A Journey Inside Orb Arts…
My name is Charlotte and I’m a student at Edge Hill University where I study Creative Writing. I will be going into my third year in September. I’m going to be volunteering over summer, running some creative writing workshops and writing about my experiences for the Orb Arts website.
Looking at this converted garage you may not expect that it would hold much inside. But as you open the door a treasure trove awaits. With a recording studio, art room, DJ booth, IT suite and garden outside, Orb Arts is like a T.A.R.D.I.S. Admittedly I did not know what to expect but Orb really is a cluster of diversity. As a charity Orb Arts opens its doors to a wide range of people. Mental health problems affect one in four people, so if we are suffering it is important to know we are not alone.
The main aspect which struck me about Orb Arts is how everyone who comes here is the same; no one is questioned or judged. Everyone is equal. I felt a real sense of peace and belonging just after a few weeks volunteering. I liked the idea of creative therapy when we’re feeling troubled; this place offers so much in just a small space. All of the service users around me seemed to enjoy their time here and for most of them they left in a more tranquil manner than the one that they arrived in. Knowing that Orb Arts can change people’s day-to-day wellbeing made me feel like volunteering here was incredibly worthwhile.
During my time at Orb Arts I hope to help service users through holding Creative Writing Workshops once a week, using the experience I have gained from studying it as a course at University. My aim is to allow others who are interested in writing to gain confidence and express themselves through the written word, whether it be poetry or fiction. The workshops will allow people to meet with others who have similar interests, to share their work and to learn new skills by taking part in a variety of activities. If you are interested, get in touch. I am open to suggestions if people would like to focus on a certain area of writing. I also have some of my own ideas; using different themes, looking into narrative voice and using a variety of techniques to trigger the imagination.
So what are you waiting for? Orb Arts could be just what you need.
Contact Charlotte on 01423 or at email@example.com