Sunday, 29 September 2013

Cheerio not goodbye to Annie a long time committed Trustee...

A big THANK YOU sooo much to Annie for all your support over the years as a SOLA Trustee. We are sad to see you go but really happy you will focusing on your baby bump wee girl!!! Congratulations :-D

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Thursday drop-in arts group

We used to run a Thursday drop-in arts group for people recovering from mental distress or people from the refugee communities.
Although we don't have a group running at the moment, we still have Glen and Sirwan who drop-in and make art and chat, oooh and have a chocolate biscuit or two!
Here are two pictures they have recently been working on...



Monday, 23 September 2013

Another great session with Liverpool Refugee Womens' Group today

 Today Lead Volunteers in training, Tinsae and Nesrin, worked with key volunteers and participants at Liverpool Refugee Womens' Group to support women and young children in need.

With over 15 women and 8 
children joined by 6 volunteers, 
the session was lively and dynamic with activities ranging from food making and sewing to volunteering and socialising.

Once again thanks to Healthy Inclusion for providing opportunity to work with the women and support empowerment through opportunity, skills development and a safe drop-in space.

Monday, 16 September 2013

New Art Therapy programme

Thanks to Trafford Hall DIY grant funding, Rennie's Arts & Crafts art materials contributions and SOLA ARTS in-kind and volunteering support, we're able to offer our 2nd Art Therapy in the Community programme.
The project will be run by an Art Therapist and SOLA volunteers.

This will be a 12-week programme for people predominantly from minority black communities to access a Group Art Therapy Drop-In and the offer of 1 x Individual Art Therapy support.

SOLA is the only provision in Liverpool and Merseyside offering Art Therapy in the community and we are really enthusiastic to be extending this service for another 12-week period.

Our aim is to eventually have a rolling Art Therapy in the Community programme to be supporting people from different communities and particular backgrounds or needs for healing of the mind and soul for improved mental well-being and quality of life. This second short-term programme is a great start towards our goal.

If you would like any further information about the programme either watch this space or contact us at; or 0151 726 8440.

Donations towards making this a longer term reality are always welcome.


Sunday, 1 September 2013

Great afternoon out at St. Luke's Church

Some people from SOLA went to see a great performance today at St. Luke's Church in Liverpool City Centre, organised by Urban Strawberry Lunch and a fantastic group of young adults.

The performance involved drumming, rapping, music, singing and drama about being a young adults and not being taken seriously in terms of being able to move on in their careers and lives.
Well done guys, really good performance!