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Creating Ground is a Community Interest Company, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (number 10158083).

Registered office: 5 Luke Street, London EC2A 4PX

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My Creative Skills Project

Creating Ground CIC and Greenwich Migrant Hub started conversations in August 2016 to devise a project for the hub visitors.

Creating Ground created questionnaires that were then given to the hub visitors to explore their needs and interests. On the basis of their answers, Creating Ground designed the project "My Creative Skills" aimed at a group of migrant women.

This is the first project that Creating Ground has organised for the local community so it has been really exciting times for the organisation.

The expected outcomes for the participants were to:

  • Improve confidence and self-esteem

  • Socialize and expand their network

  • Improve communication skills

  • Learn new things useful to them and their families

  • Release stress and find inspiration through a creative process

The project run for 8 weeks from October to December 2016. The sessions took place at the Woolwich Common Community Centre.

Participants were encouraged to share their skills and co-teach/assist in class.

Sessions were finalized and decided together with them according to their needs and aspirations.

During the sessions we produced different art work (journals, cards, felt) whilst learning about each other, our challenges, health services in Greenwich and volunteering thinking at action points to improve our situation.

Please see the project leaflet

The participants have showed an interest in becoming involved in future projects.

We had a meeting at the beginning of January to see if and how they could help Creating Ground in different capacities. Hopefully, this will mean that they will become active part of the organization.

Creating Ground and Greenwich Migrant Hub are now applying for funding to run the project again for more women.

Creating Ground is running a similar pilot project for Action for Refugees in Lewisham from January to April 2017 and will seek funding to run the workshops with AFRIL as well.

Participants' comments shared at the evaluation meeting:

"I built new friendship. I am so stressed. When I am here, I feel better. Even my sleep has improved".

"I did not have opportunities to play when I was a child, I enjoyed everything".

"Talking to people helps".

"The project has helped me to keep motivated and know how to deal with difficult situations and how to look at the brighter side of life".

"I have learnt something new that I can do at home and with my children".

"I have learnt how to make cards. Perhaps, it is a small thing but it is a lot for me".

"It was important to share our emotional feelings and talk about our challenges. We come from different countries but have similar problems".