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This week, during our digital youth work session with our Ambition For Media group, we paused our usual creative activities and games to make space to discuss the current events surrounding police brutality and racial tensions in the US. During their insightful and moving conversation, one of the young people shared a significant gospel song which resonated with her. The lyric from this song rings very true: “when black boys are killed, we need to say something, and if we don’t say something, we are saying something.”
We took a moment to watch the trailer for ‘Riot from Wrong’ created by Fully Focused Productions, reminding us that these tensions and issues are not unique to the US.
A conclusion which arose from our discussion was the necessity for white people to really open their eyes to racism around them, and take the time to explore uncomfortable truths. There is a lot of powerful media that serves as helpful resources to educate and raise awareness. A quick google of “anti-racist [books/ films/ podcasts/ etc” is a good start. As film enthusiasts we have gathered a small selection of films, exploring relevant themes, which you can see below.
Riot From Wrong “On the 4th day of the riots, in the face of the devastation and destruction, surrounded by negativity and misconception, 19 passionate young people from across London came together to take positive action.
The critically acclaimed, eye opening documentary RIOT FROM WRONG is a result of that positive action.”
The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson
“Marsha P Johnson was an American gay liberation activist and self-identified “transvestite and drag queen” who used she/her pronouns. She was also a key player in the 1969 Stonewall uprising. Though her untimely death was initially ruled a suicide, this documentary sees activist Victoria Cruz try to find justice for her friend.”
Black and Scottish
“Racism is not just an American issue, as this BBC watch proves.
Featuring the likes of Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education) and other prominent Black Scots, this short documentary sees film-maker Stewart Kyasimire ask, ‘what does it really mean to be Black and Scottish?’”
Glasgow’s Slave Trade Past Is All Around Us
On a similar note, this short YouTube video from BBC The Social highlights Glasgow’s history with the slave trade:
Finally, viewing some videos on YouTube is a way to donate money to Black Lives Matter through simply pressing play. Revenue from adverts will be donated to BLM charities, check out the link for more information:
Over the last week, our Creative Steps participants have worked together to create a collective project from home to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Week.
With the theme for this year being kindness, we had plenty of inspiration and ideas for how to interpret this as a craft project.
The campaign, led by the Mental Health Foundation, emphasises the importance of being kind to both yourself and others. They highlight the benefits of doing so and provide many suggestions for simple acts of kindness that can make a significant difference to our wellbeing.
Our aim was to create a collective project made up of individually designed rainbow themed tiles.
Rainbows are a great symbol of kindness, compassion and caring – there are many currently displayed in windows across the city to show solidarity. This theme also enabled us to be as open and creative as possible with the colour scheme.
Participants were invited to take part by submitting a photo of their tile design, detailed in their weekly Crafting Post Packs. We sent out instructions and templates to work from, but left the actual decorating open to any interpretation.
We were very impressed with the range of materials used and ideas – everything from stitching, modelling clay and sequins to pencil, pens and glitter.
Thank you to everyone who took part in this crafting project. We hope that you enjoyed the challenge and like the final result as much as we do.
In terms of Mental Health and wellbeing, there are lots of resources out there for young people (and parents.) The links below will take you to a lot of valuable and non-judgemental advice and information, including phonelines, because talking about your feelings or issues with someone outwith your family/ social circle can really help. They are well worth a look if you are finding things difficult right now, and just as worth it if you want to help the people you care about, or just understand what’s out there.
The Plantation Youth Team is in the process of developing a project focussing on Youth Mental Health, supported by the Creative Steps Programme. We’re really looking forward to learning with and from our youth participants about positive actions we can all take to promote positive mental health and resilience in young people.
Sending warmth and support out to the young people we work with, and those we don’t (and those who care for and about them.)
Online Resources for Young People (Adults, you’ll find information on these websites too)
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, we are launching our short film: Creative Steps – A Journey to Wellbeing.
This film looks at the work of our Creative Steps Programme, which uses creative participation to promote positive mental health. Based on a three step progression model, we deliver craft classes in outreach health settings and at our community base in Govan, as well as offering wider participation activities and events.
Through demonstrating the work that we do, we can advocate for the use of peer support and creativity as a tool for positive wellbeing by showing how truly effective this can be.
To bring a range of voices and experiences to the film, we worked with participants of the service, who have enduring mental health issues, and health professionals from our network of referrers and outreach contacts.
Are YOU up for the challenge? You can check out the tutorial here.
Although we are setting this challenge for the AFM club, we’d be really happy for anyone else to participate (especially the kidz club members!) whether you attend Plantation or not. You can share your clip with us via our facebook page or twitter @PlantationP.
Pro Tip for Parents – The official age for for young people to have a TikTok account is 13. Check out helpful tips from the NSPCC about managing risks around app usage here
In honour of Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week as a part of Mental Health Awareness Month, we wanted to reach out to the mothers of our Youth Groups’ kids (as well as any other mums who might be stopping by).
We wanted to say that we recognise what an extraordinary job you are doing through this difficult time, even on the days when you don’t have the energy to do everything as perfectly or even as averagely as you wish you could. We know how much strain you are under to keep things ‘normal’ and safe-feeling for everyone else, and how easy it is to forget your own needs in that. We hope that you have people who you find it safe and easy to talk to about how you are feeling when you are facing struggles. Nobody should feel like they have to face them alone. Don’t forget that organisations like the Samaritans were set up so that everybody would have someone safe to talk to.
