Friday, 16 August 2013
We had a brilliant time supporting some of the fantastic arts activities delivered by Crisis Skylight Merseyside in Liverpool as part of their Summer School programme. At the Bluecoat, Crisis members asked visitors 'who do you think you are? and showed families how to create masks and flip books based on the theme of identity. At St Luke's 'Bombed Out' Church, Crisis members worked with arts organisation Urban Strawberry Lunch to try plastic fusion techniques. Using recycled plastic bags fused with heat, we created brightly coloured panels which will become part of a 'stained glass window' to be installed in the open window spaces of the building and illuminated during the winter months.
It was fantastic to get to know some of the wonderfully creative clients from Crisis who shared their skills and ideas with the public so confidently. We are currently developing plans for our next Connecting Threads project and feel that this approach of peer learning and active skills sharing would be a great way to engage both clients affected by homelessness and the wider public.