Celebrating the air we breathe!

On Thursday 15th June, the UK celebrates National Clean Air Day and we love any reason to be outdoors, to learn how to improve our environment and spend time together.

At 10am come join us in the grounds of Harvey House, here at the Carsebridge Cultural Campus in Alloa. We will hold a range of deep breathing and relaxation sessions; lead clean air discussions and have the latest information available for the Clackmannanshire air situation.

This is a free event and there will be refreshments available on site, outdoor seating and public toilets – we will even have a few wee tents, just incase there is rain in the air.

We look forward to welcoming you on this celebration day.

National Garden Day

Celebrating the Carsebridge Campus Garden!

As the Sunday 14th May is the UK National Garden Day for 2023, let us come together at Carsebridge Cultural Campus in Alloa for this free celebration event.

Shall we light the fire pit, and get some marshmallows? Put out lots of tables and seating and bring our picnic lunches? We think we should!

Having a good jolly garden time in the ground of Harvey House will be the aim of the day. And just in case of rain, we do have a few wee tents to keep us dry. So as usual in Scotland, sun tan cream and brollies at the ready!

There will be hot drinks available (and toilets!) on site, so if you would like to come join in the fun, relax in the gardens or have a wee wander around the outdoors of Carsebridge, then visit on the Sunday and lets share the celebration of gardens, together!

We also want to thank our Gardening Club Members at Carsebridge for all their hard work in taming a garden that had been untouched for over a decade… and for finding the Bomb Shelter! Great work team!

Together in Peace – UNA Alloa Branch

Welcome to the first event created with our community by the new Alloa Branch of the United Nations Association, Scotland.

‘Together in Peace’ is a collaboration project between UNA Alloa Branch and UNA Stirling University Branch to celebrate the UN Living Together in Peace World Day, 16th May 2023.

How do we create an environment for accepting the differences in people? Can we all develop our abilities to listen to each other; to recognise, respect and appreciate the unique and diverse people we all are. How do we promote living in a peaceful and united way – one way is through being together, using creativity to investigate our ideas, to experiment visually with our thoughts and producing art expression works to deepen our understanding.

During this free event we will share discussions around peace and, together, answer questions like ‘how do we show appreciation for others?’ while creating our answers in an artful way using methods of paper ripping and layering, collage, painting and drawing and sculpture. We are currently finalising that our collective art will move to Edinburgh for a wee event on 16th May, with all participants welcome. Details to be confirmed.

So join us on Friday 12th May from 1pm through to 2.30pm and together we will build human connections, share kindness and be creative. This event includes all materials.

We look forward to welcoming you and thank you to Resonate Together for supporting our Alloa Branch activities.

National Tea Day!

Sharing a cuppa!

Friday, 21st April 2023, is National Tea Day across the UK and here at Resonate Together, we know that sharing a cuppa and a blether is a wonderful way to meet people, to feel happier in yourself and start new friendships across our community.

So come along, join in this free event for all, our kettle will be on. There will be lots of teas to try (as well as a good old mug of ‘Cooooncil Tea’!) and we may get out a biscuit or three.

Smiles await you, pop in and let us celebrate this soothing wonder together.

Conceptual Art

Ideas : are : art

Conceptual Art in which the idea or the concept presented by the Artist is considered more important than its appearance or execution. It directly addresses the age old question, ‘what is art?’

Out of the many and varied art forms, conceptual art differs considerably from the main stream and can cause the most diverse responses. For example, and paving the way, Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ in 1917 was a found object that caused outrage in some quarters at the time.

The process involved in creating a conceptual art work, is often not like others, it can start with creating a series of strategies and the art can look or be nearly anything the artist decides. Unlike other forms of art, it is not defined by physical forms, but rather the foundation of a concept that serves as the engine for creating art.

Confidence: It takes a great deal of developing your inner strength to create a conceptual art work – for it is not the ‘usual art’. The process of learning how to do this, of creating your art and of displaying in an exhibition, all builds confidence and courage.

Wellbeing: Listening to your true self, using your uniqueness to create your conceptual art work increases your wellbeing. For all ideas, art works and discussions are open in this club, all welcomed and considered – what better way to connect with other likeminded people and support each other.

Starting on Thursday 4th May at 6pm, this club will run weekly. The cost is £5 and some materials will be provided initially – with participants bringing materials, if required, as their works develop in which direction they choose.

This club is for all abilities as full support will be given, so everyone welcome. Working with participants, the aim of a Conceptual Art Exhibition later this year will be discussed. So come along and lets see where this journey take us.

Contemporary Art Club

Culture : Identity : Today

Let us unpick what Contemporary Art is and why we believe this club has been asked for by so many local people, many who are not artists themselves.

There are three main points which define Contemporary Art: It is the art of today, in current times, a visual voice of now; Art that provides opportunities to reflect on our society, the issues or values that are important; It breaks through the barriers of what is traditionally considered art, it has attitude.

