Social Material's interdiscipinary studio is based in a mental health housing scheme run by Family Mosaic Housing Association. In addition to our work in research, mindfulness and partnerships with museums we aim to run a variety of classes, workshops and projects for the residents; people accessing local mental health services; and local people of all ages.
Between April 2014 and March 2015 we ran Curious Afternoons in Homerton, a programme of activities designed to increase wellbeing and confidence, and improve access to opportunities, for local people in the Homerton area of Hackney, London, with a particular focus on individuals in transition from full-time mental health care to independence.
The programme used the central theme of curiosity in the world around us to explore the wonder of science and nature, from the social lives of gorillas to the patterns made by clouds in the sky. Weekly workshops were enhanced by visits from experts and popular trips to gardens, parks and museums.
The project was funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund.
(Image: A project participant, Albert at the Royal Observatory Greenwich)