We are running a Christmas-themed art group on Zoom on 22nd December, but there will be no other groups for the rest of December. We are going to draw a Christmas carol, and we have to guess what carol each others pictures are! There’s no pressure to be good at drawing, it’s just a bit of fun. You can also bring your own mince pie and wear a Christmas jumper if you like. Book your place now.
Thank you so much to everyone who has been to one of our groups or retreats in this very strange year. We will be back in the New Year 2021 with an exciting new online course.
Make sure to take care of yourself this Christmas.
The Mindful Art Club Awards Ceremony is finally here and you can watch all the action here on our website.
This year there is a new awards ceremony on our screens, the never-before-seen Mindful Art Club awards. After an incredible, yet surprising, first year in business (Covid-19 – we are looking at you!) we wanted to thank some of the people who have helped us on our way.
The celebrations were restricted to a very small, outdoor dinner party, because of the current coronavirus restrictions. Red carpet coverage was not possible, as the nominees could not attend the event in person. The nominees were not announced prior to the event, so the winners were completely surprised by their awards!
Mindful Art Club Awards 2020
Best Personal Development Trainer – Nabs Mirza, Shekinah Mission
Best Community Venue Award – John Govier, The Brook Inn
Best Funding Advisor – Imogen Potter, Plymouth Octopus Project
Our Best Friend at the Harbour Centre – Jocella Peck
Best Wellbeing Networker – Roger Higman, Network of Wellbeing
Our Best Friend at The Sunflower Womens Centre – Paula Carnell
Best Newcomer 2020 – Linda Langart
Committee Member of the Year – Clare Lattimore
Culinary Award for Amazing Food and Cakes – Jamie Chapman
Most Dedicated Volunteer – Lee Squires
And of course, we could not have done it without all of our clients who have come along to our sessions in pubs, cafes, community support services, parks, fields, even Peggy’s backyard, and online. Thank you for all your donations, and thank you for the wonderful feedback we keep getting about how much Mindful Art Club helps you to feel happier and calmer. We know that many of you have also made new friends at art club. We feel connection is more important now than ever.
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Last week Emma and Peggy held a Mindful Art Club committee meeting with two of their volunteers, (in Peggy’s backyard!) and made a note of all the things we have managed to achieve since our last committee meeting, in January 2020.
We set up weekly Zoom meetings and hosted them throughout the coronavirus lockdown, and beyond.
We held a staff wellbeing session on Zoom for ColebrookSW support services.
Peggy’s counselling course was moved onto Zoom. She continued to attend classes, and gained her Level 3 qualification.
We wrote a Mindful Art Activities eBook, to go on sale next month.
We wrote an 8-week Mindful Art Wellbeing Course, which we will be testing out with a small group during September.
Our volunteer, Lee, has learned to play the tongue drum, providing relaxing sounds at our outdoor mindfulness groups.
We hosted four, small, socially-distant, outdoor, one-day retreats.
After lockdown eased, we started a weekly art group at The Sunflower Women’s Centre, in their beautiful, outside courtyard.
Our loyal clients have continued to support us throughout this pandemic by turning up to our online groups, and outdoor groups, and contributing donations to our running costs.
How to Celebrate When We Can’t Even Have a Party
We are so grateful that we have been able to do all of these things, and keep mindful art club going, despite the global pandemic. On 10th September it will be one year since we held our first mindful art group at The Brook Inn, Plympton. We’d love to hold a big event to celebrate, but we’ll have to be content with a small, outdoor meal to celebrate Mindful Art Club’s first anniversary.
We will be able to celebrate in a virtual way at our online art group on 15th September, and we would like to reward our loyal clients with a small gift, which will be sent out to our mailing list on our ‘birthday’, 10th September.
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The Mindful Art Club are heading to Awenek Studio to host one of our art for wellbeing sessions. This event is free, and there are two parts to the session with options to bring your own packed lunch or just come to the morning or afternoon. Please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07931457386 to confirm your space.
