Friday, 1 March 2013


Kensington Healthy Inclusion Refugee Women's Group

 SOLA has been commissioned to run the Women's Group for Healthy Inclusion. A Drop-In support group by and for refugee women, their children and volunteers from the local community. This is a great group that we have been working with for the past 5 years and we are really happy to work for the longer term with the ladies.

All sorts of activities and opportunities happen in the group and there is fantastic support from other partners including Kensington Methodist Church, Student Action for Refugees, CHATS and Granby Toxteth Development Trust.

At the moment the group doing textile banner making, health eating, yoga, and cookery. In addition, there is food, a children's space, practical and emotional support, informal counselling and therapeutic activities.

We will soon be starting our own herb garden. Great for the cooking team!

Lots of activities to come and more importantly the continuation of a safe and supportive space for women in need.

We are always looking for donations of clothes, toys, books, sewing machines and now gardening equipment. Please contact SOLA if you have any to give away.

For more information or to book a place contact : Tinsae or Adele at SOLA    0151 726 8440

Supporting people with Dementia through visual arts

Arts and Agency for elder people from the Liverpool African communities

SOLA is working with Liverpool African Elders Luncheon Club to deliver arts & crafts activities. These activities help memory recall, memory retention, motor-neuron skills, self-agency and empowerment, self-expression, a greater self-value, belonging and lots of laughter! This is a lovely group of people of around 14 with varying abilities and skills.

At the moment the group are using wire and acrylic resign, glass painting and multimedia to create 3D flower decorations.

We have been working with the group over the past 7 years and always enjoy every minute.
The project is funded by Liverpool City Council Grassroots Grants and further supported by Granby Toxteth Development Trust and Nigeria House. There are many local volunteers who are keenly helping out.

The project runs until the end of March for this stage.

For more information or to book a place contact : Adele or Tinsae at SOLA    0151 726 8440

SOLA welcomes Tinsae!

We are very lucky to be working with a core Volunteer, Tinsae, who is now helping run activities.

Tinsae originally comes from Eritrea and has already been able to share creative and cultural traditional skills at MYA for Black History Month 2012 with SOLA.

We look forward to working with TInsae over the coming months...

Free offer of workshops for people living with or experiencing Dementia

Free offer of workshops for elderly people with dementia or Alzheimers, or carers of people living with Dementia or Alzheimer's.

As part of our Dementia Arts programme, SOLA has a small amount of funding from Liverpool City Council Grassroots Grants to deliver Dementia focused arts & crafts activities.

We are looking for our final workshop delivery during March.

If you know of a Community group, Care Home or Carer's group who you think may benefit, contact us as soon as possible. We may be able to run arts & crafts sessions for a few hours a week.

For more information or to book a place contact : Adele or Tinsae at SOLA    0151 726 8440

Free creative workshops

Great news!

SOLA ARTS & Granby Toxteth Development Trust are extending free arts & craft workshops. Open to anyone over 16 years old and families (families please contact first);

Thursdays 4-6 pm

In these fun activities people can explore; painting, drawing and print-making, silk painting, clay, Photoshop, music, film making candle decoration, or what ever you would like to try!

The workshops take place at SOLA ARTS, Toxteth Town Hall, L8 (next  to Toxteth Job Centre)

For more information or to book a place contact : Adele at SOLA   07832232849 or 0151 726 8440