Saturday, 27 March 2010

T in The Pot @ Galgael

Alison, the group facilitator, writes:

The whole aim of the starting the group on a Tuesday was to make a comfortable place for woman to get together, chat, laugh, relax and make something with their hands.  It was of most importance to create a nurturing place for woman first of all then give the materials to be creative.  In the Tuesday Group they get a warm and nutritious lunch, soup and salad then a sweet afterwards.  The group runs from 11am to 2pm.  Alison comes in around 9 - 9.30 to help prepare the materials and go shopping and make the lunch for the woman.

The Tuesday Group consisted of Women from the local Govan area, they came through a local charity in Govan that supports woman either through crisis or gives some moral support.  The charity is called "T in The Pot" who Alison got in touch with and who runs the group on a Tuesday.  Initially the main plan with running the group was short term.  Running from 3 to 5 weeks depending on the response we where getting.  I'm happy to say that the Woolcraft group is getting a great reputation.  2 women came in to Glagael to find out about the Tuesday Group.  Not only had they heard about us through T in The Pot but also through a mental health charity called Car Gomm.  This is evidence that the Woolcraft group as a whole is making an impact and starting up the Tuesday group makes it more accessible for women who can't make it any other day. 

The initial plan for running the Tuesday group was to teach an introduction to felting.  This was to include making our famous but very easy felted flowers and then move on to a bigger project individually.  After the first week the woman decided they would like to make a banner for T in The Pot.  Rather than just each woman making individual projects they now wanted to work as a team.  And so to make a basis for the banner we mended and felted a Hebridean fleece, this was a great introduction for the woman in getting involved with the more traditional crafts.  Afterwards we started dry felting the logo of T in The pot. This is still ongoing and I'm happy to say that the group is growing more in strength.  Unfortunately the only barrier to the group is the number of women that can be taken, it's 5 maximum.  

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