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Workshops supporting Recovery and Carers
Significant Seams is proud to be a partner of the Devon Recovery Learning Community, a Recovery College provided by Devon Partnership NHS Trust for the Wellbeing of people in Devon. All of their courses are FREE to the registrant. Anyone living in Devon can self-refer to DRLC and book onto the course (space allowing). Bookings typically open in mid-February and mid-August for a six month series of courses. The Spring-Summer 2020 prospectus is available HERE.
We have designed and delivered three courses that have been reviewed by medical professionals specifically to support people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, their family and friends, and the professionals who support them. The courses are made possible by support from the Aquarius Fund at Devon Community Foundation, Locality Funds from Crediton area Councillors Nick Way and Margaret Squires, Devon ‘Doing What Matters’ Funding, and commissioning from Devon Partnership NHS Trust. You can help also ensure our ongoing ability to deliver these course with a donation.
Our delivery team bring a combination of artistic excellence, lived experience of mental ill health and recovery, arts & health research and training programme development experience, and advanced counselling education. Our courses are not therapeutic interventions – but rather creative ones. We foster an environment where our faciliatators help participants experience and learn new creative processes, reflect on how the creative process makes them feel, and meet and share their creations and experiences with others. In short, these courses make accessing a creative course whilst in a vulnerable life moment imaginable, possible and fruitful.
Currently our delivery is focused in Crediton and Moretonhampstead. We also occasionally support DRLC courses at OrganicArts in Ide, and with Just Sewn Stories in Tavistock.
Textiles and Nature: Crafting Natural Inspiration and Textiles and Nature for Carers
This 6-week course provides a series of inspiring and creative activities including eco-dying, spinning wool, shadow drawing, book making, printing and sewing. Our experienced tutors will lead you in a creative process to provide opportunities to connect with the natural world, inspire hope, develop your sense of identity, find meaning and feel more empowered. Activities will help you draw inspiration directly from the natural world that surrounds us and which will be fun and easy to replicate at home yourself.
Quilting for Wellbeing – a ten week series
A quilt was traditionally used to tell a story in cloth. Quilts can be a sort of documentation of current culture as well as memories and observations about the world around us. Memories are often experienced through cloth, many of which are gathered from scraps of favourite fabrics and clothes that tell stories of their own. Like a scrapbook, memories grow and live in the quilt, and become more cherished over the years. In this course we will find creative expression for our own recovery story by acquiring basic skills and techniques to make your first quilt. The slow and gentle process of choosing fabrics, sewing, and stitching together scraps of material can contribute to your own recovery from distress or trauma, producing a narrative in fabric that helps us find meaning and purpose that can offer hope.