New Group: Moments Cafe

We are looking forward to hosting 12 weeks of art sessions at Moments Cafe in Plymouth City Centre in the New Year, 2022. This is thanks to funding from The High Streets Heritage Action Zone initiative .

These sessions aim to teach people from diverse backgrounds about the heritage of the conservation area in Plymouth City Centre. We will talk about the history of the various places in the centre, and do an art project based on that subject. For example, we might talk about The Messenger sculpture outside the Theatre Royal, and then ask the participants to design their own sculpture. Another project would be to talk about the history of Royal Parade and bring in some photographs of what it used to look like. At the end of the 12 weeks we will take anyone who wants to go for a walk around the conservation area so we can look at the landmarks as a group.

We know that the residents of Plymouth have suffered during the lockdowns with increased mental health problems and social isolation, and so we want to give people a safe place to connect with other people. Our groups are about meeting new people, being in a supportive group, building confidence, learning new things and having fun. We want to include people from diverse communities in Plymouth and give them a safe space to be creative, have fun and form friendships.

Each session includes five minutes of guided mindfulness, five minutes of mindful drawing, a simple art project, and the opportunity to chat and relax.

“Moments Cafe is a warm, caring, friendly environment for all. The cafe acts as a subconscious support network for a lot of people. The cafe attracts a lot of people who are vulnerable, and they are supported through open conversations and a non-judgmental atmosphere. Moments Cafe want to develop their offer to the community, and have ongoing projects upstairs that will benefit their customers, and our community as a whole. The Mindful Art Club is a great opportunity for both organisations to provide the community with a fun, inclusive, creative and sociable network in a central location in Plymouth.”

Emma Oxland, Moments Café manager.

The High Streets Heritage Action Zone initiative is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s Heritage High Street Fund, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s Future High Street Fund and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Book now if you are interested in coming along to these art sessions. Your place will be fully funded, i.e. at no cost to you, but places are limited. These sessions will take place on Friday afternoons.

Create Your Recovery at Home

Are you breaking free from your addictions?

Are you in recovery from problems with alcohol or other substances?

Are you ready to recover your more creative side?

Our new online art club could be just what you are looking for.

Create Your Recovery is for people in recovery from alcohol dependency or other substance misuse, and has been partly funded by The National Lottery.

This new Facebook live-stream event takes place on Fridays, 10.00am until 11.00am, starting on Friday 3rd April 2020.

We used to run these art groups at Harbour Drug & Alcohol Services, Hyde Park House, Mutley, Plymouth, and asked for a donation of £2.00 per session. However, the new online art group will be free, (with an option to donate if you want to, and if you can afford to.)

We start with a “check in”, and ten minutes of guided mindfulness meditation. Then we do an easy art project and chat.  Read more: What Happens at The Club?

We started running a mindfulness art club at Harbour on February 14th 2020 on a Friday. We didn’t specifically choose a Friday but this seems to work well as it is a calming space just before the weekend.

Attendance has been steady.  The simplicity of the sessions works well for this client group. Not needing to be able to sit and do a full meditation session or be any good at art. The art offers an informal space to chat, get support and relax with no agenda or expectation.

The combination of art and mindfulness helps clients to explore difficult emotions without realising they are doing it. It is a gentle way of accessing thoughts and feelings and learning to process them which is really important for drug and alcohol users and those in recovery. It is early days for this group at Harbour but I am hoping in the future to build on its success.

Jocella Peck, Harbour Drug and Alcohol Services, Plymouth

How to Join the Online Art Club

Update 25/05/20

We have made the decision to temporarily stop our Friday group, until we can safely return to The Harbour Centre.

We would like to invite all Harbour clients to join in with our two other groups instead. We run these sessions as Zoom meetings, which we stream to Facebook Live on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10am, at www.facebook.com/mindfulartclub These sessions are free, and can help anyone who struggles with mental health difficulties, or social isolation, to feel happier, calmer and more socially connected.

We look forward to seeing you back at The Harbour Centre when the UK government offers guidance for how community groups can meet again safely.

Not ready to join the group? That’s OK. Grab some free mindful colouring pages here.

Art Club Wins #NationalLottery Funding

We are  pleased to announce we have won some #NationalLottery funding to deliver mindful art classes to those in recovery from addiction. This will allow us to offer weekly classes at the reduced rate of £2.00 per session at The Harbour Centre, starting 14th February2020.

Harbour are keen to invite people working a 12 step program to these sessions, to encourage their service users to try fellowship meetings.

Fridays

Harbour Drug & Alcohol Services, Hyde Park House, Mutley Plymouth, Devon, PL4 6LF

Create Your Recovery – This session is for people in recovery from substance dependency, offered at the reduced rate of £2.00 per session.

Fridays, 1.00pm – 2.30pm Starting Friday 14th February 2020