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.
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.
Wave Community Radio and their team have been a great partnership for HOW, facilitating not only the HOW show, but shows hosted by other radio voluntary presenters such as; The Hart Playlist with Leanne Hart, The Foundry with Jim Woods, Folk with Flic by Flic Wilson and The Real Show hosted by the LGBTQ community.
The HOW show is set to relaunch January 30th 2022 and will return by bringing you the finest Humans of Weston we can find.
Back in October 2021, a project at the Weston Artpsace called U.R.I.C.A has hosted.
Funded by Arts Council England, The Artspace teamed up with local occupational therapist; Sarah from Goodings Disability Services to help clients with limited abilities rehabilitate from long term illnesses and access the communities creative space.
Sarah Gooding’s aims and goals are to produce evidence to doctors, local authorities and other organisations that incorporating creativity and art into the rehabilitation of people that are looking for ways to engage socially, mentally and physically is a great contribution to peoples health and wellbeing.
Local screen printer Zara Emily and community artist Bev g Star came together with Sarah to work alongside and host a series of creative workshops that enabled the clients who attended the sessions to explore mark making and screen printing onto fabric puzzle shaped pieces that all will be contributed to a bigger piece that will be on show in the window of the Weston Artspace and will be launched at an exhibit on Wednesday 19th January.
The clients enjoyed the creative rehabilitation sessions and stated more sessions like these would benefit their health, wellbeing and they felt more confident about accessing the community space that is run by a group of volunteers.
The Artspace team are inviting everyone down to the space to see the work the clients produced and think this is a great opportunity to to get to know and expand their community.