Plymouth Eco Collective

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Collaborators

  • Art & Energy
  • Pollenize
  • Plymouth Play Scrapstore
  • Clean Our Patch
  • Seadream Education
  • Precious Plastic Plymouth

Collective’s aims and ideas

Individually, our collective of small established organisations have a growing presence in Plymouth, each working in different but complimentary ways towards creating a greener, cleaner more sustainable Plymouth. We first met as a collective in early October 2020, our ideas have evolved significantly in this short time, but an immediate shared concern was that we all struggle to invite young people to join our activities; those beyond the age of family activities attending as a child, and before full adulthood. We believe that one way to reach this group is through the use of interactive technology. We propose to commission a series of AR artworks to entice and engage.
Engaging this age group seems particularly important as they are the ones who will be faced with an increasingly complex and challenging world in the face of climate change. We frequently hear of growing concerns about the mental wellbeing of this age group, so it feels particularly important to offer them ways to take constructive action. With apps and QR codes becoming a more general part of our world, these artworks will also be attractive to a wider demographic.
Our plan is to commission Plymouth-based Igneous Interactive (https://www.igneousinteractive.co.uk/armurals) to create a series of seven Augmented Reality artworks (one for each organisation involved). You look at the artwork through the Igneous app on your phone or tablet, and the artwork comes to life in a short animation. There will also be an audio message prompting green behaviour relating to the imagery, and a clickable link to the organisation’s website or facebook page.
The artworks can be used anywhere we can print them…
• We can display them in windows to create a sort of walking tour, with the potential to be moved to a different part of Plymouth every few months.
• They can be placed inside as framed artworks along a corridor somewhere like the University or council offices.
• We can print them as a series of collectable postcards.
• We could also commission a mural artwork including all of the small artworks combined.
• They can be included within dry business reports to add a bit of excitement.
• They can be printed in newspapers, magazines and other publications.
• The potential is really rather exciting as they can be reproduced in a range of scales from business cards to billboards!
The use of AR means that they are so much more than just posters! They’re fun and funky and are more likely to be shared and to generate conversation and engagement. The Igneous Interactive App will collect basic data to evidence the number of times that the artworks are activated.
We represent just a small number of the many amazing organisations working in Plymouth. With additional funding we would love to invite others to join us to promote their offerings too. A fab way to celebrate and promote local socially active organisations and messages.
Price-wise, Igneous have quoted somewhere between £240 and £480 per small AR artwork depending on complexity and whether we provide them with the initial artworks. The POP fund is for <£3k, we’ve applied for the full amount. I suggest that we set aside £2250 for Igneous to create the 7 artworks, leaving £750 for printing. We plan to start with a poster trail around the Stonehouse area. Please do contact us if you can help us to share it in other parts of the city, or have ideas for future funding streams.

How will they work together to achieve this?

Individually we all have the experience of establishing, running and promoting our own organisations. There is a rich wealth of experience and skills within the collective.
Seadream, and Pollenize CIC bring with them a more academic/research-based view of the climate issues we are all concerned about, whilst Plymouth Scrapstore, Art and Energy, Rebel Botanists and Precious Plastics provide a more art-based creative approach. Clean Our Patch and Plymouth Scrapstore particularly excel at creating a sense of community and inviting people to get involved. Between us we have a number of experienced educators, working with a range of ages and backgrounds. Having a strong online presence is important to us all, though as emerging organisations we have approached it in a variety of ways; there is much we can learn from one another, and we already frequently share one another’s social media posts as our core messages are so strongly entwined.
We have all experienced the highs and lows of being relatively small organisations competing for funding… though having said that we do not see one another as rivals, happily sharing opportunities that we spot that may be better suited to another organisation. This is a fantastic opportunity to collaborate!
There is history of small collaborations within the collective, but this is the first time we will come together to work on a project. In addition to the proposal set out here, our recent conversations have sparked of many more new and exciting collaborations. At this time of social distancing and increased isolation it has been very stimulating to form a new collective of like-minded enthusiastic people!
For many, the Climate Emergency creates a sense of anxiety and guilt which can switch people off getting involved or making change. The challenge can be so complex that it is hard to know what to do, or where to start. Each of our organisations offers ways to take constructive action: engaging and appreciating the natural world around us, reusing the items that we’re in the habit of throwing in the bin, clearing up the rubbish that hasn’t made it to the bin, and making our homes more energy efficient.
Not only are we and our members making small changes to improve Plymouth’s environment, we are doing so through a hands-on, community, creative, fun and light-touch educational way. We are bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life and creating communities. Eco-anxiety and isolation is on the rise. Look out of your window and the environmental issues around us can feel massively overwhelming, but approach them together and we can make a difference!

