Keeping creative & building connections

Many of our residents live alone and rely on the face to face support and contact from Tyne as a way to build their confidence, skills and resilience as they move toward achieving their goals. Thanks to our Engagement and Progression team, we’ve been able to support residents to continue with this engagement during a time where face to face contact must be limited.

Since March, we’ve handed out 50 creative drawing packs to residents, a new issue released fortnightly which they’re able to follow and develop their drawing skills. One Tyne resident, Peter commented, “I hadn’t drawn since I was at school but thought I’d give this a try as I was bored stuck in the house. I have found the packs really interesting and I now want to keep drawing. In fact, I hope Tyne starts a drawing group once we can all get out so we can get together and swap ideas.”

Working in partnership with Ouseburn Farm we’ve also been developing and handing out ‘grow your own potting kits’ where residents receive all they need to start growing their own herbs. The kits contain seeds, plant pots and compost to use in their home. So far, they’ve been a huge success and for some resident’s like Phillip pictured above, it’s been an activity they can take part in alongside their support worker, to catch up and build connections in a more informal setting.

As well as our drawing and potting kits, our wood workshop team have been working on some new project ideas as they prepare to reopen. One of these is Tyne’s new ‘Making Music’ programme where we’ve bought 100 hand pianos for residents as well as developing instructional guides to help get them started making their own music. The hope is these hand pianos act as a taster for what’s to come, as we plan to re-launch the workshop early August, inviting residents to make their own musical instruments and join a new music group in Tyne’s progression hub.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Tyne’s engagement and progression work or think you’d like to get involved contact Bryan Beverely, Engagement and Progression Manager at bryan.beverely@tynehousing.org.uk.

"I hadn't drawn since I was at school but thought I'd give this a try as I was bored stuck in the house. I have found the packs really interesting and I now want to keep drawing. In fact, I hope Tyne starts a drawing group once we can all get out so we can get together and swap ideas."