We have heard from some mums that the Action for Happiness calendar is a great tool for finding small manageable moments for happier and kinder days, even with a busy schedule, so we have attached the May calendar below. The theme for this month is ‘Meaningful May’ – why not try it for the month and see if you reap any benefits? We’ve included a few other links below incase they are useful to you.
Stay safe & be kind (to yourself!)
My Mum’s Sari by Scottish poet and mother Bashabi Fraser
I love my mother’s sari on the washing line
Flapping like a giant flag, which I pretend is mine.
I love its silky softness when it’s folded to a square
Which I can roll into a ball and pretend it isn’t there.
I love to hold its free bit that swings over mum’s back
And wrap it round my shoulders, like a potato in a sack.
I love the pleats that fall in shape and spread out like a fan
Where my kid brother crouches and says ‘catch me if you can.’
I love to wash my dirty hands at the kitchen sink
And wipe them on mum’s sari before she can even blink.
But when she takes her anchal and ties it round her waist
I know it’s time for battle and a quick escape is best!
Keeping connected and maintaining positive wellbeing is important, and creativity is an effective tool to promote this. Though our Creative Steps groups are not currently running, our distance services during the closure include: creative post packs, an online resource with tutorials, and soon we will have digital classes running for participants to access.
Our sixth creative pack will be sent out next week, bringing the total to 465 packs delivered to our participants.
Based on three themes – wellbeing, health and creativity – we try to fit as many engaging activities as we can into each envelope.
In the last month, we have received a number of photos from participants to show what they have been making at home. It has been lovely to see different interpretations of a task and the incredible, vibrant colours used throughout.
Vanessa, our very creative tutor, has been busy developing activities for our blog. Some highlights over the past few weeks include: decoupage glass decorating, sun catchers, nature inspired sketching, homemade body scrub and diamond crafting.
Each of these crafts can be made using items that you may already have in your house. Many involve upcycling or reusing old items in some way to create something new.
New tutorials will be added every week.
These craft tutorials are available for all. If you want to do something creative, why not give one a try? Take a look here.
In the next month, look out for:
Regular post packs, filled with activities and resources.
This week AFM have selected the challenge to create video game characters. You can design as many or as few characters as you like.
You can draw the character using a simple but effective pen and paper, you could go for some cosplay and get some photos dressed up as the character, or if you’re feeling fancy/ technical you could draw them on an iPad or a laptop.
Although we are setting this challenge for the AFM club, we’d be really happy for anyone else to participate, whether you attend Plantation or not. You can share your work with us via our facebook page or twitter @PlantationP.
The main character: for this one you have complete freedom to unleash your imagination.
The evil one: a thief, a monster or maybe a witch? You may want to think about their relationship to the main character. Are they enemies, if so, why? What threat do they pose to the character or the world that they are a part of? Make them as gruesome or perilous as you wish.
The helper: whether a wizard with great wisdom, a trusty side-kick or a kind stranger, this character will lend your main character a helping hand.
Tip #1: Create a moodboard of ideas from video games, films or books that you enjoy.
Tip #2: Clothing and silhouette can be two of the most eye-catching and memorable components to your character.
We hope that you are all doing well and enjoying the sunshine- even if it is from indoors. Plantation Productions remains closed due to Covid-19, however we have continued to provide support and inspiring activities for our participants and community, as well as working together to develop exciting plans for the future. Some highlights from the last few weeks:Two Creative Steps care packages have been sent out, featuring an array of creative activities that can be done at home with simple materials, as well as info on staying healthy and calm.
A Creative Steps blog has been set up, with plenty of fun creative activities and can be found here: https://www.creativesteps.org.uk/ I fancy trying out the sewing tutorial myself!
Ambition For Media digital sessions will begin next Wednesday. Each week our participants will vote on the activities that the Youth Team offer, from photography competitions to horror story writing.
We will be sharing at home activities for young people and kids on our social media, under the themes of ‘stay active’ ‘stay calm’ ‘stay informed’ and ‘stay entertained’.
Two care packages for our Seniors Film Club have been sent out, highlights of which included the Govan Quiz, seated yoga and info on local resources.
Let us know if you have enjoyed our distance activities, and if you have any suggestions for anything you’d like to see during the upcoming weeks.
“Teach her that the idea of ‘gender roles’ is absolute nonsense. Do not ever tell her that she should or should not do something because she is a girl. ‘Because you are a girl’ is never reason for anything. Ever.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Happy International Women’s Month from Plantation Productions. Over the last week, our Kidz Club have been busy creating zines in celebration of women and girls who inspire them. We learned about International Women’s Day, zine-making and most importantly, we all had the chance to appreciate the incredible women in our lives.
“In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” – Caroline Flack
This week is #RandomActofKindnessWeek. In light of recent tragic events, a week that celebrates spreading kindness could not have come at a better time.
It is important to see kindness as an essential part of our nature and lifestyle, not something completely random, although the following ‘random’ acts are a good way to start. Although some may seem little to you, they will definitely have a big impact on someone else’s day:
1. Donate or gift a form of media that has inspired you.
This could be a song, film or book that has had a positive and uplifting impact on your life.
