Music to Our Ears

Stuart and Rob have been working together during workshops over the last three weeks, exploring Stuarts love of music through the objects we have been donated. Project #ReStore has moved into the next stage of making with full steam and its own beat.

So excited to see how this develops.

#ACEfunded @RBSAgallery @sensetouchbasepears @sensecharity @titled_ha #Makingtogether #Retale

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Never too much

Hurry

So writing

This in briefs

Today

Too Much (never enough donations)

Information (Secondhand)

HAlf expecting

No

That is Natalie (RBSA, team player)

Other

Wiser

HAlf expecting

Crying out

Loud (Speaks volumes)

For (us I hope)

Update

Which

Is quite full (Hey never enough, please donate)

Filling (and quickly emptying)

Don’t you (If only you would, please)

Think (of all that aid, you can give)

Anyways (Yep, we’ll do the rest)

Shorts (handy)

And…

Suite

Two or Three (as much as you can)

Piece (every little helps)

Music to our ears

eh…

Get on with it

I here

You (Come join us)

Shout

So

Here goes

In briefs

You (Us)

Just (Absolutely)

Could not (Yes we can)

Make (Change)

It (Worthwhile)

Up

Workshop two

Last (Never)

Watch

This space (titleha)

Drum

Rolling

Pin

Up

Star

Stuart

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

Sound advice

We thought (full? never, more donations please)

We needed

To show you

Just (absolutely)

Cause (we want to give, could you?)

At this stage (quite a performer)

A few (more would really help)

Snippets (lots to follow. Please keep in touch)

With us and…

Stuart…

Oh and Ha (more the merrier)

Selecting

Orchestrating

Objects

From the Nutcracker

Suite

Per cushion (Donate the lot we will pick up, eh Jodie?)

Which floated Stu’s boat

One champagne (later)

Flute

Promise

Not (well I never)

Stringing

You

Along (please do, come and say hi)

Stuart is a sound man

In all senses

Furnish that thought

Re-Taling his (super absorbing)

Sponge? (taking it in, I hope so. We will do the rest)

Well float

Buoyant (We all are)

See aid (Yes chaity aid is such a help)

As captured

Here on film (cling to that thought or hangers on)

It’s not hard

Two beat (keeping drumming up support. Hey act now and volunteer)

The pleasure

From working

With Stuart (all a team eh Retale?)

Such is his talent (and yours)

Oh

So

Pleased

Stu

Selected

But hey…

A note

Off (see you really soon)

Caution

Never

Putt (golf ball in river without the pole we have here)

Or

An umbrella

Up

In the windy

Section

Take

Oboe

Stuart

You are

A star

Ha

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

ReTale: New Beginnings

We’ve had some fabulous objects donated to us for project ReStore. All of which have a tale to tell, a history and a previous home. We asked people to add a label with a short statement about why they were donating or letting the object go. With truths, quotes or rhymes, a sense of moving forward came with many of them, a transition from one point to another, from their hands to ours. From one end to another beginning.

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

Take notes

HAlf of us are flat out

Other wiser

HAlf

Sitting

Up

Rightly

So

Re-Searching for our project

Natalie from the RBSA came along

Thanks again (donating her time)

Volunteering? (no, why not give it a go?)

Oh

And was flat out

Actually I am making

That up

Cause (really good)

News

She is having a baby

So she is not flat

But hey out

Capturing great pics

Of our (we are all part of his great team)

Latest

Work (flat out)

Shop (Re-Tale)

With

Stuart

Quite a musical star (so talented)

Is

Our (on the team? You could be.)

Stuart

So much more to Re-Tale (hangers on in there)

So

Please keep note

Help drum

Up

Supporting Act (yes, we were compared to Stuart)

Oh what…

Rhythm

Or…

Just (absolutely)

Keep (unless you never use it)

Up (yes we all are after such a great session)

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

Fancy a cup of tea? The day Stuart met Chris at Kidderminster Sense

Friday 13th (unlucky for some), seen the best part (we think) of the project so far. That was the day Stuart, along with his support worker and friend Felix, came to meet Chris (and us) at Sense Kidderminster. And what a lovely morning we had.

