Last week, we had a fantastic turnout for the Lambeth Big Connect. 144 people joined us in Stockwell to take taster sessions from our peer- led Connect and Do programme of arts, music, crafts and writing activities.
People were able to try graffiti art for the first time as well as experiment with projects such as sewing a bag, making beaded earrings and bracelets, lino printing Christmas cards and trying creative exercises in the newly released Connect and Do Workbook 2.
Peer facilitator, Donato, led a music session where people where able to express themselves using a variety of traditional percussive and handmade string instruments. Caught in the moment, Pauline, one of the members stood and sang an impromptu carol of hope. Performance artist Andy was able to test out his new act “Russell” where people were able to add their handwritten thoughts and written expressions on his peg outfit whilst he wandered through the event.
Peer facilitators shared how much they enjoy being able to help people discover and develop new skills. The event attracted people from across London, and many spoke of just enjoying being able to sit and connect with others – a constant buzz of people talking about what was going on in their lives whilst enjoying the vegan lunch.
There were heart-warming scenes of reconnection too. The Sewing Bee group, who had continued to support each other during lockdown, were full of excitement to see each other. They presented one member of the group with a bear in memory of her mother, who had recently passed away. Each part or the bear was carefully made from pieces of her mother’s clothing.
The day ended with a rousing choir session around the piano with Edward. People joyfully coming together to sing popular classics like “I Can See Clearly Now” and “Hit the Road Jack”, with regulars and newcomers enjoying the chance to share their voice. It was, indeed, a bright, sunshiney day.
And if you missed all the excitement, you could join in on our monthly programme of activities. Find out more here
Thank you to all our wonderful staff and peer facilitators who continue to make the Connect and Do programme such a success. The variety and creativity are what keeps people connecting from all over London. And if you too are interested in being a peer facilitator and want to find out more, email email@example.com