New Art Groups to Start After Lockdown

Who are Mindful Art Club?

Are they a business, a charity, a CIC or a community group?

And what are they going to do next?!

Mindful Art Club® is an unincorporated association. We have a small group constitution and a management committee. We recently held our annual general meeting to report on the organisation’s activities. The three trustees were present: Emma, Peggy and Clare, and the minutes were circulated to our regular volunteers, Lee and Linda.

First Emma reported on our funding bids. We were unsuccessful in two bids since the last general meeting. However we have been successful in bids with Comic Relief, Sparks Community Fund and have also received £250 from Plymouth Octopus Project. Emma is about to submit another bid to POP and a bid for Arts Council funding to run two groups.

Because of this funding Peggy reported that the following groups will begin after the current lockdown restrictions end.

  1. Sunflower Women’s Centre on Mondays, funded by Comic Relief.
  2. Zoom on Tuesdays funded by individual donations.
  3. Ivybridge Salvation Army to start after lockdown, funded by DRLC
  4. Emma to start a Friday group at The Clipper in Union Street, Plymouth funded by Sparks Community Fund.
  5. Various online courses to be funded by Devon Recovery Learning Community.
  6. Friday afternoons at Ocean Studios to be funded by Community Sparks Fund.
  7. Rees Centre, wellbeing course, Tuesday evenings funded by individuals.

Since our last meeting we have networked with a lot of different community organisations including Devon Mind, the Wolsley Trust social prescribers, Plymouth Argyle, Shekinah Mission, Devon Recovery Learning Community and The Clipper.

We have decided to invest in regular professional supervision meetings with a mindfulness teacher, retreat host and counsellor.

We have written a six week course, Doodle Your Recovery, and a three week course Zen Doodles for DRLC which will be run on Zoom.

We have joined the Loneliness Action Group with Labour councillor Kate Taylor, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

We have been featured in The Plymouth Chronicle twice and Emma has been on PTown Radio and Omnium Radio.

We celebrated one year in business with a dinner party, and made a video of it and sent thank you cards as a PR activity. We promoted our anniversary on our website and social media.

And finally, Emma and Peggy have both completed a five week business course called AWE Sofa Sessions with Dartington School of Social Entrepreneurs.  Emma is now going to study the Nuts and Bolts of Business course with them.

To find out about when our next online courses and real life groups are launching join our mailing list now. As a thank you for joining, we’ll instantly send you a mindful colouring bundle with meditative art activities inside, to try at home.

New Group: Royal William Yard

Want to learn to manage stress in a creative way?

Want to meet new people without feeling awkward?

Want to relax your busy mind, without the practice and discipline needed for meditation?

You just found the easy answer!

Our new art group at 1pm on Friday afternoons at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, offers a safe, easy-going space to have coffee, try guided mindfulness and do some art, just for fun. There is absolutely no talent required, so if you haven’t done anything creative since school that’s fine. It really is the taking part that counts. (Sorry for sounding so cliched but it’s true!)

Booking

Booking is essential due to restricted numbers during the pandemic. Message us to confirm your place. The group costs £2.00

If you arrive around 12.45pm you can grab a coffee at the Ocean Studios Cafe, then head upstairs to the Event Space on the right, where you will find Mindful Art Club. You will need to wear a mask to enter the café, but once you are seated at our (socially distanced) art table you can remove your mask for the duration of the group.

How to find us

Ocean Studios, The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth PL1 3RP. 

Plymouth city centre is 20-minute walk or a 12-minute cycle away. Find us at The Factory Cooperage, opposite Las Iguanas with the red telephone box. 

Drive  

From Plymouth City Centre take A374 to Durnford Street in Stonehouse. From Cornwall take the Tamar Bridge, A38, A3064, B3396 and A374, continue onto Durnford St until you reach the yard. There are plenty of Pay and Display car parking spaces at Royal William Yard. 

Bus  

The number 34 bus travels from the city centre and stops at the Royal William Yard roundabout.

Boat  

The ferry runs every hour from the Barbican to Royal William Yard, or you can travel from Cornwall on the Cremyll Ferry to Stonehouse. 

Read more details about accessibility at Ocean Studios.

Feeling unsure? Send us a message and we can chat. We’d love to see you there.

We Won a Year’s Business Support From RIO!

We also want to share some other great news that we got onto the Start Something project with the Real Ideas Organisation. We are now linked in with Ocean Studios at the Royal William Yard, which is a beautiful space to hold Mindful Art Club sessions.

RIO were offering 10 free membership packages worth over £3,000 each to entrepreneurial people with ideas that they thought could become brilliant businesses.

The fully funded membership package from Real Ideas gives us access to their co-working spaces, specialist facilities, expert business support mentors and access to events, workshops and one to one coaching. 

So, we will be getting some expert business advice, as well as being part of a creative community. It was lovely meeting other creative people at the team event last week and I’m looking forward to developing these relationships.

Art Club Safely Returns to The Brook Inn

Mindful Art Club are looking forward to returning to our old venue, The Brook Inn, Longbrook Street in Plympton, as of 10am on Thursday 17th September.