After being in the shops for a month all told, it was time for the bins to be collected and taken back to Touchbase Pears in Birmingham where we will begin the art workshops with Stuart throughout October. We decided that it was really important for Stuart to have seen where the bins had been and meet at least some of the people who have been working so hard to help us collect items for the project and for ultimately Stuart himself.

As ever when we arrived At the Kidderminster shop we received an extremely warm welcome from Chris, who, whilst juggling his managerial and daily responsibilities, took the time to catch up with us and update us about what had been happening at the shop and how the collecting and donating of the objects had gone.

Rob, Felix, Stuart and Chris – @Kidderminster SENSE

Stuart and Felix arrived a little after us, after introducing him to Chris and Stewart, another Sense team member, we all found ourselves in the back staff area getting to know one another and enjoying a lovely cup of tea. We asked Chris to help us show Stuart the bin and some of the objects that people had placed inside it, there was a wonderful range of objects from handwoven baskets, hoola hoops, plastic hats, a bop-it and wooden nut crackers. This was just a small amount of what has/will have already been collected and sent over to Touchbase pears, so we are all very excited to see what other treasures we’ve been kindly given.

Stuarts interest was definitely sparked, as we spoke about the different objects, how they felt, what they reminded us of, whether they could possibly make sound. Through conversation we have discovered he is very keen on music and playing instruments, mainly piano/keyboard and guitar. Stuart was extremely pleased with the cup he had his tea in, which was covered in pictures of guitars. On realising this, Chris very kindly gave Stuart the cup to take home with him.

It was then time to load the bin into our van ready to be delivered back to Touchbase pears. Stuart, Felix and Chris helped us with this. Again for us another important part of the project and the process of gathering material. We felt that Stuart should have a hand in the collecting of the objects and that Chris should be a part of this exchange. An integral part of the project the passing over of the material from the collector to the maker, all individuals actions and roles equal and as important as others. One can not be without the other, this ultimately reflecting the Sense shop structure, where these wonderful ‘frontline’ team members work hard and passionately to support and help to provide opportunities for Sense participants, at the other end of the production line of you will.

Get the picture

Just in case

And

If that suits

You (us to)

Same page, eh

Novel (it does not need to be)

Quite

A find

If that suits

Keeping (Hey or giving)

Abreast

Pocket

Change (Every little helps)

Oh

Off (to volunteer?)

Shoe in, eh?

Belt and braces

Which leads us back to…

This three piece

Suit

Or

Suite

Cause (Very good)

It has (oh and is)

A waste (try us, it probably isn’t)

Coated (Sweet?)

This three piece

Definitely lined

Up

Ready

For (You?)

Hangers (On, never)

Steaming ahead?

Know (you would if you volunteered)

Call us

Please

Ring

Just (definitely)

Done

Three piece

Bye (not yet)

The seat

Of your pants (not really)

Trunks (yes)

As they go swimmingly

Look at

Our (as Team Re-Tale)

Suit

Cases

Study (the facts)

Plus (there is a point)

Arm chair (house warming gift)

Aid (makes it even better)

Full on (set)

Special (all of them)

Furnish that thought

As we (and you?)

Just (without doubt)

Cause (very good)

We (us)

Can (of course)

Two (more like an army)

Gather (here today)

Wedding?

Suits (you?)

As there

Is no

Skirting

Never Re-Pleat (we can though)

This one

Actually there is

But not enough

So if i…

A dress

Still (not too long)

Suits

Please

Drop by

Does not matter (yes it does)

Baggies

Or

Cases

Whatever

Suits

Just (yes)

Tie (of course)

The knot

Ra Ra

Ha

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

One

Thing

That you never feel

When working

At

Sense Re-Tale

Is alone

Lost

Never

From Shop Mangers

To

The wonderful vounteers

You are

All

Coated

In

Something

Very

Special

So why

Stay at arms length, eh?

