In our spare time (?) we have been working in the community; with local groups, mainly older persons, doing mosaic projects from simple to more complex. On Monday we visited the Areley Kings Friendship Club. They had chosen to do mosaic coasters and photo frames. As we expected a large turn out we took our assistant Linda, a first for her! We had a lovely time and a gentleman has sent us this video he made – Thank you Graham Baldwin!
I have been working with a small care home weekly for 4 years now completing mosaic projects. We have done a huge variety of projects from place mats to a 6 x 2 ft mosaic of the house they live in. The gentlemen that live there all have varying degrees of learning disabilities and are lovingly cared for by the staff in a homely atmosphere. It has been a journey of discovery for me, coming to know the residents and staff and attempting mosaics I never would have! Thanks to the owner we have never run out of ideas and have been treated as family by them all, receiving Christmas gifts, birthday cards, invitations to parties etc.
One of our most challenging projects to date has been with severely disabled children at a local school. We completed small mosaics for them to give as Christmas presents and also a mosaic of their new school logo.The challenging part was to find ways that the children could interact safely and be part of the process.
Our main focus will always be the business of supplying mosaic materials but we enjoy the contact with people when working in the community.