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A 16 week workshop run by women for women
In the last year, since 11th September many
centres were closed as they lost their funding and stopped providing valuable
resources to women-only clients. Cooltan took up the initiative to fill
the gap created and relieve some of the stress that has been placed on
resources that are heavily over subscribed and have long waiting lists.
One of our Tutors received a mind millennium award and set up the women
only art workshop.
of mental health, sexual assault and trauma.
These workshops are provided by women artists who have experience of similar
events in their own lives. They deliver the workshops with the aim of
enabling the women to create a safe environment to explore issues that
have effected their lives. The class acts as a catalyst for women to share
their experiences, and to create and develop their own creativity.
This simple nurture with creativity goes a long way in enabling people
back to good health. Art enables key skills and re-learning processes
without any feelings of excessive pressure. The types of skills are discussion,
making choices, language, expression, feeling, intuition, confidence to
be in a group, and confidence to speak. It also provides a social atmosphere
away from a day centre, which will encourage people who do not like to
be labelled a place to go, break their isolation and give participants
an activity to look forward to.
The women’s workshops have enabled two women to start thinking about
the skills they had before they fell ill. These two are being supported
to apply for grants to run printmaking classes at the centre. They are
being supported by the women tutor from the women’s group.
To facilitate women's workshops, enabling them
to utilise art in the exploration of their experiences of life - these
may cover mental distress, poverty and abuse.
To introduce women to digital technology, and further educate them in
its use as an art form.
To provide a safe environment for users of the project.
To produce a website and have it hosted, exhibiting the results of all
the positive work being done.
To work with relevant local organisations having an interest in mental
health and women’s issues.
To produce documentation and exhibit the finished work to a wider audience
on the internet - a 16 week project.
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