Archive: May 2020

  1. Creative Steps: Collective Craft Project #MHAW2020

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    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.

    You can read their guide on why kindness matters here.

    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.

  2. Youth Mental Health Matters

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    As we approach the end of Mental Health Awareness Week  amid news of plans for a phased easing of the lockdown, we have been thinking  a lot about young people, and how they have experienced the challenging circumstances we have found ourselves in.

    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)

    There are loads of great videos on youtube that can help promote wellbeing.  Yoga, a whole load of different breathing videos like this and this, and lots of meditation and mindfulness videos.*

    *yes, pretty much everybody feels awkward and/ or fidgety the first few times they try them out! It’s worth trying them again.

  3. Creative Steps: A Journey to Wellbeing – Film Launch

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    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.

    You can view the film below, or alternatively click here for further information.


    We see the film as being a great starting point for conversations around creative participation and wellbeing.

    Get involved and let us know what you think.

  4. AFM ONLINE: Creative Home TikTok Challenge

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    This week the AFM crew set themselves the challenge to learn a TikTok dance, specifically Blinded by the Lights by the Weeknd. 

    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

  5. Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week

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    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!



    (Click the picture for a bigger version that you can download)


    Govan Ward Mutual Aid group on Facebook
    Scottish Women’s Aid
    Action For Happiness
    Maternal Mental Health Scotland
    Perinatal Mental Health in the time of COVID-19

    We will be sharing more resources and content for Mental Health Awareness month later in the month, so keep your eyes peeled.

  6. Home Crafting with Creative Steps

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    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.
    • Weekly updates and new activities on our blog.
    • The start of our digital classes.


    Stay safe, well and creative.