So, let us start with the Art: We are surrounded by words. On the internet, on social media, posters in the street, everywhere. Millions of these words speak of the challenges of todays world, it becomes overwhelming and we can become numb to the messages. Producing an art work, that visually challenges, let us say, people starving in our modern world, can be hugely hard hitting. It gains a response within us and our society that the many thousands of words on this subject have not achieved.

Now, let us see the ‘More than Art’: Firstly, this is not just for Artists. Anyone, who wants to create, who has something to say and to share can make contemporary art. It is a process that enables us to voice our thoughts, visualise our concerns and communicate with others in different ways. Quote: “I love contemporary art making! I feel I use the materials, create something out of nothing and off load my angst! I feel a sense of accomplishment and I feel much calmer, what is not to like?!”

Starting on Wednesday 19th April at 1pm, this club will run weekly. The cost is £5 and some materials will be provided initially – with participants bringing materials as their works develop in which direction they choose.

This club is for all abilities as full support will be given, so everyone welcome. Working with participants, the aim of a Contemporary Exhibition later this year will be discussed. So come along and lets see where this journey take us.

The Gentle Jaunters Club

Balance : Strength : Confidence

There are many reasons why we cease to feel confident in our mobility. It could be following surgery, or following a fall, or it could be a social anxiety that has kept us from being outdoors. Whatever your situation, the Gentle Jaunters Club is a kind and supportive session to encourage movement.

The one hour includes a session of deep breathing and relaxation; we do a range of seated strength exercises for all abilities; there are exercises carefully created to improve balance while standing and we also look at our own agility and how to help us feel confident about movement.

If you are struggling to move, feel completely fed up with your situation, then do come along to this gentle club. It is free to attend, however, you can make a donation towards the cost of the room.

This will be every week on a Thursday starting at 1.30pm and the first session will be the 27th April at the Carsebridge Cultural Campus.

Sculpture

The third dimension

Should we start by explaining what sculpture is? Well that in itself is not an easy question, for although most of us understand it to be a 3D art work, we may all have different ideas about the materials that are involved, or the sizes, shapes, constructions of sculpture and whether any of that is actually needed!

Sculpture is the most incredibly inspiring way to create a visual conversation or statement, (but Angela says she may be bias, being a sculptor!) and the creating process can energise every aspect of your being!

Being able to use all different materials, from traditional like clay, through to contemporary like found objects, gives us a great starting palette.

Then we can build, or construct, or create of do something very different – we have so many choices when making sculpture, that all barriers seem to melt away and we can express ourselves in multiple ways.

Wellbeing – building with out hands, creating with our minds and achieving a result is a deeply satisfying process. It increases our wellbeing, we develop our confidence and we discover inner qualities we never know we had. Another important aspect of this, and all clubs run by Resonate Together, is the social aspect. Some people like to be involved and listen, others like to be involved and chat away – but throughout all our different needs, we are all learning together, sharing in the kind and supportive atmosphere and we are constantly being inspired, a wonderful uplifting experience.

Starting on Wednesday 26th April at 3.30pm, this club will run weekly. The cost is £5 and some materials will be provided initially – with participants bringing materials as their works develop in which direction they choose.

This club is for all abilities as full support will be given, so everyone welcome. Working with participants, the aim of a Sculpture Exhibition later this year will be discussed. So come along and lets see where this exciting journey take us.

The Grace of Nature

Writing for Wellbeing Course

Do you want to turn your hand to writing and not sure where to start – or do you write for a hobby and want to develop your skills, then we have great pleasure in sharing with you a series of new writing courses. These courses are also designed to improve our wellbeing, and to fully enjoy the process of writing.

Author and Publisher, John King from Tatterdemalion Blue is holding a short series of writing courses, here at the Carsebridge Cultural Campus.

The Grace of Nature writing course creates the opportunity to stop and look at nature through poetic eyes, meditate a little, let go, reflect, and in that silent space listen and seek to express through words and imagery our connection with nature, and nature’s connection with us – to capture the light in nature and in so doing begin to experience a sense of wellbeing.

This course is on Saturday 6th May from 11am through to 1pm and costs £15, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you to Carsebridge.


The Grace of Nature – Writing for Wellbeing Course

£15.00

Author and Publisher, John King from Tatterdemalion Blue is holding a short series of writing courses, here at the Carsebridge Cultural Campus. This course is on Saturday 6th May from 11am through to 1pm and costs £15, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you to Carsebridge.
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Green Soul Trekkers

Smell the forest, taste the sunshine!

Do you love the smell of the forest mud after the rain? Or maybe you prefer the wafting colours of the farmers fields as you walk buy. The wellbeing benefits of being outdoors are well known, and this walking club has been designed for you to enjoy the outdoors, to bring likeminded people together and to improve our own physical and mental wellbeing.

Green Soul Trekkers is a club for those who are excited about nature, like to explore and love finding new routes to trek!

At least once a month, our club will come together and we will be off! A new route each time, a safe group to walk with and plenty of chat. The distance is not the aim, the speed of walking is not the aim, but walking together and being immersed in our surroundings is spot on.

