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.

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 :

image of a whiteboard covered in green and pink post it notes

(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

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

Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers – heritage podcasts

Sit yourself down, get cosy, put your feet up and listen to the six-part podcast series celebrating the cultural life of a City, “The Potteries” – Stoke-on-Trent.

image of ceramic objects
stories and songs about a unique place and it’s people

Click here to listen to Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers on Anchor FM or Spotify.

The podcasts were made for the Under One Roof project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

With different guests featured in each episode and wonderful musicians, you will be guided through the City’s history through tales and tunes.

Click on the titles to go straight to each podcast episode on Anchor FM.

The Great Jewel Box with The Fire Underground

Episode one puts the big light on this mysterious place where you can be standing in your own front porch museum, while a fire rages somewhere deep underground. With guests Danny Callahan, Artist, Designer and Historian and Gillie Nicholls, Composer, Musician, Potter and Sculptor.

The Small Stories in Every Day Things

Episode two in the series tells of the small stories in everyday things and the special ways of releasing them. With guests Alan Whiting: Musician and former Pottery Worker sharing his story of Jean Wooten told through a song, and Gabriella Gay: Poet, Teacher, Antique Dealer and member of Kwanzaa Collective UK made up of Artists, Academics and Activists Of Colour.

For the Sake of Times Gone By

Episode three in the series ends 2020 with remembrance and reflections, “Plight of the potters” with Phillip Hardaker Sculptor and Public Artist; Jennifer Spice, Poet and Researcher reflects on 2020; and a song for all times with a version of Auld Lang Syne recorded to take a moment to hold dear those who have passed. 

No Going Back

Episode four is an interview with Deb McAndrew acclaimed playwright on how the Potteries influenced her work and a retrospective of a past commission by the North Staffs Miners Wives Action group in 2015. It features No Going Back recorded in the early nineties sung by founders of the group, “Coalminers Blues” bluegrass mining song and footage from the Staffordshire Film Archive.

Traces of Their Toil

Episode five features Ray Johnson on the creation of the Staffordshire Film Archive and in particular the importance of documenting the city’s mining history from the perspective of those who worked in the industry. With tunes by Chris Bevington Organisation sung and played by Scott Ralph.

Bring your cuppa and chat on the virtual friendly bench!

In the winter months we are making a safe friendly place to get together online, in the short dark days of January.

picture of a park bench and someone waving hello

Under One Roof is a community heritage project based in and around St Mark’s Church in Shelton, Stoke on Trent. Every one has a history and we love to hear it!

If you want some company, chance to chat, see some smiling faces, and find out about the Under One Roof project, just pop in. No need to stay for an hour, just come and say hello!

The Friendly Bench is on zoom in January on four dates:

• Sunday 10th January 4-5pm

• Sunday 17th January 4-5pm

• Thursday 21st January 11am-12noon

• Thursday 28th January 11am-12noon

Please book, using eventbrite so we can send you the link to the zoom meetings. We have to do this so we know who is coming. This helps us make the Friendly Bench safe and welcoming.

Let us know if there is anything we can do to help you take part in the meeting on zoom. Email under1roofstmarks@gmail.com or phone Lynne 0751 881 3131

#LetsTalkLonelinessThisWinter

Fun Seasonal Children’s Activities from Under One Roof

Under One Roof project logo in a Christmas bauble and the words "seasons greetings"

Under One Roof project wishes you Season’s Greetings!

We have created a fun pack for you to enjoy over the holiday season. Feel free to share your creations on social media, or just with your friends and family at home.

introduction to the activity pack with the words "get busy and get creative" and blue and red flowers.
Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Here’s a little taster of what you will find – a lovely colouring sheet!

Read all about Clarice Cliff and her amazing designs, then try it yourself.

Think about how you can help up light up your community this winter. We all need a warm glow, this year more than ever.

picture of cup, saucer and candle to colour in

Find out about Under One Roof here.

ceramic objects

Snuggle down, get cosy and comfortable and listen to our heritage podcast series Journeymen, Craftswomen, Artists and Voyagers. Local history stories and music, to make you smile.

Thanks to Emily Beddows for creating the activities.

Introduction to Community Organising

Do you want to learn how to organise in your community and make a difference to where you live?

Would you like to be part of a local and national network of Community Organisers leading social change?

The Introduction to Community Organising course is a starting point for anybody who is interested in community organising.

The course is in two parts. You need to do both sessions. There are three opportunities to do the course – December 2020, January and March 2021.

image about the training

Monday 14th and Monday 21st December from 9.30am to 1pm.

Tuesday 19th and Tuesday 26th January 2021 from 9.30am to 1pm.

Wednesday 3rd and Wednesday 10th March 2021 from 9.30am to 1pm.

This free training is part of “It’s Not as Simple as Black and White” project to raise awareness of what brings us together rather than what divides us.

In this course we will explore

• the importance of listening to build relationships and uncover issues

• power in communities and why it matters

• how to motivate people to take action

• how to take your next steps in community organising & social action

The course will be on Zoom online. There are 15 places on the training.

All participants receive a Certificate of Participation if you attend both workshops.

Please book so that we can send you the link to the Zoom training sessions.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for December 2020.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for January 2021.

Click here for the eventbrite booking link for March 2021.

poster about the training

The course will be run three times between December and March so if you cannot come in December please let us know and we will send you information about the other dates.

Further one-day courses are available focusing on practical aspects of community organising, plus longer courses for those who want to train as fully qualified community organisers.

Peer Support for Coronavirus Community Helpers

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

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

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

You are invited to join regular peer support sessions online, for community helpers.

eden project self isolating

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 Groups.

AtST coronavirus community support peer mentoring group

Peer Mentoring Groups last up to two hours. 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

We have had funding from the National Emergencies Trust through Staffordshire Community Foundation from June to September to run two sessions a month.

We are now able to offer monthly sessions led by the Local Organising Group for North Staffs.

The last session was on the 21st January, on the theme of Loneliness. Read more here.

The next session is on Thursday 18th February from 3.30-5pm on zoom.

If you are a community group, charity or an individual volunteer, please contact us if you are interested.

Please email Penny or Sarah allthesmallthingscic @ gmail.com
AtST covid community helpers peer support logo

Please register with the Stoke Covid-19 Support Networks.

This will help your local Council coordinate the response to make sure no one is missed.
It will also mean you get updates and support for your efforts.

Women’s Peacemaker project reaching new communities

peacemakers logo

All the Small Things CiC have got funding from Stoke on Trent City Council to support women in the city to reach into new communities with the Women’ s Peacemaker Project.

We will be working in Normacot from September 2019 and Tunstall from January 2020.

peacemakers galleryThe Women’s Peacemaker Project started in Shelton and Cobridge in 2017. We brought a group of women together to meet regularly and listen to each other. We shared what makes us feel safe and things that caused us concern and make us feel unsafe.

Together we decided things we would like to focus on, invited experts to train us and did our own research to find out more. We made a plan for action.

With our new funding the group will have training and mentoring to reach out and involve other women, to listen to them and help them identify their priorities. We will develop a strong collective voice, plan and take action to make our communities safer for everyone.

For more information, to take part and to join our mailing list please email allthesmallthingscic@gmail.com