It’s completely free of cost and not only may it inspire someone as much as it did for you, but it will let the receiver know that you are thinking of them. Can’t think of someone who would appreciate it? Donate it to a library, charitable organisation or second hand shop.
2. Leave a supportive comment on someone’s social media.
Simple! Be nice to someone online today. And next time you think of commenting something negative online, take a moment to question how this will be perceived by others.
3. Journal your gratitude.
Gratitude journaling is a bit of a fancy way of saying write down what you are grateful for. This could be in a diary, post-it, or even your phone notes. Maybe you are grateful for your body (show yourself some kindness!), your dog or a friend. If someone specific pops into your head share the love and let them know. Look back on what you have written if you are ever feeling blue.
4. Prepare someone a home-cooked meal.
It could be someone that you love, or a stranger that you think needs it. Eat with them (no phones or distractions) and enjoy each other’s company as well as the beautiful meal that you have created from scratch.
5. Write a card or letter to someone from the past who impacted you positively.
‘Dear old friend…’ Is there someone who you are sometimes reminded of, that you wish to thank or don’t talk to as much as you should? This is the sign that you should reach out to them. Can’t think of anyone? Write to your younger self and admire just how far you have come.
Our advanced sewing class were given the opportunity to complete a SCQF Level 3 Qualification in Basic Sewing Skills, thanks to Glasgow Clyde College.
The twelve-week course taught participants a range of skills and tested learning using both practical and written demonstrations. Participants were asked to complete a cushion as their main project, using beautiful tartan fabrics. These were decorated using images such as dogs, stags and thistles. Hopefully these beautiful cushions are being proudly displayed in people’s homes!
Everyone taking part successfully completed the course and received a certificate to evidence their learning. Congratulations to all of our participants for your hard work and commitment.
Thanks, as always, to our talented and very patient tutor Morag, who delivered the course and helped every participant to succeed.
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.
The kidz club have been carrying out some really interesting and spooooooky science experiments this month leading up to Halloween, making enchanting potions, concoctions, and some very…poorly looking pumpkins.
But this week is party time, and having a great time celebrating all things gloriously ghoulish.
An exciting opportunity is available at Plantation Productions on a 12 month contract for an Admin/Project Support Assistant working 25 hours over 5 days. This post would suit someone starting out in their career, looking to take their skills to the next level. It is a varied role working with a small team.
The job is funded through the SCVO Community Jobs scheme and all candidates must meet the criteria set (see https://scvo.org.uk/jobs/community-jobs-scotland/vacancies ). Application and eligibility forms are available at your local job centre and you must be unemployed at the time of application.
Your duties will include assisting the Office Manager with the day to day administration of a community arts and media charity. To assist other members of staff as required and set up/support projects and groups running within the charity.
Answering the phone and passing on messages to relevant staff
Responding to information requires from the local community
Maintaining general office supplies
Opening/closing the charities premises
Setting up for meetings and group activities
Research, note and record keeping
Maintaining files and contacts databases
General administrative duties
Marketing, including social media
Experience of using MS Office Suite, Laptops and/or Macs
Excellent organisational skills
Good communication skills including interpersonal, verbal and written
Able to problem solve and work on own initiative
Ability to multitask and prioritize
Flexible and willing to contribute to the success of the team
Attention to detail, keeping accurate records and notes
Plantation Productions and the Portal Seniors Film Club would like to invite you for an afternoon of film to celebrate May Day and its traditions of workers’ solidarity.
We will be showing “Britain on Film: Protest” (79 mins) alongside “Time & Time Again” (10 mins) – a short drama, written and performed by the Seniors themselves, which is based in Govan in 1971 at the time of the UCS Work In.
Plantation Productions and the Portal Seniors Film Club would like to invite you for an afternoon of film to celebrate May Day and its traditions of workers’ solidarity.
We will be showing “Britain on Film: Protest” (79 mins) alongside “Time & Time Again” (10 mins) – a short drama, written and performed by the Seniors themselves, which is based in Govan in 1971 at the time of the UCS Work In.
At a time of intense public activism both at home and across the globe, explore the varied and fascinating history of public protest in the UK with the Independent Cinema Office’s new archive film programme: Britain on Film: Protest!
From a 1910 suffragette demonstration to striking coal miners in the Rhondda Valley, from female CND protesters spanning the Tamar Bridge to the defeat of fascists at London’s Cable Street, this absorbing, illuminating collection examines the nature of protests large and small and for causes regional and national, by participants fighting for suffrage and democracy, against exploitation and inequality, for fair wages and worker’s rights, for public safety, freedom and community and in the face of war and oppression.
Sourced from the national and regional archives and newly digitised, Britain on Film: Protest! tells a story not just about specific protests and their causes but about a tumultuous social, political and economic century and the constant, dynamic presence of public dissent and its effects as a weapon of change – at a time when raising our voices feels more essential than ever.
The Gallery has been full of colour this week as the groups make bunches and bouquets of paper flowers! We’ve had carnations, tulips, roses and more.. Our teacher Vanessa started us off with some basic flowers and then group members used their creative licence to make some beautiful new designs!
These floral creations have all been made with wire, glue and a mixture of card, crepe paper and tissue paper. They will make great Mother’s Day presents – and will stay bright and colourful all year-long!
Some group members are going to create wreaths using the flowers they have made.. watch this space!