The new six person rules – which come into force on 14th September – are a change to England’s current guidance. But regular Brook Inn customers will know that landlord John Govier, and his team, have been following all the government guidelines since they re-opened, so this won’t make any difference to how they operate, when it comes in to force from Monday.

At-a-glance: How do the new rules affect mindful art classes?

  • Social gatherings of more than six people in England will not be allowed in law from Monday 14 September.
  • The new rule applies to pubs, cafes and public outdoor spaces.
  • However, gatherings can be more than six if it is for education purposes.
  • Support groups can take place in gatherings of any number if the support group is organised by a business or a benevolent institution to provide mutual aid.
  • Our mindful art classes at The Sunflower Women’s Centre will be run in groups of six, and booking for these is essential. (Phone 01752 977614 to go on the waiting list.)
  • Pubs and restaurants are still allowed to have more than six customers inside, but the groups of six have to be socially distant from each other.
  • Mindful art club tends to be around six to eight people. There is plenty of space for us to all sit on separate tables, safely distanced from one another.
  • The Brook Inn follows all safety and hygiene measures set out by the government, and always has done since reopening in July.

For Your Peace of Mind

At The Brook Inn and The Sunflower Women’s Centre we check temperatures on arrival, and take client details for track and trace. Paper and felt tip pens are provided, but you can also bring your own felt tip pens to reduce the risks of sharing pens.

If you have any questions or concerns about coming to Mindful Art Club during the current pandemic crisis please contact us.

You may also like to try a free, online class .

Mindful Art Club will be at The Brook Inn every Thursday from 10 am until 11.30am.

10 Reasons to Celebrate (Despite Covid-19)

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.

  1. We set up weekly Zoom meetings and hosted them throughout the coronavirus lockdown, and beyond.
  2. We held a staff wellbeing session on Zoom for ColebrookSW support services.
  3. Peggy’s counselling course was moved onto Zoom. She continued to attend classes, and gained her Level 3 qualification.
  4. We wrote a Mindful Art Activities eBook, to go on sale next month.
  5. We wrote an 8-week Mindful Art Wellbeing Course, which we will be testing out with a small group during September.
  6. Our volunteer, Lee, has learned to play the tongue drum, providing relaxing sounds at our outdoor mindfulness groups.
  7. We hosted four, small, socially-distant, outdoor, one-day retreats.
  8. After lockdown eased, we started a weekly art group at The Sunflower Women’s Centre, in their beautiful, outside courtyard.
  9. We have held small, weekly outdoor groups in Plympton all summer.
  10. 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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[Video] New: Outdoor Art Group

Our new outdoor art group makes mindfulness more fun. We usually like to offer coffee, creativity and company, but for this group you will have to bring your own coffee! (Or tea.) Please also bring your own felt tip pens and paper, as we can’t share materials due to COVID19. The group meets at 10am on Wednesdays in Plympton St Maurice. Message us to book your place.

  • Isolated?
  • Anxious?
  • Stressed?

Watch now to find out how mindful art club can change all of that!

Now we’d like to hear from you. Do you have any questions about our new way of working outside? Leave us a comment below.

No Art Club This Week

We are taking a week’s break from Mindful Art Club this week, from 17th to 24th May. We will be back on your screens on Monday 25th May!

If you have missed any of our online classes, or want to try some mindfulness and art you can catch up with the recordings on Facebook.

If you are feeling creative Heads Count have invited Mindful Art Club to be part of The Rainbow Connection project. Send your artwork, words or photo to their email. (See image above).

You could also create a COVID-19 Time Capsule with this free printable.

Or draw yourself looking out of the window to be part of our group art project called Windows of the Souls.

And finally, cheer up your neighbours by putting this free printable rainbow poster in your window.

Grab some free, mindful colouring pages when you join our mailing list here: Doodle or Die, Monthly Scribbles.

We look forward to seeing you again at 10am Monday 25th May 2020.

Peggy and Emma

Corona Virus Notice

Week beginning 16th March 2020 – All Mindful Art Clubs are currently running as normal.  The situation will be reviewed again on Friday 20th March 2020. Next week we may move to running online groups. Please watch emails for updates.

Update: 18th March 2020 – Friday’s group at The Harbour Centre is cancelled for the foreseeable future. Current social distancing advice is to avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.

Update: 20th March 2020 – All of our groups have been moved to Facebook live events. Read more: Free online art group.

Peggy and Emma

Featured in Plymouth Chronicle

We are happy to be featured in The Plymouth Chronicle this month (March 2020). However, please note that our Monday venue has changed its name since this was published. ‘The Pig Bar and Grill’ is now called ‘Jack n Mols’.

The Plymouth Chronicle is delivered door to door, in four local areas, to 90,000 homes per month.

The article describes why we started Mindful Art Club, and also reports that we have received National Lottery funding to start an art group at The Harbour Drug and Alcohol Service.

Our unique combination of mindfulness and art promotes mental health and wellbeing. If you would like to offer a mindful art club to your clients or employees please get in touch with Peggy and Emma.

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