THURSDAY, 10 SEPTEMBER 2020 FROM 10:30-14:00
They have an indoor outdoor socially distanced space but are keeping numbers to five participants morning/afternoon. The Studio is based at Maker Heights, a beautiful and picturesque hilltop location that serves the communities of Millbrook, Kingsand, Cawsand and Cremyll.
Awenek Studio CIC is a hub for all those artistic people or anyone who wants to have a go at the joy of being creative together.
We have started to host small, socially distanced, outdoor retreats. Join us for a day of laughter, conversation, mindfulness and art, surrounded by the peacefulness of nature. If you enjoy our weekly mindful art groups you will love our full day of relaxing activities.
Would you like to try mindfulness in your workplace?
Want your staff to feel valued and listened to?
Want to increase staff productivity and reduce sick leave?
It sounds like you are ready to invest in a staff wellbeing event!
Mental health difficulties are the biggest cause of sickness absence in this country (Health and Sickness Executive, 2018). So poor mental health costs employers money. Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. But major changes or challenges in life, such as bereavement, relationship problems, having a baby, debt or a workplace restructure may also affect mental health.
On Wednesday 11th March we visited Plymouth Job Centre Plus in Exeter Street, to offer a mindful art club session to the work-coaches, and other members of staff, as part of their wellbeing day.
We started with a brief chat about how everyone was feeling. They were actually feeling quite good, as they had been attending different staff wellbeing sessions all day. We then did a five minute mindfulness meditation, some mindful drawing and then made some collages. The mindful drawing exercise is simply making simple marks on paper with your eyes closed. This eliminates any self-judgement or need to make an image that is “good”. Then we can focus on the feeling of drawing, which quickly produces quite a relaxing sensation. In mindfulness this is called “being in the flow”.
While making collages, staff were able to relax and chat to colleagues they might not have usually met. We received feedback that everyone enjoyed the session and the work coaches were keen to recommend our community drop-in sessions to their job centre clients.
It is every employer’s responsibility to provide a workplace where people experiencing mental health difficulties, major life events or juggling caring responsibilities can talk openly without fear of stigma.
If you would like to offer a mindful art session to your staff, colleagues or service users contact us now to find out more.
Have you been meaning to come along to Mindful Art Club?
Are you busy in the mornings and would prefer an afternoon?
Would you like to try the group for free?
This well-being pop-up shop is just what you are looking for!
1.30pm Wednesday 26th February 2020 at 65 New George Street.
Seetecpluss are a company that help people with health conditions and/or disabilities back into work. They have been running a pop-up shop in the town centre since 12th February 2020.At the moment they are currently running a wellbeing Wednesday where they have invited people to join them for a walk, make over or creative activity.
Next Wednesday 26th the creative activity will be Mindful Art Club with Peggy Melmoth and Emma Sprawson.
Let us bring Mindful Art Club into your workplace, treatment service or social club!
Last week we enjoyed bringing Mindful Art Club to the TLC group at The Brook Inn. In this case TLC stands for Tea, Laughter and Company. Every Thursday afternoon at The Brook, in Plympton St Maurice, the landlord John, and his staff offer a free cup of tea, some biscuits and like-minded company to anyone who lives alone, or feels lonely. There is sometimes a guest speaker, a game of cards, or a sing along.
We offered this friendly crowd of around 25 people, a short mindfulness meditation and an easy art project; drawing zentangle patterns. Many people there had not tried drawing for years, and had never tried meditation.
That was really relaxing – I almost fell asleep!
A lady at TLC
There was a lot of chatting and laughter while everyone had a go at doing some artwork. We had so much fun, and were very surprised to receive a round of applause at the end of the session!
Emma and Peggy can bring Mindful Art Club to your treatment service, workplace or residential home. Drop in to one of their existing classes to find out about this new way to manage anxiety and stress.