Week 7 of learning how to use IPads for our seniors group looked more like a scene from the Great British Bake Off as they tucked into a platter of strawberry tarts for Roberts birthday! The mood was buoyant, so it was a great opportunity to have a creative session, brainstorming ideas for a music video to accompany the groups self-penned song, “the Govan Town Rag”.
Their creative ideas were flowing just as quick as the cups of tea with enough great suggestions for the music videos, this group really know their stuff! Looking at the history of Govan through the power of google opens up access to a plethora of images and historical detail on the area which fits perfectly with the song. Everyone is looking forward to the next stage where they will be learning how to put together the various elements of a music video using, of course, the ipads.
The seniors group internet adventure continues, this week travelling the world using google maps. We looked at satellite images of where we are now then expanding it to destinations further afield like Liverpool and India. After zooming into street view, we used google to calculate the distance to travel using a variety on methods including how far it would be to walk it!
Always an important thing to know when in Scotland is, “what will the weather be like today?” so our intrepid seniors used the BBC weather app to plan their activities for the week ahead.
Introducing the google app to the groups was a real eye opener for them and some time was spent finding out about things they had always wanted to now but, didn’t know how to go about it. There was a real “wow” moment when they realised that literally anything, they wanted to know about was “online” and accessible at the touch of a button well, several buttons!
After refuelling on tea and biscuits, they looked for images of hobbies or things that interested them. The group were then tasked with searching for specific images relating to a song that the group had previously written called “The Govan Town Rag” which is about the diverse Govan community e.g. kids playing, the people who live here, what they do, what the area is like. One of the group found a picture of herself as a young child at primary school, you can imagine her delight!
There is no stopping them now, roll on next week…..
As you may know, as well as all the activities in Gallery 966, the Creative Steps programme also includes jewellery classes which take place in mental health resource centres and health centres all around Glasgow. Led by our lovely and multi-talented Project Manager – Tina!
Running classes out in the community means we can provide activities in supported groups for people who find our base in Govan a bit difficult to access. Many people start off at these classes and then join an ongoing group at the Gallery when the course is finished – they catch the crafting bug as we say!
Three courses are running at the moment and they are coming towards the end of their 8 weeks! The groups have been busy learning all sorts of skills making necklaces, earrings, bracelets.. Tina took some snaps yesterday at the Stewart Centre in Castlemilk to share what they’ve been up to.
If you would like to find out more about our classes and how to get involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Plantation Productions senior group are only on week 5 of learning how to use Ipads for everyday things and we are struggling to keep up with them!
After recapping on what they learnt last week, this week they picked up the pace and learned how to take photos, make an album and how to move photos to different locations. They’ve learnt some tricks too like spotlight search and using photo booth which is a photograph filter app.
The room fell silent at points due to the intense concentration of the group only to be interjected by the tutors instructions and some members egging each other on by saying “have you done that yet, I’m onto this bit”, all meant in good faith!
Not forgetting a friend who has off through illness for a few weeks, the group wrote a heartfelt message on a flipchart board and took a photograph to send their best wishes all using their ipads.
The Creative Steps groups have been cooking up a storm in Gallery 966.
We have been making tomato and basil ravioli. It’s the first time we’ve been able to eat one of our crafty projects and hope it’s not the last – the results were delicious!
First we made our own pasta with flour, eggs, oil and water. Then made a sauce with fresh tomatos, basil, onion and garlic. After rolling out the pasta and cutting it into pasta shapes, we filled these with the fresh and tasty sauce. We took this home to cook up and eat with any of the sauce that didn’t fit in the parcels.
It was great to be reminded that we can use our creative skills in the kitchen too!
Our wonderful senior’s group celebrated the life and poetry of the National Bard Rabbie Burns in style this week.
Before tucking into the traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, Robert presented the haggis to the skirl of the bagpipes followed by Mitch who addressed the haggis with a passionate speech and Tom who gave an inspiring rendition of the Selkirk Grace.
After finishing off the meal with apple pie and custard the group had a fair old knee’s up which Rabbie himself would have been proud of!
Jack delivered a thought provoking and funny toast to the lassies with his lovely wife Marion matching him with an expertly delivered witty reply.
A great time was had by all and we can’t wait to do it all again next year!
Hello and Happy New Year from Creative Steps! We survived the festive period, enjoyed a break and are now looking forward to an exciting year ahead at Gallery 966!
The groups have started the year by making vision boards with their intentions, hopes and dreams for 2019. Taking inspiration from old magazines and books they have made gorgeous collages of words and images which will help to inspire positive thoughts and give a wee lift at the start of the year.
Stay tuned for updates about what we get up to in the Gallery in 2019!
The Portal Kidz club got snap happy, and learned about the basics of portrait photography with our very own Ashleigh. They did an amazing job! The each took turns at sitting for, and taking these photographs, and the results speak for themselves! You can check out their portraits properly here.
Check out their festive efforts -using the green screen as a background, which Ashleigh then edited for the kids, allowing them to hand craft some some special xmas cards for their families.
The kids loved learning this new skill, and learned a lot! This included how to work safely and as part of a team using unfamiliar equipment. We couldn’t be prouder of their efforts.
We have been full of Christmas cheer for the last couple of weeks at Gallery 966. Last week we were crafting away like wee elves in preparation for Govan Loves Xmas and this week we have been recovering and celebrating the festivities with christmas parties and some more casual craft sessions.