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 received excellent feedback from Jackie Young at Environment Plymouth. She asked us to describe our activities and how the funding would specifically be used to realise our plans. This was really useful to us. We’d already had conversations as a collective, coming up with several possible courses of action. Looking at the specifics we decided that one strategy was too ambitious. We all agreed that an original suggestion of a trail was important to our final course of action. It is always useful to have a clear financial proposition at the beginning of a project especially when commissioning a relatively new creative organisation.
A second suggestion from Jackie was that we should have a clear environmental message. We are all environmentally-minded organisations, and it may have appeared that we were just promoting our organisations. This feedback prompted us to discuss how we would attach succinct messages to our artworks in order to prompt the viewer to take action. In our discussion with POP, Matt suggested adding a voiceover to the animation. We checked with Igneous Interactive who said it would be an easy addition. We decided to attach a challenge/message to each artwork, one that was relevant to the particular organisation’s goal; a call to action prompting a simple behavioural change to benefit the environment. Some of the messages we felt important, such as : “Think before you buy-do you need it? Could you borrow it?” point us to new partners, who are already POP members. Matt also pointed us towards the organisations within the Greenminds project, We would hope to include more of these organisations in the future. To sum this up, the feedback from Jackie and Matt helped us to focus our plan, opened up new strategic avenues and suggested further collaborative partnerships that we could make.

Scrapstore Mural

Painted by Kate Crawfurd (www.katecrawfurd.co.uk)

Sponsored by Plymouth Play Scrapstore & POP

Mayflower Drama Project

Collaborators

  • Transforming Plymouth Together
  • Plymstock Chapel
  • 4front

Collective’s aims and ideas

To increase the knowledge and awareness of the story behind the Mayflower journey, to enhance the understanding of school children and of the wider community with regard to the issues of tolerance within society and help people to come together in the way we live. We wish to raise questions and discussions about the reason why the pilgrims felt they had to leave the UK, and how this relates to issues today, such as refugees, modern slavery, religious freedom, acceptance of different vies and beliefs. Also to help the community to understand and address some of the big questions that we have in Plymouth today.
We would like all to understand from a faith point of view why the Mayflower story is so important to us today and how we need to commemorate it rather than just celebrate it. We will be using a series of Recorded parts of an hours play(before Covid) we had hoped to bring this live to schools, churches and community venues with actors. We will then in schools, holding a number of sessions and creating discussions to help to raise the issues that are raised. We will be using teachers, church and community youth workers to facilitate these. We will be producing digital resources that can be used within schools and wider to facilitate thoughts and discussion on what they have seen. Also we will be looking to invite local people from many different diverse communities to input. This is important , one to raise the real faith story and second to help influence youngsters and the wider community of the issues that the Mayflower story raises and how they are so relevant to today.

How will they work together to achieve this?

We have already worked with the Mayflower team and have received a contribution towards the cost of production, and raised other funds from Christian charities We have a small team working on this from Transforming Plymouth Together with project management skills, connections and contacts through the city, social and digital media knowledge and skills, expertise in the Mayflower story. From CTiP we have the church connections into the youth groups and schools with the ability to connect with the younger audience. 4Front theatre group who have written and produced the play. Youth workers and school teachers with the ability to facilitate and bring out the thoughts and views of the children and to help influence the thinking of future generations. From the BAME community, and other minority groups, the current challenges around refugees and asylum seekers, modern slavery intolerance and discrimination.
Some of us have worked together before and by focusing on a specific project around this time, will enable us to seek ways that the links can build for the future. With this specific topic I believe that this is an ideal group to come together at this time. During this project we have worked with a number of schools and educators to ensure that what we provide is something that they would want and be happy to use.

What advice are they asking for?

