11 WonderZoo Events with Omnium Radio & Shekinah Mutley

Collaborators

● WonderZoo

● Omnium Radio

● Shekinah

Describe your aims and ideas

We’re trying to tackle social isolation and fear by creating a program of 11 events in 2022-2023 that enable the community to come together, discover or develop their own creativity, experience culture, feel empowered and make friends.

We’d like to create…

– 3 x WonderZoo evening shows at Union Corner.

We will showcase 8 artists from diverse backgrounds to perform spoken word, music, theater or comedy at each show. At least one artist will be new to performance. Food to be provided by Purdy’s Punjabi Cuisine. Free entry to enable greater inclusion and diversity of the audience. These shows will give local artists the chance to share their work, and for the audience to experience local culture. Omnium Radio will record each show, edit the audio and broadcast it on their shows. The volunteers at Omnium Radio come from backgrounds of additional needs and learning disabilities, so this would be a chance for them to be actively involved in a WonderZoo show, meet new people, learn skills and enjoy the community and culture.

– 3x Adelaide Park Fun Days

In 2021 WonderZoo created three Adelaide Park Fun Days over the summer months, which were loved by the local community. We’ve been asked by many to hold the events again this year as they really brought the community together after a long time of social isolation due to Covid19 restrictions. We’d like to create these events again as they did so much good for everyone involved. We collaborated with diverse groups such as Hope Football, Street Factory, DBI, Oasis Project, Nudge Community Builders, RAAY and Adelaide Street Angels, and will be increasing our collaborations this year. This year, Omnium Radio will do vox-pop interviews at these Fun Days with local residents, and broadcast these recordings on their shows. Shekinah will be at the events, with an information table about what they do.

– 4 x Safer Streets Workshops at Shekinah Mutley

Sharon Vinson from Shekinah Mutley charity shop would like to develop her shop into a

venue for cultural events in the evenings. We’d like to pilot this by running a series of 4 workshops at her shop where a speaker/teacher/instructor engages the participants in discussions about street safety. Participants will have the chance to express themselves and tell their own stories. These workshops aim to empower its participants and will include subjects like self-defense and consent. After an instructor has given a talk or demonstration, Chi Bennett (WonderZoo) will facilitate open discussion.

– 1 x Safer Streets Christmas Show at Shekinah Mutley shop.

Those who participate in the workshops will be encouraged to create a performance piece or piece of art inspired by the workshops and perform these at a Christmas Show in December at the Shekinah Mutley Shop. This will allow them to be heard, grow in confidence and make friends, whilst tackling a very important and serious issue that affects so many of us.

– Research Project

These events will form a research project, looking at how WonderZoo can continue to collaborate with both Shekinah and Omnium Radio over a longer-term project, helping and supporting these organisations to have greater connections with the community and more opportunities.

Why is it important?

WonderZoo has always been rooted in breaking down barriers, working with different people, giving people opportunities, supporting them and empowering people. We are always trying to increase our community outreach and we want to work with Omnium and Shekinah because they do really interesting and meaningful programs that help some of the most vulnerable people in society. This fits our ethics, values and aims.

Describe how you will work together to achieve this.

– WonderZoo’s strength and skills are running workshops and performance events. Slain McGough Davey and Chi Bennett created around 120 events over 2020 and 2021, including workshops, street theater, festivals and performance shows, online and in real life. Despite lockdowns and restrictions, they creatively adapted to continuing their performance platforms and workshops. They have a lot of experience working with people and bringing groups together to work alongside each other.

– Omnium Radio’s strengths and skills are working with disadvantaged people and using their expertise with radio technology and broadcasting to provide opportunities for others who may get opportunities elsewhere. We have worked with Omnium Radio at our recent Peace Event raising money for the British Red Cross Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal. The Omnium crew broadcasted our 7 hour fundraising event live on their radio

station. This was the first time we worked with them and we’d like to grow this connection as there’s a lot of potential for creativity and growth.

– Shekinah’s strengths and skills are having the knowledge and expertise needed to work with vulnerable people. Sharon Vinson is the shop manager and has great organisational and people skills, as well as PR and social media. Over the last two years, Sharon has transformed her shop into a vintage boutique, which is now a popular destination on Mutley Plain. Creating evening events with Sharon will help to develop the shop as a venue. She’s interested in arts and culture and has hosted two WonderZoo charity gigs (in 2020 and 2021) at her shop, which proved highly successful. These two events were the only times we’ve done events with Shekinah, and we’d like to do more as there is a lot of potential for developing the space to become a new cultural hub in Mutley. With our event management skills, we feel we can really support Sharon into making the most of her shop space and creating interesting experiences for the community.

Our three organisations would like to work together because we share the similar values of breaking down barriers, bringing people together and giving people opportunities. We feel that through storytelling, communities have greater cohesion and greater understanding of one another, and art can bring people together in fun and uplifting ways that can inspire others.

Community Wellbeing

Collaborators 

 

  • Wellbeing Workshops Devon CIC 
  • Colebrook SW 
  • Memory Matters (Moments Café) 

Describe your aims and ideas 

 

Wellbeing Workshops, Colebrook and Memory Matters will work together to produce and deliver dementia friendly and inclusive wellbeing workshops to the community. According to WHO (2021) the covid pandemic has greatly increased the health and socioeconomic factors that contribute to poor mental health. One major barrier still is the stigma that is related to talking about mental health and wellbeing, we would like to provide a safe space for the community to come in and reflect on wellbeing within a different light. A recent report completed by the Lancet COVID-19 community recommends the use of positive psychology methods to improve wellbeing and positive emotions, as a low-cost evidence-based strategy which improves community wellbeing and increases positive emotions. Our workshops include elements of positive psychology, paired with other evidence-based topics which have been shown to impact wellbeing. 

We plan to deliver 12, 2-hour workshops across 6 weeks. One on a weekday and one on a weekend to make the workshops accessible for more people, in total we will aim to have 20-30 participants across both sites. At each workshop the participants will be provided with free coffee and cake and given a safe space to develop their understanding of wellbeing and happiness. 