First of all to thank everyone involved in Govan Loves Xmas! All of the groups worked so hard to get all the beautiful items ready for the sale – the stalls looked ace and that is thanks to you! Huge thanks to the members that volunteered to help to set up and work on the stalls despite the cold and wet. Thanks also to everyone who made it down to the fayre and visited the stalls – the funds from the sale will contribute directly to all the amazing activities and groups that take place in the gallery.
After recovering (and defrosting!) from Govan Loves Xmas, we’ve had lots of fun this week eating delicious snacks, making gorgeous smelling orange pomanders (had to look up the real name – before it was ‘cloves in oranges’), swapping presents and cards, and giggling away together.
What a great way to round off the year.. Groups will finish this week and recommence on the 14th Jan 🙂 see you then!
What a fantastic night…there was singing, dancing and a film too!
The film called,‘Time and Time again’ was about Govan in the 1970’s. The seniors’ acting was spectacular and gritty making a really captivating film with historical accuracy.
The atmosphere was electric as the seniors took to the stage. They sang their hearts out, and read out some of their own poems. Jack’s had the audience laughing out loud where as Bob had penned a very thought provoking, soul-searching poem
They did themselves proud!
We also had the pleasure of the Govan Allsorts choir who wore tartan skirts and performed a dance routine, they were ‘geen it laldy’ with old Scottish Songs, we danced the night away!
What a cracking night full of fun, laughter and singing!
A special shout out to Frankie and Alison who were unable to make it in person on the night but were there in spirit!
Week 6 of our health and well–being course was all about the healing power of crystals.
Our lovely tutor brought in her extensive crystal collection which included – clear quartz, rose quartz, tiger’s eye, jasper to name but a few. Before the class started we all choose an Angel reading from a pack of inspirational cards to set the tone and help make people feel good about themselves
In order to start the crystal healing process, we need to know where to start. We do this by learning about our chakras of which we have 7. These are our bodies main energy flow points and if one is out of balance, the wholes of our system can be out of sync.
As part of the healing and well-being process it’s important to understand our “aura’s”. Everybody has one which hover’s around us like a force field and is in tune with our mind and bodies. The aura can be pulled in by our bodies if there is a problem with any part so to be able to assess your or anyone else’s aura can help you to decide which area is needing healed.
Working in pairs we sensed each other’s auras by standing two feet away from the person having asked them to close their eyes and to communicate to us if we were getting to close. We stretched out our hands and then go around the body, without touching it, from head to toe in a circular motion. Some members of the class felt a warming sensation, others felt a buzzing sensation.
The tutor finished up the class by giving us a pendant and explain how to use it to open our friend’s chakra’s and asked a member of the class to lie on the floor while she demonstrated.
This class was beautifully inspiring and just what we needed on a Friday after a long week.
We are already into the 5th week of our health and well – being course so it was time to take stock and reflect on our learning so far. How better to do this than with a warm cup of comforting, home-made tea.
The group made their own blends using different tea leaves and herbs to create a unique cup of tea tailored to individual tastes. Using different tea blends we added herbs including – hyssop, thyme, four flowers, peppermint, chamomile and lavender, all of which are known for their calming and well-being properties.
The ritual of tea making has been around for centuries across many different cultures and the process allows you to relax and be present in the moment rather than furiously squishing a tea bag in a cup because we are always stressed and in a hurry! Taking time to let the tea infuse for around 5 minutes and gently pouring it into your favourite cup, then sitting down in a cosy corner and letting your thoughts be still for a while makes the soothing liquid taste all the better.
So next time you make a cuppa, why not slow down for a bit and enjoy, taking time to be present in the moment and unplug from everything else that is going on. You can even try making your own or go to a herbalist/health & well-being shop who will have blends of tea already made up for you. Think its time for another cuppa!
It’s a great way to relax and kick off the weekend.
This is the 4th week of the health and well -being course that Gallery 966 is running supported by Glasgow Clyde College. This week, the class was creating hand cream with their favourite essential oils mixed in to create a calming, silky and lovely scented cream. The base cream that they used is fragrance and oil free body lotion. The room smelt beautiful with the aroma of essential oils filling the air!
After making the creams the class finishes up by meditating for five minutes, with the support of the tutor. The class has been learning the 4 -7 -8 meditation: breath in through your noise, for the count of 4 (in your head), holding the breath for 7 seconds and letting the air out of your mouth making a whooshing noise for a count of 8 and repeat four times.
This autumn, the seniors have been busy: dressed up for Halloween, while limbering up and getting their vocal chords ready for their concert at the end of November.
During the Halloween party they sang their set of songs and they sounded on top form!
There was a prize for the best costume; our Jack won – he was dressed up as a hippy!
As the nights draw in, we need something to look forward to so come and celebrate in style with our St. Andrews Day Concert (30th November) – for more information and to book your free tickets click here
Huge congratulations to our D.A.F.T. Media Club for their fantastic production of “The Travelling Companion” last night at the Pearce Institute. The months of hard work finally paid off. Brilliant team effort. Thanks everybody.
Happy World Mental Health Day readers! To celebrate we thought we’d do a wee post to say a bit about our work towards positive mental health at Creative Steps.
