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Egg-cellent and egg-citing!

Egg-celent and egg-citing! Happy Easter from Growing Me! Today’s post had to be an eggy one really! Containing a jelly of information and fuel to create a new life, all wrapped in a hard shell, and kept warm and safe

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lots of creatures round the world saying thank you

Gerard Pearse Funding

Good Friday, Good News! Some good Good Friday news for us at Growing Me… The Gerard Pearse awarded us funding to help us get up and running Thanks so much to Foundation Derbyshire for all your expertise and help with the

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A box full of colourful yarn made from clothing offcuts

Zpagetti

Zpagetti! Look what has just arrived… We’re using this beautiful yarn (made from offcuts in the t-shirt making trade) for a few different things in our toolkits At Growing Me, we really do care about protecting our planet, and so

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coloured creatures playing with the growing me toolkit

Coming Soooonnn….!!!!

Coming Soooooon……!!!! Come get your hands on our fabulous toolkits! Everythings at the printers. The website is a few photos short of completion. We are super pleased to be on track for the June launch we hoped for! If you

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Cake, biscuits, a cup of tea and some sewing materials laid out on a windowsill

Calling all stitchers!!

Calling all Stitchers! Calling all stitchers! Our first making day, (making superhero capes and calm bags) is on 9th May 2024. In order to realise our dream of making therapeutic life story work accessible, we are indebted to the good

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Watercolour of frogspawn jelly wobbling in the pond

Frogspawn

Frogspawn Frogspawn is in the pond! There’s always a rush of excitement at the arrival of these tiny black dots in their balls of jelly. They go through such incredible growth it’s no wonder that adults and children marvel as

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group of long tailed tits feeding, though one has lost their tail

The Long Tailed Tit with No Tail

The Long Tailed Tit with No Tail… Some of my favourite visitors to our garden are the Long-tailed Tits. To me they are like little flying, fluffy chattering lollipops! Last month, one of them lost its tail, and I found

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Crocuses peeping through the snow

Winter vs Spring

Winter vs Spring… Wintery days keep interrupting the emergence of spring, and there’s a similar feeling at Growing Me! The days are getting longer and the birds are singing but it’s certainly not springtime yet. Our designs and content are

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Animation Celebration

Animation Celebration!

Animation Celebration! Last week, @sheffhallamuni Void Cinema, showcased the work of 5 talented graduate animators, Caitlin MacBeath, Samuela Levinson, Liv Berry, Louis Veevers, and Will Anderson They were fresh from their BA’s in Animation when they took on the task

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Wagtail Wonderings…

Wagtail Wonderings… Many birds fly away from our cold winters to find warmth and sunshine – but not the Grey Wagtail! It cheered me up this week to see the wagtails dipping their tails as they walked, even as the

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Wouldn’t it be good to be an owl?!

Wouldn’t it be good to be an owl? January is the best time of year for owl spotting – With incredible vision, stealth mode flying, and super speedy reflexes – I often think some owl superpowers could be really helpful!

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The first 100 toolkits…

Off to the printers we go! As we send the final designs to the printers, we are taking a moment to celebrate So much time, thought, and love has gone into our resources that we are confident – and super

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Sharing…

Sharing… Really excited to be back to work today… To celebrate, I’ve opened a chocolate bar, safe in the knowledge that I can have it all to myself. As I’m sat really really enjoying my chocolate, I’m feeling ever so

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DNA

DNA… The festive season seems to shine a bright light on ‘family’. Massive meals, sparkly parties, foodie gatherings of every kind, and a fabulous Christmas dinner. Traditions become important, and for many, memories of childhood Christmas hold a kind of

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Jelly Bombs

Jelly Bombs… In the lead up to Christmas, I can certainly relate to this feeling of overwhelm! …. like lots of jelly bombs fired at me and I go all wobbly!  How amazing that a child could describe how they

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Let it Flow

Let it Flow Yesterday, I decided that I needed to play… so, I got my oil paints and let the process flow.  I didn’t know what I would make, or what it would look like, and this stormy mixture arrived

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A Christmas Gift from the Pears Foundation

A Christmas gift from The Pears Foundation… We are super grateful for our early Christmas present from The Pears Foundation! What a boost to know that we are among the 19 fantastic organisations supporting care-experienced children they have chosen to

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Let’s keep it simple

Let’s keep it simple… There is beauty in the simplicity of these bare branches. When external things fall away, we can more easily see what needs attention, and what truly matters. When we can let go of expectation, we can

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Reach out for the good

Reach out for the good bits! This is from a series of early sketches that explore different ways of interacting with the world around us. Here, an imaginary tree sends its roots out to find nourishment, illustrating how we push

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The Turning of the Year

The turning of the year… In the Celtic calendar, November is considered both an end and a beginning; the turning of the year. The Autumn leaves create a fertile bed for the seeds and nuts they fall with and, as

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Rooting down for winter

Rooting down for Winter In winter, trees look like they’re not doing much! No leaves, no berries, just still! All the action is on the inside, getting ready to launch into action in the Spring! Similarly, Growing Me is rooting

