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Monthly archives for July, 2014

Two Good Things in a Day – Thanks to the Garfield Weston Foundation

Posted on 24th July 2014 by

Monday, 21st July, was a good day for the Neighbourhood Care Scheme (NCS). Volunteer Co-ordinator, Assuntina Cardillo-Zallo, and I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the BBC Sussex radio presenter, Alison Ferns, during an outside broadcast from St John’s Day Centre in Hove. This was part of BBC Sussex’s day devoted to the theme of combatting loneliness. During the day, several NCS members and a volunteer were interviewed. However, the outside broadcast featured many groups engaged in activities to combat loneliness: St John’s Day Centre, of course; the Trust for Developing Communities, the Hangleton & Knoll Project, the LGBT Switchboard, a yoga teacher, and a singing group.

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Four walls, Four steps – Barriers of Loneliness

Posted on 17th July 2014 by

Last week, on Radio 4’s Today programme, there was a long feature about loneliness. People talked about “the four walls” and how good it was to get out. The phrase echoed in my head, “Four walls do not a prison make”, but it seemed that for these people the four walls did make a prison.

A quick Google search revealed the source of the echoing phrase – the last verse of Richard Lovelace’s poem ‘To Althea, from Prison’:

“Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage; …”

For Lovelace, the love which fed his spirit made him feel freer than birds in the sky – as free as an angel.

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Open Arts Open Week Optimism!

Posted on 4th July 2014 by
Open Arts Open Week Flyer

Click image to view the Open Week flyer.

Open Arts is a new arts creation and learning space in Brighton Open Market. It is a collaborative project between Autism Sussex, Impetus and Grace Eyre. Open Arts will run Visual and Live Arts courses for adults with Asperger’s, Autism and Learning Disabilities, and will be both an educational and social space that accommodates all levels of ability.

Next week, from Monday 7th to Friday 11th of July, you can drop in between 10am and 4pm to meet Open Arts staff and learn more about all of the wonderful courses! Anyone is welcome, and it’s a great opportunity to visit the Open Market.

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