It has been such a busy time for us recently, adapting to all the current changes going on as the country copes with the Coronavirus pandemic.
Our main priority has been the well-being and safety of our staff, volunteers and ladies who come to Feathers Futures. As this has meant that we have been unable to see each other, we have been working out ways to keep in touch and let you all know we there for each other.
We have done this through increasing our social media presence, creating closed groups, making phone calls and responding to emails.
We have also created little well-being packs that have been posted out, as we are aware that there are many ladies who don't have internet access at home.
Last night we were invited onto BBC Radio Norfolk to talk about how we have adapted, Rob Butler made us very welcome and the response to being on the radio has meant we have had an increased demand for our support. We are really pleased that people are reaching out for some support, even if it's just a friendly phone call that is needed, don't feel you aren't deserving enough to ask for one, because to us you are very important.
We were invited to have a stand at the International Women's day event at the Town Hall in Great Yarmouth. The day was focusing on women's health and we listened to a number of health experts talk about the challenges and work going on to improve women's health.
We had a visit from Emma_LC_Art who kindly designed our logo and allows us the use of her artwork to create our positive quotes. While she was with us she painted our logo onto the wall. It looks absolutely fabulous and has brightened up our place even more! Thank you Emma.
Today Jane came and delivered a creative writing for well-being workshop. It was centred around the poem by The Magic Box by Kit Wright, we explored the poem and thought about how it was written and looked at the things that he had put in his box. We wrote our own poem, thinking about what we would like to put in our boxes and what our boxes would look like. Everyone was very proud of their poems despite having no experience of creative writing. We hope that Jane will come back and deliver more workshops in the future.
Exciting news! We have become a charity! We started as a community interest company but felt that we were better fitting with being a charity and so the application went in last year and we have been working hard and patiently waiting for the good news.
We are having our very first fundraising event! 2019 took us completely by surprise and we haven't stopped, but we want to do more! Please do come along and support us, all welcome. Also if you have a raffle prize you would be able to donate please get in touch. We are keen to make our first event a success.
Over the weekend our little hub has been redecorated, a huge thank you to our landlord EKS living clean for supporting us and making our place so lovely and also to Mark Tilley the painter and decorator for working all weekend to get it done with as little disruption to our groups and activities. It looks great!
So today is exactly a year since we signed the lease on our little hub, reflecting back it's been an incredible year with far more going on than we had anticipated. Thank you to everyone who has made it such a success. We can't wait to see what the new year will bring, we have so many exciting plans so watch this space.....
Our Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit course completes this week, it has been an absolute pleasure to run the course for such an inspiring group. They have supported each other to make some really positive steps forward. The feedback from the groups has been incredible. The course will run again in the new year, if you would like to find out more please get in touch.
Today we had a Christmas craft morning and had great fun in making the hub look very festive. Plenty of coffee and mince pies were had too!
They've done a great job.
So pleased with our festive Christmas card design. Emma_lc_art has done a wonderful job as always. We will be selling the cards to raise funds and also sending them out. Thank you Emma for your support as always.
Today our ladies enjoyed being part of the mystery lunch, the stories that they had written were proudly displayed and could also be heard if you sat in the story chair!
Our fantastic volunteer Debs is starting a Christmas craft group running alternate Thursdays until Christmas. She will have all the materials needed to make some great homemade gifts and decorations.
We are pleased that two ladies who have completed our Future You courses have decided to set up their own craft group. They have recognised the benefits of having the peer support and did not want to stop coming to the groups. They have been supported to apply for a small community grant to cover their initial start up costs and room hire and so Gorleston will now have a Feathers Futures Craft group run by volunteers.
We started our Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit course this week, a wonderful group of women who have experienced domestic abuse in their past and want to understand the impact of having experienced domestic abuse in order to be empowered to move forward.
Great news this week! Our popular "Get Crafty" group will be running weekly from now on. It has been such a success that fortnightly is just simply not enough! We have been overwhelmed at the talent within the group and also at the determination to learn new skills from scratch.
We are taking referrals for our Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit course. This is an excellent course for women who have experienced domestic abuse in their past and are still feeling the impact. The feedback from the course has been that it has really helped to process some of the feelings that were left behind as improving self esteem and confidence.
We have been busy preparing to have a stand at Tribe Norfolk, a beautiful local festival of music and celebrating all things Norfolk. If you are going, please come and say Hi. We will have some of our postcard sized prints for sale as well as making little boxes of positivity.
Tonight we were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of a new National Lottery game in London, it was certainly an experience. We are thankful to the lottery for funding some of our Future You courses.
This is Jo being interviewed about our project.
The "Get Crafty" group is proving to be very popular, it's a lovely chilled social evening. It's running on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday's of the month.
We are excited to be launching a new evening craft group called "Get Crafty". This is following feedback that they would like activities to do in the evening as this is when most services are not open and they feel most isolated. No experience or skills necessary, there will be a variety of crafts to have a go at as well as refreshments and friendly faces. Just £2 per week.
Last week we had a visit from the incredibly talented Ruthie Collins, she is doing a fantastic project here in Great Yarmouth.....
Would you like to try your hand at creative writing in a safe, supportive environment with other women? Help celebrate inspirational women, nominated by the Great Yarmouth community? Champion a woman you know or admire? Writer Ruthie Collins is offering a free story writing workshop to women in Great Yarmouth to improve literacy, confidence and wellbeing – in partnership with Great Yarmouth Library, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the National Centre for Writing, original projects, and Harbour Radio. Stories will be shared in an exhibition in June at Great Yarmouth Library.
The workshop is part of Yarmouth Mysteries, an Arts Council England funded project supporting Ruthie Collins while she writes her novel, Doing Up Cleopatra in Great Yarmouth, while helping residents try their hand at creative writing. Doing Up Cleopatra has two lead female characters from Great Yarmouth, plus features women artists throughout history – with a lead female detective.
School children from St George’s Primary School have also been writing mystery stories for the project, featuring ‘treasure’ given by residents in Great Yarmouth – places, objects and parts of the community that they love the most.
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4/3/19 Who doesn't want one of these mugs? Not only do they have beautiful artwork from the incredibly talented Emma_lc_art but they raise valuable funds for us to be able to support more women on our project in Great Yarmouth.
Pleased to be able to facilitate this worthwhile course soon. If you are interested in attending* or know someone who would benefit please get in touch.
*Attendance on course is subject to an initial assessment.
Or if you would like this delivered at your organisation, please get in touch to find out costs.
Excited to be attending this event. Inspiration and cake, what could be better. Come along if you are local to Great Yarmouth.