On Saturday 19th March we ran our SLOWsibs workshop, in person, for the first time in a year. It was such a pleasure to work with the children who were there to remember their brothers and sisters who have died.
We worked with clay and all sorts of treasures were made in commemoration. Mariama was remembering her brother Ishmael. Casper was remembering his sister Cora and his brother Larkin. Victor was remembering his brother Martin. And Tiger was remembering her sister Rosie.
As well as using clay, the kids had a great game of football in the garden.
Thanks to all who came and our lovely volunteers Lisa and Fatima.
Our next workshop is June 18th, if you’d like to register your interest, please email email@example.com
For more information about our SLOWsibs workshops click here.
After a year of Zoom remote workshops, this weekend SLOWsibs returned with a face-to-face session called ‘Herbs for Hearts’, held outside at the beautiful Ecology Centre in Islington.
It was lovely to see all our amazing sibs painting their pots and planting herbs and flowers in memory of their brothers, sisters, parents and grandparents. Basil for love, rosemary for remembrance, mint for hospitality / wisdom and petunias to remember our loved ones. Looking up petunia, it has a lively symbolism over the centuries – love, trust, hope, comfort and fury – pretty much sums up what we can feel in grief!
A huge thank you to our wonderful, hardworking volunteers – Laura, Mandi and Hamish.
Our next workshop will take place in the Autumn and workshops are designed for bereaved siblings aged 6 to 15 years of age. For more information about SLOWsibs click here.
The workshop was led by Cloud Workshop with the theme of ‘Peg Guardians’. Cloud Workshop has a long tradition of making talismans to ward away sadness and strengthen us. The peg guardians were inspired by Guatemalan Worry Dolls and Depression era toys that were made from everyday objects such as pegs and wooden spoons. The peg guardians have had to work hard over the years – helping to keep bad dreams away, reminding us of someone we are missing, comforting their spirit, comforting our own spirit, trying to provide strength against bullies (and encouraging talk with adults about this). After an introduction from Deb, the children brainstormed on the qualities they wished their guardians to portray and then created their figures with flat pegs, fabrics, papers, felt, decorations and character faces.
Children took part in a ‘show and tell’ at the end of the workshop describing their work to other children, team members and parents. The combined volunteers from SLOW and Cloud Workshop worked very hard throughout the afternoon to create a very successful and activity packed workshop.
SLOW runs creative workshops for bereaved children that have lost a brother or sister so they can meet each other with the aim of reducing isolation, building resilience and confidence and making new friends. We provide a safe space to explore feelings and develop their creative skills.
SLOWsibs meets quarterly and previous workshops have included cupcake decoration, miniature worlds, gardening, marbling, decoupage and Christmas wreath making. Children aged 6 years to 15 years are invited to attend the groups.
Take a look at our picture gallery here to see some of the wonderful and creative work from our SLOWsibs.