There’s nothing that displays our work more evidently than taking our supporters on a Seeing is Believing visit. This month we took guests from The Verve Workspace, The Richmond House Group, Women in Enterprise, The University of Buckingham, MK21 and Novalex Solicitors to visit three local projects that we have recently supported.
You may be aware of the Walking with Giants and Paraffinalia two extraordinary local outdoor events created by the ever imaginative and resourceful Festive Road but have you ever wondered how the amazing moving sculptures are created? Our guests were delighted to be invited to see the inner working of this inclusive and inventive community arts organisation by Jessica Rost their Artistic Director. She spoke of the challenges that face the sector and why funding plays such an important role in what they do. It didn’t take our guests long to adjust to the magical atmosphere at the Festive Roads premises, riding bejewelled elephants, flying mystical dragons and experiencing a taste of some of the regular, or should I say irregular, creative sessions that demonstrate that art is more than just galleries & museums.
Irish Welfare Support Group
Next stop on our visit was The Irish Welfare Support Group weekly lunch club set up in the interests of social welfare for over 55's who otherwise may feel socially excluded within the local community. Or to put it another way, a delicious meal served in a great atmosphere with plenty of good conversation laughs and friendship.
We were warmly welcomed by Mary who helps to run the lunch club and met the kitchen volunteers who do an amazing job cooking and serving a tasty hot meal for everyone who attends. We then joined the members of the group for lunch and heard about the valuable work that happens at the centre including exercise classes, trips and dancing.
Finally, we visited Worktree to take part in one of their Career WorkOut sessions at Walton High School. Worktree is an employability education charity based in Milton Keynes, with a mission to prepare young people for the world of work by engaging employers in their education. The organisation links businesses and schools in a range of activities to develop young people’s career awareness and employability skills, including quality experiences of work. Worktree is funded through payments from schools, employer sponsorship, contracts with training organisations and grants from charities such as Milton Keynes Community Foundation. It does not receive direct government funding.
We found out how important it is for young people to have interactions with adults who aren’t part of the school population or within their own sphere of influence.
If you are interested in volunteering an hour of your time to Worktree simply visit their signup page and book your place.
Thank you to our hosts for your wonderful welcome and for sharing the important work you do and thank you to our guests for being so much fun and joining in on the whole experience, helping to make the visits a great success.