We’re reporting back every six weeks on the Gardens of Refuge Project. That’s our local project running throughout 2017 with refugees and asylum-seekers living in and nearby Tooting, alongside our project partners CARAS and The Grange.
Our previous summary at the end of May can be read here.
In June and July we’ve worked with the CARAS Saturday Youth Club.
Elly Brown, MD at CARAS says:
Beetles and Bees
Making planters for Hillbrook School:
Construction was more straightforward than the benches. With carpentry finished quickly, in June we painted the new planters cream.
In parallel we spent time drawing insects (real and imagined) – offering this in the crowded hall alongside ping pong, pool and games. It was a fun experiment to have youth clubbers drop by the ‘insect table’ to sketch….a new experience for everyone.
Our plan was to scan these drawings to make laser-cut plaques and cut-out insects to fix onto the planters as fascinating decoration.
It worked! Many thanks for patience & persistence to Dermot, the South London Makerspace and Nicola.
Passing around these 3-D cutouts at the start of the following sessions, everyone could see the young people’s feelings of ownership and achievement.
The planters were delivered to Hillbrook School this week. In September we’ll have a celebration there with youth club members to ‘cut the ribbon’ to launch children’s growing in the beautiful planters.
PLUS: We’ve continued to work alongside young people looking after the planting done over 3 years at the CARAS office and the Hall around the corner. Thanks Rose, it’s looking very good!
Now we’re planning the next steps for the Family Days we’re facilitating in August in the Community Garden.
We’ve also begun to explore what we can do together with a new CARAS beneficiary group – single adults who don’t join the family days or the youth club.