Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Diwali and recycled plastic bags at New Park Primary

Lovely workshop this Monday gone with New Park Primary School about Diwali.

Working with Yr 1 and Yr 2 was so lovely. Pupils learnt about Diwali, made henna hands and used recycled plastic bags on an outline of their own hands to create a Diwali light with Adele and Nairouz.

It was such creative fun full of energy and enjoyment! Can't wait to see their corridor display this Friday :-D

Some puppy pics

It's always lovely to have old and young puppies at SOLA, to relax us and share love. Thanks Debbie and Sean for bringing your puppy friends in :-)

Friendship with Roscoe Primary School

We had a great 3 days last week with Yr 5 at Roscoe Primary School, thinking about friendship and being a school of sanctuary.

Working with Adele our lead artist, artists Benyamin and Nairouz helped the children to explore their creatively friendly characters.

Benymain from Iran ran hand and flower making out of clay, the children created their own hand flowers and flower moulds. Whilst Nairouz from Kurdish Syria made recycled plastic bags flowers with the children.

Everyone learnt new languages Farsi and Kurdish to say 'flower' and 'friendship' and there was sooooo much energy and creativity it was brilliant!

Well done Yr 5 :-D


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Thanks for the help Debbie :-)

Thanks Debbie for your help Friday volunteering!

Debbie cleared up about 3 years paperwork that's been waiting for you all this time to sort out. That's why volunteers are soooo precious.

Debbie volunteering as part of the All In One Studio project, whilst waiting for the studio space to open.

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Sean one of our volunteers has collated a great snap shot of FESTIVAL31 this year.

Were you there? Can you spot here to see

Thanks Sean!

Summer playscheme- final Friday of the holidays

What a fantastically bonkers creative session!

Eight families came along and put colour and nature on the walls of the community garden. So much enthusiasm from so many different ages of children and adults many of whom we met for the first time today.

The energy and enjoyment was sooooo good that we've decided add 4 extra mural sessions during September, supported through volunteering to make this space and opportunity the best we can and continue our connections with lots of new families from within our local area :-)

Friday, 25 August 2017

Phew end of Friday again

What a busy day today- Rachael was in volunteering with the finances. Rachael and Tony actually likes doing numbers- Adele our Manager is soooo grateful as she hates numbers ????:-0), the All In One Studio was really vibrant and jam packed with creative people- the first full session in some weeks and a new member, resettlement & housing support was given to one participant who has recently been granted Leave to Remain (fingers crossed he's got a nice room in a good quiet share large house), and of course the Family Playscheme!

How else would you want to spend your Friday? We've no other way we prefe to spend ours :-)

Summer Family Playscheme update

Another grand Family Playscheme session today getting very messy, having fund with water and adding to the nature mural with hand painting. Support from Nairouz and Avin in their new volunteering roles :-)

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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