POP Collectives Rating & Advice

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Collective’s aims and ideas

The issue:

In our community work we have noticed that the biggest crisis of confidence occurs between year 5-7 as the transition from primary into secondary school is huge. By working with young girls between the ages of 8-12 on the areas of emotional literacy and menstrual education, we have witnessed the positive effects of this work in the girls self-confidence, emotional awareness, body knowledge and healthy body image, which have proven to ease the puberty transition period. Statistics also show us that pre-pubescent girls are particularly vulnerable to mental health challenges like anxiety, depression and self-harm. It has also been shown that puberty experiences, such as menstruation, and a lack of feeling prepared, contributes to these mental health challenges. Pre-puberty is a crucial time in a young persons’ life that needs to be supported!

What we will do:
We train female students studying in education related subjects to provide mentoring and support to these girls. We plan to deliver our near-peer Mentoring Programme for Plymouth’ primary and secondary schools free of charge once it is safe to do so. Our workshops offer valuable support that is in line with the PHSE curriculum guidelines. We provide interactive education on crucial issues such as body literacy, emotional literacy skills, and
accessible and sustainable menstrual cycle education. The young girls benefit from the knowledge and experience of their Big Sis mentor whilst learning new skills in an informal and safe space in school. This reduces the uncertainty, fears and anxiety that arise for many young girls as they enter puberty and strengthen girl to girl bonds. Our volunteers will also be trained to deal with any problems they are confronted with and receive ongoing support from our expert team. They are recruited through local educational institutions, receive a comprehensive training in facilitation, safeguarding children, special needs, etc.

The Mentoring Programme consist of 4 Modules:
Module 1: Body Image and Positive Self Regard
Module 2: Puberty Changes/The Menstrual Cycle
Module 3: Mindset and Emotions
Module 4: Communication

We include fun, interactive games, stories, quizzes, creative activities, demonstrations and discussions. An anonymous question and answer box is a key aspect of every session and have proven to be highly effective in supporting pupils’ needs.

Aims for our primary beneficiaries: girls aged 8-12:
– Strengthen self confidence and resilience (with a focus on Year 6 and 7)
– Offer valuable support and interactive education on crucial issues related to growing up
especially by prioritizing schools in vulnerable areas of Plymouth and the South Hams
– Reduce stress and anxiety for school girls
– Enhance cognitive and psycho-motor development
– Improve learning performance in school

Our primary beneficiaries are girls aged 8-12, however we chose a near-per learning format to support and strengthen the career development and learning journey of young students.

Our aims for students:
– Create local opportunities for young women and female identified students
– Preparation for their future careers: Learn new skills as a mentor, being actively involved facilitating and reflecting the mentoring sessions
– Build confidence and trust in working with young people

With the Pop funding available we’d like to strengthen the support for our young student volunteers, which we value as crucial. Funding will be spent on improving the learning experience during their facilitator training. We also want to allocate mentors to our volunteers that accompany their learning journey and serve as a check-in point during the facilitator training and the delivery of the programme in schools.

How will they work together to achieve this?

We are a interdisciplinary collective of individuals from different areas of expertise that came together with the shared vision to change the story for the next generation. We believe that by working together we can stretch the impact we can have on our beneficiaries in the community, learn from each other, and bring this learning to related projects.

In our team we assemble independent consultants, educators, social workers, marketeers, communicators and networkers, who work on the creation of the Girl Mentoring Programme as well as the exciting challenge on bringing it to the attention of universities, local primary and secondary schools and the wider public.

Our Team:

Hazel from the ‘NestSouthWest CIC’ and Victoria from ‘Nature and Me’: Bring their expertise of working with women and girls, specifically in the areas of menstrual education. They know what it takes to create and facilitate a safe and nurturing space for different age groups.

Friedel: Is the founder of Big Sis CIC, educator, networker and curator. She brings in different elements from her intercultural work in culture, the arts and education projects.
Clare: Looks back on a career of working with people in social work and community projects. She’s an amazing listener and communicator.
Angelika: Is a Plymouth based Marketing ace that makes content look beautiful and approachable. She likes to collaborate with social enterprises.
Harriett: Is a movement psychotherapy student. She brings attention to detail and great question asking. She makes sure that we are never short of inspiration of movement and embodiment approaches in our work.

Some of us have worked together previously in education projects, some collaborations are new and exciting. Each of us brings their own flavor and input to the Programme which makes it a diverse, well communicated group project, that is being looked at from different angles.

Collective’s aims and ideas

After 6 successful years of producing the Plymouth Art Weekender (PAW), including making it happen in 2020 under Covid-19 restrictions, Visual Arts Plymouth CIC (VAP CIC) wants to take the Weekender (PAW) in new directions. PAW is a city-wide celebration of mostly visual arts (including sound, performance, workshops, etc). It has contributed to the growing confidence of Plymouth as a cultural city and provided creative opportunities for local artists, community groups and the general public. However, over 6 years the creative landscape of the city and VAP CIC itself have changed significantly from when PAW was first suggested.

