Our very own Laura Wild is a contributor to this book, just out from Bloomsbury (click here for details from the publisher). Her essay registers Roaming in a constellation of ideas, movements and practices that recognize the radical potential of art.
We are grateful to the National Lottery Community Fund and Lottery players for continuing to fund Roaming and for providing an uplift grant for 6 months that has made it possible to accommodate all our regulars in a socially distanced manner over 2 days a week instead of the usual one. Thank you NLCF!
Since we are now using 2 rooms with 2 facilitators it has also made it possible for us to provide different weekly activities for those who wish to take part - this week was marbling. Thanks to Janet McEwan for organising and delivering these new processes.
We are all shocked by the terribly sad news that Louis died last Friday. Louis was a great inspiration to us all at Roaming, a quiet, gentle, generous man, we will miss him so much. Some of the things we will remember are his presence, his guitar playing, his jam, coleslaw, bread and cakes, his helpfulness, empathy and kindness towards other people, his love of animals (especially Olive the dog) and the natural world. May you rest in peace Louis. We will never forget you.
We are very happy to be able to return to Breadline albeit in reduced numbers and with Covid safety measures in place. We are meeting over 2 floors so as to socially distance and wearing masks to move about the building. It was so lovely to see people returning to paintings they had started back in March.
We had another meeting in the bandstand today - we were celebrating 2 birthdays with 2 different cakes! We all socially distanced apart from those who were in a legitimate social bubble. Some of us made drawings and others continued to write for our ongoing story making project.
Happily, we've been able to meet a few times in September -- outdoors. Even when we couldn't meet, though, Roamers stayed in touch by way of our post card project (details here) -- we've posted most the them here. There are also paintings and drawings and photographs from Toby, Suzi, Jon and Not Just Any Girl. Look under the "Film" tab above for three new videos!
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Laura Wild is Roaming's Lead Facilitator and one of its directors. "Click" about us to find out more about who we are and what we do, or read about...
Roaming's official goal is "to carry on creative activities that benefit the community and in particular (without limitation) people who find themselves in some way disadvantaged, excluded or vulnerable." Our values are really our common ground: confidentiality, integrity, fairness, respect for the values and culture of others, the withholding of judgement, inclusivity, flexibility, and equity in relationships. "
We are grateful to the newly-renamed National Lottery Community Fund for their recognition, generosity and encouragement. For information about the funding Roaming received before 2019, please see Support for Roaming.
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