Breathing Space

Breathing Space is a project for carers of any age in Eltham funded through the Innovation Grant by Royal Borough of Greenwich. Led by Eltham Arts, the sessions will take place at Eltham Library starting in September 2022. 

During and post pandemic, social isolation has been greater than normal. The aim of the project is to empower local carers to express themselves, reflect on their connection with others, feel respected and valued and develop strategies for self-care to positively influence their wellbeing.

Through creative weekly sessions we will foster a playful and safe space for listening and honest conversation to take place to build respect and trust. We will explore our emotions and ways of sharing our feelings and build a breathing space to destress. In turn, we will recognise personal qualities, strengths and interests, all contributing to a sense of wellbeing and self-worth.

Improving and developing our physical health and wellbeing has lifelong benefits. How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional wellbeing. We will learn what wellbeing is and why it is important to look after ourselves. Through different artforms we will experiment, notice and reflect to appreciate the richness of the extraordinary within the ordinary.

At Eltham Arts we design projects to ensure that anyone in the community can access irrespective of their age or background.  Our artists have an extensive skill set and experience working in a range of community settings with a variety of groups in both co-creation and collaboration.

Participants of Breathing Space will contribute to a printed outcome that not only promotes the group to other carers but documents and celebrates the project with interactive activities for other carers to improve mental health far and wide in the borough.

Please note that photographs will be taken in the sessions which will contribute to our printed outcome. If you do not wish to be photographed, please get in touch with us at elthamartsgroup@gmail.com.

If you are a carer in Greenwich Borough and would like to participate in this project, please click HERE to fill the form.

FAQs

  • Do I have to pay for the sessions?

No, they are free sessions.

  • Where will the sessions take place?

Weekly sessions will take place in person at Eltham Library every Thursday from 11am-1pm for 10 weeks.

  • How long are the sessions?

The sessions will run for 2 hrs from 11am – 1pm including a coffee break.

  • Do I have to commit to all the sessions?

The sessions are drop in. However, we would love you to attend all of the sessions as each week includes a different wellbeing activity.

  • What age group are these sessions for?

All age groups are welcome. Please fill the form above which will help us to understand your needs and requirements.

  • Is it possible to bring the person I care for with me to the sessions?

Yes, you can. Please send call the Eltham library on 02039154347 or send us an email on elthamartsgroup@gmail.com to discuss details.

Our sessions so far …

Shermaine Slocombe led some lovely session about breathing, visualizations, collaborative drawing and mark making. Fiona Gulec led a wonderful session on sounds healing and musical vibrations. We also paid a visit to Prince Philip Maritime Museum collection centre to inspire ourselves from the beautiful items from the collection.

The participants have enjoyed the sessions and found them relaxing and healing. Here are a few photos from our sessions.

We have two more amazing sessions lined up for next two weeks. These are open to anyone over 18 years from Royal Borough Of Greenwich. The sessions will take place at Eltham Library from 11am – 1pm on Thursday 17th Nov and 24th Nov. The sessions are free but a using the links below.

17th Nov, 11am – 1pm

Poetry session by Arji Manuelpillai

Click HERE to book a space

Work with poet Arji Manuelpillai to experience poetry to boost your wellbeing and send postive messages to yourself.

24th Nov, 11am – 1pm

Shadow Play with Diana Jones

Click HERE to book a space

Join shadow puppet artist Diana Jones to unfold a playful world of shaow play. Experience the power of this simple art to boost your mental health and wellbeing.

Meet our creative team on this project

Project Partner – Eltham Library

Pragya Kumar – Project Manager

She will also co-facilitate workshops with our other practitioners. She is a visual artist with more than 10 years’ experience in participatory and community arts. She has been associated with Eltham Arts for the past eight years and have successfully delivered projects to connect the community, increase social engagement and provide opportunities for self-expression. Read more

Shermaine Slocombe – Lead Practitioner

She is a multi-disciplinary participatory artist and educator, experienced in engaging young people in ambitious creative learning projects. Read more

Diana Jones – Shadow puppet artist and lantern maker

Diana is our Lead Artist on this project. After completing a degree in Fine Art in Sunderland, Di Jones moved to London and embarked on a freelance career in community and celebratory arts which took her the length and breadth of Britain. Read More …

Fiona Gulec – Reiki Healer

Fiona is a Reiki Master Healer and Reiki teacher. She has successfully been helping people to heal physically and mentally for over many years. Read more ….

Arji Manuelpillai – Poet

For over 15 years he has worked with community arts projects nationally and internationally. In everywhere from prisons and Immigration Removal centres to schools and youth clubs I have continued to push creativity and self expression. Read more ….

We may have more artists and parctitioners in the mix as we progress in the project.