We are starting a new volunteer project called Give a Song. The idea is to use the power of music to bring a little happiness to those shielding or otherwise socially isolated at this difficult time. We’re looking for local musicians who would be interested in donating their time to perform a few songs from a safe distance outside their houses.
Here are Chloe and Martin from Peachy Beat getting the project started.
All acoustic instruments and genres welcome. DBS checks desired but not essential. Please drop us an email if your are interested.
Pilot quilt made by Liz, our Vice Chair and "modelled" by Keith, one of our longstanding centre volunteers.
Coming soon - an exciting new project making "fiddle quilts" for people with Dementia
Sadly, we've had to press pause on the roll out of this project due to the Coronavirus crisis. However, we are delighted to announce that we have received funding from Lewisham Council's Neighbourhood Community Development Partnership to take it forward.
Fiddle quilts are great for people with dementia and we will using up materials that have been donated to the Apple Tree Shop as well as training local volunteers in sewing and crafting skills.
We are working with local partners including All4Mind, Ageing Well in Lewisham and the Positive Ageing Council to promote awareness of these quilts that can help many people living with dementia.
The idea of the project has really taken off and the idea of reusing old things rather than buying new has already taken on a new life of its own, with local people donating old sewing machines as well as materials that we can use to make the quilts.
Watch this space for more information will follow soon.
Handcrank sewing machine, made in the Clydebank Singer Factory in 1897, kindly donated to the project by Des.
Posts by the Goldsmiths Community Development Worker, updating on activity in the centre and local communities.