This weeks women's group worked very well and all of the women took part in a variety of activities throughout the duration of the gathering. These activities where based around a range of mediums and purposes that the women thrived and truly engaged with.
Many of the women have been focusing on their sewing skills and learning how to use the sewing machines over the past few months. The women that have been involved have had no previous experience, yet they seem to be extremely confident and successful with working on the machines provided. Creating items such as cushion covers and clothing, which ultimately can be sold in the future to provide and continue more activities that cultivates the learning of quality skills that the women are entirely creative with.
With International Women's Day approaching, a group activity was created where the women collectively produced a banner that celebrates this symbolically empowering day. It will be displayed at next weeks group that will be a party for the women to celebrate their active role in society where they are given the opportunity to voice their opinions in a rapidly altered environment from previous generations of oppression. The banner that was conceived throughout the day was an excellent display of the diverse creativity of the women and they were given total freedom to put these ideas into practice and ultimately work as a productive team.
The Immigmedia Greenhouse project that we have been running alongside these activities creatively flourished this week with a much more engaging involvement of a variety of ages and ethnicities.
The women and children have moved on to producing flowers out of newspapers within the group and as the workshop moved on, the group of ladies branched off into producing a whole variety of their own techniques and adaptations of beautiful flowers with a whole range of crafty objects.
Over the next few months, the group with be discussing their own perception of immigration in the media today and the growing emphasis we see in the general public. Hopefully this will lead into the women taking part in creative writing workshops that they can put their english skills to test that they have been encouraged to develop within the group over the past 6 months or so. With the accompaniment of ESOL classes that SOLA are running at Toxteth Library - For further details please do get in touch or we do have information previously
posted on our blog about dates and times. This will allow the women to voice their personal experiences of taking refuge within the UK and express their perspective freely within society.
We are all looking forward to next weeks activities and the party of course. We will be posting some pictures up on here for you all to enjoy too!