Friday, 18 August 2017

Family Playscheme update

The results of family activities today were........stencils! for the garden mural ready for next week.

It was just a little rainy at the beginning of the session, so we played and made inside instead. New families and older ones all having fun.

Drawing, colouring, cutting out, running, ball games and shouting at the top of our voices to fill the hall space. A fun session today :-) 

Friday, 11 August 2017

Summer Family Playscheme update

Today saw our second Summer Family Playscheme session with lots of activity starting the mural.
Nishan and Pilan has great fun getting messay hand printing, sun making, running aorund, water play, watering plants, and epxlroign the garden's ants and looooong legged spiders!
New volunteers Nairouz and Avin developed new skills and Vanessa, one of our newest Trustees, popped in to say hi.
What a great afternoon session in Toxteth Town Hall community garden we had today.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Getting Social Media savy!

Thanks to Urbain and his hard work and dedication to sorting out SOLA's social media, we now have buffer set up via FB and posting is sooooo much easier.

One click and everthing is shared across our social media networks. Thanks Urbain!!!

Summer Family Playscheme has started!

We had lots of fun today at our first session of our Summer Family Playscheme.

Thanks to help from Mike from Toxteht Town HAll Garden Project, we explored 2 different types of bees (honey bee and bumble bee), ant nests,  buddlea trees and we found lots of things that are growing that we can eat from the garden.

Then we used our imagination and got creative experiment with ideas for the mural we are making in the garden from next week.

The sessions based at Toxteth Town Hall Community Garden run throughout the school holidays and are open to families from refugee, BME and local communities.

Contact us if you want to join in :-)

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Create training today

Adele, Lead Art Therapist at SOLA ARTS delivered a really fantastic training session today for and with British Red Cross staff and volunteers.

The group learnt about Art Therapy, the Create project and toegther everyone explored ways to enable a community based drop-in for refugees to deliver Art Therapy based support.

The training was informative and based on the approach of co-production to develop a specific approach that best suits the British Red Cross Drop-In and their service users within the Create therapy remit.

It was a pleasure to meet everyone, think and share ideas together to develop a support and programme to support asylum seeker and refugee mental wellbeing.

A great start to what we envisage will be a good journey for mental wellbeing of people who can be of the most vulnerable in our community. 


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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

One ending to another beginning- Art Therapy Group

Ending of Tuesday Art Therapy Group today. A poem from Creative Mentor Joe about and for the group;

Tuesday group
You watched us grow into painted flowers
Held above our heads as banners
Your metal words picked at random
helped us feel that everything has a place.
We smiled at you across the table and shared our hopes and fortune cookies
Tuesday group
We knew you would not laugh
Tuesday group we ate to many sweets and curry
Tuesday group.
We told you our story and we wrote new ones together
Tuesday group we need more space for our art
Tuesday group you don’t need to be sad that we are leaving
Tuesday group we are stronger now

Monday, 24 July 2017

Welcome our newest volunteer- Puppy Sid!

Lovely to have puppy Sid join us today for his first session helping out his best pal and 'dad' Sean. Thanks to volunteer Sean for bringing him in; it's always good to share a bit of puppy love!

Sean and Sid at the beginning of the day (Sean helping Sid relax)...

By the end of the day Sid had found the place place to relax & help with social media...