The next walk is Friday 21st of April starting at 2pm and leaving from the Carsebridge Cultural Campus. The club is free for all to take part, however, should you wish to join the Membership at Resonate Together, then the £12 a year is a great way to show your love for our community activities.

Each month the walk is on different days and times, as we aim to include as many people as possible. Given everyone’s hectic lives, we hope that a trek will appeal to you soon!

‘dis-TIL’

Creative Project

Do you self-identify as one or more of the following:

  • Isolated or feeling lonely
  • Part of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Building your life after addiction

We are starting the next phase of our year long ‘dis-TIL’ project. This is a project for individuals, through creativity, to question – who are our community – and to build our sense of inner connection and belonging. Growing understanding and developing resilience in a kind, safe and positive environment is crucial for each of us individually and collectively to flourish.

Each week we will be led by Michelle B. who will take us through a range of topics and help develop discussion, with the aim to produce a selection of art works that visually tell the story, that is wanting to be shared, by the participants of this projects. There will be the opportunity to exhibit this work together and to learn new skills, meet different people and to improve our wellbeing through the supportive and safe interactions that we create along the way.

As we have been successful in receiving funding for this project, there will be no cost to those taking part, helping financial challenges not to be a barrier.

If you are considering coming along, but still have a couple of questions, or wish to discuss this further then please do email Hello@ResonateTogether.org.uk and we will respond.

Creativity is a tool for us to find our expression, to tell our story should we wish to, and is an important way to increase our own wellbeing. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Carsebridge Cultural Campus.

Supported by the Communities Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund.

Children’s Creative Course – Ages 5-11

Liking who I am, having fun being me.

Resonate Together has a history of supporting children’s development in areas of wellbeing, confidence and self esteem, learning, communication, entrepreneurism and much more.

There are many external pressures on children, parents and carers to ensure that each child is the most able they can be. Learning how to develop, from within, each child will go on a rollercoaster of emotions in their early years – utilising the creative process so each child learns to investigate and understand their journey, is more important now than ever.

This children’s two hour course includes many aspects of development support and all wrapped up in a wonderful coating of creativity! Together, we will be creating two art works, with each individuals unique, personality centered aspects, and connected through to team and group art production.

Each child will go through a process, which includes team building, learning leadership leadership skills and self expression through art. Within this dynamic, safe and inclusive environment, all children are welcome and should there be any specific requirements, then please do contact us to discuss, prior to the session starting.

This course is on Saturday 29th April from 10am through to 12 noon and costs £10, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide healthy refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you and all young creatives to Carsebridge.


Children’s Creative Course – Ages 5-11

£10.00

This children’s two hour course includes many aspects of development support and all wrapped up in a wonderful coating of creativity! Together, we will be creating two art works, with each individuals unique, personality centered aspects, and connected through to team and group art production.

This course is on Saturday 29th April from 10am through to 12 noon and costs £10, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide healthy refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you and all young creatives to Carsebridge.

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Poetry of Life

Writing for Wellbeing Course

Do you want to turn your hand to writing and not sure where to start – or do you write for a hobby and want to develop your skills, then we have great pleasure in sharing with you a series of new writing courses. These courses are also designed to improve our wellbeing, and to fully enjoy the process of writing.

Author and Publisher, John King from Tatterdemalion Blue is holding a short series of writing courses, here at the Carsebridge Cultural Campus.

Poetry of Life course, creates the opportunity to stop and look at our life through poetic eyes, meditate a little, let go, reflect, and in that silent space listen and seek to express through words and imagery our journey, our life, our creative self – to capture the light in our lives and in so doing begin to experience a sense of wellbeing.

This course is on Saturday 29th April from 11am through to 1pm and costs £15, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you to Carsebridge.


Poetry of Life – Writing for Wellbeing Course

£15.00

Author and Publisher, John King from Tatterdemalion Blue is holding a short series of writing courses, here at the Carsebridge Cultural Campus.

This course is on Saturday 29th April from 11am through to 1pm and costs £15, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you to Carsebridge.

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The Flip Flop Serenity Club

Healthy me? Let’s get real!

Many of us are overweight, many of us feel deeply fed up with being overweight and yet, the vicious circle of self criticism and self doubt are wonderful at helping us maintain (and increase!) our weight.

So let’s get real about our health.

Quote: “I have tried everything, the celery diet, the ten thousand steps, the holding my breath so I can’t eat (apparently a joke – thank goodness! – and not to be tried…) and yet I seem, year after year to add on at least a few more pounds…”

Many of us have a story of how we tried and failed with a diet plan or joining a gym or… and the list goes on. Our own voices repeat these ‘failures’ and increase our self disappointment to the point it affects every aspect in our lives. Have you ever said no to a party invite, because you don’t have an outfit that fits you?

Flip Flop – in the club title start the process of being real. For some days we can make good steps to be healthier, but other days, they can knock you flat, and we need to accept this process is not ‘make or break’, it can never be 100% also on track, so let’s get real with our own voices, our own actions and our collective psychology.