The workshops at Moments café on a Saturday will continue at the same time and location which we used within the life after lockdown proposal, this is because the location and day was convenient for the community, and they have expressed a desire for these to continue. These workshops will aim to add to the current participants previous knowledge and understanding and explore wellbeing and happiness even further, adding to their pre-existing knowledge, skills and understanding. As we have already has established a connection with this community group, we have asked them for suggestions of topics they would like to explore further, and these were some of their common suggestions: 

  • Reducing Stress
  • Managing depression, anxiety, and panic attacks
  • Eating disorders – e.g. anorexia
  • Sleep
  • Healthy Eating
  • Social Media

Within our previous life after lockdown workshop series our workshops at Miles Mitchell Hall were less popular, feedback from the community suggested that this was due to location. Therefore, we would like to create a new series of workshops that will be delivered from the St Budeaux Wellbeing Hub in collaboration with Colebrook SW. We will follow the following topics within these workshops as these are the core topics we always start with to help individuals develop their basic knowledge and understanding of wellbeing: 

  1. Wellbeing – What is wellbeing and what does it mean to you? A reflection on their current wellbeing.
  2. Happiness – What is happiness? A look into different types of happiness and creating a happiness toolkit.
  3. Identity – What makes you, you? A look into meaning and purpose from a humanistic and positive psychology view.
  4. Mindset – what mindset do you currently think you have? How can we use what we have learnt in the pandemic to shape and change this?
  5. Managing Emotions – What are emotions? Understanding different coping strategies and reflecting on your own.
  6. Managing your wellbeing going forward – What is rewirement and what does it mean? Creating an action plan for you to take forward.

It is important to note that Wellbeing Workshops reflects upon each workshop and alters the way they deliver to the specific community group and their needs.We also collect quantitative and qualitative data to enable us to measure the impact of our workshops.  

Describe how will you work together to achieve this. 

 

Wellbeing Workshops, Colebrook and Memory Matters have worked before on a previous POP grant life after lockdown, we successfully delivered 2 six-week wellbeing workshops courses within the community and have created an impact report from this. Within the previous workshops the following impact was noted: 50% of participants demonstrated an improved subjective wellbeing score, 100% said they would like to attend more workshops and 90% indicated that the workshops have improved their knowledge of wellbeing. The impact report also noted that longer term intervention is required to enable the community to have time to apply the skills knowledge and understanding, we are in the process of trying to secure this however we require a short-term solution to be able to continue to provide the workshops to the community. 

As part of this bid Colebrook SW will provide community premises, refreshments, and staff to support the program for 2hpw for 6 weeks. Colebrook SW will also market the program through our social media, wellbeing hub, Colebrook’s support services and other networks as well as the diverse range of community members we work with. Memory matters will work with all organisations to ensure the workshops are dementia friendly, provide a warm, caring, friendly environment for workshops including refreshments and staffing for 2hpw over 6 weeks. As well as promoting this within the moments café as we want to start more groups/workshops, which are Dementia friendly and inclusive to all, and we feel this is a perfect place to start. Each organisation has completed ‘Exploring dementia training’ which was funded by our life after lockdown bid. Wellbeing workshops will plan, create, deliver, and evaluate the bespoke workshops, whilst also creating marketing material and marketing the workshops and working with both organisations to get the word out. Our core strength is the ability to learn about the people we have within our workshops and adapt our workshops to suite them, we are not a one fit all organisation and pride ourselves within this. We deliver engaging, interactive, and thought-provoking workshops which embed topics that our evidence based to positively impact wellbeing. 

Both Memory Matters and Colebrook will also provide first-hand insight into the mentality and issues currently seen within the direct communities they are working with daily. This will enable Wellbeing Workshops to create and deliver impactful and relevant workshops to the communities. We will all work with together to measure and evaluate the impact that the workshops have had within the community. We have chosen to continue working together as each organisations morals and values align regarding our focus on wellbeing and improving mental health within the community. Also, each organisation has a specific specialty which will help support us to deliver high quality wellbeing content and have an impact on the communities we work within. As well as this, each organisation understands community needs, they have expressed a desire for a change of location for and for the workshops to continue the same within the other format, we believe that it is important for us to listen and respond to their needs, giving them a safe and accessible space to talk about wellbeing. 

Our collective operates on shared values – (People-focused, Compassionate, Open, Positive, Creative & Fun) and we believe this is an amazing opportunity for us to create positive change throughout Plymouth. We want to continue our offer to the community by maintaining this project to create a stable support network for people in the community and enabling them to develop knowledge and understanding on how to manage their own wellbeing going forward. 

 

Ptown Radio

Collaborators

  • Ptown Radio
  • DBI
  • Plymouth Hope

Describe your aims & ideas

We are PTown Radio, a community interest company. Our slogan, ‘bringing communities together’ is exactly what we aim to achieve. 

Radio can connect people in many different ways, a variety of people from all backgrounds, simply by reaching out. We want to inspire people, and reduce loneliness and the feeling of isolation. We want to be their voice when they can’t speak, their company when they are feeling alone, their passion when they are exhausted and low, and we want to be there to listen to 24/7 spreading positivity to the community of Plymouth. 

We would like to give people the opportunity to become a volunteer radio presenter, expressing themselves through the world of media and arts. We would love to offer the community a local station to listen to at their leisure.

We will connect people, build relationships and improve life’s. We will make everyone feel welcome, to feel apart of the community, simply by giving them the opportunity to be involved in the station, or being the listener. Involving the minority, reaching out to the BAME Community, embracing differences, and to educate about culture, beliefs and ethic groups, by encouraging meditation and prayer, by interviewing young entrepreneurs, new businesses and help deliver local news, by involving families, poetry, chat shows and podcasts, by developing our community, or simply listening to music, we believe here at ptown radio, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. We are passionate about helping others, and love fulfilling the enjoyment radio may bring . It’s helped improve the mental health, with a sense of being. A purpose and reminder that we are alll here together to encourage happiness and development within our communities and to ourselves. 