When you

Yes

You

Can also

Feel

That warmth

Inside

Of doing

Something special

Go on

Give it

Worth a try?

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

Early bird. Written before drawn, eh.

It’s easy to get drawn in

We have

Ha

Jodie manages

In the region of twenty two

Bet she’s on the road already

Eye

Eye

am

oh and pm

Some would say

Actually all wood (seriously good furniture to be found, Just saying)

The perfect team

Never withdrawn

Or…

In the land of mid table (That one’s a bit sketchy, eh?)

Hanger on in there

Cause (Really good)

No substitutes hear

Which gets us thinking

To boot (Cradley Heath, have you drawn a line under the roof leak?)

Which gets us thinking

About drawing

A gain (Of course it is)

Let us illustrate

Art fully

Just (Absolutely)

A few facts

The Baggies managed to draw at the weekend

Come on

Come on guys

Sharpen up

You know what our goal is (if not search our blog)

Oh and…

Worcester (gem of a branch silver if we Re-Call, check a previous blog if you don’t believe us) is home to Daisy

She draws

And tweets

So a birdy tells us

On Facebook? (more to be drawn from there, thanks Daisy)

Re-moving on

Before

We are (Ha)

Curtains

Were donated at Kidderminster on Friday (very nice indeed)

Which could be drawn…

Eh Chris you were an amazing host

Just (Absolutely)

Saying mate

We could (and we do)

Plead with all of you

To

gather

Or alone (volunteer with us)

And check your draws

Joking

A side (table and all furniture always welcome)

Keep it clean, eh

And donate

Those never used items

In those draws

Pencil

Which leads?

Any

Lets

Not get fussy (never enough, please donate)

We will try again

Which leads

Us

Onto

Drawing up

Outside Sense Walsgrave

7am yesterday morning

Almost before drawn

Timely

Waiting for a green light (don’t wait to be asked, please volunteer)

We won’t stand (Alone? considered volunteering)

Stand in your way (Never at Team Sense Re-Tale)

Anyway

Drawn Up

Looking At

The cleanest pavement we have ever seen

As

We

Then swept

Bye

Find out more:

HA Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/titledha

RBSA Facebook page – https://en-gb.facebook.com/rbsagallery/

RBSA Blog – https://rbsagallery.blog/

Sense Blog – https://blog.sense.org.uk/

sensecoventry @westbromwichsensecharity@sensecharity@sensekingstanding@senseworc@sensecharitykidderminster@SenseTottenham@sensescarborough@sensecharitynewcastle

A typical day for our friend and assistant manager of Sense store West Bromwich

We asked the lovely Claire manager of Sense Bromwich to ask have a conversation with assistant manager Rachel asking her a couple of questions about a typical day for her and the team.

Describe a typical day for your Sense store.

I love my job but it is non-stop. Too much work to do, not enough hours to do it in. We have not always got the volunteers to help, so this makes things hard sometimes. We are always looking out for new volunteers. We spend the day just trying to get the shop full, sorting, tagging and pricing. Getting items of clothing and household textiles steamed for shop floor.
Then there’s the paperwork and checking emails when possible and making sure the shop floor is kept tidy and everything is done smoothly and everyone is happy. It’s a full on day, but we love what we do.

What makes a successful day for Sense?

Working as a team to help and support the charity and the people and the families that use it is one of the most successful things we do, along with the fundraising and the money we raise in our shops that supports the cause.

It’s important to mention that without the donations we wouldn’t have anything to fill our shops so they are very important to us and we are always advertising for more donations. We also ask people to gift aid their donations, that’s a big bonus to our shops and charity which means for every £1 we get an extra 25p off the government.

What has been the most enjoyable part of your last four years with Sense?

Being a part of a wonderful charity and being a volunteer and doing my bit for charity and then getting a paid position and still enjoying the work I do to help the charity and the people that it provides for.

Big thanks to Rachel for a little insight into the work that goes into the running of the Sense stores and the contribution her team makes to the charity and those who use it.

SENSE stores are always in need of more donations and volunteers. For more information about getting involved and finding out what SENSE do check out their website.