Serenity – in the title, highlights that external conditions really impact our own energy. The state of being untroubled helps us feel calm and at peace, so let us see if together, we can start to eek out a little of this in our lives. For we know stress adds to our challenges around weight.

This club is being offered to all as a free club to attend, for we know that for Alloa to flourish as a resilient community, we need good health. So come, join in and let us try an honest approach to our own wellbeing.

The club will be every Thursday staring at 12.30 for an hour. We look forward to flip-flopping with you!

Site Specific Art

Location : Installation : Land : Urban

This art practice can be said to be ‘half art – half world’. Meaning, a site specific art work is designed for a specific location. So if removed from that location, it loses all or a substantial part of its meaning.

It can be a challenge to create specific location led art works and many artists approach this from different angles. Some consider the history of the location, others the existing materials there, whether a sandy beach, a green field or an office block. Some consider the climate impact, or emotion within or the fun of a place.

It is sometimes a journey of research, reflection, consideration and brings different people to the arts; for much is about ‘place’ and ‘being’, having the ability to see the world around you and create your visual story to intertwine.

Starting on Wednesday 26th April at 6pm, this club will run weekly. The cost is £5 and some materials will be provided initially – with participants bringing materials as their works develop in which direction they choose.

The initial location will be a dedicated large space within Harvey House, at Carsebridge, so it will give us much to consider.

This club is for all abilities as full support will be given, so everyone welcome. Working with participants, the aim of a Site Specific Exhibition later in the year, will be discussed. So come along and lets see where this location driven journey take us.

Young People – Creative Course – Ages 12-15

My expression, my way, for me.

Resonate Together has a history of supporting young people to develop in areas of personal wellbeing, peer communication, social anxiety, identity, entrepreneurism, confidence and self awareness and much more.

The external pressures on young people are considerable in today’s society and the pressures on parents and carers to ensure that each young person is the most able they can be, is immense.

Developing inner strength to deal with a changing world, increasing confidence and wellbeing to have a healthy foundation for the life ahead, are all aspects that are brought into every course we deliver.

This young person’s two hour course includes many aspects of personal development support and utilising creativity enables the exploration each young person will need to make these discoveries for them self. Together, we will be creating art works, with each individuals unique, personality centered aspects, and connected through to team and group art production.

Each young person will go through a process, which includes team building, learning leadership skills and self expression through art. Within this dynamic, safe and inclusive environment, all young people are welcome and should there be any specific requirements, then please do contact us to discuss, prior to the session starting.

This course is on Saturday 6th May from 10am through to 12 noon and costs £12, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide healthy refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you and all young creatives to Carsebridge.


Young People – Creative Course – Ages 12-15

£12.00

This young person’s two hour course includes many aspects of personal development support and utilising creativity enables the exploration each young person will need to make these discoveries for them self. Together, we will be creating art works, with each individuals unique, personality centered aspects, and connected through to team and group art production.

This course is on Saturday 6th May from 10am through to 12 noon and costs £12, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide healthy refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you and all young creatives to Carsebridge.

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Darts Club – on the Oche!

A fun stress relief.

Darts has many health benefits, is a very low priced activity so accessible to many and is great for socialising, so here at Resonate Together we are excited to launch our darts club!

Darts is a precision sport (yes, sport!). It develops your hand eye coordination and darts helps your strength and balancing too. Another benefit is developing mental strength, for when the pressure is on, the hands may be sweating and nerves a jingling, than every ounce of ‘mind over matter’ is required.

The game target, the board sections and each dart that hits its mark, all bring maths into play. So this game is great at helping with adding and subtraction, keeping the mind active and working hard.

In addition to improving concentration, to developing self esteem, relieving stress, darts is fun! The socialising aspect around darts is good humoured, so come along and join the activities every Wednesday morning starting at 10am. The sessions are £3 and we have the boards and darts to get you started.

Fundraising Club

Sociocracy in action!

Resonate Together exists to support the people of Alloa to flourish – in which ever ways they wish. Be it through learning and development, having fun, making connections and friends, improving their wellbeing and the long list goes on. In todays terms, this focus is called ‘Person Centered’ and a ‘Whole-System’ support, which means we listen to each person and make positive steps to support their own, chosen journey. Does it sound complicated? It can be! And, as humans and our lives are always changing, it can be a rollercoaster of a ride.

Over the 12 years since starting the Resonate journey, we have always put people first, whether children in foster care, whether older adults with depression or middle aged men feeling isolated; everyone, every age, ability, race, all are welcome. We work to break down the barriers between people and increase our connected resilience – we all want to live in a friendly, positive and kind place!

This work takes money, in fact, everything, every action has a cost. Even the simple situation of providing public toilets has a long list of costs each week. So being in a geographical area of challenging finances for local people, there is only so much we can charge for and a price limit we can go to, without making cost a barrier to participation. So the Fundraising Team are crucial to our activities continuing.

Margaret, Kasia, Michelle, Izzy and many more all contribute to creating fundraising activities. They get the job done and they have fun! So if you would like to come join the club, if you want to help out at events, or contribute ideas, or be part of something that is making a huge difference to so many, then get in touch today.