A community radio station is incredibly important. It plays an important part in the life of the presenters, as well as the community listening daily. “Great choice of tunes, it’s really picked up my spirits today.” Is just one message from a stranger listening, who has no connection to the presenter. They are a stranger no more, but part of a wonderful community within PTown Radio. Radio is important because you never know who is listening and who we may help that day. There is no limit on how many people we can help, radio reaches a wide audience, fast. 

We need the community to work with us, to help the station grow, the community helping the community… bringing communities together.

Describe how will you work together to achieve this.

As a community radio station, our main purpose is to work with the community. 

We believe we need others to support growth, together we will achieve more. 

By collaborating with other organisations we believe we will connect on a higher level. Working with others, we will bring exciting new spaces and opportunities to the community. 

Zara Teare at PTown Radio, manages the social media pages, bringing creative content to help spread awareness of the station. She produces eye catching flyers and posters to engage with the audience in which the listeners may want to get involved with. She works with the presenters and the schedule to offer interviews to the community. Zara has the skills to help teach the new presenters. Many arrive at the station with no previous experience. All they need is willingness to try and learn new skills and passion for radio. 

Diversity Business Incubator is an incredible organisation, reaching out to new and old entrepreneurs, building and developing businesses, offering support and encouragement. Their knowledge is important for the community to hear and we’ve been lucky to worked with Jabo Butera on a weekly basis with the ‘Business Breakfast’ Show every Friday. Broadcasting live on the app, and filmed to offer a playback option on our YouTube channel. It’s proven to be a popular show, knowing the advice is helping other people achieve their ambitions and goals is inspiring. He has the skills to hold a lot of information by memory, to answer questions on the spot. His knowledge around business is valuable to those who need it. 

David Feindouno of Plymouth Hope Organisation, has been a guest here at Ptown Radio. We love to offer interview opportunities to the community. To talk about their businesses, events or personal stories. These interviews connect with the listeners and carry on spreading. The story doesn’t stop at the radio. 

We tried to organise an event with Plymouth Hope, a community fun day to include stalls, sport tournaments, family entertainment and more, a time for the community to come together and enjoy a positive atmosphere, connecting on a social level. However with the pandemic, the event was cancelled and hopefully to be rearrange when times are safer for larger gatherings in public. We know David has management skills and can organise events on a large scale. These kind of events will be an asset in helping the growth of PTown Radio. 

Moving forward we want to help promote businesses of Plymouth by giving the opportunities to have a radio advert. We want to share events being organised by other organisations within the local area and involve the community.

Waste… of Our Time

Collaborators

● Precious Plastic Plymouth & Tavistock

● Plymouth Scrapstore

● Environment Plymouth

 

Describe your aims and ideas

Judy Harington and Kate Crawfurd have a project: ‘WASTE…OF OUR TIME’ to create a giant Plastic Waste Spiral Sculpture for Plymouth, in collaboration with communities across Plymouth. The aim is to help tackle plastic pollution through raising awareness, starting conversations about plastic in the environment and giving people a sense of agency – that anyone and everyone can be part of the solution, and show that they care. Participation will generate an increased sense of belonging and pride in the city. The final sculpture will stand as a symbol of the destructive impact the human race has on our precious planet, and a reminder that time is running out to put things right.

The spiral is a symbol of hope: of renewal, of consciousness and life itself. It is a fitting form to contemplate the way forwards.

Judy and Kate are calling out for groups, schools, businesses and households to collect selected clean plastic waste that might reflect a particular problem or be an essential part of the business, or simply be of interest. They will be running workshops to contemplate the issues and create art work, filling the steel-mesh gabion baskets that form the building blocks for a giant spiral maze. Each gabion basket will have a tag stating who has contributed the contents, what it is and if it is locally recycled. The gabion baskets will be stacked to form the high walls of the giant spiral maze, which visitors will be able to walk into, where they will be surrounded by plastic waste. The idea is that this will be a somewhat unsettling experience, connecting with people emotionally. The central area will be a space of contemplation where visitors might bring an offering to reflect upon. There will be lighting, a sound-scape and interactive elements to give feedback regarding people’s thoughts about plastic.

A large vacant city centre property has been found through the ‘Meanwhile Use’ scheme coordinated by Plymouth Culture, and doors should be open from mid-Feb 2022. Workshops and other activities will take place in February and March, with the venue becoming a space for exchange of ideas, collaboration, education and creative workshops, as well as providing the space for the build. We will be inviting other local

environmental groups to join us and showcase their work during British Science Week 11-20 March, and plan to hold a special event 25-27th March to include invited speakers, art work and performance.

Judy and Kate are fortunate to have secured the services of Morgan Sindall Contractors to project manage the build, to help with the construction and advise regarding Health and Safety aspects.

The public Facebook page WASTE…OF OUR TIME will be used to keep all those interested abreast of developments. Regular press statements and interviews will be given wherever possible.

Fotonow are creating a film document with French subtitles, and short clips for social media feeds to promote the project. The Hundred Hands group may feature us in the ‘We Tell Your Story’ project.

The University of Plymouth are helping with evaluation of the project through feedback from workshops and questionnaires.

At the end of March 2022 there will be an Open Event with speakers and performers, welcoming all involved to experience the finished sculpture, to generate publicity and question further our relationship with plastic.

After 31st March it is hoped to move the sculpture to another venue, ideally outside in a public space, for others to contemplate and experience.

The project currently has limited funding from PCC through the Preventing Plastic Pollution Coalition and Interreg EU, but further funding is urgently required to staff the Meanwhile Use premises for optimal engagement with the public and groups, and run more workshops in a Covid-safe way. Such activities are crucial to changing entrenched attitudes and habits concerning consumerism at the expense of the environment and our future.

