Heritage Photo Walk map and guide

There are so many hidden treasures around St Mark’s Church in Shelton, which tell lots of different heritage stories.

Jenny Harper from the Photographers Collective North Staffs has worked with us to make this map and guide to help you on your own heritage photo walk to explore.

We would love to see the photos you take on your walk. Whare your photos on social media #U1RPhotoWalk

You can download the map and top tips as separate images or choose the whole leaflet which you can print out and fold to put in your pocket.

Under One Roof Photo Walk guide front page with photo of St Mark's Church
Map of Shelton with sites of heritage interest marked
a view of St Mark's Church tower looking up
Photography tips - 
take time to look before you start to photograph
try different angles
look for patterns
move closer with your feet
respect people's privacy
share your photos on social media #U1RPhotoWalk

Paper-cut stained glass windows

A group of people from the Friends of St Mark’s and the B Arts Space to Connect Advisory Group have worked together to think about the heritage of St Mark’s and to design a craft workshop.

We chose to focus on the beautiful stained glass windows in the Church. We also looked at Islamic art and the designs of tiles.

This led us to think about paper cut craft as a way to make our own stained glass windows.

Paper cut round window

We asked artist Richard Redwin to teach us how to make paper cut stained glass windows. He then made an excellent video to demonstrate. You can watch the video if you click on the link here.

Under One Roof Paper Cut Stained Glass Window demonstration video.

On the 17th June we ran a workshop on zoom led by one of the Friends of St Mark’s. There were just 6 places and it was open to anyone to book onto. Three people came along – one from Stoke on Trent, one from Scotland and one from London.

Everyone was interested in the heritage and culture as well as the craft and design. We talked about our ideas for making our own paper cut windows, and we all had a go. People said they learned a lot, it was “relaxing” and they had a chance to know a bit about Stoke area and want to learn more about the Potteries.

You can download a guide to help you make a stained glass window from card and tissue paper – click on the link below.

Celebrate Volunteers Week 2021!

Join the Big Workshop Day on the 2nd June 2021!

If you are a community helper, volunteer or support communities, or you are interested in volunteering or taking community action in North Staffordshire, this event is for you.

At the event you will –

  • get to know each other
  • take part in workshops of your choice, on a range of topics linked to volunteering and community action including wellbeing.
  • celebrate volunteering
  • develop skills, knowledge and confidence

Please book your place at the event. It is free to take part.

The event is organised by 1000 Lives Network, All the Small Things CiC, Expert Citizens CiC and VOICES of Stoke, with support from VAST.

Our aims are to:

  • Bring people together to learn from each other’s experience,
  • increase diversity and inclusion, connections, peer support, volunteering opportunities.

Have you got a short workshop you would like to run? There will be two workshop slots during the morning one of 30 and the other lasting 50 minutes.

Please email us with your offer! 1000livesnetwork@gmail.com

Take part in the Big Thank You – a Celebration of all the brilliant people who volunteer to help others in their communities across North Staffordshire.

Do you know someone who you would like to say thank you to for helping and supporting you in the COVID pandemic? Someone who has gone the extra mile. Your lifeline.

It could be a community group or team. Maybe the person who brought your prescription? The person who phoned to check how you were?

The Big Thank You event on Friday 4th June is to celebrate and thank the community helpers in North Staffordshire.

Please book your place and invite other people to come.

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Put someone forward for a Big Thank you –

  • fill in this form
  • email allthesmallthingscic@gmail.com
  • phone Lynne from 1000 Lives on 0751 881 3131
  • send in a 1 minute video to say who you are nominating and why you want to say thank you to them

Everyone who is put forward for a thank you will be recognised. It it not a competition.

James Davies has volunteered to help you tell your story about the person you want to thank and why.

James says “Hello, my background is in journalism. If you’re looking for a little help or inspiration with putting your thoughts into words, I’m your guy.  Whether it’s through words, pictures, or video, I’m here to help you tell your story the way you want it to be told”.

Please ask for help when you contact us to nominate someone.

At the event we will –

  • watch videos and hear stories about the people we are celebrating.
  • be entertained by performances of music and poetry.

The event is organised by 1000 Lives Network, All the Small Things CiC, Expert Citizens CiC and VOICES of Stoke, with support from VAST.

We aim to:

  • bring people together to reflect on, share and learn from each other’s experience,
  • increase diversity and inclusion, connections, peer support, volunteering opportunities.
  • celebrate everything volunteers have done in the city particularly over the past 12 months

The event is for anyone interested in volunteering or community action in North Staffordshire.

Please book your place and invite other people to come. Don’t forget to tell the people you nominate for a thank you!

Under One Roof Spring Newsletter

Find out more about the Under One Roof project and take part in activities for all ages, this Spring 2021.

We have had a long, dark, locked down winter.
Spring has sprung and we want to celebrate with a Newsletter for you.

Click the link below to download the Under One Roof Spring Newsletter.

Contact Lynne if you would like to know more about the Friends of St Mark’s and how to join.
Join the Photo Challenge – take a photo of St Mark’s Church from any angle, near or far. Share your photo to add to our gallery. Post your photo on twitter or instagram @underoneroofpr1 with hashtag #U1RPhotoView or email it so under1roofstmarks@gmail.com using wetransfer
Name the gargoyle and win an Easter Egg! Email under1roofstmarks@gmail.com by 19th April. Share your stories of your memories or connections with St Mark’s. Listen to our series of 6 podcasts which tell the story of local craftsmen and women and all include guest speakers and music.
Page 4 of the Spring Newsletter
Thank you to all our volunteers, supporters and funders. Keep in touch.

