26th July 2021 🦋

Sunshine and Smiles as Community Hall Activities Return!

Drop in craft and cooking activities resumed on Friday 23 July as part of the work being led by Kevin Phoenix, Future Directions’ Activities Coordinator, funded by the National Lottery. We’ve been working with a team of residents, staff and trustee volunteers to tidy up the community hall, transforming it into The Butterfly House for butterfly banner making, face painting and decorations. On Friday, groups from each of the houses dropped in social bubbles for hour long social and creative sessions and enjoyed squash and cupcakes from the fantastic, newly renovated kitchen.

Eight new metal lockable cupboards have been rescued from landfill and donated courtesy of Imperial College London through the Warp-It scheme:  The cupboards have been covered in magnetic butterflies and filled with an abundance of arts and crafts materials and equipment available to the houses through the week and for facilitated regular sessions. Butterfly mobiles were hung from the windows and danced in the welcome breeze on a particularly hot day! Even the Covid visiting pod had a makeover! 

There’s always a party atmosphere on a Friday as Stanley Grange is the home of Funtime Fridays when Kevin and the team broadcast lively entertainment to the whole of the Future Directions network and the rest of the world on Facebook Live. The whole hall was filled with creativity, singing, dancing and laughter throughout the day.  It was extra special because, as well as being young Kevin’s 40th birthday, I got to meet Paula Braynion, Future Directions’ Managing Director who was visiting with the new Financial Director, Josie Hall. I’m looking forward to working with the team on our shared partnership vision for Stanley Grange.

We’ll be marking World Friendship Day next Friday (30 July) using our handprints to create butterfly decorations! Meanwhile, we know lots of master builders who can’t wait for LEGO club in September.

Harriet Roberts
Operations and Projects Manager

Ps. Don’t forget to click on the button below to watch the video to see the hall transformation and the beautiful butterfly creations. ⬇️
Click here for a video of images from The Butterfly House activities 🦋
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