The Fundraising Club meets every Friday at 10am and of course, is free to come to. We look forward to welcoming you to the club.

Children’s Creative Course – Ages 5-11

Ways to communicate and have fun!

Resonate Together has a history of supporting children’s development in areas of wellbeing, confidence and self esteem, learning, communication, entrepreneurism and much more.

This children’s two hour course includes many aspects of development support and all wrapped up in a wonderful coating of creativity! Together, we will be creating two art works, with each individuals unique, personality centered aspects, and connected through to team and group art production.

Each child will go through a process, which includes team building, learning leadership leadership skills and self expression through art. Within this dynamic, safe and inclusive environment, all children are welcome and should there be any specific requirements, then please do contact us to discuss, prior to the session starting.

This course is on Saturday 20th May from 10am through to 12 noon and costs £10, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide healthy refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you and all young creatives to Carsebridge.


Children’s Creative Course – Ages 5-11

£10.00

This children’s two hour course includes many aspects of development support and all wrapped up in a wonderful coating of creativity! Together, we will be creating two art works, with each individuals unique, personality centered aspects, and connected through to team and group art production.

This course is on Saturday 20th May from 10am through to 12 noon and costs £10, payable in advance. All materials for the course are included and we will provide healthy refreshments for participants. We look forward to welcoming you and all young creatives to Carsebridge.

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Board Games, Tables Ready!

Playing games : Completing puzzles : Socialising

Board games bring people of all ages together to connect, strategize, compete, and have fun. When we talk of socialising, well, there is more to this component than many have considered. The very foundation of this activity is cooperation, as it requires players to engage with each other through teamwork. Playing board games is the ideal way to spend time with nice company and strengthen bonds with other people.

Meditation Club

Quite your mind : Sooth your heart

If we were to list the challenges that have people have faced over the last few years, well, I am not sure anyone would read to the bottom of the long list, exhaustion may take over half way through – it has been a very difficult time for each of us and our communities.

Each week here at the Carsebridge Cultural Campus, John K. leads the Meditation session for one hour starting at 12.30 each Wednesday.

Meditation produces a state of deep relaxation and a sense of balance, it can enable emotional stability, which helps maintain perspective when in a challenging situation. The practice of Meditation increases awareness of the present moment, reduces stress, promotes relaxation and enhances personal and spiritual growth.

People who meditate regularly have been shown to feel less anxiety and depression. They also report more enjoyment and appreciation of life and that their relationships with others are improved.

As mental wellbeing is the foundation of community, we offer this club for free to all who attend, and should you wish to make a donation towards the cost of the room, that is welcome.

D. I. Y. Club

Skill share : Learning : Together

Here at Carsebridge Cultural Campus, there are many aspects of a heritage site that relate to traditional crafts, trades and materials. It is a wonderful and inspiring site to work in!

Our DIY Club brings together people with a range of abilities, skills and experiences, from interior painting, to working with wood and stone. The constant repair and maintenance will forever be on-going within these heritage walls. So while we all work to save the built heritage of Alloa, Clackmannanshire to enjoy now and for future generations; we can develop our skills and have fun together!

If you want to help heal this building, if you want to be part of a team that is bringing life back to Carsebridge or if you have a trade or skills that you are willing to share, then come along to the DIY Club.

This club is every Thursday and starts at 1.30pm. It is a free club and Resonate Together will cover the cost of all materials required. We aim to bring in specialists, so we may all lean more skills and we plan on some team trips away to other heritage buildings to see how DIY is the foundation of so many please across our country.

So come along on a Thursday and we look forward to welcoming you to Carsebridge.

Sewing Club

Skill share : Remake : Slow fashion

Machine and hand sewing has been very active in Alloa and Clackmannanshire for many years, with a vibrant industrious history across the decades. The skills gained, the passion for fashion and responsibility to our planet all come together in this club.

Held every Thursday throughout the year, and run by Lorna B., starting at 10am and going through to 3pm; this club gives sewers lots of time to learn, to develop projects and to produce finished items. A warm studio space to share with likeminded sewing enthusiasts.

So if you have always wanted to sew, or you want to upcycle your fashion, or create warming projects for your home, then come along and Lorna will guide you through.

The club session cost is £5 and we have a range of sewing machines for use on site. We also have a small range of materials, which can be purchased by donation.

The Gardening Club at Carsebridge

Growing : Nature : Satisfaction

The grounds at Carsebridge Cultural Campus have high walls either side, are gated and protected, so they create a wonderful ‘secret garden’ feel for many who visit.

This safe, green space had been very overgrown and forgotten for many years and in February 2022 the gardening team came together here at Resonate to start the process of making the grounds accessible.

The Gardening Club has gone from strength to strength, with three main participants driving the activity, Alana, Margaret and Ken, amazing! The club welcomes new members all the time and as the weather improves, then we hope to see a wonderful rush of sign-ups again!

