Initially a six-week project for women who were homeless, in conjunction with our Wellbeing Support Group and Nonsuch, our weekly women’s group has grown in both strength and numbers since it’s first session back in June 2018. Designed to encourage social interaction and offer a relaxed environment in which to express and explore different areas of interest, the weekly meet-up has experienced a variety of activities
Throughout the past 10 months, the group has run in collaboration with Non Such, a creative agency, which has seen a variety of activities take place both inside and out of the centre. The collaboration with Non Such came to an end in February due to funding. As part of this funding segment, the sessions culminated n a project to create a light installation for the charity shop for Light Night which was a great success. Also during the past 15 weeks the ladies learnt how to sing a Christmas carol in sign language and tried a taster session from an experienced yoga teacher and a zumba teacher. We also hosted a Christmas party in December at Lathkill Supported Housing Project in Bulwell. The Women’s group hosted the party which included singing carols, playing party games and Bingo with the residents. Caroline brought her guitar and performed, Julia also sang a solo as well as encouraging everyone to join in with other carols which we had printed the words out for. June provided all the gifts for pass the parcel. Afterwards they all said they would like to go back next year to entertain the residents again.
We are looking forward to working with Non Such again later on in the year but need to successfully apply for more funding first.
We arranged a Summit Meeting following Nonsuch’s last session. The women discussed activities they would like to take part in the future of Womanuel and we reviewed our values and goals.
Since then the ladies have enjoyed a Jewelry Making Workshop at the Bead Shop courtesy of their Kickstarter campaign. The ladies got the opportunity to make earrings and a bracelet. We have been invited back for one more session to be arranged in the future.
We also went to the Bonnington Gallery at Nottingham Trent University to take part in there Up-Cycling exhibition where the Womanuel participants were shown lots of different techniques and ideas of how to turn unusable garments into a new fashionable and wearable item. Womanuel have been invited back to see the full exhibition on 28th March after which the ladies can keep whatever they have made. The group were really inspired by what they had learned and are eager to put the skills to practice during future sessions back at Emmanuel House. One of the ladies has also offered to share her skills of quilting with the rest of the group and we now have the use of a sewing machine for future sessions.
Our local PCSO Sue Rutter attends the group whenever she can and has given helpful advice on how to stay safe as well as participate in each session etc. The women really appreciated this and nominated her for the Notts Inspirational Women’s Awards for which she was shortlisted.
If you would like to help support the Womanuel Group or are interested in providing one of the weekly activities, please get in touch today.