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The Secret is OUT!

Posted by Melanie Vella on February 24, 2017

We can hardly wait to share this! We are delighted to be hosting our very first festival and can't wait to see you there. On 15-17th September we’re taking our online network and going Offline for a weekend of connections, collaboration and creativity.Early Bird tickets go on sale Wednesday 1st March - don't miss out!But what ... Continue reading »

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This September (15th - 17th), Offline Festival will bring together Community Businesses and individuals who want to explore and celebrate positive impact in their communities. Join us for a weekend of incredible speakers, hands-on workshops, campfire chats, yoga, music and an all-round sense of community.

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The Charitable Guitar Workshop

A community based project to help people make and play their own guitars and ukuleles. It's primarily for people with special needs, but also for members of the local community who feel they can offer mutual well-being through making and playing guitars and ukeleles.  We cater for males and females, from young adults, to pensioners. The Nine Acre Drop-In began more than 10 years ago as a Drop-In for the mutual support of, & run by people who have experienced mental ill health. We meet on a Tuesday Morning between 10.30-12.30 occupying ourselves with arts & crafts activities & informal socialising. We do not have any regular funding, so we rely on donations & applying to organisations like yours for grants. In recent years we have begun customising & assembling Guitars & Ukuleles from kits. To help with integrating our members within the community we have had local residents who are either retired or unemployed join us & help to make the guitars & ukuleles. When the instruments are finished those who can play help those who can't to play & jam with each other. We have a wide range of members people who have had mental illness or special needs, ages 20-80, male & female, semi- professional musicians to complete novices.The customising & personalising of the guitars includes, carving the bodies in light relief, making & engraving pickguards & cover plates, painting, & embellishing with Tibetan silver charms, to produce a one of a kind instrument, for each person.The idea behind The Charitable Guitar Workshop is that a person who has suffered from a mental illness & has had their mental health stabilised can have a lot of time on their own. If they become bored then they can fall into the same rut that led them to become ill in the first place. Having too much time on their hands can also be a problem for retired people. If they have a guitar or ukulele, it will give them something to occupy their time playing. When made, they can practice playing during the week what they were shown on the previous Tuesday.

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Lights, Camera...Action!

Here are some of our top tips to help you capture the best bits of your community impact from our friend Peter Lefort at the Eden Project.What the video can include:What is the main activity of your project? Do you bring people together, offer a service, do you sell or trade any goods? Show us what goes on at your project.What happens as a result? How does it impact the community? Take a video of people enjoying together, learning new skills, people buying from your new shop, drinking at your café, people connecting with each other.Ideas for shots:Show the project in action: people gardening together, local space where the activities take place, children playing in the school grounds. Here it is good to balance out taking close ups of people’s faces and wider shots of the whole space.Shots of the local community: landmarks, town signs, nice scenery and landscapes (these should be 15 seconds each at least).How to take a great video:Firstly, watch this short video from our friends at the Eden Project Communities for the most important tips.Using a camera phone works, just make sure the lens is clear.Most important: take the shots in landscape (not in portrait)Make sure you are placing the subject of your film inside the frame of the cameraIf you are shooting when there isn’t much light, be sure to use the flash.Do not move the camera around too quickly, always hold the short for at least 10 seconds.The video can be taken in short shots rather than one long video. Don’t worry we’ll put them together for you.How to send them to us: Email us on [email protected] the files are too large to send via email, we like to use the nifty (and free) website www.wetransfer.com to send big files.Send by Monday 20th February, and you'll be automatically entered into a prize draw for two free tickets for Offline festival!The video will be part of a longer video, so it will be edited by a wonderful professional videographer. And of course you can use it for your own comms to! Win win! Go on...give it a shot!

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Offline Festival

15:22, Friday 15th September

Hosted by: Chloe Lyons

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Offline Festival

South East | Buckinghamshire

Everything that’s brilliant about the online Project Dirt network comes together offline for a dose of ...