We are excited to be hosting the WEA with their pilot project of the Men's Health Lounge at our new space. In their words...
'Men’s Health Lounge (MHL) is a 6 month pilot programme intended to develop the health and wellbeing education work we've done in Sheffield with vulnerable adults. It will bring project facilitators, a team of dedicated volunteers, and men experiencing chronic physical and mental ill health together to collaborate in a unique and exciting community project. MHL aims to develop a non-clinical alternative route to wellbeing designed ‘by men, for men’ that offers a safe and welcoming space for men to access the support they need at the earliest possible stage, and onwards through their journey of recovery.
MHL has been a collaborative project since its inception 2 years ago, and from our ongoing consultation with a group of men in Sheffield, we know that when men in crisis reach out they often find the support on offer is not right for them. Men's Health Lounge will offer a variety of enjoyable activities as well as learning and volunteer opportunities, and we aim to build confidence, self esteem and resilience. The MHL pilot project will draw on referrals and close working relationships with Sheffield Young Carers, New Beginnings, South Yorkshire Housing Association and others. Plus, with their links to the over-looked working class 20th century painter Gordon Snee, we're also very excited about the new partnership with our hosts at their amazing venue The Drawing Room on Broad Lane, Sheffield. We opened in January 2019 with our first cohort of participants.'
'The Drawing Room are the perfect partners for the WEA's Men's Health Lounge pilot, and the venue itself is a vital component of the project. We were looking for the right venue for quite some time as we developed MHL, and by pure chance heard about The Drawing Room. From my first meeting with Rachel and Jo, it was apparent we had similar values around adult education and non-clinical interventions and it's fantastic to find partners with significant experience of supporting and providing opportunities to marginalised groups and vulnerable adults.
The space offers sofas, refreshments, vibrant artwork, and an atmosphere of activity, with arts, crafts and traditional scissor-manufacturing taking place on the premises, all contributing to a relaxed but dynamic atmosphere for our group to explore and express their experiences of masculinity, wellbeing and other topics. The guys seem to really appreciate the warm welcome they receive each session from Rachel and the other people around us, including the incredibly friendly staff in the ground-floor business, as well as connecting with and being energised by the workplace-feel of The Drawing Room.
Thanks so much for having us, and it's really exciting to strengthen our partnership and explore opportunities to combine our knowledge, skills and resources.'
Framed by Snee occupy the adjacent studio and provide bespoke framing for all kinds of artworks and artefacts.
They often frame works that come through our gallery and are a friendly and professional service.
Framer Jo Snee is also the daughter of Gordon Snee of Gordon Snee Art.
This group also occupy the space. They look after and exhibit the works of abstract artist Gordon Snee.
It is through these activities that The Drawing Room and Framed by Snee originally came about.
Please see About and check out gordonsneeart.co.uk for more info