 

Describe how you will work together to achieve this

Kate Crawfurd has worked as a practicing artist for over 20 years. She is currently Director of Precious Plastic Plymouth and Tavistock, a creative engagement CIC aiming to reduce plastic waste and inspire respect for the environment. This project runs public demonstrations, workshops and school outreach activities.

Other notable recent public artworks include:

The Ocean Organ 2021, an interactive installation visualizing Ocean Acidification, produced as a Creative Associates of the University of Plymouth

Eco-Days Exhibition 2021 at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard

Forget-me-Nots of Remembrance 2021-An environmental mural sponsored by Plymouth Octopus Project at Plymouth Play Scrapstore

She has strong connections with schools across the city and is currently engaged in a Take a Part schools project.

Judy Harington took early retirement from the NHS to follow her passion for art, studying at Exeter College and subsequently Plymouth College of Art where she graduated with distinction in 2019. Her work revolves around environmental issues, recently focussing on plastic pollution. She produced a performance ‘Drowning in Plastic’ (2018) and subsequently a short film ‘Unnatural Tides’ (2019). She organised a Mini Symposium at Plymouth College of Art entitled ‘Plastics and You’ (Mar 2019) with invited speakers from UoP, Environment Plymouth and the recycling industry. Her dissertation “Connecting through the Senses: Communicating the Anthropocene Through Performance Art” informs her practice going forwards as her main aim is to engage people in the issues we face and discuss how we can address them. Art is a powerful tool in this respect.

Judy has considerable teaching experience and has run numerous workshops at Plymouth College of Art, at Tate Modern for Tate Exchange.

She worked with Rhizome Artists’ Collective to produce an evolving art installation and performance painting All At Sea at Tinside Lido for Plymouth Art Weekender, 25-27 Sept 2020.

Recent exhibitions include Devon Open Studios with Rhizome Artists’ Collective featuring ‘Wrapped’, a plastic installation (11-26 Sept 2021), and extensive work including giant jellyfish from plastic packaging in Saltash Library, Sept-Nov 2021. She

exhibited beach finds: ‘Washed Up’ and other work for the Triad Exhibition at Leadworks, Plymouth, 19-21 Nov 2021.

Judy and Kate have strong links with Plymouth College of Art (PCA), the University of Plymouth (UoP) and numerous small environmental organisations across the region. They come together in this project to share their passions and connections with a common goal. They have already trialled a jointly-run workshop and have many ideas for the way forwards.

Plymouth Scrapstore is collaborating with Precious Plastics to help source materials for the project and provide space for outreach workshops if required. Their expertise is much welcomed by Judy and Kate, who will promote this amazing resource through the project.

Environment Plymouth and Plastic Free Plymouth have long been advocating community and business engagement to reduce our reliance on plastic, particularly single-use plastics, and have offered to support and promote the project through their contacts and on social media. In return the project will encourage businesses and individuals to sign up to the Plastic Free Plymouth pledge to reduce single-use plastic.

Plymouth City Council are funding the project primarily through the Plastic Pollution Coalition and Interreg EU, and their support is greatly appreciated.

Judy and Kate are grateful to Hannah Harris of Culture Plymouth who is coordinating the Meanwhile Use project, providing us with a temporary venue for our work, which they hope will be a shop-front venue in the shopping precinct, enabling engagement with passers-by.

A major collaboration is with Morgan Sindall Construction who have kindly offered to oversee the build of the giant spiral maze. There have already been meetings of the relevant parties.

 

During the first round, POP members were asked to advise you. Tell us what happened. What are your reflections? Have you gained new insight? New partners?

The project has already built relationships with several schools, City College, Brownie groups, Art and Energy, CleanOur Patch, Rame Peninsular Beach Care, Seadream Education CIC, Pollenize, Barbican Rebels, Plymouth Children in Poverty, Green Shoots Eco, The Sustainability Institute, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Devon Contract Waste, MVV Waste to Energy Facility, CTiP, RIO and Nudge, as well as receiving offers of help from numerous individuals. Students from UoP and PCA are likely to be assisting with the project.

Storyteller Pilot Festival

Collaborators

1. WonderZoo

2. Diversity Business Incubator

3. Fotonow CIC

4. RAAY

5. Nudge Community Builders

6. Purdy’s Punjabi Cuisine

7. Lord High Admiral Pub

8. Cawfee

9. Literature Works

10. A Press of Suspects

11. Jawbone

12. Imperfect Cinema

13. Hope In The Heart CIC

14. Art and Energy CIC

Collective’s aims and ideas

What issue are you trying to tackle?

We are trying to tackle the issue of giving performance artists opportunities to develop themselves and grow. We want to involve diverse audiences and bring people together in the time of Covid-19, and allow them to get involved in workshops, performances, make friends and creatively express themselves.

What do you want to achieve?

We want people to feel a greater sense of belonging, positivity, community and self-development. After the success of our first pilot festival in 2020 during lockdown, which was mostly online and in private gardens, we felt that a second pilot festival held at multiple venues would be the next step in researching and developing ideas to create a city-wide literature festival. This future festival will be themed around the idea of

Storytelling, using comedy, spoken word, music, film, photography, food, sport and other creative disciplines. In 2020 we hired an independent researcher, Caitlin Brawn, to study the feasibility and popularity of our first pilot festival. From her research, we discovered that there was a high demand for an event of this kind in Plymouth. By completing a second pilot festival in June this year, we will create a blueprint for a future city-wide festival. Our first pilot festival involved 4 organisations. The second pilot festival will involve 17 organisations, and the future city-wide festival will grow organically.

What will you do?

From Wednesday 1st June to Sunday 5th June 2022 we will stage events at six small venues around Stonehouse, including Union Corner, Lord High Admiral Pub, The Clipper, The Plot, Cawfee and RAAY. We will be collaborating with organisations to produce 11 events. Many of these events will be supported by Nudge Community Builders and Literature Works:

Wednesday 1/6/2022: 1) Afternoon – Art and Energy – shadow puppet workshop, storytelling around climate emergency

2) Evening – Tears and Laughter – ticketed play at Cawfee, including a meal

Thursday 2/6/2022: 3) Afternoon – Hope In The Heart Workshop – Inspiring Change Through Compassionate Connection and Storytelling

4) Evening – WonderZoo – performance gig (spoken word, comedy and music) at Union Corner. Food provided by Purdy’s Punjabi Cuisine.

