Over the last few months,the seniors club have been writing and rehearsing their very own play. It will be filled with festive celebrations, mad costumes and jokes aplenty- but let’s not give too much away! Although the play is set during a ‘wild’ New Years party (so wild that the DJ can’t get the speakers working…) we have been taking a very calm approach to rehearsals. In order to promote wellbeing and increase self-esteem, our seniors begin each session with breathing exercises, stretches and even some tongue twisters to loosen up their vocal cords. Everyone say it with me: ‘Ommmmm’…
To celebrate the start of a new year, our groups have been busy creating vision boards to reflect on positive emotions and what we want to achieve.
Our tutor Vanessa encouraged participants to think about colours, patterns and images that appeal to them based on emotional themes such as feeling calmed or energised.
These boards are a great way of using creativity to explore what is important to us.
2019: What Have We Been Doing?
2019 was a great year for Creative Steps, with the project continuing to grow. We reached many new people, started a new weekly community-based group in Gallery 966 and held outreach classes at new locations across South Glasgow, including Pollok.
Additional activities throughout the year included a new Photography class for beginners, a certificated class in Machine Sewing (in partnership with Glasgow Clyde College) and volunteer led classes in Dreamcatcher Design and Crochet.
The launch of our volunteering programme in July was a success, with a number of people taking part in roles such as service advocates, befrienders and class tutors. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has volunteered their time with us.
In December we said goodbye to Tina, our service Manager, who built Creative Steps into the successful project that it is today. Tina made a huge impact during her time at Plantation Productions – both in developing a project that is so vital for our community, and also advocating for the use of creative participation as a source of support for individuals with mental health issues. Her leaving party was well attended by many of our participants and was a wonderful and emotional celebration. Tina will be greatly missed – we wish her the best of luck.
Going forward, we have many exciting crafts and activities planned which we look forward to sharing with you.