So if you fancy a potter in the gardens, if you have never gardened but want to learn, or if you are a seasoned and passionate gardener, then all are welcome.

The club is free to join, and the work really benefits the whole community as we increase events, parties and fun days here, outdoors at Carsebridge!

Every Thursday starting at 10am – come to the front of the Campus, Ochil House, to sign in and discuss the jobs for the day and then Alana will take you on your merry, green way!

The Kiltwalk 2022

BREAKING NEWS!

Resonate has been accepted as a charity by The Kiltwalk! – and so today there are already a few of us coming together (like crazy phoning around today has got the energy flowing!) to form a team to do the Edinburgh event on the 18th September – we are going to do The Big Stroll, starting at 10.30am – So! If anyone wishes to support the work of Resonate by doing the walk and getting sponsors, then we will pay for your entry fee, organise getting you to and from Clackmannanshire/Edinburgh and I will take enough food to sink a battleship! So jobs a good’un!

ALSO! The Hunter Foundation are giving each charity an extra 50% on top of what you raise – so if we raise £1.00 Resonate will get £1.50… brilliant! And as we are trying to save the old and gorgeous buildings at Carsebridge, well, we need every penny!

If you fancy joining the Team for the day, let me know!

And we are using the hashtag #StepsForHealing – for doing good stuff for our community, helps us all – The Kiltwalk is about walking (surprise!) and lots of the work we do is very much about enabling people to take the much needed steps to heal… so I am loving the # !

(We will definitely do Team t-shirts!…. and maybe funky hats? What do you think?)

Onwards!

Angela

Collaboration is fun!

We like to have fun! Genuine connection, purpose driven activity and in an environment of positive willingness to collaborate, brings our team that warm fuzzy feeling, it is something that Resonate Together hugely enjoys.

When we lost our venue, being homeless for the first time in our history, well, we really had to dig deep, be agile and creative and focus on the deeply important aspect of our work, ‘humanness’ – people and connecting people together.

The local church of the Latter-day Saints in Alloa offered Resonate a large room to be able to run our Potentia Collective project to bring people together. Over the years, when we have been involved in helping homeless people and young single parents move in to a new home – help with furniture, van collections from across our community of bedding, painting the walls and cleaning – all done by community for community at the cost of the community – we have often come across church members, from different denominations, helping out too. The person focused church work is often not shared widely, but it goes on in many communities and is essential grassroots work. Well, the Latter-day Saints stepped in when we needed a room, and we wanted to show our gratitude for their kindness – so several of our team came along to their Remembrance Day preparations – for their church members had created a huge art installation, with hundred and hundreds of hand knitted and sewn Poppies – it was incredible work!

The weight of the rolled poppy net was very heavy, and everyone involved was certainly needed and valued, it was a wonderful day – so here is to working together, to the millions of hours of unseen volunteering in communities that makes things happen!

The 2nd program starts!

Following the success of the first program of our Potentia Collective, we are on the road again!

How does a person, who has social anxiety, begin the challenging steps forwards to connect or reconnect with others? It is a route that each of us can only do in our own way, for our differences, our past life experiences all come into play. The prospect of entering a room with many people within, of being face to face with others and the only options are to talk or to stay quiet, can be a huge barrier for many.

Creativity, art, making are all so often undervalued. In our years of experience, we have learned from our community, that using our hands has always been a trade here in Clackmannanshire. From the work in the coal mines, through to the textile mills, so much of our industrial past has been led by hands working. So coming to a new group of people, knowing that the focus will be on materials, on making things, on the processes involved, can enable so many to start their reconnection journey. Knowing the verbal communication is not the first aim, and that starting with materials can give an immediate talking point that is not self, well we know the deep meaningful benefits of art.

The Potentia Collective, funded by Inspiring Scotland, has made a difference to peoples lives trying to reconnect after covid – not because we say so, but because the community involved say so. Onwards!

In this moment, nature heals

Can ‘being in the moment’ be shared or is it an individual pursuit?

Today, the weather is warm. A gentle breeze and autumn leaves beginning to turn welcomed a session of our Potentia Collective program to share in its bountiful crop of Ivy.

The process of making, of using ones hands to weave, to paint, or to carve has a rhythm that seems to calm most hectic minds. The language around the quieting ones mind is often about being alone and finding solitude. But is that the only way?

Today, in our session we sat weaving, sharing a moment of making together. We did not feel the need to speak. We were simply in this moment, in the sunshine, learning together. As I looked around at our group I felt at peace. I knew this moment would stay with me forever, not for the conversation, but because a group of people had chosen to come together for their love of nature. A moment of healing together.

The Art of Weaving Ivy

Walking through your local park, often involves letting go of ones ‘nagging’ thoughts and taking deep breaths to relax. But did you know there are also many ‘gifts’ within your park and here is just one we worked with today.

The metal railings were covered in Ivy, which had begun to sprawl and cross the walkway, causing a potential trip hazard. Working with locally based Artist, Lucy O’Higgins, our session participants gathered in the ivy, freeing the railings and clearing the grass path.