Contact Under One Roof project

Email under1roofstmarks@gmail.com

Phone 0751 881 3131

Post St Mark’s Church, Snow Hill, Stoke on Trent ST1 4LT

Facebook Under One Roof Project

Twitter and Instagram @underoneroofpr1

Stoke-on-Trent Community Share Network 24th Feb 2021

On 24h February 2021 Totally Stoked and All the Small Things CIC hosted a connect and share event on zoom for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups in Stoke on Trent.

Totally Stoked Stoke Sharing Network logo

This collaborative event was an opportunity to meet with and be inspired by creative people, organisers, social activists and volunteers from other local organisations engaging ways.

We had several guest speakers from varying organisations and projects who came to discuss their creative practices. Joining us was:

  • Rebecca Davies from The Portland Inn Project
  • Nicola Winstanley from Voluntary Arts England
  • The Women’s Peacemakers Project from Shelton, Cobridge and Normacot
  • Anne Kinnaird from Letting in the Light/Festival Stoke
  • Kat Boon from Appetite

Click here to view recording (2 hours view time)

At the end of the event we participated in a Got It Want It activity which can be seen below :

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(Direct contact details have been covered – if you wish to engage with an ‘offer’ or ‘need’ on this Got It Want It image, please email kim@allthesmallthingscic.co.uk who will request permission for the contact details to be shared)

Please join us for our next event on Wednesday 24th of March from 10am to 12.30pm on Zoom. This event is about digital skills, inclusion and engagement.

Register for your free ticket today CLICK HERE

Caring for our community helpers

Are you helping people in your community to cope with Coronavirus?

Have you felt stressed? Anxious? Depressed? Overwhelmed?

Have you been juggling work? volunteering? furlough? homeschooling? supporting and caring for others?

Then you are amazing and need to be recognised and valued for your kindness.

We have now been experiencing the pandemic for 12 months and all that it brings.

Thanks to a grant from the Local Connections Fund we are running two creative wellbeing workshops for community helpers and a celebration event to say a big thank you to people from community groups, charities, individual volunteers and kind neighbours.

The COVID Community Helpers Creative Wellbeing Workshops are on

Tuesday 2nd March 2021 from 10.30am till 12.30pm

Friday 12th March 2021 from 10.30am till 12.30pm

At the workshops will focus on our own self care … a time of reflection, relaxation and restoration for our mental and emotional well being. Each session will include a hands-on creative activity. We will post out the materials to you before the session, once you have booked on.

We also have funding for Celebration event on the 24th March from 1-4pm.

The event will include

  • wellbeing workshops,
  • time to reflect on what we have learned from our experience of community helping in the pandemic
  • a big thank you to community helpers in North Staffordshire

You can sign up for our free sessions here at Eventbrite.

We will email you with information and the link to join the online sessions on Zoom.

All the Small Things CiC is a Social Action Hub. We have signed up to the Community Action Response for COVID-19.

We are working in partnership with the Community Organisers Local Organising Group to facilitate regular peer support sessions. We are working with local partner organisations to make sure people know where to get support and how to make a difference in their communities.

As a Social Action Hub we bring people taking social action together to help us all to share experiences and learn together. One of the ways we do this is with Peer Mentoring. Peer Mentoring Groups last up to two hours when we:

  • have time to meet each other
  • hear what we are all doing in our communities,
  • talk about concerns and questions we would like help with
  • suggest places we can go for guidance, advice and more support

If you have any questions please email Penny or Sarah:

allthesmallthingscic@gmail.com

Thank You for all of the hard work you are doing in your workplaces and communities at this time.

COVID, Loneliness, Community Action

On Thursday 21st January from 1-3pm on zoom we held a peer support session for community helpers. The theme was COVID, Loneliness and Community Action.

We heard from 5 people each sharing their experiences of different communities and how they have reached and supported people to help them deal with COVID lockdown and isolation.

We looked at the Community Organising framework to help us think about what action we can take together.

We are planning a follow up session in March 2021.

You can read the notes here.

Here is a video of the zoom session – click this link to view.

Stoke-on-Trent Community Share Network 20th Jan 2021 – resources

On 20th January 2021 we met online to connect and share information, skills and resources, and build a mutual support network in Stoke on Trent.

Totally Stoked and All the Small Things CIC hosted a connect and share event for Voluntary Organisations and Community Groups in Stoke on Trent. This event was about funding and income generation.

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At the workshop we:-

  • Got to know each other
  • Talked about challenges and successes
  • Exchanged know-how and resources (skills, experience and information)
  • Learned from each other
  • Thought about how we can collaborate and not compete
  • Watched two funder presentations and asked them questions

To watch a recording of the session please click the link below:

Click here to view recording (2.5 hours)

Got It Want It activity below:

Heritage Project Evaluator (tender)

Under One Roof is a community heritage project in Stoke on Trent managed by St Mark’s Church in partnership with All the Small Things CiC.

We have an exciting tender opportunity for an External Evaluator to work with us.
The contract is up to £12000.

advert for evaluator
tender opportunity

The closing date is 5pm on 29th January.

For the tender pack please follow the link below or email info@sarahbonam.co.uk

External evaluator tender