Easton’s Community Living Room

27 Feb, 2023

This winter we opened the doors of Easton Community Centre as one of Bristol’s Welcoming Spaces. It’s been wonderful to see so many new faces through the doors and see more of our regulars. The centre has had a great buzz over the last few months acting as a space to meet, work, play and get advice. Thank you to Bristol City Council and Quartet Community Foundation for awarding the funding that has enabled us to open longer, provide hot drinks, and to put on subsidised and free activities. Here are some photo highlights from the last few months.

With Spring comes change WHAT’S NEXT? We are pleased to say we are going to continue running some of the more popular activities. Some we will charge £2 for and others we will cover the cost of. Continuing…

Stay and play £2

Bollywood dancing £2

Women’s exercise £2

Sewing social drop-in £2

Tai chi £2

IT support Free

Cuppa Connect Free

Craft to Connect Free

Mindful colouring Free

Shared Reading Free

The Welcoming Space at Easton Community Centre has hosted a number of arts and crafts activities over the winter months. We’ve had Peace of Art, Brick Project, mindful colouring for adults, and four (yes four!) different sewing groups.

CITY ACADEMY SEWING CLUB Easton Community Centre has been hosting City Academy students who have been holding after school sewing classes. Lead by Family Support Manager Azmina Mitha and taught by Sima Gul. The students have been learning how to make tote bags and pencil cases. Students have loved the sessions and have lots of laughs making fun of Miss Azmina’s sewing skills.

BRICK PROJECT – MAMMOTH MANDALA Brick Project have been running workshops at Easton Community Centre since November. They have been gently guiding people who use the centre to create paintings on small wooden circles. Each circle is going to fit into a huge wooden hexagonal frame to create a community-created mandala. They are aiming to get 630 miniature paintings, so far, they have 520 – well on track. The finished piece will hang in the foyer, adding a brilliant splash of colour to the space. “We’ve felt really honoured to be part of Easton Community Centre at this difficult time. People need spaces that they can come to so that they can stay cosy without spending a fortune on heating, but people also need company and activities- we’ve had a lot of people telling us that they need sessions like this in their lives.”

PEACE OF ART Peace of Art Bristol, are a  female artist collective led by local artists Manazzar Siddique and Safina Khan – who are passionate about painting inspiring murals that are empowering and reflective of diversity. They also regularly deliver creative workshops for local women and young people from diverse backgrounds. Peace of Art recently delivered the free creative workshops at Easton Community Centre as part of the warm hub initiative.  Eastside Community Trust and Peace of Art wanted to bring art into the heart of the community in a safe and welcoming environment. The workshops have been very popular and attracted women and young people of different backgrounds from across Bristol. The workshops were particularly intended to engage with people of all skill levels allowing everyone to get creative in a relaxed and fun manner. The artworks being created in these sessions, although having a central theme will reflect each individual’s creativity.  All the works will be brought together to create one piece of art that will be inclusive and represent the diverse participants contribution. The final artwork will be on display at the centre – so keep a look out!

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