EVERY CLOUD ARTS & CRAFTS
Every Cloud is a makers co-operative launched in August 2013 by local artists and craftsmen and women in order to explore working together to gain wider recognition for their work, offer each other mutual support and encouragement, share workspace and collaborate on projects.
Every Cloud Arts & Crafts started life as a shared idea and collaboration between two local charities - TWIGS (Therapeutic Work in Gardening in Swindon) and DASH (Discovering Autistic Spectrum Happiness), in recognition of the creative talent of individual service users, uncovered in their personal journey of recovery from poor mental health and /or the difficulties associated with the life-long condition of Aspergers. We identified the need for a stepping stone to support individuals to explore their full potential as artists and craftspeople.
Every Cloud Arts & Crafts registered as a non profit-making ‘makers’ co-operative in 2013 and moved into the Farmhouse at Stanton Country Park in 2016. The formal object of the Co-op is the “promotion of the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being of the community, especially those who participate in the activities of the co-operative.”
Our Vision is to be permanently established in Stanton Country Park as an Arts & Crafts Centre in order to achieve a better quality of life for it’s members and volunteers and the wider community via engagement in the creative arts/crafts.
Our Mission is to help residents of Swindon who are talented artists and crafts people who need personal and professional support to overcome poor mental health and/or the difficulties associated with the life-long condition of Aspergers in order to fulfill their potential.
Our Values are those of self- determination, mutual support, democracy, equality, and equity because poor mental health often equates to loss – of employment, relationships, status, control and self – esteem. Co-operative members also believe in ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others.
Our current activities include:
Exhibiting & selling members art and craft throughout the year;
Offering members personal and professional support;
Sharing our skills with the community through an annual programme of art & craft workshops and children and families craft activities & events;
A volunteer led week-end tea-room open to the public;
A weekly art group in partnership with Swindon Community Navigators, part of Swindon Borough Council’s Health & Well-being Team;
The creation of a Sculpture Garden for children.
The Public Benefit:
Mental health problems are a common human experience. They can happen to anyone, at any time. They affect about 1 in 4 people in Britain and are the reason for over 50% of GP consultations.
Positively managing our own mental well-being can contribute to both the way we feel and how we cope with life’s daily stresses as well as those big life events that have the potential to knock us down and to become mental health problems. The use of the arts to support health & well-being as a public health resource is now much more widely understood.
In terms of Every Cloud’s membership, the therapeutic value of having an outlet and an audience for their creativity, and all year round inspiration from nature and the landscape in Stanton Country Park, has positively transformed lives in terms of member’s well-being and their hopes and aspirations for the future.
Developing opportunities for the community to engage in creative activities, in a country park setting that is tranquil and relaxing, effectively doubles the value of the experience and improves the quality of life and mental and emotional well-being of all those who take part.
If you would like to support us, why not consider becoming a volunteer?
Contact 07796 530 560 for more information about the opportunities available.