Conversation and Laughter at Goodson Lodge, Trowbridge

We’ve just come to the end of a block of three sessions at Goodson Lodge Residential Care Home in Trowbridge. Goodson Lodge includes a dedicated dementia care unit, and is run by the Orders of St John Care Trust. All of our sessions focus on the process of noticing the natural world, and responding creatively.Continue reading “Conversation and Laughter at Goodson Lodge, Trowbridge”

Noticing Nature at Arundells

Throughout my time working on the Noticing Nature project I’ve met and worked with participants in a range of outdoor settings, from front and back gardens to parks, front doorsteps, summerhouses, conservatories and a greenhouse. Last week Arundells (in the Salisbury Cathedral Close) kindly hosted a Noticing Nature workshop in a marquee in their garden,Continue reading “Noticing Nature at Arundells”

Togetherness

Noticing Nature is all about exploring and strengthening connections, between participants and their local environment, between them and me, and now that we are working with groups again, between the members of each group. Recently I returned to work with one of the almshouses in Salisbury, about 6 months after my first visit. Building onContinue reading “Togetherness”

Heading into Spring

It’s been a while since I posted on here, and in the meantime the Noticing Nature project has been growing on into 2022. Originally planned to come to and end last year, demand from participants and referrers, and support from our funders has meant that the project has been able to continue through the Winter.Continue reading “Heading into Spring”

Moving Into Autumn

The Noticing Nature project was initially planned to take place during Spring and Summer 2021, as Artist James Aldridge worked outside with isolated older people across Wiltshire. As we head into the Autumn, sessions have continued and wi the partial lifting of Covid restrictions, larger gatherings have become possible outdoors, alongside some small group indoorContinue reading “Moving Into Autumn”

Drawing and Wellbeing

A gentleman I was working with in Trowbridge last week made a comment that really stayed with me. He was talking about the need to slow down and notice, and the role of the arts within that – something that is very close to my own heart. I’ve paraphrased him a little but this isContinue reading “Drawing and Wellbeing”

The Shape of the Project

The majority of Noticing Nature participants have three sessions, one a week for three weeks. In the first session it’s very much about meeting and getting to know each other. I’m very aware that for some people having a stranger (me) come to meet, talk and make with them in their gardens is a newContinue reading “The Shape of the Project”

Making Connections

This week I’ve been travelling around the north of the county, getting to know parts of Royal Wootton Basset, Chippenham and the villages in between. Although the project is about reaching out to older people who may be feeling isolated due to Covid and associated lockdowns, it is also about them showing me around theirContinue reading “Making Connections”

All the Little Details

As I travel around from town to town, garden to garden, its lovely to be able to share in people’s pride for their little plot of land. We sit outside and talk about how our week has been, about the weather and the birds that we hear singing or which visit the bird tables. TheContinue reading “All the Little Details”

Making a Start Together

It’s been brilliant to get started on the Noticing Nature project sessions, after launching the project with the online resource pack and film a couple of weeks ago. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been working with four different participants in the north-west of the county, two men and two women. Together we’ve beenContinue reading “Making a Start Together”