Let’s set the scene – It’s a frosty morning in Levenshulme and I’m awake bright and early, having my first sip of green tea. Before I’d finished my morning brew I receive a text from Pam one of the co-directors of The Owl and The Coconut. It says; “CHECK YOUR EMAILS NOW!”
I dash (virtually) to my inbox and can’t believe my sleepy eyes as I read the news we’d been hoping for.
“I’m delighted to tell you that your application has been successful. We’ve awarded your organisation a grant for the following activities: Stop. Notice. Create.”
I can’t believe it! I’m super happy! I’m crying! It’s real! It’s happening! People believe in us! We now have money to share our Mindfulness and Mindful Art Practice courses and drop in sessions.
I read on through my teary eyes.“Receiving this award is a mark of the quality of the work you are doing in your community.”
It says “Please do share this good news with your local community and MP”.
Cue more tears. We want to say a heartfelt thank you to the Big Lottery Fund for helping us to deliver our work to the community. Gratitude in abundance from The Owl and The Coconut team.
Free Mindful Art Sessions in Levenshulme
Thanks to the funding from the Big Lottery we are delighted to be able to offer free places on the Mindfulness MBSR 8 Week group, the Mindful Art Practice MAPs 8 Week group. As well as the weekly Mindful Art drop in sessions that will run for a whole year.
Sessions begin in June.
To learn more about the groups click here to book onto a taster session;
Click here to see full timetable for drop in workshops.
For a sneak peek at The Nest check out this short video
Levenshulme Old Library Opening
Cut to that very same night and we are being welcomed into our new Nest at the beautiful Levenshulme Old Library.
The centre is full of amazing local Levenshulme people, celebrating the achievement of not only saving the building, but now turning it into an arts centre for all. We all laugh as the Levenshulme Players act out a not so unfamiliar story, depicting the strength of our community in Levenshulme and the journey of the new arts centre so far.
Our Levenshulme Neighbours
We were live on the radio with our building buddies – the amazing All FM and filmed by the lovely Martin and Benedette for Sky TV channel ‘The Irish at home and abroad‘. Then we stood next to no other than Mr Afzal Khan, our lovely local MP for Gorton South and told him the great news of our successful funding bid and the benefits it will bring to the area he represents.
We also spoke to our supportive Levenshulme councillors Dzidra Noor, Basat Sheikh and Bernard Stone and the Longsight councillor Luthfur Rahman – the executive member for schools, culture and leisure. It was a great day and night and one we will no doubt remember as the catalyst for our future as a mindful arts space in the community.