Our Winter Artisan Food & Craft Fair will be hosted inside our brilliant The Chrysalis Theatre MK on Saturday 10th November! In support of a vibrant community providing a meaningful working life for adults with learning disabilities, we will be joined by 30+ local crafters, makers & artisans. Alongside our very own artisan baked goods, preserves, honey, cordials and vinegars, traditional textiles, ceramics & unique one-off art & craft items, expect original photography, soaps, craft gin, upcycled wood, jewellery, curry pastes, chutneys, plus local art demos by MKSA, Christmas gifts and home and fashion accessories. Please join us at this truly local (and free) indoor event! Find our more about the stallholders on our Event Page on Facebook.
We’ve been celebrating Harvest and Michaelmas this week. Bringing together all the achievements of the community we enjoyed a shared lunch of four different soups cooked by the houses and fresh bread from our Bakery served by the Cafe team. The celebrations saw the Theatre group perform part of the Stranger Danger play, with Teo posing as the big bad wolf, Tamsin and Andrew as the two of the little pigs, Lee as the Gasman and Liam as the policeman. Our Residents Forum presented a short film about recycling called Greener Camphill focussing on reducing food waste. Alison talked about what happens in the Tools Workshop with help from Luke. Art and Craft, Garden and Newsletter Workshops presented their work to the entire community. Of course, we sang a few songs led by Joan and all felt rather grateful for what this year has brought.
Last month we took part in a wonderful partnership with the GIV project joining our theatre groups with local schools. GIV help local young people to build confidence, self-esteem and skills through supported volunteering so we got together to put on a show called ‘A Balloon For Granddad’ which was held in our Chrysalis Theatre. Everyone enjoyed our collaboration with inspiring young people and overall it was a great success! Thanks to Julia and everyone involved in the planning and preparation of the activity.
We had such a great day at Middleton Hall in the Centre MK this weekend celebrating Milton Keynes Disability Awareness Day (MKDAD). Throughout the month we have been involved in many events aimed to celebrate our varying abilities, raise awareness and challenge perceptions about disabilities. One of our proudest moments was our participation in the You See Me Moving Forward exhibition in which we showed 25 pieces of art. On the official day, our residents had the opportunity to share a snippet from the GIV project and then we enjoyed the rest of day as we were entertained by a variety of other organisations showcasing their many talents, including street dance, gymnastics, and songs!
A Big thank you to everyone who helped to arrange and co-ordinate our Easter party. A special extra thanks to Clemens, Deepa, Milena, Rafael & Max for making it happen. It was well organised and great fun, with nice food and lots of games. So many cheerful people and plenty who were happy to pose for photos with their Easter hunt prize! Visit our Facebook Page for more fun photos!