We have received some really good advice and also offers of help from the Woseley Trust with connections and work with schools in Stonehouse, as a knew partner. We are also going to contact the ‘Box’ to link with them and potentially see if the production might, in time be included in their presentation. We had some useful written feedback and challenge, as well as the conversations during our feedback session.. This has enabled us to rethink our thoughts and ideas around how to engage with the schools, especially now that Teachers have to educate through digital media as part of the curriculum, and this could also be a resource for teachers that are able to share with youngsters at home. As part of our presentation to the schools, we will also link with the RAS network and Plymouth Hope, so that we are better informed of the issues of inclusion. To encourage a more gracious attitude to those who are refugees and asylum seekers in Plymouth today. We will also reflect on how the whole project can connect with the Trauma informed network and its values of Kind, Empowering, Celebrative and person centred.
From some of our conversations, it also showed that their is a lack of understanding of the faith story and some of the reasons behind the Pilgrims leaving England, and this has emphasised the need and our desire to tell this story with authenticity from their point of view, and this has encouraged us that the story is there to be told.

Digital Inclusion

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Collaborators

  • Borrow Don’t Buy
  • Timebank South West

Collective’s aims and ideas

The project idea came from those individuals who are disconnected, isolated, and overwhelmed by the effect that COVID-19 and lockdowns are having on the way we live, work, and study. Borrow Don’t Buy, supported by Nudge Community Builders and previous funding from the National Lottery, gathered old digital devices such as computers, laptops, tablets, and phones to repurpose and recycle them so that local people can gain access to digital services, support and to help children to complete their schoolwork online during the C19 crisis (and beyond). The project, primarily based around Stonehouse was a huge success. Nudge Community Builders gave away 61 laptops, 3 desktop PC’s, 20 phones, and 15 tablets. Almost 100 devices were given to families and individuals to help address the difficulties of Covid and of technology poverty in general. Now we need your help again to continue the hard work of recycling and repairing devices and to work with a range of new partners across the city to increase our impact. We want to work with Timebank South West to collect, clean, repurpose and redistribute at least another 50 devices to increase our reach in the city to a new range of people. A minimum of 50 devices delivered have the potential to directly improve the livelihood of 50-200 people. We want to increase our volunteer input (Currently the project has utilised hundreds of hours of volunteer time but we want to use this as a tool to teach new skills in the technology sector) and we want to tackle technology poverty and make sure no one is left behind during the Covid Pandemic. Since Covid-19 Timebank South West has had to adapt from working face to face with people in their eight neighbourhood timebanks to doing everything online including, hosting weekly socials, activities, and supporting skill exchanges. This experience has identified that many of Timebank’s beneficiaries either have no access to the internet or cannot afford a device or have a lack of knowledge on how to use it. Even those with a device and some I.T knowledge told us they were struggling to get to grips with everything going online including banking, grocery shopping, doctor appointments, ordering prescriptions, universal credit, and paying bills. We aim to improve our beneficiaries’ well-being by providing a device and support on how to do these things online. We want to make sure that no one is left out and that young and old have access to technology to help them stay connected with the world during this time of isolation. There are literally thousands of devices which can be put into use and saved from landfill and never has it been more important for people to remain socially connected, if not physically.

How will they work together to achieve this?

Plymouth has a strong community and voluntary sector who have been providing extra support to individuals and families in need during the crisis. Partnerships have been formed to provide food and medicine pick-up for those who needed to shield.

We would like to provide a seamless support service of digital inclusion that enables individuals and families in need to access I.T devices and connect online. The collective will utilise the expertise and experience of both our organisations, Borrow Don’t Buy and Timebank SW while inviting other organisations to get involved. Borrow Don’t Buy will repair and refurbish donated I.T devices. Timebank will pass on the repaired equipment to those in need and our volunteers will provide one-to-one support to individuals on how to use the device, how to connect remotely with family and friends, how to pay bills, and how to do grocery shopping online.

We want to use a local volunteer network to help collect the devices using a zero contact collection system, collating them with a range of local community facilities and then using a team of volunteers to create storage bags, information, and zero contact delivery.

Borrow Don’t Buy and Timebank Southwest are already working together in another collective (that includes Scrapstore and Makers HQ) to nurture and promote a repairing movement in Plymouth.

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 both found the session immensely helpful as it gave us time to speak about the purpose and aims of our project, our reasoning and how we came together to form a partnership based on our shared values, mutual trust and understanding of the need. In describing our project to the advisors who we felt were genuinely supportive, helped us to reinforce our belief that our project is needed. The advisors asked relevant and searching questions which made us reflect on the scale of need which is far greater than just one project. We were generously given useful leads which we plan to follow up to help strengthen our project and open discussion that could lead to a wider digital inclusion partnership.