Friday 3/6/2022: 5) Morning – Jawbone – Writing Workshop at The Clipper

6) Evening – A Press Of Suspects – Comedy evening at LHA Pub

Saturday 4/6/2022: 7) Morning – Fotonow – Photography workshop at The Clipper.

8) Evening – Diversity Business Incubator – African food, music and poetry at The Plot

Sunday 5/6/2022: 9) Morning – Imperfect Cinema – Film Workshop

10) Evening – Imperfect Cinema – film evening and history walk of the cinemas of Stonehouse

11) RAAY – film and photography exhibition, showcasing the work of a local film-maker, Alusché Lakuta. He will make a film about the positive impact that the different organisations in our collective have had in the community. He will film a short clip of

individuals telling their story, and create a 10 minute film. He will also take photos that will hang in the exhibition, which will be open to the public during the five days of the festival.

Why is it important?

During the time of the pandemic, the arts and culture have been hit hard financially, and many venues have been forced to shut down, which has reduced the opportunities available for artists to perform. We believe it’s really important to provide performance opportunities and give artists hope and purpose during these difficult times. Many artists have suffered mental health issues and loss of earnings during the past two years, so we want to do something to give joy and celebration. Due to the restrictions, people have not been able to enjoy arts and culture as they’ve done previously, so there is a high demand for events that can bring people together in fun and laughter.

How will they work together to achieve this?

What strengths and skills is each person bringing?

Chi Bennett and Slain McGough Davey of WonderZoo will be organising the pilot festival. Every group will organise their own events within the festival. We will supervise and co-ordinate to make sure that everything runs smoothly. We have been running performance arts events in Plymouth as WonderZoo for around 5 years, with monthly gigs, workshops, and many other community activities. We have a broad skill set and knowledge about how to run events.

Will Skillington of A Press of Suspects will organise the comedy night at LHA pub. He’s been running comedy gigs at The Bread and Roses and Devonport Guildhall, so has many comedy contacts.

Peter Roe of Jawbone is the former Bard of Dorchester and prize-winning poet. He’s worked in theatre, writing and publishing. He will help people to develop their writing skills in a workshop.

Nudge Community Builders have years of experience in putting on events and knowledge of how to support small community groups to achieve their aims.

Imperfect Cinema are the leading grassroots cinema group in Plymouth, with vast knowledge of the history of cinema in Stonehouse.

Diversity Business Incubator reach out to diverse groups in Plymouth, and are able to connect people to create diverse events involving food and arts.

Literature Works are a key organisation in the South West which nurtures talent and provides resources around literature and community.

Fotonow CIC are a community driven photography company that support individuals to tell their stories in Plymouth.

RAAY is an independent art and yoga space in Stonehouse, which over the years has hosted many community grassroots exhibitions.

Lord High Admiral Pub is a popular community venue.

The Clipper is a community venue run by Nudge Community Builders, and hosts Omnium Radio Station.

Union Corner is run by Stonehouse Action, which is a community driven group, providing space for community activities.

Cawfee is an independently run restaurant on Union Street, with space for performance and food. We have used this venue before to run a fully-booked pilot event with food and a play.

Purdy Giles of Purdy’s Punjabi Cuisine is an independent business woman, sharing her love of Pubjabi Food.

Hope In the Heart CIC is a UK-based social enterprise that seeks to improve mental health and wellbeing and inspire positive change in individuals, communities and the wider world through creative workshops, courses, resources and events.

Art and Energy CIC is a group of artists, thinkers, makers and tinkerers based in Devon. They use their skills to respond to the climate emergency. They design creative experiences to help people connect with energy systems and harness hope for a better world.

Some of the groups have worked together before, but never all together on this scale. WonderZoo is very interested in collaboration and bringing communities together. We’ve had a huge amount of experience during the past two years, working with many local groups to create inventive events. We want to work with these organisations to create a stronger sense of solidarity amongst organisations in Stonehouse, which can lead to further collaborations and creative projects that will benefit the organisations and community.

During the first round, POP members were asked to advise you. Tell us what happened. What are your reflections? Have you gained new insight? New partners?

We spoke to Simon Travers and Matt Bell from POP. We had a good discussion about our plans and were able to talk through several ideas. From a financial perspective, we discussed how we would enable organisation leads to access the POP funding, but not the individual artists or participants involved in each event. This would be to place all responsibility of payments upon the main organizer, with three signatories overseeing the payments. We wanted to take away any stress or pressure from individual artists, so that they could be paid without needing to log into the POP website.

We talked about how we’ve gone from four groups in the first Pilot Festival, growing to 17 groups in the second pilot. We wanted it to grow organically from a bottom-up roots based approach, and for it to eventually grow into a city-wide festival similar to the Edinburgh Fringe where all organisations involved get a say. We like this democratic and egalitarian approach.

We Tell Your Story

Collaborators

● The Hundred Hands

● Nudge Community Builders

● Plymouth Artists Together

Collective’s aims and ideas

Most charities and communities do not have the budget to show case the amazing work they do in a professional video format. With “We Tell Your Story” we want to increase the reach and longevity of these organizations. Through enabling organizations to present themselves clearly to new potential users, users will be more comfortable in the validity of the organization. A marketable video will unlock many new avenues for these organizations such as promoting through local social media and applying for and securing funding.

How will they work together to achieve this?

