Leo has been volunteering with us at Designs in Mind since 2019. He started as an artist volunteer and has since also joined the Listen and Connect team. You can find him in the studio on a Thursday helping members bring their ideas to life using various techniques.. Leo is also currently running public workshops at Designs in Mind, looking at the decorative Netsuke (Net-ske) and Inro, a type of purse used by Japanese gentlemen. The first one was Saturday and a great time was
On Saturday we were very excited to be part of Wrexham Makers Market. An incredible collection of artists and makers, this event is wonderfully organised and full of fun and colour. We attended as part of our Good Egg project, this gives members the chance to gain experience and confidence in a number of roles, including selling products and talking to the public about everything Designs in Mind. "A great day was had by all involved, great conversations and connections made."
If you are passing Designs in Mind on a Monday afternoon you may hear some uplifting sounds coming from the studio. Our Listen and connect facilitator is also a talented musician and last year started a singing group for members. Starting off when Covid restrictions had just eased the group first met in the park to sing. Soon the group moved to the studio. Recently we also have a volunteer musician join us. The singing group is fun and relaxed and is helping to ease lonelines
Having mental health challenges can be very isolating and lonely. When you join Designs in Mind making friends is the last thing on your mind, just getting through the door is hard enough. Members know how each other feel and this allows us to be ourselves, on both good and bad days you are accepted without fear of judgement. I have made lots of lovely non-judgemental friends at Designs in Mind. They understand me as they are going through similar things themselves. We help e
Rhi joined Designs in Mind in January 2020 as a New referrals artist facilitator. She spent the majority of 2020 speaking to people via zoom, doing online workshops and drop in chat sessions. Rhi's favourite workshop was when we returned to the Centre after lockdown, she did a series of Mindful Monday workshops. This included mark making to music, Chinese brush painting and screen printing on a large scale. The final piece was displayed for Mental Health awareness week. It en