The next chapter

We’ve paused work on this project for the time being. Please keep up-to-date with the work of our friends over at The Southampton Collective, which is all about a healthy, sustainable and creative city.

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Get Together for Health and Wellbeing

Website header artwork by Kev Munday

Thursday 12 April 2018 11am-6pm we are having a Get Together for Health and Wellbeing. This is part of Stand Together for Health week at Solent Showcase Gallery, just off Southampton’s Guildhall Square next to Artisan Cafe.

Drop in during the day, or join us for group activities at 1pm and 4pm:

  • Throughout the day help us create a large scale collaborative artwork  showing How We Make a Healthy Southampton
  • 1pm Knit One Change One – join our knitting circle (all welcome including non-knitters) and discuss together how wool crafts can change our health, and have a go on a spinning wheel;
  • 4pm Gather Together to celebrate the day, listen to some short talks on health and community, and join in with a Singing for Wellbeing session with choir leader Maggie O’Connor.

Throughout the day, we will also be exploring health inequalities in our city. We will display health-themed artwork by young people, and explore questions about their health needs in an ever changing world.

You can make a bird to add to our display using paper folding techniques (we’ll show you how). Bring along a leaflet of something that has health or community significance to you, and we’ll help you transform it into a bird.

We will be showing some short films throughout the day, including James Paddock’s Lost Person film, which explores depression and being housebound.

Bring friends, grannies, children, anyone. Families can also join the Bin It In the Bin trail, spotting colourful artworks around town by Showcase gallery resident artist Kev Munday. And receive a prize at the end!

This is part of Rebecca Kinge’s takeover of the gallery 9-13 April. If you can’t make 12th, you can pop in at other times during the week to contribute to the health takeover. Partners include Healthwatch Southampton, Southampton Art in Health Forum, Southampton Healthy Living and many others.

Want to know more or share your thoughts on health in the city? Contact Rebecca Kinge 07968 777261



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21st Century Challenges

So many events and chances to connect coming up to address 21st century challenges.


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#SpitfireTrail takes off

Southampton Half Term #SpitfireTrail

Free half term fun discovering new places and uncovering interesting facts about Southampton’s past

Come into Southampton for our free #SpitfireTrail this half term Mon 12th – Sat 17th Feb. Take the journey around the city’s cultural quarter.  Pop into places on the route to discover more about Southampton’s connection with World War 2 and the Spitfire.

Start at Solent Showcase Gallery, just off Guildhall Square next to the Artisan Cafe. You can pick up a paper copy of the trail and get involved in free activities as part of Stand Together exhibition.

You can also download a trail from Go Southampton website here. Why not come back and visit for Southampton Celebrates Fri 16th and Sat 17th Feb when NST City, John Hansard Gallery and City Eye open their new arts buildings.

Spitfire Trail design and artwork by Sarah Silverstein Begin with a Dot

Commissioned by Go Southampton and in partnership with Solent Showcase Gallery

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Southampton holiday trails for families

Creative Places is working for Solent Showcase gallery on behalf of Go Southampton, the city’s Business Improvement District, to produce some school holiday trails for the February half term. Families will be able to explore the city centre with a Spitfire theme. There will be future trails too. If you want to be involved in the trail in one way or another (e.g. as a venue, or sharing news of this within your networks), please get in touch. Check back here for details of how to download the trail during half term.

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Innovation and unity

We had a buzzing Innovation on the High Street event on 8 December, with 50 people involved in a range of community, business and social action initiatives, coming together to talk about the future of our high streets and the collaboration that could make them interesting and strong. We had coffee served by By Sea, food from the Roundabout Café and enjoyed the vibrant surroundings of Tiger Yard. Culture Southampton co-hosted with us and helped fund the refreshments.

Joe Hudson took some fantastic photos that summed up the event very well. Click here for his pictures, including some info about his Closed Down Southampton project. Get in contact if you want to see a full report of the session.

And on Monday, our coordinator Rebecca Kinge talked to Alex Ivancevic about her community work in the city on Unity 101’s Community Hour. Listen here.