The Hundred Hands is a collective of professional freelancers with the ability to create a range of high quality media content. Nudge Community has an incredible relation to all aspects of Plymouth’s growing communities and charities. Plymouth Artists Together (PAT) represents the growing arts industry and will be a quintessential story to tell for the future of Plymouth’s art industry. Together we can contribute to boosting awareness of everything amazing about Plymouth and it’s monumental growth in community spirit. The Hundred Hands has worked with both Nudge and PAT to document the amazing work they are doing already. There are already a multitude of local communities and charities who have been in contact. We will be doing our best to give as many as possible the content they need to boost they’re digital profile. We will also be offering free marketing and advertising advice to those involved to make the most out of the content they have.

During the first round, POP members were asked to advise you. Tell us what happened. What are your reflections? Have you gained new insight? New partners?

New insight to the extent at which this project will benefit local communities. Gained further refinement in the future of this project. Will be using this first project as a launch point for more media content creation for the local community. Through getting a

diverse range of local creatives involved in future projects we can greatly increase awareness of Plymouth’s wonderful community.

Plymouth Mental Health Recovery & Empowerment Group

Collaborators

● Livewell South West

● Heads Count (Colebrook South West)

● Hope in the Heart CIC

● Devon Mind

● Marbles Lost and Found

● Truwellbeing

● You’re Not Alone Plymouth

 

Collective’s aims and ideas

We know from research and personal testimony that empowerment is a crucial component of mental health recovery. This evidence also shows that when professionals and people with lived experience bring their knowledge together to support others in learning about recovery, this can be highly empowering. A good example is the development of ‘recovery colleges’, which provide open access courses to anyone in the community with an interest in mental health. All courses are co-produced by professionals and people with lived experience and support people to learn about recovery and explore different ways of understanding mental health and improving wellbeing.

Although Plymouth has a thriving mental health peer support community, there is limited co-production or opportunity for learning about mental health recovery in the community. We are a group of mental health professionals and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties wanting to work together to share our knowledge, to inspire and support others. We aim to co-produce a series of educational workshops on recovery and wellbeing topics that will be open to anyone with an interest in learning about mental health. The workshops will take place in community venues and be free of charge.

We hope that these workshops will have similar benefits to those that have been found in the evaluation of recovery colleges: supporting people to manage their mental health and move forward in their lives, increasing social support and reducing stigma. We will evaluate our workshops by asking people to complete a short questionnaire about what they have gained from it. We hope that the workshops will enable people to feel more confident in sharing their own experiences of mental health, and perhaps become involved in developing and delivering workshops themselves. We will gather expressions of interest, to build a local network of experts by experience so that we can continually build on what we can provide. We also aim to collate information about the

range of mental health resources available locally so that we can signpost effectively and enable our participants to follow up on learning from the workshops.

If we are able to secure funding we will use this to pay for:

• The time of our unsalaried contributors. Many of our members with lived experience have given their time voluntarily to developing the project and are either unwaged or self-employed and it is important to offer payment for their contribution. A similar project in Devon, the Devon Recovery Learning Community, pays tutors at a rate of £10 per hour, with an hour’s preparation fee for every hour of live workshop time (e.g. delivering a 2.5 hour course would have a payment of £50).

• We expect that the majority of any funding would therefore be directed to small community organisations focussed on peer support and learning from lived experience. However, a small portion may be used to reimburse the larger organisations, Colebrook SW and Devon Mind, for their expertise in service user engagement and the logistical support that they can offer.

• Consumable materials: we will probably mostly use existing resources held by our members but we may want to produce handouts or other teaching materials.

• Publicity and online information: as well as using social media to publicise our work, we will produce some physical publicity material (posters and flyers) and develop our own website where people can access online resources to support their ongoing learning, whether or not they are able to attend courses in person.

• Community venues: we will attempt to identify venues that are free of charge but we may need to make use of some venues with fees attached.

We have conducted a small survey to establish what content people using and working in mental health services would find most helpful. The most popular responses were: learning about ways of coping with mental health difficulties, hearing lived experience, learning about extreme moods and the effects of trauma. We have also had some feedback suggesting that people are interested in learning more about medication and medication withdrawal. Our initial workshops will therefore aim to have this focus, although we have a wide range of expertise in the group which we will shape what we can deliver.

 

How will they work together to achieve this?

We are working together as we recognise the power of co-produced knowledge. We believe that through collectively offering our different forms of expertise, we can give people hope, challenge stigma and support people to move forward from mental health challenges. Many of our lived experience contributors have worked together before, as members of a strong peer support community but group working across the professional – peer support boundary is a new initiative. Our professional members have knowledge and experience of co-production processes and we have quickly been able to establish a shared vision and goals.

The contribution from each member will be:

Livewell SouthWest- Elina Baker, Claire Whiter, Flippa Watkeys (Mental health professionals). We have theoretical and clinical knowledge about the causes of mental health challenges and strategies for managing them effectively . We have experience of facilitating co-production and bringing recovery education to the community and belong to national professional networks that can offer support, advice and resources.Colebrook Southwest- Heads Count. We are a user led network for mental health service users, carers and everyone with experience of or affected by mental health matters. We support people to get involved and be heard, and raise awareness about the importance of mental health and wellness. We can contribute to the planning and development of workshops through bringing our own expertise by experience, as well as the views and experiences of our members. We also have a member with graphic design skills who has contributed to the development of our logo.Hope in the Heart is a Community Interest Company led by Tam Martin Fowles. Our focus is on inspiring improved mental health and wellbeing. All our staff and directors have lived experience of mental health and associated issues. We offer training to organisations as well as workshops and courses for community members. We bring knowledge and experience of co-production and of delivering community workshops to support mental health recovery and learning from lived experience.

Devon Mind- We are a mental health provider who already provide a range of courses and peer support groups. We are interested in broadening the range of opportunities that are available for learning about mental health recovery and are keen to support the development of more co-produced content. In particular we are offering support to the group with administration and publicity.

Marbles Lost and Found- a mental health information hub, community website and support group, run by Nicky Nurrish, a person with lived experience. Marbles offers anyone struggling with mental health issues support, guidance and wellbeing tips and tools from those with lived and professional experience. I am able to contribute knowledge from personal experience and the experiences of my contributors and users. I am also able to offer support with website hosting and developing social media.

