Many Hands Make Light Work
We worked with lots of other Wellingborough organisations to deliver our ‘Greetings From…’ postcard project.
Made With Many are distributing 1000 Greetings From… activity packs to households in three areas of Wellingborough to help empower residents to have a voice by creatively recording how they feel about their neighbourhood on a postcard.
With limited opportunities to get out and about during summer 2020, and lots of people spending more time at home, Made With Many teamed up with Community Watch to give residents of Hemmingwell, Kingsway and Queensway some free creative activities to do at home, along with some information from local community organisations to help keep people safe and well during lockdown.
The ‘Greetings From…’ packs were assembled by Teamwork Trust and included lots of creative materials such as colouring pens, pencils, and papers as well as the competition entry postcards. Volunteers and staff from Northamptonshire Emergency Services Cadets, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, Places for People, Greatwell Homes, St Marks Church and Wellingborough Methodist Church generously gave time to help distribute packs along with the Made With Many team.
Anyone from age 0 to 99 living in Hemmingwell, Kingsway or Queensway could create a postcard for a chance to win a £25 shopping voucher.
To get involved, we invited people to get creative with drawing, colouring, collage, writing, mind maps, poems or rap; to describe their neighbourhood or favourite place, showing what keeps them safe, or what’s important to them and their community. Competition entries could be sent by post to Made With Many or to local drop off points at Queensway Co-op, Kingsway Morrisons Daily, Service Six or Hemmingwell Community and Skills Centre, who all kindly supporting the collection of competition entries.
The winning entries were selected by a panel made up of local community organisations, before being enlarged and displayed in outdoor public spaces on the three estates.
Made With Many delivered the ‘Greetings From…’ project in partnership with Lemon Pop Workshops, Community Watch, Support Northamptonshire and the Office of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.
Project Producer, Sarah Brown from Made With Many commented,
“As well as providing creative lockdown activities, this project aims to encourage residents to feed in their thoughts and feelings about what already makes them feel safe and happy about their area, to empower the community to take the lead on planning future work in the area.”
Stephen Mold, Northamptonshire’s Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, added:
“I’m happy to have been able to support this project, which I think is a really creative way to engage with local people in Wellingborough and find out more about how community safety and wellbeing can be supported. I hope many people seize this opportunity to take time to think about the area in which they live and come up with some brilliant, inspired designs for their postcards.”
Many thanks to our project partners
Packs delivered to Wellingborough homes🏠containing an arts competition🎨paint, pens✏ information on fearless, firework🚀 safety and home fire safety🔥 @FearlessORG @ESCadets @NorthantsOPFCC @northantsfire @MadeWithMany_ pic.twitter.com/lR22KEBbjJ
— Michelle Bates (@michelle16bates) September 26, 2020
Our service-users have filled over 1,000 community packs with leaflets, updates & arts & craft materials as we help @MadeWithMany_ with their latest @ace_national project: https://t.co/fCByYay5XC pic.twitter.com/Upobmhnyfg
— Teamwork Trust (@TeamworkTrust) September 27, 2020
— Northants Telegraph (@NTelegraph) September 28, 2020