Consolidating what we have learned so far, we want to continue to create a supported platform for developing Plymouth’s creatives, through mapping out the evolving creative ecology in the city and creating a network to ensure new groups and audiences can shape PAW and VAP CIC going forward. Annual evaluation has made it clear that a core strength of PAW is the opportunity it offers to grass roots artists at all stages of their practice to be visible in a way that isn’t offered elsewhere. Extending PAW success through year-round programming and broadening participation, we want to work with others to create more opportunities.

Our main aim is to support Plymouth to be a place where creatives can survive and thrive (via talent and enterprise development) and we will achieve this through the following objectives and outcomes:

-Creating a network map of the current creative landscape of the city, from creative collectives, community groups through to organisations,
-Creating a city-wide and community-based arts activity and exchange network, based on this mapping
– access to resources and opportunities, through training, online resources and toolkits
-Increasing inclusion and participation from more grassroots and diverse groups and art forms in PAW
-Facilitating and promoting other events, showcases and activities contributing to a vibrant arts scene.

These outcomes will contribute to professional development, education, economy, social and cultural inclusion and wellbeing.

VAP recognises that our current structure, which is entirely volunteer operated, is insufficient to support our vision. This is why we are seeking, via POP funding, to find ways to build relationships with existing and emerging groups and networks, creating an independent but connected community for producing collaborative events and outcomes that meet our aims & objectives and align with the cultural strategy of the city, overall as well as taking into consideration the strategies of groups we may work with.

Specifically, we would like to use the POP+ funds for:

-Diversifying and extending engagement with VAP
-Researching and developing new structures for our management and activities, sustainable models and networks.

The funding will pay for 2 key roles to support the development of VAP CIC with the Directors. 1. A Coordinator to focus on researching and implementing a management structure (via Iridescent and PSEN) and 2. A Research and Development role to support partnerships, networks and collaborations. These roles will work in tandem, the development of new structures can support and inform development of programmes and vice versa.

The funding will also support wider conversations, more open approaches and inviting in new audiences, the impact of which will be measured through attendee and participant surveys and evaluations on VAP activities in 2021 – 22 and beyond. This has great potential to benefit the wider arts community in Plymouth as we see our audiences grow and VAP becomes both a resource and part of a wider self-sustaining Arts Network in Plymouth.

How will they work together to achieve this?

The applicants for this bid are the current Directors of VAP CIC. Members of the strategy group have agreed to support this work.

The funded roles will have responsibility for opening conversations with arts and community groups/networks and making contacts. The plan would be to have initial conversations followed by inviting participants to an open forum (subject to Covid restrictions). Approaches will be made through email and calls, as well as attending events such as POP and other group meetings (whether online or in person).

The aim of the forum would be to activate the network to recruit ideas and participants for PAW 2022 and the activities leading up to it. This will involve creating working groups and a new management team to coordinate and help make things happen.

Working together we will:

-identify arts and community (and other) groups in Plymouth. We will reach out for network building and to find out what activities all would like to see, and what we can mutually make happen in VAP programs, including Plymouth Art Weekender. We will start with existing contacts, POP+ membership, ACE regional membership, also CAMP, Youth and community groups at Barbican and TRP, Nudge, Respect, Plymouth Cultural Education Partnership, etc. and build from there.

– consult many of the above mentioned groups and seek professional advice/training/mentoring in arts management, eg through PSEN, Iridescent and RIO. (We are aware there are many low cost or free opportunities for this in Plymouth and online.)

Budget (£3000)

£80 day rate (equivalent to real living wage)

2 days of desk research, mapping the arts ecology and identifying and inviting 10-12 key partners: £320 (£240 for role (2 days research, 1 day prep), £80 1day line management time for role), June 2021

2-3 days of individual Conversations with identified partners, listening to ideas, needs and blue skies: £440 (4days for role £320, + 1.5 days line management £120), August 2021

From these conversations, 1-2 Zoom forum sessions with invited partners, opportunity for exchanges and identifying shared priorities and ideas (or real word event if COVID restrictions allow), the first of these would coincide with the last weekend of September and this year’s PAW celebration event: £320-640 (3 days per meeting for role £240, 1day line management £80), September 2021

Producing report/summary of events and next steps/key actions £160 (1 day for role and 1 day line management/director), October 2021

2 Days training for VAP Strategy Group and Directors: £1200 (Prep time, time for attendees, training, sundries, write-up) July 2021

1/2 day meeting with VAP Strategy group £240 (prep time, meeting, time for attendees, sundries, write-up), July 2021

Dr Lucy Davies (VAP, North Star Study Group)

-Extensive event & project/programme management skills

-Talent development/festival management with VAP.

