You never know what’s going to happen in a day …

I love what I do. Every day is different; some feel like a struggle against the current, but others show me new possibilities and the reasons why I took the leap into running my own business.

The thing I love most is that you never know what’s going to happen in a day and yesterday morning proved that as I helped a man down the road search for his African grey parrot when I came across three men trying to coax a baby deer out of a bush. I live in the middle of Hinckley!

Today the chap who was sorting me out a box of WWII reminiscence objects forgot to put it at reception for me to collect, so I spent an interesting ten minutes rummaging around Lutterworth museum on my own, in the dark, squinting at things and putting them in a box, which was great fun and beats a 9 to 5 office job any day!

This afternoon was the last of the four intergenerational sessions between residents at St. Mary’s extra care scheme and children from Thomas Wycliffe primary school. I’ll upload the photos very soon, but I just wanted to sum up the general mood.

I think this element of the project has achieved outcomes we didn’t even imagine and one resident even had to spend a quiet moment with a tear in his eye, sad at the fact the sessions with the children were coming to a close.

I very much hope I can look at setting up more projects like this, because the value they have is above and beyond what we’d first thought.

 

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About beautyandutilityarts

My name is Katherine Brown and I run Beauty and Utility Arts, an Arts and Health project management service. I have over a decade of experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals in roles including support worker, Supported Employment Advisor and Community Fundraiser for The Midlands. Now, I manage a range of Arts and Health projects involving carers, people using mental health and learning disability services and the over 50′s. I specialise in developing ideas, fundraising, full project management, consultation, workshop provision, sourcing artists, Social Enterprise, event planning, SROI and exploring sustainability options. Since beginning Beauty and Utility Arts in January 2010 I have worked on a range of projects including comedy workshops, placing public art into health centres, setting up a Social Enterprise, project managing Showcase Smoothie, developing mental health walking projects and running arts based reminiscence workshops for the over 50′s, all of which is detailed in my blog (www.beautyandutilityarts.com)
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