The Creative Steps programme is a highly successful programme which has been developing for several years, drawing on our experience of working with mental health service-users. We believe that joining a peer support group with arts and crafts activities can have a big impact on mental health. It’s a chance to get out of the house, make friends, have a blether, get the creative juices flowing, overcome personal challenges, and to spend time with others who are in the same boat.
What do our members say?
It is important for us to get feedback on the project from our members. We’ve organised a few sessions over the past month for the groups to have a wee chat about the project and the effect it has had on their mental health. Here are some highlights:
‘I feel safe and secure in class and supported by everyone. I’m so pleased that I started this class because I find it therapeutic doing crafts, especially in a group’
‘I feel so much better after the group. I try to remember that good feeling when I don’t want to leave the house’
‘I feel like I’m part of the world now’
‘I used to think that I was the only one with mental health problems, but I’ve realised lots of people struggle and that I’m not alone’
‘Being part of this project has given me the confidence to volunteer running craft groups myself’
These comments speak for themselves! It’s clear from these powerful messages that everyone in the groups can be proud of their journey and the support they provide each other every week 😊.
What can I do if I’m struggling with mental health problems?
Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time, the good news is that there is lots of support available for those who need it. Here are some of the services you can contact for support:
Breathing Space – a free, confidential phone and web-based service for people in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety.
Call 0800 83 85 87 Lifelinks – for counselling, stress management and group work
Call 0141 552 4434
Samaritans – offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you
Call 0141 116 123; Email email@example.com
Pawm-Pawm Patrol has arrived at local nursery thanks to Bead ‘n Blether members Katie and Gillian.
This month Broomloan Nursery came to ask Katie and Gillian whether Bead ‘n Blether could get crafty to help brighten up the school. Katie got busy and started making pom-poms! In no time at all, she produced a bag full of gorgeous multi-coloured decorations. Magic!
The pom-poms will help to decorate the Macmillan Coffee Morning the nursery are hosting this month. The event will take place9-11am and 1-3pm, Friday 28th September at Broomloan Nursery, 635 Govan Road. Please come along and show your support – EVERYONE WELCOME!
In pom-pom world, I’m sure there’ll be no rest for the wicked with the festive season just around the corner..!
One of our regular tutors Vanessa brought the outside-in at Gallery 966 yesterday. In the morning Cre8 group made sculptures out of moss and in the afternoon Well Crafty were flower arranging. Bloomin Marvelous!
Check out these moss sculptures – made using chicken wire and fresh moss that the group collected throughout the week! The moss will grow and spread over time, just need to remember to keep spraying it with water. The group made a wreath, a stag head and a mushroom to name a few of the creations. They even popped in a few succlent plants to make themselves at home in the sculptures!
The gallery smelt amazing as the group in the afternoon arranged flowers in a tea cup first and then made free standing bunches!
Thank you Vanessa and the groups for bringing a burst of colour into the Gallery on a cloudy Tuesday!
Blog post from Katie – a member of the Creative Steps ‘Time Out’ group:
Hi, my name’s Katie and I attend Plantation Production’s Monday morning Time Out project.
I have mental health issues, mainly depression and anxiety. Before joining the project I would isolate myself, but the group has helped me make friends with like minded people.
Very often I would feel empty and didn’t know how to fill my time. My CPN, Maureen would often suggest I try a hobby and on one occasion suggested book folding. I’d never heard of it before so she showed me pictures (courtesy of Google).
I went home, did some research and now I’m hooked. I watched YouTube videos and searched for Facebook groups. I joined a group ‘Don’t Judge A Book By The Cover’.
The owner Michelle has uploaded some patterns and so I tried my first book fold, a simple heart.
I also found a website that has free patterns to download ‘http://foldedbookart.co.uk/’. They also have a Facebook page and, for a small fee to join, gives you access to a pattern maker.
If I have any questions or are looking for advice, both Facebook group’s members are available to help. Or there are many YouTube videos to watch.
So now I’m able to create my own book folds and enjoy making customised ‘thank you’ gifts for friends, family and more recently Plantation Productions.
Book folding has helped my concentration and confidence. It’s a cheap hobby, all you need is a pencil, ruler and scissors. I buy the books from Charity shops so they benefit too.
Final day of our D.A.F.T. Media Summer sessions. Filming, acting and fun. Thanks to our amazing Amanda for her brilliant workshops and planning. A great time had by all. Wishing everybody happy holidays, and look forward to seeing everyone when the clubs start back on Wednesday 15th August.
The weans were oot on another summer day trip yesterday to Moogety Garden learning how to make a fire and cooking fresh food! We learned how to spark a fire using steel & stone, discovered wild animals & smelt lovely flowers in the garden.
Thank you so much to Roisin & Moogety for hosting a beautiful day!
Treat your ears to a wee listen to BBC Radio 4 at 1655pm this Friday, 6th July. “The Listening Project” will broadcast the first of 6 conversations between the young people from D.A.F.T. Media, and their parents. (Repeated Sunday 8th July at 2.45pm). First up is Faith and her Mum, Funmi.
An exciting opportunity has come up for someone new to join our team!
A one year contract for the position of Production Assistant is available, which will involve undertaking a range of supported project learning creative media skills for production and acting as general admin assistant to the team. This will include general administration/office duties, setting up for groups/activities, assisting with all elements of creative media projects, research, interviewing, facilitation, film production/editing, communications, social media, marketing, project development, content generation, digital production and community development work. A chance for additional training opportunities will also be possible with this role.