– Experience in evaluating impact and outcomes from research & engagement activity

Rhys Morgan (VAP, CAMP, TAKE A PART)

-Experience planning and delivering of arts and community engagement projects in Plymouth.

-Work as a producer for creative projects (PAW, Take A Part’s Community Realm Producer)

– Good skills establishing and developing partnerships and managing partnership relationships.

Ellen Sims (VAP, CAMP, PSEN, Wonderzoo)

-Experience of community based research and organising and delivering training and evaluation

-Active networker and volunteer work beyond the arts

– with interests in social issues and education.

All of us have diversity, confidentiality, GDPR and Digital skills.

Also supporting are:

Dr Stephen Felmingham, Educator, PCA. VAP Activator

Katy Richardson, educator (University of Plymouth) artist and CAMP officer. PAW Marketing Coordinator.VAP Activator

Lucy Rollins, producer and artist. VAP, CAMP, Pollenize. PAW coordinator/producer. Project management. VAP Activator

Collective’s aims and ideas

The issues we are trying to tackle are social isolation and mental health problems. Mindful Art Club offers low cost sessions of coffee, creativity and company online and in community venues like community centres, wellbeing hubs and cafes. It was started by me and Peggy Melmoth when we got made redundant from Broadreach, an addiction rehabilitation centre in Plymouth. We have extensive knowledge of mental health issues, both from our own experience and from working with clients at Broadreach. What we want to achieve is to bring people together in a shared, creative experience. People leave our groups describing a warm, supportive feeling and say they feel validated, listened to, relaxed, happier and calmer. Our mission is to improve mental health and social connection in Plymouth, in a low-cost, fun creative way. Each session lasts for an hour and a half, and offers
Peer support
Guided mindfulness
A mindful drawing exercise(which is drawing with your eyes closed to free you from judgement)
And a simple art project that anyone can do
As well as verbal feedback in a check out at the end of each session, we collect evidence of improved mood, and social connection using written feedback forms. We also teach new skills, such as using mindfulness and art for self-care
Mental health services were already overstretched and the pandemic has made everything much worse. Mindful Art Club gives people a way to access help and support immediately, without a waiting list, and without finances being a barrier to access.
Peggy and I are helping to create a world where peer support, mindfulness, creative activities, and social connection is more easily available in local communities.
So, Mindful Art Club offers community groups and well-being courses supporting mental health through creativity and social connection. Its about managing stress and loneliness in a creative way. Our groups give people the opportunity to share their feelings, practice mindfulness, create art, relax and chat
‘The virus has made it feel like the ground has been swept from beneath my feet. I am left wobbling and uncertain of how to feel grounded. Fortunately Mindful Art has gone online and they are working really hard to provide us with twice weekly mindfulness and art sessions it is such an important part of my week. My family are away from me, I cant attend any groups and my psychiatrist has just discharged me_leaving me with no support in place. I love the art section of the session and am learning how regular mindfulness can calm my anxiety. Emma and Peggy are giving me, and possibly everyone who logs in, time for self_awareness and to gain support from others. It is something I look forward to, and leave feeling connected and supported’-Shona who attends our groups
We are asking for funding to run mindfulness and art groups at the Sunflower Women’s Centre in Plymouth. It is the only women’s centre in Plymouth and helps with addictions, mental wellbeing, health, criminogenic behaviours, domestic abuse and social isolation.

How will they work together to achieve this?

We will work together to achieve this as we all have a shared vision of how we want our communities to look, have a passion for helping people and different skills and experiences. We know each other well and our aware of our different strengths and weaknesses.
Peggy Melmoth _my business partner. Peggy is my business partner and we met when we were both working at Broadreach. She has had her own business for years doing art commissions and blogging about narrow boats. Therefore, she is experienced in advertising, website design and social media. At the moment she is doing her level 4 in counselling so will be a qualified counsellor in a year. She also has a degree in art. She is a great person to work with as she really cares about people and are different skill sets match each other
Lee Squires – is our volunteer. He is from a Romany gypsy background and didn’t learn to read or write until he was in his thirties. Since then he has been to art college and has exhibited in London with David Bailey and Anna Marie Pachenker. He is a qualified yoga, tai chi and wing tsune teacher and is very involved in the local community
Clare Lattimore-is one of our trustees and was with us when we started MAC. She is now working for Livewell and part of her job description at work is to be Livewell link worker for MAC
Janet Parfitt is a retired nurse and one of our regular parcipitants. She says that MAC has been a life saver in lockdown for her mental health and to stay connected with people
Paula Carell is deputy manager at Sunflower center for women and is a big supporter of ours. We used to work together at Broadreach and she used to run a art gallery where I exhibited my paintings. We have been running classes at the Sunflower for the past year.
Emma sprawson _I have a MA in illustration from St Martins, a teaching qualification and extensive knowledge of mental health issues. I am very committed to helping people in the community
Andy Stuart _works for RIO and has been helping us with budgets, business advice and ways to take our business forward

 

 

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