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Autumn Sunshine

Autumn Sunshine Sunshine is important to us at Growing Me, whatever the season, And, we find wisdom in welcoming its transformative light to the more challenging aspects of our lives… This week, it’s Parenting that needs a little ray of

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Reflections

Reflections This is one of my favourite spots in the woods near my home. I love the way the water reflects layer upon layer upon layer of trees, and leaves, and sky. I love a sudden drop and ripple on

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Spikey

Spikes and Thorns Last weekend was devoted to taming the brambles, teasels and nettles that have rendered my garden a spiky, stingy wilderness! So today, with my fingers cut and my garden still looking a mess, I am consoling myself

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Resourcefulness

Resourcefulness Emptying the nest boxes out over the weekend, we found this little gem.  What an incredible structure, built by a tiny little bird, with a tiny little beak, using just a few scraps of found hay and moss, stuck

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Great to see you

Great to see you It was great to meet parents, teachers and other professionals at Umbrella Derby & Derbyshire SEN Marketplace event on Friday. We had some great conversations about the needs of young people, particularly those who have experienced

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Windswept trees

Windswept trees… All living things are shaped by their past. The events in our lives dictate which parts of us grow, and how. For this tree, when it felt the strong winds, it knew it needed to grow stronger branches,

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Come and say Hi…

Come and say hello… Come and say hello! On Friday, we’ll be at the SEN Provider Marketplace, at Moorways Sports Centre in Derby. It’s a public event, and there’s a lovely cafe, so do pop in and find out more!

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Rusty Monkey and Lichen…

Rusty Monkey and Lichen One of my favourite books is Ben Hoare’s beautifully illustrated ‘Wonder’s of Nature’. It’s where my new appreciation of lichen has come from… And today, Growing Me is liking the lichen! The delicate structure is made

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We got funding!

The National Lottery Community Fund are funding our making days Excitingly, The NLCF are going to fund a series of making days, allowing us to build our first 100 toolkits!  Taking place in Derbyshire in the New Year, our making

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Children and Young People’s Festival

Children and Young People’s Festival 2023 It’s been a very exciting few days for Growing Me… We had a stand at the Children’s and Young People’s Festival on Friday and met some incredible individuals who share our passion for making

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Let the sunshine in

Let the sunshine in! When we discussed the core values of Growing Me, they were, and continue to be, our guiding principles. We found the words “Let the Sunshine In” as we spoke about the need to notice and celebrate

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Going Inside for a bit of transformation

Going inside for a little bit of transformation There are lots of butterflies around at the moment which remind me of my childhood… of summer, sunshine and the beach, walks with my family and a butterfly-obsessed dad photographing and documenting

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Ripples

Ripples of Wonder Last spring time, I dug a pond.   I was feeling sad about the damage humans have done to our planet and decided to do something good in a corner of my garden.  And in the process I

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Was it worth it?

Was it worth it? Little seeds planted in little pots… Watered… Placed on sunny window-sills… Repotted as the sprouts grew… A bigger pot… A sunny garden… A frame for vines to climb and for pumpkins to hang from… Flowers grow… Flowers wither…  It doesn’t

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Therapeutic Life Story Work…

Therapeutic Life Story Work… We’ve been told Growing Me needs a tagline… This has sparked all kinds of interesting discussions about how we best communicate what we are… Our toolkit does the job of Therapeutic Life Story Work, and this

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Better Together

Better Together… Humans are social creatures: we’ve evolved to live in tribes.  Even if some of us like company, and others prefer to be alone, we all need to feel we belong! Modern life has changed the way we connect

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Thank you!

Funding News! This week, we are really pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding from the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  This fund was set up to support projects that reduce Anti-Social Behaviour.  Sadly, half the under 25’s

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Order!

Order! Ellie has been drawing the river… Nicky has been drawing cells… I’m sat in my wild, slightly overgrown garden, marvelling at the incredible patterns hidden amongst the chaos! The structure and organisation found in nature fascinates me – Each

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Holidays and Celebrations…

Holidays and celebrations… Growing Me slows down in school holidays.  As with many care-experienced children, the academic and social demands of school are massive for my little one.  School holidays provide a much needed opportunity for us to connect and

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May Round-up

May Round-up! This month has been really busy for Growing Me.  Our social media has been up and running for a month now, and we’re slowly but surely getting the hang of it!!  So much so, we’ve set up a

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Spring has Sprung!

Hello! Spring has sprung and we’re delighted to share that Growing Me is growing! We have new volunteers and something very exciting is happening in October – read on till the end to find out what.  Welcome to Louise, Maanya

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Workshop Success

Workshop Success We have absolutely loved supporting families over the last 3 months at our Growing Me workshops (funded by National Lottery Community Fund and Derbyshire Dales) Our wonderful families have engaged in weekly therapeutic workshops with Ellie, Nicky, and

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Thank you

Thank you! Thank you so much to everybody who could make it to our showcase at Cromford Mill.  Hope you enjoyed your Growing Me chocolate!  We had a fantastic day showcasing our journey so far, listening to your feedback and

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