Closing date for applications is Friday the 27th of July. You must be between 16 and 29 years old, and must currently be unemployed. For full details on the position click here, if you are interested please contact your local jobcentre and ask them for an application form.
To celebrate Refugee Week we’d like to share a piece of work we recently had the opportunity to develop with a fantastic group of young people who all arrived in Glasgow as young unaccompanied Asylum Seekers. We were able to run this pilot with the support of the Gannochy Trust.
Within the project the group also developed the map below, with invaluable help from Nahom at Freedom From Torture.
This project is just one of the many amazing achievements this group have made, and are continuing to do so, having just began to support a whole new group of young people who will certainly benefit from their collective skills, knowledge and experience.
What an achievement for our 5-10 year olds last week when, after just 7 weeks of rehearsals, set design, singing and acting lessons, they performed “The Winter King and The Summer Queen” drama to their friends and families. Thanks to the brilliant Claudie Layden for pulling this together in such a short space of time. Lots of happy faces.
It is with the deepest sadness that we share the heartbreaking news of the death of our dear friend, Gerry Gilmartin.
Gerry will be greatly missed here at Plantation Productions by all the staff, volunteers and people who had the pleasure of knowing him. In his role as Chairperson he has supported the development of Plantation Productions and contributed to the success of the Creative Steps to Wellbeing programme. Gerry has been a true advocate for the power of creativity and peer support in his role as Chairperson and also as a volunteer and participant.
Everyone who’s had the privilege of working with Gerry always found him a caring and generous person and this is truly a great loss to us all and the community as a whole. On behalf of everyone at Plantation Productions we send our heartfelt condolences and sympathy to his wife Gillian and to all his friends and family. We will always remember Gerry with a smile upon our face.
After just 7 weeks of preparation (learning lines, creating sets and gathering costumes), our brilliant Kidz Club groups have been putting the final touches to their Drama performances of “The Winter King and The Summer Queen”. Can’t wait to see their incredibly cute performances next week.
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So proud of our young D.A.F.T. Media members and their parents for taking part in Audio Recordings for the BBC “Own It” website and Radio 4’s “Listening Project”. They all did so well,and can look forward to their conversations being aired in the next few months.
We’re on the countdown to the long-awaited premiere of the Portal Seniors Film Club latest production, Time and Time Again.
This project has been a fantastic collaborative experience for all involved. From the initial research, to the development of the script, rehearsals with actors, filming with the extremely talented crew, writing the soundtrack song…and now YOU, the audience!
The film is being featured as part of the Radical Film Festival – a festival inspired by the events of 1968 – a time of uprisings across the globe. Although our film is set in Govan in 1971, it shares many of the the themes of the Festival, and the lessons we can learn from our collective pasts…
Friday 4th May, 2pm-3pm
Scottish Trades Union Congress building, 333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6NG
We are running a Community Film Project to find out how we can build upon and share the knowledge, history, culture, skills and resources that exists in Greater Govan. How might organisations and residents work in equal partnership towards a shared vision?
Today we ran the first workshop and heard lots of brilliant ideas and we still want to hear more from you!
Do you live in Govan and want to get involved? No film experience required.
Venue: The Portal, Plantation Productions, 978 Govan Road, G51 3AJ
For more info, contact Angela@plantation.org.uk or call 0141 445 1666
Huge thanks and farewell to the lovely Vickie Beesley who’s been working with the Kidz Club on Drama, storytelling and puppet making over the past few months. The project culminated last week with performances of stories that the children had created, performed by their very own homemade puppets. Haste ye back Vickie!
We are delighted to announce that the Creative Steps programme has been awarded 3 years BIG Lottery funding! This is not only a much appreciated investment in the future of the Creative Steps programme but also a great endorsement of the power of creative participation.
Creative Steps is a person-led programme working in partnership with mental health resource centres, local GP surgeries, and the community. Using creativity as a tool for engagement, to develop and share skills, building relationships and networks, this innovative programme supports individuals to manage their mental well being from place of treatment back into the wider community.
This is officially our last day in the office until January 3rd! We’d like to thank friends and everybody involved in Plantation Productions for a cracking year. Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2018! X
Could not be more proud of our D.A.F.T. Media Club members last Tuesday night. They wowed their friends and family with a fantastic (self-designed set and) performance of “The Wizard of Oz”. First stage performance of many we hope. Well done guys and Merry Christmas everybody!
D.A.F.T Media’s production of The Wizard of Oz is finally here! We’ve spent weeks rehearsing songs, creating costumes, sewing sheets together. The weans have worked incredibly hard and learned all their lines, we’re all very excited. They’ll be performing their play in front of friends and family tomorrow evening.
We set up a green-screen festive photo booth at Govan Loves Christmas. We took Govanites on a journey around some of the frostiest winter wonderlands we could find! Did you come with us? Find your holiday pics on Flickr by clicking >>HERE!<<
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Season’s Greetings from everyone at Plantation Productions!
CAN YOU HELP? (Again) …You have all been amazing so far, but we have one more appeal to help the Seniors Film Club Film put the finishing touches to their film “Time and Time Again”…. We are looking for photos (or film if you have it) of the people and places of Govan in 1971 (or thereabouts).
Whether it’s funny family pics, dodgy fashions, work photos or snaps of Govan landmarks, we want to get an idea of how Govan REALLY looked at the time.
