the work created by artists that had been on 2 10 week courses; Creative Discovery and Make Your Art Pay.
The Creative Discovery course enabled people to explore different mediums in hopes that they can use skills to improve their social connections and develop transferable skills that they can use as they grow as artist before entering the industry to find work.
Throughout the Discovery course, clients explored Tie Dye, Resin, fluid art, ink work and Macrame.
Make Your Art Pay focused on the next steps of becoming a self employed artist and making a sustainable living for creativty and art.
We were joined by many people who are already established in the community and are doing magical things to shine light on the people of Weston.
HOW focuses on bringing communities together eith an eco friendly twist, and on the 29th September 2022 we opened the doors of the Artspace and were visited by 169 people.
The work we are currently doing is made possible with funding from North Somerset Communtiy Learning who have a remit to assist people taking steps to get back into work and further skills.
We are so thankful that we have been able to create connections amongst communities and help people grow.
Term 4 of our creativtiy starts 17th October….
Stay tuned to our social media for course launch deatils,
We are preparing for our exhibition at Weston Artspace on September 29th..
The HOW Community Interest Company was on its 8th week of its 10 week course term structure and the session was all about finishing work ready for the exhibition at Weston Artspace on September 29th.
Throughout the year, we have worked with more than 500 people, all coming forward to be part of the communtiy projects we host.
The Creative Discovery course focuses on allowing people to connect with thier creative side by developing creative skills and then putting them into practice.
We are passionate about assisting the communtiy to drive us forward and grow ideas that best suit them and what they need from us.
At the end of each of our sessions we ask for feedback about how we can further improve our services and skill sharing sessions so the communtiy feels included into the growth of our organisation.
The feedback we have received was that people enjoy the inclusion and social connections they make from being part of it all and would love us to host another term of interactive and socially engaging projects.
We have been lucky to be funded for some courses and workshops sessions by North Somerset Community Learning who share our ethos about helping people grow skills.
Our humans spoke and we listened…..
Term dates and courses will be announced early October,
We are hosting an exhibit for showcase our skills.
The Humans of Weston have been busy making things happen.
For the last 7 weeks we have been facilitating creative engagement workshops and sessions to help people grow in confidence and unlock thier creative licenses.
Creative Discovery is a 10 week course in which the attendees explore different mediums to make art. The course ends on the 29th September with a 1 day public exhibition to showcase the work that has been made throughout the weeks.
The Humans of Weston have started the Summer holidays by hosting a creative session at the North Somerset Training hub on Alexandra Parade in Weston.
Funded by North Somerset Community Learning, our hosts got together to facilate creativity and encourage people to explore water colour paints and wax crayons.
With over 15 people attending of all ages, the workshop was a great way to spend some time.
Artist Em Thomas says she loves helping people grow thier creative passions.
Throughout August, the Humans of Weston will be at the Hub on a Tuesday from 12.30 till 3.30 assisting adults to discover creative mediums and on a Wednesday from 12.30 till 3.30 welcoming any age communtiy members to join in the fun.
Tie dye is the activity that is planned for the 9th and 10th and we are looking forward to seeing what people create.
Humans taking creativity to the next level by attending a course that will help thier art pay..
For the last 6 weeks we have had insight to a pilot course called: Make Your Art Pay funded by North Somerset Community Learning and is being hosted by community artist Bev g Star and creative assistant Emily Thomas from Lemonie Art.
The course started with an introduction on becoming a sustainable artist that has a focus on community activities.
There will be an opportunity for the up and coming creatives to pitch thier abilities to the local communtiy in hopes to connect and grow.
These sessions have been designed to enable creatives that have found a purpose in art to take thier passion to the next level.
In week 2 the group welcomed local life coach, writer and extraordinaire; Becky Walsh to talk about Networking.
The importance of networking is fundamental for emerging creatives and we were happy to help make this all happen.
Also invited to talk about her work, local visual artist Marta Hutt held a discussion on marketing and managing and organising workload.
Marta engaged with the clients and they enjoyed hearing this artist share her tips for motivation first hand.
The up and coming artists are due to learn more creative business skills before hosting an exhibit of thier work on the 7th July at Weston Artpsace from 10am till 2pm
We are hoping community organisations, community members and others attend the exhibition of creative skills to see what the group have to offer whilst maybe finding an opportunity to work with them.
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.