community lead creativity for Humans

In 2021, Humans of Weston relaunched.

After a break for a bit of rest and research, we found our niche and launched ourselves back into working with the humans in our community.

With feelings of physical and soical isolation, this year was a tough year for many but, it has made us grateful for all the connecting that has come about….

Our communities are growing despite the hard times and it feels like there is a sense of those communities coming together whenever and wherever they can.

We found out that there is a need for community and creative spaces for us all to make a postive contribution to our places and people.

We learnt that people grew when they were shown skills, given materials and opportunities to grow.

Humans of Weston has had the biggest pleasure in working with many community members this year and we are most definitely thankful to the organisations we connected with.

Our re-launch saw the Creating Connections project in partnership with That Creative Thingy Wotsit CIC, shine light and hosting 14 live interviews with organisations that are doing wonderful things in our town.

Weston Foodbank, Culture Weston, Theatre Orchard, Somewhere to Go, community artists, VANS, The Scrapstore, Artspace and so many more were part of the Creating Connections project.

Humans of Weston also this year began to contribute to the communtiy by hosting a live radio show in partnership with Wave Community Radio where we go live at 5 on Sundays talking with the people from the town and allow them to talk about their projects and community engagement.

During our relaunch, That Creative Thingy Wotsit CIC became wonderful partners for us humans as we learnt how to host community projects and engage our people;

TCTW CIC went on to receive funding from North Somerset Council, The DCMS and National Lottery to host creative workshops for people recovering from drug addiction.

TCTW used thier partnership with Weston-super-Rocks along with community artist bev g star to host some engaging workshops and connected with Orchard Community Housing, Sefton Park Rehab and thier service users to promote health and wellbeing through art.

Together they hosted The Creative Recovery project that ended on a high this December with a total of 6 creative art exhibits whilst connecting with clients who are recovering from substance abuse and thier community.

HOW also worked alongside the occupational therapist from Goodings Disability Service to assist creative activities for those with limited abilities whilst helping them access the Artpsace Weston.

Sessions were hosted by screen pritinter; Zara Emily and bev g star to make a creative collaboration with funding support from Weston Artspace.

The piece of work created will be on show in January 2022 as a display for the public to see.

The 21st Century Super Shrines, a 3 year project was also something we got involved with.

Celebrating national artists that are contributing to our town, Culture Weston facilated creative workshops that engaged the community and contributed to a community Super Shrine that is focusing this first year on Morag Myerscough who is coming to build a colourful bandstand in our town…

Throughout 2021, we have been with our community every step of the way, capturing these moments and sharing them with the world for all to see what happens when you incorporate creativty and positive thinking into our lives.

We love creativity and all its forms and our contribution to brightening the town of Weston with oppurtunites, street art and beautiful things has only just begun…..

Next year we predicted growth for all the humans we work with and we thank everyone for thier support.

Stay tuned.



Pop up creativity..

Today some more creativity happened..

Funded by North Somerset Community Learning, people came together at the North Somerset Training Community Interest Company hub to make festive crafts, be together and connect with people.

Amongst the activities there was card designing, bauble decorating and wood slice tree decorations made.

Everyone that attended the session enjoyed being in the safe space and relaxed into the gentle way of expressing themselves, as well as showing willingness to get involved and unlock thier creative licenses.

Clients who access community services often think that they are not creative but end up finding out that have skills they didn’t know they had.

It is a great feeling to be able to bring creative joy at this time of year to people who are looking for ways to connect, get involved and grow.

The workshop was led by community artist; Bev g Star and assisted by Emz from Lemonie Art.

We would like to thank everyone that help us to help other humans grow and those that enable us to do such work.

Wishing everyone a gentle festive season and we remind you all to take time out to rest, recover and explore your creative side.



The Creative Recovery project was a great success

The Creative Recovery Exhibition

We have taken part in some wonderful projects over the years that have enabled us to connect with the community. We are so thankful for being able to be part of the Creative Recovery project.

The project is all about incorporating creativity and encouragement to people who are recovering from substance abuse.

The project ended with an exhibition of the work created on one of the ten week courses; the whole town was invited and it was a great show.

This project was facilitated by That Creative Thingy Wotsit and funded by the National lottery fund and North Somerset Council.

The project gave us opportunity to work with; Weston Super Rocks, Sefton Park Rehabilitation Centre, Orchard Community Housing, That Creative Thingy Wotsit, Weston Artspace and many more.

As the project grew organically, members who took part in the project were given the opportunity to put thier skills to good use and feel like they have something to contribute by giving back.

Mannie who was on the pilot project contributed his film and media skills and made this wonderful documentary to highlight the wonderful impact the course had.

We are so thankful to have had this opportunity and it has been wonderful to have eveyones support.

We are hoping to do host some creative projects and grow some of our ideas in 2022 so stay tuned….

Humans of Weston