To keep us right with copyright we need to get permission from the person who owns the images to use it in our film, so if you are cool with that, please get in touch…
You can contact Angela on 0141 445 1666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You could also drop by to the Seniors Film Club on Thursday 29th November, between 2 and 4pm and we will copy and return your images there and then.
Or, feel free to post on our Facebook blog, and we’ll get in touch with you from there.
Here’s a couple from Nan from the group to get us started.
The Seniors Film Club were in the studio last week recording the music for their Time & Time Again short film. The lyrics were inspired by events which took place during 1971 and were collaboratively written by the group, but you’ll have to wait until the film is complete to hear it!
We will be holding our annual AGM from 5pm – 6.30pm on Tuesday 28th November at The Portal, 978 Govan Road. G51 3AJ.
We invite you to join us as we look back on our year, and look towards 2018. Following the formalities of electing our board, we plan to take in a film or two with one of your first mince pies of the season and some light snacks and refreshments.
The final shoot for the Seniors Film Club ‘Time & Time Again’ short film took place on Sunday in the sunny back gardens of Govan with our lovely wee actors Eva and Daniel.
The local residents were more than accommodating and happily kept their washing in for us filming (mind you, it is cold November). That’s us now finished all our filming so a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved so far.
We’re away back to our post-production shenanigans…
It’s been a busy few weeks in our Seniors Film Club with the post production stages of the 1970s set ‘Time and Time Again’ short film well underway and a few sneaky peeks of the rough edit. The group have been writing and singing some music to include in the film with the help of Gerry and his lyrical skills. We’ll be holding a screening of the film very soon so watch this space!
The D.A.F.T Media Group were invited to the BBC and were treated to a buffet of food and drinks. They spent the evening brainstorming creative ideas and learning how they can be involved in content in future. We had an amazing time, thanks to BBC Scotland for having us!
Our latest crafty group who meet on Tuesday (who are so busy crafting that they’ve not decided on their name yet!) have started thinking about Xmas by designing these super trendy chokers. With the Govan Loves Xmas event in mind, the group began a ‘make one and donate one’ with a choker being made to contribute to our annual craft table at the event.
The stigmatising of mental health problems is something we believe shouldn’t exist. Every person will suffer from a mental illness at some point in their life and it’s vital we’re all there for one another.
If you’re suffering from mental illness, know you’re never alone. Seek support. Take care of yourself and each other.
Our Bead ‘N’ Blether group hosted a wonderful coffee morning a couple of weeks ago and collected over £600 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to everyone who attended and well done to those who won in the raffle.
We said hello to a new arts & crafts group starting at Gallery 966 today. Two groups from the Govan Health Centre and Brand Street Health Centre have joined together for a new group every Tuesday 11am – 1pm, but they need a name! Can you suggest some crafty names for us? Puns and wordplay are welcome!
Our groups have recently finished working on their large canvas display just in time for Self Management Week and it’s looking smashing up on the wall at Gallery 966! Everyone worked hard and put a lot of emotion into their pieces.
Huge welcome to all our new Kidz Club members this session. Delighted to have Vickie Beesley back and leading the adventure to create Plantation’s very own Magical Mystery Museum (of Magnificent Makes)….. Watch this space!
Filming for the Seniors Film Club short film started last week and we’ve been having a fantastic time shooting! A big thank you to all the cast and extras who’ve taken part so far. The dad of one of our extras Joe Gallagher was in an original iconic photo at the shipyards (Joe pictured above). We received such a huge response to our Facebook call out for shipyard extras gaining 25,000 views so a massive thank you to those who shared the post too!
Over the last few months our Portal Seniors Film Club have been developing a short film script based in Govan around the time of the UCS Work in Summer 1971. The group have created – and will be performing – their own characters, based on a group of senior citizens contemplating a rapidly changing society against a backdrop of the Equal Pay Act, the rise of CND, Tory cuts and globalisation.
We are currently in rehearsal, (Thursday afternoons 2-4pm) with filming scheduled for September, but are still looking for cast members for a few parts. Unfortunately we can only cover basic expenses, but would offer an opportunity to anyone wishing to develop their film show-reel, and/or support the Seniors Film Club in their current venture.
CHARACTERS (all set in Govan, 1971)
ALEC – Male. Lead part. Early 30’s. Bit of a “Jack-the-Lad”. Works in the shipyard. (Availability for filming – all day on 21st and 22nd September + one other day tbc). Ideally could also be available for rehearsals on Thursdays at 2pm with the group, but not essential.
“THE SHARK” – Male. Glasgow gangster/Moneylender. Age 30+. Menacing presence. (Availability – Thursday 21st September)
WAGES CLERK – Female. Late 50’s+. Office worker. Well groomed. Due to retire. (Filming Date tbc).
SHIPYARD WORKERS – Males. Working age. Two workers have a speaking line each in the script. Other workers, to be filmed in wages queue and walking out the yards. (date tbc).
CND “HIPPIES” – non-speaking role. (Availability 21st and/or 22nd Sept)
Male – early 20’s – shoulder length/long hair.
Female – early 20’s – very short/”pixie-cut” hair.
Please feel free to share amongst your actor friends.
Should you wish to find out more or put yourself forward for a part, please email email@example.com or call Angela on 0141 445 1666.