This was one outcome, but the best was yet to come! With the ivy we had all gathered, we then set about learning the many benefits of working with ivy, we started to bend and twist the lovely, strong ‘tentacles’ and we began to weave.

The end results were several beautiful baskets, gorgeous artworks and a very relaxed team of natures weavers!

Hot Chocolate and a Pastry!

Who said volunteering is all about giving to others?!

This morning two of us from the Resonate Together team are outdoors. Enjoying a pastry (or two!) and sharing a really good hot chocolate as we got ready for a morning of community activities.

The two of us are originally from different parts of the UK. We are different generations, have very different backgrounds and yet through Resonate Together we have connected. As we chatted away and shared this moment together we found ourselves talking about the loss of a loved one.

My colleague, who had been married for longer than I have lived, talked of his wife and I listened to his reminiscing the many good times they spent together. We laughed when he shared stories of the funny things him and his wife got up to in their military careers. When he spoke of her passing, well, our quiet seemed to turn the bird song volume up. We took a moment of quiet reflection. I felt I was supporting my colleague through this moment, a shoulder to lean on as they say, for how could one spend half a century with their loved one and survive the farewell?

Then I found myself speaking of the loss of my mother and I realised: my colleague had recognised and understood my grief – which I had found difficult to hide in recent weeks. And so, this morning, I was the one being supported.

Creativity takes courage

How do people learn to let go of the certainties?

Many of us, when asked if we are creative, are immediately transported back to our childhoods and art classes at school. Often the response is “No, I’m not creative because I can’t draw”.

Over the last decade at Resonate Together there have been many hundreds of people tell me their story of embarrassment, upset and peer separation within their school art environment. Firstly, I am relived that teaching has come on a great deal since those days of ‘perfect’ art expectation placed on children. Secondly, how deeply devastating to be speaking with a 60+ gentleman who had wished throughout his life to be creative and that one painful childhood experience had been a barrier for all these years.

When being creative, we begin to learn that ‘perfect’ is a myth and that the joy of creativity is in the learning journey. The discoveries of pushing boundaries and the letting go of expectation. Creativity frees the mind and enables adults to play, to have fun and be silly… yes, being silly at our age, now isn’t that good for the soul!

What is celery between friends?

In the street where you live, are you food secure?

Definition of Food Security: being able to consistently access or afford adequate food. It is said that a food-secure household is not simply fed. It is free from the fear of hunger and not forced into unthinkable options, like choosing either heating or eating.

In 2020, Resonate Together closed its venue doors due to the Covid pandemic and in line with the Scottish Governments requirements. On that first day we began receiving phone calls from our local Alloa community. They were scared they were not going to survive. In the early weeks the panic, the isolation, the lack of income for the many self employed local people meant buying food became a daily battle. We secured funding and gained community food donations to enable us to support families across our community. It really did get us thinking… what if Clackmannanshire needed to be self reliant and provide its own food for its residents? Could it be done?

As the many local supermarket employees know, Clackmannanshire is home to several big food retailers. But what if their supplies ran low, could our county feed itself? In short, no – so how do we change this situation? One aspect is to ‘get planting!’

In walked Elaine to todays Potentia Club, her usual big smile, but this time Elaine is carrying a bag full of celery (not something she normally takes for a walk). Elaine is leading by example and sharing her garden produce with others, as many people have throughout the pandemic. The inspiring and caring communities across Clackmannanshire have helped each other through difficult times. Now we have an opportunity to develop this successful sharing into a more resilient way forward through our Frequency Four program connecting with nature. Anyone for celery soup?

Water, calm my mind

Where do you go to find your inner peace?

Working 14 hours a day, 7 days a week, being exhausted and not having a home life is often considered the traditional badge of honour when climbing the career ladder. Slowly it is being considered for what it is: a negative for your wellbeing.

Has this wellbeing consideration come out of Covid self reflection? Or is the human race, at last, going through our next evolution away from commercialism to self wholeness? At the foundation of all of this is you. How do you calm your mind, relax and let all the past baggage, the future worries, drop from your shoulders?

I head to the water, to the Lochs and the sea. I listen to the motion, I cleanse my soul in the waves and I find peace.

Trust The Vibe!

When interviewing, would you select a candidate based on their qualifications or on their compassion?

Earlier this year, Resonate Together went through the process of contracting three Artist to deliver our Potentia Collective program. We were genuinely inspired by the high number and quality of the applicants. While at the same time, we found the state of the Arts Sector heart-breaking. So many very talented people wanted to apply for a contract of just three hours work a week.

After multiple interviews and rounds of discussions, we decided to go with our instinct, we went with the ‘vibe’. This may not be a traditional approach, however, Resonate Together has always been far from traditional! So Artists, Kirstie Young, Charlotte Anker and Emily Paterson joined our project.

Three women, all so different in their art practice and their lives. However, at todays Potentia meeting, one shared aspect was very clear: their courageous willingness to support our diverse community to heal, recover and flourish through creativity. Great to be working with you ladies!

