Continuing to support our communities
Although we’re not under the same roof at the moment, the Space2 team has been working together to adapt our services and we’re doing what we can to support our local community during this difficult time. Our recent activities have included delivering activity packs, online yoga classes and keeping in regular contact with participants on the phone.
Charlotte, who teaches our popular Threading Tales class, has been working on a collaborative group project - 'For the Love of Scrubs'. This consists of volunteers who are kindly giving up their time to sew and distribute protective equipment for NHS staff. It’s fantastic to see members of the Space2 family contributing to the ongoing national effort to support the NHS staff during a time of great need.
The Space2 team has also been working together to provide creative resources to our participants during this time and our Threading Tales participants have already received a bespoke gift box, complete with materials used in our classes in order to continue their textile and sewing work at home.
To keep those green fingers busy, our Community Development Workers have been offering mini tomato plants to collect on a daily walk or run for those coming from Harehills, Chapletown, Chapel Allerton and Oakwood. These were free to pick up and flew off the shelf, so we’re looking forward to seeing these blooming and producing delicious tomatoes in the summer months.
We know right now the little things matter. As well as personalised packages for our participants, in partnership with The Old Fire Station we are working on distributing weekly arts and well-being packs to homes around East Leeds. These are also supported by The East Leeds Project and East Leeds FM. The packs are delivered out every Friday and have a weekly theme, ranging from healthy eating to postcard projects. They contain resources for the whole family, including recipes, guides to growing food at home, fitness tips and colouring in activities, and have already been very well received. We will be designing and curating arts and well-being packs for local people over the next 6 months.
We hope that in doing this our recipients are reminded that although a time of isolation we can use this time to get involved collectively in activities at home that create and inspire, and that being indoors doesn't have to mean we can't escape in other ways.
With very best wishes,
The Space 2 Team