As reported in an earlier blog post, we have been running activity sessions at the Mental Health Unit at Stepping Hill Hospital for the last few weeks. This is an innovative new aspect to our service and we are very excited about it. Today we received a wonderful endorsement of the sessions from the Inpatient Services Manager at Stepping Hill, who has given us permission to share his words on our blog. We are delighted that the project has been such a success and are hopeful that it will continue.
I just wanted to heap a bit of praise on Lynn and the team from SPARC. We have commissioned them to provide a number of occupational activities on the ward from art to gardening. Although the commission is in its infancy, the activities have been received with such enthusiasm. (Staff) commented yesterday that they have often struggled to find patients as they are always attending activities. The way Lynn has developed the team and adapted to a changing environment, both financially and politically is inspiration to us all. I hope that we can continue to work together, for the good of the patients for a long time to come.
Huge thanks are due to the staff and sessional workers who have put so much of their time and effort into setting up and running these sessions – it’s their efforts that have made the project such a success – thank you one and all!
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Tagged activities, activity, art, cooking, craft, gardening, inreach, mental health, news, sparc
We are all looking forward to hosting a Spring garden party to launch the new Alliance between SPARC and Stockport and District Mind. The two organisations have always worked closely but this more formal alliance will see the provision of an Enablement and Recovery Service for people with mental health problems in Stockport, offering a seamless service to support people in their recovery.
Why not come along on Friday 17th May from 1.00 to 3.00 pm to find out about these exciting developments?
As well as information about the Alliance and the new service there will be refreshments, cakes, crafts and garden plants on sale, a chance to see the progress of the sparc4music project (supported by the Big Lottery Fund and Vodafone WOD) and the chance to meet staff, students, volunteers and members of both services.
The event itself is being kindly supported by Cheshire Datasystems and Business in the Community as part of their ‘Give and Gain‘ day and we would like to thank them very much for all their help.
To book a place you can add your name on our Eventbrite page. The event is free and there’s no need to register on Eventbrite but it will help us to keep track of everyone who is attending: http://sparcmindgardenparty.eventbrite.co.uk/#
For more information please contact us on 0161 429 9744 or email@example.com
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Tagged craft, garden, garden party, gardening, members, mental health, news, sparc, sparc4music, spring, sunshine
An interesting recent development has been a connection between the Growing Together Project and some some graphic design students from Stockport College.
SPARC and the Active Stockport Officer at Stockport College had been looking at ways they could support us to promote outdoor activities to benefit our members. One of the suggestions that came from this was that the Growing Together Project, based at Whitehill Allotments, would benefit from some promotional items, such as posters and other items.
A team of First year BA (Hons) Graphic Arts & Design students came for a visit with their tutor, Ian Parkin, on Wednesday 10th April. The session gave the students the chance to muck in (literally) with the session, meet the members and hopefully be inspired to come up with some appropriate work. The students interacted really well with staff and members and were professional in how they conducted themselves. The students returned on Wednesday 24th with their design proposals which they presented to the group members and staff. Each proposal was presented in a professional manner and with genuine interest. The designs will be mulled over by the group and the winning design announced.
One of the students involved in the project said …
“The part that stood out the most during the Growing Together Project was exploring my surroundings and creating imagery from what I can find. I did this by experimenting with nature and found materials such as leaves, branches, flowers and scrap paper.
This is something I would never normally do because usually I create computer generated imagery but surprisingly they do look more interesting compared to my previous pieces of work. Maybe this is something I should do more often in the future.”
We’re very excited to be facilitating a programme of activities for patients on Arden and Norbury wards at Stepping Hill Hospital. This gives people the chance to take part in supported activities that will help boost their self-esteem and increase their confidence in a fun and enjoyable way. The sessions are facilitated by staff and volunteers from SPARC and will hopefully be the start of a long term project. Sessions will initially run for 8 weeks, from 8th April to 31st May 2013.
Sessions will take place as detailed below – please contact us if you need any further information.
Music – Mondays on Arden Ward (1.30-2.30pm) and Norbury Ward (2.30-3.30pm)
Arts & Crafts – Thursdays on Norbury Ward (9.45-10.45am) and Arden Ward (10.45-11.45am)
Gardening – Fridays on Norbury Ward (1.30-2.30pm) and Arden Ward (2.30-3.30pm)
Cooking – Wednesday on Norbury Ward (11am-1.00pm) and Fridays on Arden Ward (11am-1.00pm)
We have also extended our informal in-reach visits so we will be visiting Arden and Norbury wards on Monday and Thursday afternoons on alternate weeks – posters advising the dates will be on show on the wards.
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Tagged art, arts & craft, cooking, craft, garden, gardening, hospital, inclusive, members, mental health, sparc, support
Our sparc4music project,funded by the Big Lottery, is getting under way!
The planning stages are complete and the project is beginning to get into full swing, with instruments and equipment ordered and due to arrive this week.
The first vocals session with the Wednesday women’s group starts mid April. The intention is to combine the results with the Tuesday music group and write songs for recording in the Friday sessions, once the software and equipment is installed and running.
Currently planned sessions are as follows:
Tuesdays………… 1:30 to 3:30 ……. Group sing-a-long
Wednesdays…… 11:30 to 12:30 ….. Vocal sessions
Fridays………….. 11:15 to 1:15 ……… Instrumentation, song writing
Fridays………….. 1:45 to 15:45 …….. Recording and Sound
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Starting today we have some great photography drop-in sessions at SPARC, facilitated by the Painting With Light group and open to all our members.
Please contact us for more information!