JC’s Youth

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Collaborators

  • New4Youth and JC’s Drop-in
  • Arrows (Children’s Group)

Collective’s aims and ideas

New4You Youth Group and JC’s Drop-in for teenagers has run on a Friday night in the city centre for nearly 20 years, building important relationships with the young people who attend and providing a much needed facility. The young people come from nearly every postcode across the city and the youth group and drop-in has been one of the only facilities of this kind in the city centre for many years now.

We try to provide a safe place for teenagers and during Covid this has been really difficult. We are looking for funding to facilitate how we do this by provision of a youth worker. There is a continuous issue with young people in the city centre especially at the weekends and for many years we have provided a venue for them to meet on Friday nights and engage in more positive activities. Unfortunately we have been unable to open due to Covid since the 13th of March. We want to be able to future proof youth provision in the city centre, especially as the need hasn’t gone away.

We have worked over the years closely with the police and have built good relationships. They are at present looking at their response to young people especially on Friday and Saturday nights and have stated that they would be looking to involve partners like ourselves. One of the ideas we have put forward is some detached work on a Friday night similar to Street Pastors and this has been welcomed.

We want to be a refuge and help young people who don’t feel they belong and often congregate in the city centre. POP+ funding has helped to refurbish our youth facility which is currently closed due to restrictions. We now want to provide what we can and reopen safely when restrictions lift. Normally in the JC’s youth area there are groups for 8 – 11’s, 11-16’s and up to 18 in the youth drop in. Work has gone online and when restrictions lifted in the summer there was an opening of some face to face youth work. Our goal now is to do some detached work in conjunction with the police as well as the online presence we have at present.

With this funding we would be able to employ a part time youth worker to help coordinate this project until September 2021. At present our funding streams have been put on hold due to Covid restrictions. We believe it is important to do whatever we can in these hugely challenging days. It is important for the development of the youth themselves and to have a dedicated youth worker coordinating all of this is really needed. We have a small amount of funding to pay for a children and youth worker on an annualised contract but it won’t cover the full year. Our youth intern from last year is at present doing this propping it up with income from work at Morrisons. He himself has had to completely change his plans due to the pandemic. We are looking to increase funding for this post to keep it going until September 2021 especially as the work reopens face to face. At present it is all done online. The proposed worker is 19 years old and works across the children’s and youth groups who have together formed this collective with New4You Youth, JC’s youth drop-in and Arrows.

How will they work together to achieve this?

The collective team brings in lots of professional expertise and has many strengths.
A teacher who has taken early retirement to pursue other interests and who has lots of energy and enthusiasm to work with young people.
A retired naval officer who taught naval cadets and has worked across the globe. The young people love this guy who is like a grandad figure to them.
A nurse who is amazing with young people with physical issues…they come in shouting at times “where’s the nurse”.
A mum who works in administration who has fantastic listening skills and is perceptive to the needs of young people.
A previous Physical Education teacher who now does youth administration looking at all aspects of risk assessment and safeguarding having previously done training in outdoor pursuits.
A young person who’s recently done official youth work training and has digital skills for the online work.
The team are working together because they have been helping provide youth and children’s work as part of a larger organisation for many years. The collective have worked together to provide special events, camps including attending youth festivals with groups and overseas trips. They have completed training in necessary skills such as first aid, food hygiene and safeguarding. It’s a great team.

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 partners advised us of the youth work that was happening in the localities surrounding the city centre. We felt it would be interesting to speak to leaders of groups working with youth such as The Barefoot Project in Whitleigh. In the city centre there is mainly detached youth work provided by the statutory Youth Service. JC’s drop in and New4You youth groups have had contact with the two detached workers as well as the police. JC’s drop-in and New4You are the main venue based youth work in the city, having developed, as an identified need by Plymouth City Council (PCC). The present PCC Community Youth Service Officer spoke of the need for collaboration between those working with young people and advised, of the National Youth Agency giving updates for those working with young people. After this pandemic there could be immense need and it was recognised that for best results collaboration was needed. The uniqueness of the city centre was identified in that it attracts teenagers from all localities across the city and is not territorial. A member of POP+ put forward the idea of a Youth Networking Group. This would be excellent for getting to know who does what and were. There is potential for some very good links and working together. We have been invited to attend the detached youth workers team meeting arranged in January 2021, by Community Youth Service Manager from Plymouth City Council. If ultimately, this benefits the young people we are trying to serve, that would be excellent.

