Paint Buzz has worked extensively with the third sector. In 2019/20 thanks to a grant from Oxfordshire County Council’s Innovation Fund, we ran craft and upcycling workshops with various charities. We worked with people of all ages and abilities, including young children and elderly adults with dementia and transformed small and large items. In the second year, we ran Zoom classes and then did a much larger project, decorating parts of a house that has become a women's project run by Aspire. It is being seen as a model for how to run such projects, with the overriding objective of it being like a home.
Alongside, with the help of Dr Caroline Potter, who is Senior Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Population Health and Staff Theme Champion at the Oxford Applied Research Collaboration (Ox-ARC), we have been trying to find out what impacts this activity has had on wellbeing. Our initial findings can be found here.
Those we have worked with include Crisis Skylight, Order of St John's Care Trust, Farmability, Children Heard and Seen, Aspire, Dementia Club at Hinton Waldrist, Evergreen, Wow Space Africa UK, Cutteslowe Community Centre and Oxfordshire Youth. Paint Buzz is currently working with Aspire on its Social Homes Letting Project.