Truwellbeing – Life and Health Coaching, founded and run by Bianca Flood, who has lived experience of depression, C.F.S and Fibromyalgia, Bianca offers a combination of counselling, coaching, nutritional therapy and neuro-linguistic programming to help people develop a holistic focus for their recovery. Bianca brings both expertise by experience and skills and experience in running group workshops to support recovery in relation to stress, anxiety, low mood and physical conditions exacerbated by stress.

You’re Not Alone Plymouth is a support group run by Hayley Burbage who has lived experience. We hold weekly coffee mornings as well as having online support via a private Facebook group. I am able to bring expertise on developing support groups and knowledge from my own and my member’s experiences on what might be helpful in planning and developing workshops.

 

During the first round, POP members were asked to advise you. Tell us what happened. What are your reflections? Have you gained new insight? New partners?

We had some generally positive feedback and learnt about the work of Wellbeing Workshops CIC and the good work they are doing around using ideas from positive psychology to develop wellbeing in communities. We saw this as a complementary offer to what we are planning which will focus more specifically on recovery from mental health difficulties. We were encouraged to think about evaluating our workshops and also how to build from an initial small-scale offer, developing a bank of resources. Consequently we have agreed to develop evaluation questionnaires, proactively gather expressions of interest from participants to build a group of experts by experience and develop our own website where our teaching resources can be accessed and we can provide information about other resources in the city that can support someone with the next steps in their recovery.

Refugee Resettlement Support Fund

Collaborators

  • OHOB – Open Hearts Open Borders
  • START – Students and Refugees Together
  • DCRS – Devon and Cornwall Refugee Support

Describe your aims and ideas

Refugee Resettlement Support.

The scope of this project and fund, is simply about making those who have either been resettled here or are seeking asylum, to feel safe and welcome in the city. The way we achieve this, is by supporting them at a foundational level with access to essentials items and services. We want those who have fled conflict to feel welcome and give them confidence to rebuild their lives without fear. Whilst also providing the support to create a home once again or an environment which is comfortable and not full of broken or stained items, or electrical goods that do not work. This is such an important part of resettlement and for those seeking asylum, especially they are traumatised by their experiences. It is so important especially for the children that they feel welcome and know that they are cared for within the wider community. What better to show this then through this type of provision. A donated broken fridge or stained mattress doesn’t really show care for others and is not a great start to a new life!

In 2016 a government community grant was cut impacting on many people, and affected the refugee community quite negatively; with less access to funds and support this cut was noticeable. So, due to social media support OHOB decided to create the Resettlement Support Project to support organisations, such as START and DCRS in Plymouth to provide them with what was needed for their service users. Since this time the project has been supporting 100’s of refugee families and individuals as well as asylum seekers across the city.

Through referrals from DCRS and START, OHOB provide either furniture, white goods, payments for goods and services, travel costs, clothing, food vouchers and various smaller household items; support is provided to new mothers and their babies, as some cannot access the maternity grant. OHOB have also provided hot plates and fold-away beds (for refugees/asylum seekers in temporary accommodation) and have helped with storage, and furniture delivery costs.

To sustain the project OHOB have received previous grants and funding, and put together fundraisers and small events to raise the funds needed. In the last 2 years, OHOB has spent nearly £20,000 across the city on various payments, and purchases for items needed; this has even included educational resources during lockdown. Support is provided which may not be accessed elsewhere. The need increases each year, so the amount spent inevitably increases too!

The requests and referrals are fulfilled by either: purchasing or ordering the items and getting them delivered direct; at times items are sourced from the community; small grants are provided, or payments are made for goods and services. If there is not enough money in the budget items fundraisers are set up in the community. We work with local businesses to provide the furniture and white goods and have policies and procedures in place to support the project, but what makes the project unique is that support and assistance is provided quickly and efficiently because of the circumstances of the client or service user. We believe in support and aid with dignity, we believe in providing what they need, rather than what others think they need. Now with the situation in Afghanistan this support and type of project is required more than ever.

Describe how will you work together to achieve this.

For the last 5 years, OHOB, START and DCRS have been working closely together with resettlement support; OHOB have been providing items, funding or small grants required to support their service users with what is needed. OHOB receive referrals and these are processed quickly and smoothly and they have always been flexible. START and DCRS know their service users very well and what they need, and combined we have a good working relationship built on trust and understanding of need for the service users. OHOB are always happy to provide where they can and have been organising and delivering this type of support for many years, they have the skills administratively, logistically and the fundraising capabilities. OHOB will make phone calls to order items, go direct to the collect item, order online, or source items from what has been donated. They have become quite skilled at it! OHOB even have our own delivery driver who has delivered many a fridge freezer and sofa. He also does some work for START and helps to move refugee families across the country.

As a collective we met to discuss the fund and felt that it was a much needed resource which could be utlised by the three organisations to support what was needed especially in areas which other funders may not support. Often purchases, grants or payments can take time to come through for service users from other charities, and additionally they may not be able to fund the request, but OHOB have a good system in place whereby they understand the need and how this can sometimes be instant. OHOB do not have long drawn out processes for the START and DCRS service users and staff, and this is understood and welcomed; OHOB can provide support as and when needed and this fund will continue to help to do that.

As a collective we want to provide support which is dignified and not subject to reams and reams of paperwork – it needs to be accessible and simplistic in its structure and serve the purpose it was set up for. The three organisations work well with this, and will continue to do so.

During the first round, POP members will be asked to advise you. What advice would be most helpful?

Ways that the resettlement support service could be improved – perhaps gaining some ideas direct from refugees and asylum seekers as to what may need and what they would like to access which they can’t

Are there any local businesses that we can support direct with any purchases we make (we like to support local businesses when sourcing specific items)

Community Food Cycle

Collaborators

  • Bikespace CIC
  • Drift Advice
  • Four Greens Community Trust

Collective’s aims and ideas

Our idea is to create a pilot project that will deliver food bank items to those in need in the community of Whitleigh. The food will be delivered using electric Cargo bikes. Deliveries will happen 1-2 times a week (depending on demand) over a 3 month period.
The aim of the project is to:
Deliver food to isolated and vulnerable community members.
Show how zero carbon transport alternatives can replace petrol / diesel vans.