Environment Plymouth Green Recovery Plan

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Collaborators

  • Environment Plymouth
  • Plymouth Tree Partnership
  • Climate Action Plymouth
  • Hoe Neighbourhood Forum
  • Plymouth Open Spaces Network
  • Friends of Efford Marsh

Collective’s aims and ideas

Lockdown in Plymouth inspired an unprecedented desire from local people to ensure a greener future for the city; a desire which will be supported by the delivery of Environment Plymouth’s Green Recovery Plan 2020/2022. During 2020 we used the lockdown to ask our members, and others, what changes they would like to see as we emerge from the Covid pandemic. Our Green Recovery Plan was agreed in July and our key aim is to kick start its delivery. The delivery of some of the actions has already begun (for example a meeting on the future impact of pesticides and their alternatives . Although some of the actions will require bigger funding pots (something we are already following up), many of the ‘actions’ identified represent the small, single steps that anyone can take. To deliver the inspiration for these we need a little funding to enable the network and our collective partners to lead by example and provide the resources that will underpin local action. Our members have told us that the unexpected benefits of the lockdown (cleaner air, birdsong etc) were matched by visible increases in local problems such as litter and ‘weeds’ but this, in turn, inspired members to want to do more of the simple things to protect and enhance their environment – bee corridors, wildlife gardening, learning more and preparing for a green recovery. Most of they wanted to know ‘how’? This funding will underpin the work required to share the specialist skills of Environment Plymouth’s members,. Simple actions, such as the provision of wildflower seeds and instructions on their use, the inspiration to recognise and tackle street weeds (the Hoe Your Own campaign) and the creation of bee corridors, the provision of advice on single use plastics and the reduction of personal carbon footprints all need a little funding to ensure their successful delivery. The Green Recovery Plan is available to anyone wishing to read it but our simple wish is to deliver as many of the listed actions in 2021/22 as possible and to keep Environment Plymouth going as the city’s leading strategic green group so that an increasing range of green projects can be extended to the city’s neighbourhoods and communities. Many of the actions can be completed simply and within social distancing; with no threat to health. A guide to undertaking activities within the restrictions has also been prepared and online meetings and workshops are now available for support. This small amount of funding will ensure that we can sustain the support and enthusiasm to help people cope, to deliver these green aspirations and to support the wider green recovery plans that will prepare us for Plymouth post-COVID.

The Plymouth Pots project for flowers on balconies will raise spirits and make people smile. Another very poignant proposal that needs support is the creation of a community arboretum where we hope to plant a tree for every person who has lost their life to Covid. This ‘Covid Grove’ could be supplied with saplings from examples brought on in local urban gardens and will engage the community in providing the trees we need to combat climate change. Despite the current lockdown we feel we can take local action on a number of concerns that needn’t wait for restrictions to lift. In delivering our Recovery Plan we will be preparing Plymouth for a greener future, improved health and mental well-being.Thank you for your support.

How will they work together to achieve this?

The strengths we can offer vary from experience in networking, communication, training and skills enhancement (all of which can be delivered on line if needed) to specialist advice. The collective partners all bring a different but complementary set of skills and knowledge to the partnership – something we have been building for the last four years and something that, in Plymouth, has a heritage of encouraging wider community action. We have worked together before – on planning applications, citywide projects, meetings, workshops and improvement initiatives and we have a reputation for delivering high quality advice and support. We are trusted ‘leaders’ with close links to the Council and other local networks including the Chamber, CIWM, Surfers Against Sewage and the Devon Wildlife Trust. All of the lead contacts for the collective partners can be easily contacted for specific advice in their own field and, through them, we have an extensive network of expertise so no question will go unanswered. Our strengths include biodiversity and wildlife, tree management, carbon management, environmental management, teaching and knowledge exchange, communication, admin and networking, sustainability, community development, open space management, climate impacts and more specific academic expertise that can enhance practical action on the ground.

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?

Although there were few external advisors at the meeting, the input from Ellen Sims was really appreciated. It helped us to consolidate some of the ideas and the delivery mechanisms, provide some inspired names (Plymouth Pots and the Covid Grove) and opened the potential for working with further networks as the projects develop. It also gave the option of working with specific neighbourhoods to develop case studies that can be replicated elsewhere.

