Mindful Marbles at Moments

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  • Mindful Art Club
  • Marbles Lost and Found CIC
  • Memory Matters CIC

Briefly describe your project

This project is a collaboration between Marbles Lost and Found, Moments Café and Mindful Art Club to create a series of workshops at Moments Café focusing on mental health and social isolation. We aim to provide reliable, sensitive, and non-judgemental support to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and social isolation, and help people develop coping strategies for life’s challenges. Our project will give our participants the confidence, skills and support to improve their lives and be more connected to their community.
Describe what you hope your Collective will achieve
Grass roots organisations like ours are essential for bringing our community together with no waiting lists and without finances being a barrier. We will all continue with our workshops, but will share information, best practice, and sign-post beneficiaries to each other’s groups. All three organisations share the same goals, and by coming together we will learn new skills and share knowledge to be able to improve our services and reach more people.
Moments Café acts as a subconscious support network for a lot of people. The café attracts many people who are vulnerable, and they are supported through open conversations and a non-judgemental atmosphere. Having Marbles Lost and Found and Mindful Art Club upstairs means that Moments’ customers can easily access the support we offer, which benefits them and the community. This collaboration is a great opportunity to provide the community with a fun, inclusive, creative, and sociable network in the heart of Plymouth.
By introducing our beneficiaries to Marbles and other events that are happening at Moments Café we will encourage them to meet new people and try new things. This will enhance the quality of their lives and reduce social isolation.
Moments Café has a very strong presence in Plymouth and is often used by support workers and social prescribers to meet their clients. By holding our workshops there, it will increase the visibility of both organisations and increase referrals. We all play a critical role in making positive change in our community, and by working together we will become stronger and more able to cope with increased demand for our services.
For the people who come to our groups, Moments Café will offer a safe, supportive space to connect with other people, have fun, access accurate information, relax, feel less isolated and improve their wellbeing.
Describe how your Collective formed
This collective was initiated by Mindful Art Club as we have strong links with both organisations and know we work well together; it is a natural collaboration between three organisations who share the same goals. We all already collaborate with many other organisations in Plymouth, and we wanted to work together to increase the visibility of our work and reach out to new people. Marbles and Mindful Art Club both run groups at Moments Café, and we can see for ourselves what a massive impact it has on our community. We also use the café for business meetings as it is very convenient for people to get to, and has a great reputation with other social enterprises. We have known Vanessa and Kate for several years, and they have both been very supportive and given us business advice.
We have a strong relationship with Nicky from Marbles Lost and Found and have collaborated with her on another POP Collective. We have both attended many mental health events together in Plymouth and are supportive of each other’s vision for a city where mental health is not stigmatised, and it is easy to get help. We have delivered a session to her group at Moments Café and have had many conversations about mental health and how to make an impact on our community.
Which collaboration “shape” do you expect will best describe your project?
HUB AND SPOKE – Like a bike wheel, one organisation holds things together at the centre, while other organisations perform specific tasks
In which areas would you expect most of your grant to be spent?
Core Funding / Time, Events, Marketing / Promotion