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Brand new 365 day #5ways2wellbeing project

Posted by on Dec 30, 2013 in Blog |

So, it’s New Year’s Eve tomorrow and I’m ready to start a new Beauty and Utility Arts challenge. Challenges stimulate my mind and this one will focus on my favourite thing about our work … finding innovative, creative, visual and powerful ways for us to engage with more people by listening…learning…responding to what makes people tick and how that impacts on our work with communities and individuals across Arts, Health and Wellbeing. Our 365 day wellbeing project uses the five ways to wellbeing evidence based actions developed by the new economics foundation, now in use all over the country  inspiring discussions and actions around health and wellbeing in our everyday lives. We use the five ways to wellbeing as much as possible as a simple, effective tool and now I’d like to do something different. Every day I will Tweet an action and a picture based on one of the five ways to wellbeing (see below) using the hashtag #5ways2wellbeing and I’d like everybody else out there to do the same. That way we can see a bigger picture, throughout the seasons, of what makes the UK tick when it comes to wellbeing. There will be guest posts along the way, starting on 1st January with a very special guest, short interviews to view and at the end of each month we’ll pull together all the tweets and pictures for all to see. I hope you’ll be in on this with me and spread the word far and wide, because the more people who get involved, the...

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Libraries ain’t what they used to be ;o)

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Blog |

Libraries ain’t what they used to be ;o)

I love libraries. The smell and feel of well handled books, the memories of visits as a child with hair still wet from the swimming baths, the potential for learning and discovering all come flowing back into my mind as I step into one. Beauty and Utility Arts has been working closely with North West Leicestershire District Council on a number of arts and health initiatives recently and back on October we teamed up with Lisa Pidgeon of Little Bird School of Stitchcraft. Lisa’s blogpost on her own website sums the whole experience up perfectly, so we hope you enjoy…   Wellbeing Hi-5 :: Bombing Coalville Library Those of you that are regular readers of my blog will know that I am passionate about the relationship of arts/crafts and health and wellbeing.  I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Conference in Bristol earlier this year and since then have been forging my career in this direction. Throughout the month of October, Leicestershire (my home ground) is celebrating the ways in which the arts, culture and heritage contribute towards health and wellbeing.  The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ is used as a framework to deliver a programme of over 200 wellbeing events taking place across the shire. In total I have been asked to deliver 3 workshops  for Creative Leicestershire and 1 workshop for Beauty and Utility Arts as part of the Wellbeing Hi-5 celebrations. This first session took place in Coalville library on 10th Oct. Katherine Brown, from Beauty and Utility Arts, ran a session of papercrafts making bunting and flowers and, for the younger crafters, characters from Goldilocks and the Three Bears… The Knitting Gurrillas of Birstall (KGB) were recruited to do a special yarn bomb and participants were invited to hide allsorts of little items on the bookshelves and between the pages of books.  Yarn bombing is a way of brightening up an area and, in the case of the KGB, making people smile… Mr Hissing Sid liked the nature section… The mice liked it in the children’s section especially the little dark corners… The younger borrowers had fun yarn bombing… And later we enlisted the elder borrowers to have a go at hiding woolly gifts between the pages of books.  Pink for pink lovers… Bookworms for the classic readers… Crafty bookworms for the craft lovers… Since the workshop I have had a message from the library staff who to say that they have spotted people finding the knitted lovelies and that: “It’s great to see the delight on their faces when they find something.  I hope it is bringing lots of smiles” I think the KGB would agree that this is mission...

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