UWE Bristol and Milestones Trust have launched a ‘Creative Club’ in which vulnerable adults from the Trust undertake creative projects with support from UWE Bristol students. Beginning in March 2014, Creative Club was a six week pilot where service users from the Trust could go along and try a variety of creative activities supported by UWE Bower Ashton students mainly studying graphic design or photography. The project was a great success and UWE are currently looking for more volunteers so the club can run again in 2016.
Milestones Trust is a charity with a 28 year history of offering safe, person-centred support to vulnerable people, including those with learning disabilities, people with mental health needs, and older people with dementia.
The club is designed to help students integrate into the local community as volunteers and to give back to the community with excellent benefits for all involved.
“Applying for a Project Leader role at the Club was one of the best decisions I have made. To see Milestones Trust service users enjoy the activities has been rewarding. I feel as if we are making a difference.”
Katie Morgan, UWE student
In 2016, Creative Club aims to be a weekly event at Frenchay campus, giving members the opportunity to go along and be students for the day and try out a range of exiting artistic endeavours; these include tie-dyeing t-shirts, making pin-hole cameras, trying screen printing, making coasters and doing collagraph printing. 12 student volunteers support this activity.
“The Club got off to a great start with service users applying tie-dye patterns to T-shirts, socks and canvas bags in a variety of bright colours! Feedback from the first session was very positive.”
Brenda Stanton, Milestones Trust Volunteer Coordinator
“I like coming to Creative Club as I like trying new things and I can keep what I make in my scrapbook”
Wilf Maule, Creative Club member
If you’d like to find out more about Creative Club and to get involved, please contact UWE Volunteering for more information about the 2016 sessions.