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Innovation on the High Street

Innovation on the High Street event //  Friday 8 December 9.30am-12.30pm // Tiger Yard

Come to this free event to help us explore pop-ups, permanent projects and possibilities to make Southampton more inclusive, healthy, creative and economically resilient. Book here.

This is a collaboration between Creative Places, Culture Southampton, Tiger Yard Pop Up Shop and Community Space and The Southampton Collective.

The Innovation on the High Street event on Friday 8 December 9.30am-12.30pm will:

  • Encourage innovation and collaboration between people, organisations and their projects;
  • Look at ways to address social, environmental and creative issues as well as the local economy;
  • Identify barriers and explore ways to address them.

We are grateful to Culture Southampton for their support for the event and to Tiger Yard Pop Up Shop and Community Space for allowing us to host this event in their space. This is the fourth time Tiger Yard has popped up in the city. This year, Tiger Yard is open from Wed 29 Nov until Sun 10 Dec.

Many thanks to Oliver Dean who has helped us with the artwork for this event.

Eventbrite booking:

Facebook event:

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Today’s MapJam

Today we’re in October Books 11am-3pm creating a crowdsourced map of the city and sharing stories and ideas about the importance of local places. Details here. Or join in on online via Facebook or Twitter. Our hashtag is #SatMapJam

We’re with artist Oliver Dean, who is helping us bring this all alive through illustration. And we have cake!

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World Mental Health Day

Tuesday 10 October is World Mental Health Day, with a focus on mental health in the workplace. There are loads of resources out there to encourage employers to take responsibility and offer support to their employees to achieve better mental health at work. Such as this guidance Managing Mental Health in the Workplace by the Mental Health Foundation.

Here in Southampton, this #WorldMentalHealthDay we are meeting up with other social enterprises at a gathering organised by the Solent Social Enterprise Zone. Social enterprises are businesses with a social or environmental mission, and therefore put health and wellbeing at the centre of their business model. As responsible employers, many work with a broad spectrum of people and can be particularly welcoming and supportive of people with mental health challenges. They often give people volunteering opportunities, which can operate as a route to build confidence and learn new skills, always ensuring that the profit from trading is redistributed to address a social or environmental need.

In Southampton, places and projects such as Creative Options, The Art House and Aldermoor Community Farm are doing wonderful things around mental health and wellbeing, and generally helping to build a sense of community in Southampton. These just three of the places we value in Southampton, and through our project we’ll be telling you about more.

Social enterprises are providing real life solutions to mental health issues, and will continue to work to do this better, to do more. 63% of repeat prescriptions are for anti-depressants. Engaging in an activity that has purpose, is known to help, and has the added benefit of reducing demands on the NHS. So check out your local social enterprise. If you don’t know where your local social enterprise is, then come to our Social Saturday MapJam being held at October Books in Portswood Sat 14 Oct 11am-3pm. If you are already connected with social enterprise, come and tell us what is special about it. And if you can’t join us in person, join us online.

As well as individuals shopping at social enterprises, organisations can also purchase their goods and services from social enterprises, thereby investing in social and environmental good.

Let’s work together to address mental health in our communities, and support social enterprises to do more too.



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We’re having a MapJam

Social Saturday MapJam

14th October 2017 // 11am-3pm

October Books, 243 Portswood Road, Southampton SO17 2NG

What makes Southampton special? During our MapJam will be making a map of our city on the day, capturing  your stories, thoughts and ideas about the spirit of Southampton.  Where are your favourite local, independent businesses or community venues? What makes these places worthy of your custom or support? What difference do they make to people’s lives? Share your stories about the difference that they make.

At the end of the day, we’ll have an online map and drawings that reflect the indie spirit of Southampton. We’re delighted to be teaming up with artist Ollie Dean, who will be doing live drawing on the day.

This MapJam is a drop-In event so  feel  free to come by anytime betwen 11am and 3pm or get involved online via Facebook or Twitter. You can post on our Creative Places Facebook Wall, Tweet us, or join in discussion via the Facebook group Shop Local Southampton.

This is a collaboration between October Books, The Southampton Collective, Creative Places, Transition Southampton and Shop Local Southampton.

It forms part of Social Saturday, a UK initiative to encourage people to support social enterprises which operate for people and planet, rather than private profit.

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