Renovation by The Golden Iris

12th February 2019

Over the last two years a dedicated group of young people have been working locally to provide creative spaces for themselves and other vulnerable people in the community. They are concerned by the increasing challenges they see around mental health which as they say “remain invisible to most”.

The aim of the Golden Iris team over the next few weeks is to renovate the Elmhirst building that overlooks the all weather playing field opposite Keviccs School. The doors open on the 18th February for a week of intensive work, skills sharing, training and volunteering to celebrate the start of a transformation that will take several months.

The Golden Iris Festival was just the beginning…!

In 2017 six 15 and 16 year old’s established the Golden Iris Festival. They know that through creative spaces we can break down barriers and bring people together. They see this as a way to enable people with different experiences to work together, with creative performance as a means to challenge perceptions of young people and demonstrate a whole range of diversity.

Where and when?

The work on the Elmhirst Building (Ashburton Road, next to the All Weather Pitch) is true manifestation of the desire to make regularly visible common spaces of empathy and support, whilst championing the talents of young people and other volunteers in this community. All are welcome to come by and join in.

Everyone is welcome to drop by on the open days from 10am – 4pm Monday the 18th, Tuesday the 19th and Thursday the 21st February.

On these days there will be clearing, painting, systems plans (including IT and comms), and renovation tasks. Contractors will be leading skilled sessions and activities will be led as part of the developing Community Labour Initiative supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The organisers advise wearing sturdy shoes, old but comfortable clothes (so you can roll your sleeves up and join in with practical activities that might take your fancy). If you just want to drop in and show your support and hear more you are very welcome too.

To read more about Golden Iris on their website.

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