At Building Circles
Hobby and Skills Workshops
Offering new skills and friendship through interactive, fun workshops.
We open these hobby and skills workshops to anyone with a learning disability and not just our referred focus people. The first few workshops consisted of: cake making sessions which culminated in a coffee morning open to the general public, a Make and Bake workshop where they produced a 3-course meal for a family member or friend and a Decorate to Celebrate workshop where they all made some amazing decorations for the Building Circles Christmas Party; these included wooden reindeer, 2 x wooden Christmas trees, clay tealights, holders and clay Christmas tree decorations, snowball piñata tablecloths and placements.
The hobby workshops have now been running for over a year and have proved to be very popular. Not only have they helped with community inclusion in the Quedgeley area, they have given our focus people new found skills and friends within the group.
There is a small charge for these workshops to cover the tutor, materials and hall hire. If you would like to get involved then please contact us. As of May 2018, we have an additional workshop running in Cheltenham.
Allotment - Care to Grow Project
We recently acquired an allotment for our focus people and the local community to work on together in Quedgeley. All workshops and projects require our dedicated staff and volunteers to keep them going and tackle social isolation and provide friendship, as well as focusing strongly on community inclusion. Many other outside opportunities have been closed by the County Council and there is a real need to get people in the fresh air working together on community projects. The ultimate aim of this project is to grow produce for vegetable boxes which can be given to people in the community who are in need. If you would like to get involved in our allotment project then please contact us. We are looking for focus people and volunteers to help out.
As of 2018, we have an additional allotment in Prestbury. It's already up and running but we would love to get a few more people involved! Please contact us for more information.
Building Circles were commissioned to run Sexual Abuse Prevention courses to service users across the County which is essential work to keep people with learning disabilities safe from harm and to teach them about good and bad touch and why it is okay to say "no". This work is delivered by co-trainers who have learning disabilities.
We have since expanded our range of training and now also offer courses on the following: financial abuse, discrimination and hate crime, sex education, drug abuse and internet safety.
If you would like any of these courses delivered one-to-one or in a residential home, please contact us.
Anti-Hate Crime/Bullying project
We have recently been awarded further part funding to run our Anti-Hate Crime work in schools, where we have taken a group of people with learning disabilities into local secondary schools to talk about their experiences of being bullied by school children outside in their local communities and on public transport. The experiences ranged from being called names on a local bus to being beaten black and blue by a large group of school children and having the experience filmed and posted onto a social media site. Again this work gives employment to people with learning disabilities but ultimately is to encourage community inclusion and to keep vulnerable people safe from harm.
'Sing with Circles'
In late 2018, we started a community choir which creates an inclusive and safe environment for people with a learning disability to be accepted, gain friendships and sing their hearts out!
As it began not too long before the festive period, they started off learning Christmas songs and as well as performing at our Christmas Party, they even got the opportunity to sing in Tesco, Quedgeley!
The choir currently runs every Tuesday evening in Kingsway and is open to anyone who would like to join in! Please contact us for more information or to get signed up.