The Radical Minski Nudge++ Collective

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Collaborators

  • Free Radical Creations
  • Nudge Community Builders
  • Minski
  • The Foyer

Collective’s aims and ideas

Ethical fashion to improve the prospects primarily of local residents then artists & other social entrepreneurs – potential isolation of local groups in difficult circumstances, local economy, skill-sharing, throw-away culture, balancing commercial sustainability with real boots on the ground social impact.

Our collective wants to continue building connections already made in our local community, creating memories through offering positive creative experiences with the aim that any person can feel welcome and able to engage, even if it’s a quick hello how are you.

To encourage people that they can really can become makers, make others aware of the meditative & positive mental health aspects of making whilst also offering the sale of bespoke sustainably & ethically produced organic apparel as well as upcycled fashion and inform people about how they may be able to make more planet-friendly choices that avoid our fast fashion industry.

To sell our collective range of products from the social hub that is Nudge’s the Plot, including other local markets that may take place such as the Manor Street Market giving more chance for us to take what we do to the streets. Ultimately it would be great to achieve financial self-sustainability over 6 months in the Plot that would allow for the continuation of creation/social engagement whilst leaving more funding to the rest of our social sector & those joining.

To continue connecting relevant skills in our community that helps to empower people through getting things done in a healthy unrushed way. Raise further funding or build on stronger community lending to secure equipment that will enable our additional goals to be achieved such as digitising local artists work & providing sound experiences for events. If successful, open up the LoveShack for reference that’s a shed space in Nudge’s The Plot, this space will be set up as our collectives HQ that will be open as both a working & retail space where people can pop in and out, ask questions, become educated and inspired about how clothing is made and what they can do to start their own businesses whilst becoming more conscious about our fast fashion industry and it’s devastating effects on our environment.

Inspire more people to take this on board and upcycle their own clothing or bring it in for us to turn into exciting new garments on a pay what you feel basis, dependent on the extravagance of the task Create a website to share & sell what it is we do that will support our goals. Offer free tie-dye hoodie, patchworking sessions to residents of Plymouths Foyer that have already shown a direct interest in a previous collaboration ‘Creative Natures’ with Plymouths Horticultural Therapy Trust. Remain conscious & open to primary feedback from the different demographics of people our social/geographical location will reach, as communities are best built from the people in them – even if that’s a wanderer passing through, every perspective matters.

Continue to offer bespoke 1 2 1 clothing customer co-design services with transparent breakdowns that show every cost & the history of the product.

We believe this work is important in showing the viability of being commercial within the social sector whilst still being able to deliver impact within our community/ies. Fast fashion is detrimental to our environment and we feel that the current societal trend to buy cheap and wear once is doing an injustice to our environment & to life in general, big business creates a culture of consumers, not wacky experimental doers – let’s change that!

How will they work together to achieve this?

What strengths and skills is each person bringing?

Tom: People power & connectivity, with a tendency to not see hierarchies in social or business situations the skill to connect with individuals & make them feel like we are all on the same level is great at letting people leave with a smile.

Nina: A skilled Artist with fabrics and experienced seamstress, able to design and make/repair clothing bringing life & light to what may otherwise just be discarded as waste. Not only is Nina skilled herself, she brings a crew of brilliant creatives that supports her Minski brand in maximising potential engagements with a wonderful online presence.

Lacey: Bringing absolute bucket loads of friendly enthusiastic energy & management skills. Lacey will be helping us coordinate our efforts to get the best out of our shed space in the Plot

Laura: Excellent communication skills & knowledge of all things Nudge/Stonehouse

Cherokee: Expertise in financing & budgeting that will help us to make the right spends at the right time

Marigold: Skills in working directly with people in difficult circumstances in an engaging friendly way.

Why are you working together?

Because we each recognise the importance of community work & sharing what a more responsible lifestyle may look like. We think it’s time more people came together to share skills and learn from each other. By combining all of our diverse skills in collaborative projects, we can stretch our potential much further, inspiring other local creatives to jump on board and add their own diverse skills to the mix.

Have you worked together before?

Some of us have supported each other during community markets in Stonehouse and most have worked together on projects before.

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?

It was great to see so many familiar faces that were able to inquire in a way that was really stimulated deeper thinking on how to better communicate relevant information – whilst also giving a gentle nudge that has pushed forward the further funding goals by forming a more substantial business plan.