Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Art on Prescription Evaluation Project 2016

Arts and Health social enterprises Little Bird SOS and Beauty and Utility Arts​ recently collaborated on an Arts on Prescription project in North West Leicestershire. We are delighted to share our report conclusions with others in our sector, to further support the case for arts as a social prescribing tool for patients with low level mental health difficulties.

Art on Prescription North West Leicestershire took place at Measham Medical Unit between April and June 2016, funded by the North West Leicestershire ‘Staying Healthy Partnership’ grant and provided structured Arts and Health interventions for twelve patients experiencing low level mental ill health across two six week blocks of workshops.

Using the Public Health for England, Arts for Health and Wellbeing evaluation guidelines (2016) we measured wellbeing, anxiety and depression scores, prior to delivering the art intervention, then again at the end of each six week block.

Results meant we were able to demonstrate project outcomes as having a positive impact on improving wellbeing, as well as decreasing anxiety and depression scores for the patients participating. This further supports the case for art as a social prescribing tool.

A copy of the report is available on the home page of our website under the latest news section:


Friday, 18 November 2016

Come and Find Your Inner Child

Hello and welcome to a beautiful sun-shinny day.
We had a lot of creativity going on today, which challenged some of us with our desire for perfection.  Lisa reminded us that there are no mistakes, only happy accidents.

Jo, our placement student from Loughborough University demonstrating monoprinting to the Revive group
 Mono printing and card making was the order of the day and we all had so much fun doing it.  It’s amazing what you can do with a used cereal box, pretty papers and our drawings.
Rolling ink onto a block

Scratching image onto block
Drawing image on paper placed on ink block
African hut

Collage papers
Collaging with monoprints
There are some things to think about and perhaps remember for if or when you join us next time;  Try not to think too much, just enjoy doing and everyone likes a nice ‘thingummy bob’  or‘watchemecallit’.   Love and light to you all and I look forward to seeing you soon x


Friday, 4 November 2016

Autumn Leaves

My favourite time of year and my favourite place.

It took me a while to be able to get out of the house this morning cause of all the things I felt I needed to do and the stress/worry/anxiety I was feeling.  But then I realised the thing I really needed to do was take some time for me - to feel, create, be appreciated and feel safe; so here I am at Little Bird SOS.
What a fabulous morning.  We made bowls out of leaves.
I love walking through leaves and scrunching them underfoot but today we took the time to rummage through them by hand and pick out our favourite ones to make a bowl; lovely.

The smell of the leaves, the colours, the shapes and the beautiful company of beautiful people has been well worth the £5 I can only just afford.

Sticking leaves, with PVA glue to a clingfilmed covered bowl
smoothing down leaves by covering the stickness with clingfilm
removing cling film once leaves smoothed down
Leaf flowers, an additional activity for those that finished their leaf bowls
Greetings card with a leaf buttonhole
Beauty in the scraps destined for the compost

If you would like to make your own leaf bowl, there is a detailed tutorial on the 'Thinly Spread' website where we found the inspiration for this weeks Revive Session

Thank you to Jen for helping us prepare for the session

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Making a Difference :: Social Action

Little Bird SOS are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen by 16 young people undertaking the National Citizenship Service (NCS) in Leicester as their social action project.  NCS provides the opportunity for young people to build skills for work and life by taking on new challenges and making new friends.  There are three phases to their NCS experience including adventure, an outdoor residential experience, followed by skills phase then the final phase, called 'Make a Difference' where the groups go out into the local community to support a good cause and make their mark.

They will be planning lots of fundraising events over the next month to support the work we do, as well as raising awareness of our organisation and the impact this has on the lives of those we support.

Below are a few words from Elise, who explains their reason for choosing us for their 'Make a Difference' social action phase and their excellent awareness raising campaign they have launched as part of their work.

Elise says:

'As part of our NCS programme, myself and my team take part in a social action project by which we select a charitable concern that we feel will benefit from our support, such as fundraising and raising awareness. We are delighted to say the cause our team have chosen to support is the Little Bird SOS. Because mental health issues is a growing disorder in this day and age, with people living longer and better diagnosis, we particularly favoured this cause. As a team we figured that by supporting this cause it could make a big impact to this organisation and also it could potentially help those suffering, to realise that help is available. Our team want to help raise awareness for Little Bird SOS through our hashtag #invisiblebutvisible. Although mental health and wellbeing issues are not always visible, we want to make it visible through the hashtags. Along with our hashtag we created a hand gesture where we cover our mouths with our hands linked by the thumbs, to create a bird hand gesture to represent 'the Little Bird'. Not only this, but having the gesture covering half of our face demonstrates the idea that although mental health issues are not visible to others, it doesn't mean that they are not forgotten.'

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Making Poppies and Friends

What a fabulous morning, the sun is shining, its Little Bird SOS time and I don't feel grumpy.
We made poppies, at the Revive session, today for the poppy appeal.  We kept one for ourselves and we'll sell the rest in honour of the yearly poppy appeal, it feels good to raise money for such a worthy cause.
using a candle to singe fabric
Production was full on this morning with lots of conversation including one about 'the man they dug up, in Leicester' ..... fantastic!  We've had a few new people today as well as us regulars and if you'd like to come and join us, you'll be very welcome too.  

Peace poppies -variation on a theme
Hope to see you soon,
 If you are local to Leicester, please pop by our studio to purchase a poppy.  A donation will be made to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal for each poppy sold

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

It's amazing what you can do with wool

Before coming back to LBSOS this September, depression was with me constantly and I got very little rest from it.  On the drive into Greenacres, this morning, I had a little warmth with the anticipation and memory of what I got from being here before the summer holiday.  Then arriving and feeling the welcome from the nurturing, acceptance of Lisa and the familiarity of such a creative space, helped me to leave some of the weight of what I was carrying, at the door......... AND breathe........(( I hope there were enough commas in that paragraph to make it legible ))

Today Lisa took us through a process of looking at what we are about to create, whilst taking in the beautiful view outside, by grounding us (looking at the layers of what we could see and hearing the hum of life, beyond the barrier of the walkway and I couldn't help but smell the cut grass).  (I must video her for you one day, shes inspiringly warm.)

A reflection of what it looks like beyond our studio door
Its amazing what you can create with a piece of card and loads of wool.  I managed to recreate a memory I had, from a recent holiday with the children and whilst doing it I remembered the feeling I had, when I saw the sunset over the sea.   For an hour I kept hold of that and felt a sense of relaxing and realised I had quite tense shoulders.   I think it's how meditation must feel.

I met the very approachable, gentle Jo, who is with us until December, from Loughborough University, on her placement and the very stylish Maxilyn was with us, helping and giving us confidence with colour.  The drinks were freeflowing and biscuits were delicious...... come and join us and meet some fabulous people x

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Eggbox crafts

For the past couple of weeks, we have been transforming paper eggboxes into something quite remarkable.

Starting with just some rolled up bits of newspaper:

We created a base for a wreath

Then cut the cups of the egg boxes to make flowerrs

Then painted them

Added other embellishements

And these are some of the end results