Green Living Project, 2012 to 2013
Make Your Own Natural Cleaning Workshop at Stoke Newington Methodist Church, Hackney We raised public wareness and understanding of the practical steps they can take to adopt a greener lifestyle. This involved: delivering ‘Home Ecology’ workshops where people learned how to make household cleaning products and skin and beauty products using natural ingredients. We also created eco-posters with recipes for natural cleaning products for the ‘Green Kitchen’ and ‘Green Bathroom’.
Creative Arts Workshops, 2011 to 2012
Refugee and women seeking asylum learning and producing recycled textiles and printing using traditional skills. We worked in partnership with Songololo Feet, a local arts charity, to deliver recycled textiles workshops for women seeking asylum at the Hackney Yoga Project based in Hackney City Farm and Praxis in Bethnal Green.
Creative Expressions Project, 2010 to 2011
Ceative crafts session with parents at Children’s Centre in Croydon
We worked with the Kensington Avenue Children’s Centre in Croydon to deliver a series of creativity workshops. Parents with young children were the target group for this programme. By the end of this 6-month programme many parents said they felt more confident and were more motivated to pursue their creative ambitions.
Enabling community groups to support young adults at risk of offending, Birmingham
We worked with Staffordshire & West Midlands Probation Trust, one of the Transition to Adulthood (T2A) pilots, to test new ways of supporting young adults coming out of custody. Facilitated community groups in Birmingham to work in consortia to provide support services to young adults. Also raised awareness of commissioning opportunities for community groups to address the young people’s needs. This approach adopted as a model of good practice and subsequently was rolled out across the Staffordshire and West Midlands region.
Enterprising Residents programme, 2012 to 2014
Coaching and mentoring L&Q participants to set up and manage social enterprises in London
Building on the success of the pilot project, Enterprising Women, we were commissioned by the L&Q Foundation to deliver the Enterprising Residents programme that encouraged residents to run their own social enterprises.
Enterprising Residents consisted of three stages: training, coaching and mentoring. We worked in partnership with the East London Business Alliance (ELBA); this charity works with companies to get East London people into training and employment. ELBA recruited over 40 corporate volunteers from KPMG, UBS, Societe Generale and JP Morgan to mentor these participants
Enterprising Women, 2011 to 2012
Training and coaching women to set up social enterprises and supported with their business mentors
Enterprising Women was a pilot project that involved training, coaching and mentoring residents from the London & Quadrant (L&Q) Housing Trust to set up their own social enterprises. We also collaborated with the ELBA to recruit 44 business mentors from leading companies in the City―Linklaters, KPMG and UBS. These business mentors contributed to the training programme, particularly on the business planning, finance and marketing modules together with the mentoring programme. Twenty-five women completed this pilot; 14 of them went on to set up their social enterprises.
Health & Wellness
Shape UP Yoga Project, 2014-2015
Yoga sessions for women on the move in Wandsworth, London
The Shape UP Yoga increased the levels of physical activity amongst groups of women who have low participation rates in sports, particularly black and minority ethnic women. We ran yoga taster workshops and yoga courses in various venues in Wandsworth to help make sporting a habit.
Time Out Project, 2014-2015
Teaching creative crafts for stress management
The Time Out programme involved sharing effective stress management strategies that enable women to balance their multiple roles and caring responsibilities through creative crafts, yoga and meditation. It was important for women to know what their chronic stress symptoms are and recognise when their stress levels are out of control. Being able to identify the stress triggers and causes enabled women to make changes so they are better able to enjoy life-work balance.