Transformational Change

Why do people volunteer their time in ‘broken communities’? Why not just move house?

Across the UK and beyond in thousands of communities, people volunteer. They offer their time, their skills and their energy to help their communities to transform.

I have often heard people say that volunteering is about giving something and receiving nothing, but how wrong they are. For over a decade I have volunteered in my community and my short answer to why is because of the inspiring people I meet.

A ‘broken community’ is a harsh phrase for places that often have very complex issues. Places that have multiple challenges and are very often not the ‘fault’ (as fault is often forced to find a home somewhere) of the people now living there. Read any newspaper and the constant stories of poverty, inequality, climate issues – and the list goes on – can make the most resilient of people start to question why they bother getting up in the morning.

I bother because I hear the positivity everyday and I know that we can create the flourishing communities we deserve!

Talking Textile Culture

What is the ‘culture’ of Clackmannanshire?

Isolation is a complex, multi-layered condition of being alone that is often challenging to fully understand and can be very difficult for the individual to communicate.

Our Potentia Collective program works through a number of these complexities. Utilising several topics around ‘people and place’ as ‘hooks’ for the deeper discussion’s that are desperately needed to build trust, share kindness and enable the reconnections so many of us desire.

Textiles in Clackmannanshire was an industry that connected us to world but the many mills have long since gone. We asked our Potentia participants, ‘what is Clackmannanshire’s culture today?’ The question created a quiet. You could hear a pin drop. Then the first response from a participant was “well, it used to be textiles”.

So many communities have lost their industries. With this loss can come a disconnect from the people around us and the place we live in. Unless we move forwards, reimagine and redesign, how will we develop positive interconnections, building our resilience and strength as the proud community we carry in our hearts?

Shhhh! Intuitive walking ahead

Why is it many of us think talking is the only way to really communicate?

We love to be outdoors here at Resonate Together. One of the many beautiful activities in our glorious county of Clackmannanshire is walking through our countryside.

With the Ochil Hills in the background, Gartmorn Dam Country Park and Nature Reserve ahead, walking the gentle path between farmers fields and old woodland – aren’t we spoiled for choice! Who would think this is only an hour from the city centres of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth and Dundee?! But shhh! Do we really want to tell the world about our beautiful wee county?

When walking in a group we love to chat and have a laugh, for the countryside infuses us with energy. But one of the things that truly helps our wellbeing is just to listen to the nature around us. To allow our other senses to explode into the void left when we stop talking for a few moments. Focusing on the breeze touching our faces, hearing the crunch of leaves beneath our feet, connecting to this moment and this place. This helps our belonging to intensify. What a magical, intuitive way to walk together.

Potent Potentia!

The consistency of the nature around us truly does heal, if only we make the time to interact.

The culmination of a decade of listening, learning and experimenting was the foundation to our large community consultation in response to the Covid pandemic . The result is Potentia Collective – funded through the Creative Communities fund, from Inspiring Scotland.

The collective vulnerability that communities feel in response to the Covid pandemic is debilitating. As a societywe have been tested beyond a point we never considered would happen. Individually and as communities, we have been locked down resulting in a disconnect from one another. Well, hasn’t it made many of us reflect on what is truly important in our lives…

The Potentia Collective program starts with reconnecting with oneself, and supports the steps needed to reconnect with others. This deep, human need can not be underestimated. Through our program strength we seek to help us heal comes from nature. For we ‘breath in’ the energy, we touch, feel and sense the life around us. We connect with our inner passion to nurture.

One participant said “Having lost a a loved one, my anxiety controlled me. But through this project I feel I can breathe. I feel calm and I am beginning to find hope again”. If you want Resonate Together to deliver this program to your team, your organisation or to your clients, then use the contact form to ask for a quote and let us share this life changing experience.

Sustainable Happiness

Constantly learning, constantly testing and trialing, we stay agile to the daily changes.

The opportunity to learn with Chris Adam, Sustainability Director, Dawson College, Montreal and Dr. Catherine O’Brien, Founder of SustainableHappiness.World for two weeks has been a wonderful and enriching experience.

Catherine said “Sustainable Happiness is happiness that contributes to individual, community or global well-being and does not exploit other people, the environment, or future generations”. Resonate Together think this work is incredibly important for all communities and have dedicated time to learn, share and bring to Clackmannanshire all we can!

Website wonder!

Todays our website team came together for our weekly meeting and wow was it productive!

The opportunity to create a website has come to us just at the right time. Our funders, the Coalfields Regeneration Trust Scotland, have made it possible. So why the right time? For the first ten years of our Resonate Together journey, we were fully focused on action in our community which, as many of you will know, is much more than a full time job! So how do small community led organisations find the capacity to step back, analyse, reflect, consult community, develop the skills, get the training, become great journalists?

What we have learned is that creating an inclusive and equal environment is key for us all to bring our qualities, abilities and develop our skills together.

Today, we brought to the table our collective learning, our communities hopes and dreams and our organisations aspirations to our website meeting and Daniel Sweeney of Total Brand Ltd guided us onwards, wonderful!