Friday, 30 May 2014

Saturday 29th March - Unity & Hope and Block Printing

After a long, grey and grim winter (eeh bah gum), we were relieved to feel some long awaited Spring warmth when our March meeting and workshop date rolled round.

In the morning we were joined by Sophia Sheikh from the charity Unity and Hope, who delivered an inspiring talk about the lack of funding and support for adult survivors of child abuse. She spoke about how the project started, and the work she has been doing to raise awareness and put pressure on the government to provide funding. As a group we were all moved and agreed that the work of Unity and Hope was vital in bringing about much needed change. If you would like to find out more about what they do, please go to their website ( and also please take the time to sign the petition to improve the responses to adult survivors of sexual abuse -

After the talk we moved on to lunch and, as ever, the shared lunch table trembled at the trestles with lovely delights. I think we must all carry Mary Poppins carpet bags every time I see how much is produced and shared on the day – incredible.

Following lunch, Jayne took to the craft table and talked us through the best ways to approach block printing.

Everyone was excited to have a ‘messy’, creative workshop again, following our more recent ‘active’ sessions. Jayne had a number of lovely examples and tips and hints to share with us before she set us all free with the inks and blocks. There was a mad clammer for blocks and workspace, but we soon found ourselves working in small groups sharing ideas and materials.

We were given an apron and a tote bag to do our worst / best with.

We all ended up with two lovely unique creations, paint all over our hands and smiles on our faces.

The hall looked like we had had a ball, and was probably a close second to the wreath making class in terms of messiness and length of time to put right at the end, but it was worth it.

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