Creative Choices: Social enterprise collaboration between CSM and Women @ the Well
If you would like to see the updates of this research project then please have a look at the presentation at the very end of this listing for the latest summary. It is titlted Appendix 3
Broadly speaking on our project is going as follows:
Phase one: Connecting
CSM: Wednesday 23rd November
Tour of partners Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square Building at 9:30am to 11:00am Completed
White show visits
W@TW: Wednesday 30th November 9:30am to 11:00am 54-55 Birkenhead St. Kings Cross, WC1H 8BB Completed
Phase two: Mapping and scoping
Creative Solutions Workshop March 1st 2017
A consultation and mapping workshop hosted at CSM where design thinking methods were used to create connections for communicating our shared links showing potential workshops and collaborations.
Service journey mapping workshop at W@tw April 2017 Final Outcomes and resources created to document the process and project
Phase three: Making and meeting
Creative Loop Knitting Workshop April 3rd 2017
Degree Show visit June 2017
Ignition Project. Ceramics workshop June 2017 Project review meeting at CSM June
Intro This project is a scoping exercise between the Women at the Well (w@tw) refuge centre and Central Saint Martin’s teaching staff, investigating how creative thinking can enhance and extend the reach of this drop-in refuge. The w@tw values intend to empower women to ‘make positive choices in their lives’ and sometimes uses creativity as part of this safe rehabilitation environment. CSM also aims to empower students through creative choices but in an extremely different teaching and learning environment. This project addresses one of the adverse consequences of the transformation of Kings Cross area – women sleeping rough.
Teaching staff are:
Cath Caldwell, Senior Lecturer Graphic Communication Design and Academic Coordinator
Sarah Gresty, Course Leader BA Fashion and Emily Wood Acting Stage Leader Graphic Communication Design
Background: The local women’s support service, women@thewell has found it almost impossible to meet the needs of homeless women recently due to the reduction in availability of safe shelter for women.
This collaboration between W@W and CSM would begin a dialogue and identify potential creative solutions for this drop-in support service. The service currently provides a safe space for vulnerable street women with complex needs who are involved in or at risk of prostitution to support them with access to housing, physical and mental health services, access to legal support, access to drug and alcohol services and any other support that women may need. They also offer food, shower and laundry facilities, health and wellbeing services and daily activities through the drop in whilst supporting women to gain access to mainstream services. The centre is less than a mile away from CSM.
Aim The aim is to create a partnership where we each learn from one another using a design thinking method. The process is described in the attached PDF. The project is due to complete in autumn 2017.
Posted by Cath Caldwell