This project is based on the experience of Bikespace working with Four Green Community Trust. Four Greens borrowed a cargo bike to do food bank deliveries, which was successful. Funding is now required to expand that initial pilot project and understand what works, how can this be expanded to other parts of the city and what is the true cost to deliver this type of project.

This project will see Bikespace going to Four Greens each week and deliver food bank parcels to local people in Whitleigh. We would expect to reach at least 10 families on a weekly basis. The project will last for 3 months, this will enable us to understand how the project works, what works well and how we can improve it.

The project is important because it will help tackle food poverty and isolation in Whitleigh (for those who can’t get to Fourgreen’s to pick up food) and showcase the potential of a zero carbon transport alternative, which will educate people about other methods of delivery.

We want to achieve the following outcomes:
Reduce food poverty in communities.
Increase the awareness of zero carbon alternative transport methods.

We believe this is important because it means people who are still isolated from COVID can receive much needed food. It will support those who lack confidence to get food from a food bank because they may be embarrassed by their situation, and showcase the potential of alternative transport vehicles.

How will they work together to achieve this?

Bikespace has experience of working with Four Green Community Trust and has a very positive relationship with their team. Mark Rowles is excited by this pilot project and is very keen to see the impact electric cargo bikes have on food bank deliveries.
Paul from Drift has worked with both Gareth from Bikesapce and Mark from Four Greens, Paul will use his experience of project management and evaluation to support the creation and monitoring of the project. The evaluation report will inform future applications to expand on these projects in the future.

Bikespace will bring the bikes and experience of cargo bike delivery to this project. The Bikespace team will maintain and manage deliveries. The team will collect food from shops and of course deliver to families.
Four Greens will collect and store food bank items. They will also compile the details of those who require food bank deliveries.
Drift will support the setup of the project and develop the monitoring and evaluation process. Drift will also produce the final report.

The partnership covers all the bases to ensure this is a successful project, which is professionally delivered and evaluated.
The joint skills and experience should ensure that this project grows in the future and hopefully inspire similar projects across Plymouth.

During the first round, POP members will be asked to advise you. What advice would be most helpful?

We would like advice on how to roll the project out further in to Plymouth if the pilot is successful.

Re-opening Welcome Hall

This Collectives project has now come to an end. It was not possible for an asset transfer for Welcome Hall to take place at the present time and the majority of the grant was returned to POP. Thank you to everyone who supported this project.

Open Collective page

Collaborators

  • Zebra Collective
  • Fotonow CIC

Collective’s aims and ideas

We are working to re-open Welcome Hall on Fore Street in Devonport as a community run centre. The building operated as a community centre until early 2020 when it closed due to the retirement of the manager, on whose goodwill the charity had relied for its continuing operations. The Council owns Welcome Hall and is willing to offer a 35 year lease at a low rental to a community led organisation, if we can show that we have local support and a feasible business plan. We are currently looking at financial feasibility, building redevelopment and community engagement. This bid focuses on community engagement. Our work is guided by Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) principles – seeking what is strong in communities and what people can contribute. We plan a period of engagement where we will gather not only the views of local people on what they would like to see happening in Welcome Hall, but also how they can make this happen. To work towards this, we have set up a community group of local people who are already active in Devonport to input into planning of the community engagement. We have developed a questionnaire to guide conversations and set up a Facebook group which has very quickly attracted 250 members. We now need capacity to go out and have these conversations in a variety of local settings. We will work with the Community Heritage Network to bring social history into these conversations and look to initiate a project around the social history of Welcome Hall. In addition, we plan to run a project where local people will be supported to make a short film describing what Welcome Hall means to people, and their ambitions for it. This work is important to ensure that the project is community led from the start, and will also enable us to demonstrate to Plymouth City Council that the local community both wish to see Welcome hall re-opened, and want to be involved in making this happen.

We will produce a short film and report to show the findings of the community engagement.

How will they work together to achieve this?

We are working together as we all bring different, but essential skills to the project. Zebra Collective is working with the Council to secure the transfer of the lease of Welcome Hall to the community, and also has extensive experience of community work, both engagement and development, e.g. establishing and running time banks across poorer neighbourhoods in Plymouth from 2011-2017 (when this project became an independent entity), founding Plymouth Octopus Project in 2013 and developing it until

October 2016 when it became an independent entity owned by the city’s community and voluntary sector; running resident engagement programmes in the context of large-scale housing regeneration in North Prospect (2012-15) and Barne Barton 2015-18). In addition, Zebra itself has been based in Devonport throughout its 18 years, and one member has been an resident and activist here for 25 years.

Fotonow brings together expertise in education, community development and media production to run creative projects that make a difference to people’s lives. Fotonow has undertaken multiple projects using photography and film to engage with people – in this project they will work with local people to support them to make a short film about Welcome Hall and what re-opening it would mean for the local community.

In our summer of engagement, the partners will work together and each fulfil the following roles:

Fotonow – run a project supporting local people to produce a short film about what re-opening Welcome Hall means to the community

Zebra Collective – will be out in the community having conversations with local people at places such as shops, summer play schemes, Devonport Park, Mount Wise pools etc: we’ll be asking people about re-opening Welcome Hall, and what they could bring to the project (e.g. volunteering, being part of the Board, hiring rooms for their group etc)

During the first round, POP members will be asked to advise you. What advice would be most helpful?

Zebra has been working on this project since October 2019, and we’ve been developing this summer conversations engagement programme for some time. We have been soliciting thoughts from and collaborations with individuals, groups and organisations throughout, so that we now have a strong team and are confident in what we’re doing. Thus, we are not actively seeking further input.
However, of course all thoughts from other POP members, drawn from the wisdom of experience and knowledge etc., will be welcomed.