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P41 Engaging our local communities
  1. Celia Pyke-Lees and
  2. Laura Parker
  1. St Michael’s Hospice, St Leonards on Sea, UK

Abstract

‘Creativity is contagious. Pass it on’ Albert Einstein

Rooted in creativity Our area is filled with creative spirits, working away at their craft creating some truly stunning pieces. These artisans will often say that their work is good for the soul, working with their hands and heart with stunning results. At the Hospice we believe in holistic care, focusing on the individual, their soul and the things that matter to them. We believe that by adopting this focus it not only helps the individual but also the people that surround them, their family and friends. So as we started to look to ways to engage our more rural communities we decided to pair these two philosophies and host an event that was good for everyone’s soul.

Create. Make. Bake was born.

The concept behind Create. Make. Bake is simply to bring together local artisans, with skills such 3D weaving, upholstery, jewellery making or bread making, to share their skill, knowledge and expertise. Artisans held workshops, demonstrations and talks and let the visiting public have a go. Our Trading Warehouse supplied a range of materials and a Pop-Up shop.

Create. Make. Bake. is a relaxed affair. No formal table plan, no standing behind trestle tables and no entrance or exhibiting fee. A free and informal event that targets local communities, engages the Hospice with a new audience and communicates the services that we can provide.

So, how did it turn out?Well… 16 tables with different artisans. 15 amazing raffle prizes. Over a 100 people through the door. People learnt, shared and, most importantly, enjoyed a day to remember with the Hospice. There was positive feedback: ‘Had a great time today and thought the event was very inspirational.’,

Will it become an annual event? It’s been booked in the diary already!

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