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What is The Gathering Project?

The Gathering Project is a creative community programme designed to respond to
societal challenges arising from COVID-19. It aims to bring communities back together
through theatre to promote community cohesion, resilience, positive health and wellbeing.


We're working with Hampshire-based community groups on this exciting and innovative project

for free during 2021. 


The project is split into three stages:


Stage 1 (Listening) - June to July 2021

Participants will take part in a series of four, COVID-19 safe, practical workshops, delivered by experienced community practitioners. The workshops give people an opportunity to build back confidence, develop individual resilience and feel connected to their community again. Participants will learn how to make healthier life choices and to reduce harmful behaviours, as well as learning about accessing local services and support. 

Alongside these four workshops, a pop up art installation in partnership with artists Gobbledegook, will travel to a public outdoor location within the local community. This free ticketed art installation will be an interactive ‘brain’ inviting engagement from residents of all ages that captures their written and spoken experiences of resilience during the pandemic. 


South Ham Westside Community Centre, 10am - 12noon:
Friday 28 May, 4 June, 18 June & 25 June 

Please email to sign up


Basingstoke Wellbeing Centre, 1pm - 3pm:

Friday 28 May, 4 June, 18 June & 25 June 

Please email to sign up

The Point (outside), Eastleigh, 2-4pm:
Tue 6 July, 13 July, 20 July, 27 July

Please email to sign up

The Spring, Havant, 10am-12pm

Tue 6 July, 13 July, 20 July, 27 July

Click here to sign up

Forest Forge, New Forest, 1-3pm: 

Mon 12 July, 19 July, 2 Aug, 9 Aug

Please email to sign up

Bridgemary Library, Gosport, 12.30 - 2.30pm:

Wed 21 July, 28 July, 11 Aug, 18 Aug

Email to sign up

Search Museum, Gosport, 10am - 12pm:

Wed 21 July, 28 July, 11 Aug, 18 Aug

This is a closed group

Wellbeing Centre (The Clockhouse), Rushmoor, 10am-midday:

Fri 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug

Email to sign up

Fleet Library, Fleet, 2-4pm:

Fri 6 Aug, 13 Aug, 20 Aug, 27 Aug
Email to sign up

Countryside Education Trust, New Forest, 1-3pm:
Mon 9 Aug, 16 Aug, 23 Aug, 31 Aug

Email to sign up

Stage 2 (Responding) - August 2021

We will facilitate two more public workshops/discussions within the community (or online if COVID-19 restrictions continue), working closely alongside Hampshire County Council Adults’ Health and Care team. In these workshops participants will unpick all of the stories and experiences gathered from the community during Stage 1, which they will then use to inform the creation of a ‘self care pack’. The development of this free resource inspires participants to take charge of their own health and wellbeing and signpost support services and resources that they may not know about or feel excluded from. It will enable them to better meet their needs and the needs of their family as well as cope with challenges. The creation of this pack can also support people in improving their reading and writing skills as well as digital skills, vital for job and social inclusion. 

Stage 3 (Celebrating) -

September to December 2021

The self care pack will launch at our annual All in the Mind Festival on 11 September 2021 which participants are personally invited to attend (in person or online, dependent on COVID-19 guidance).  Project participants are encouraged to come along and present the self care pack to the public, as well as volunteer as a festival steward if they wish. In addition all participants are given the opportunity to get involved in other areas of Fluid Motion’s work after The Gathering Project ends in December. This includes joining us as a Trustee, signing up to our associates programme, taking part in our festival community panel for 2022 and much more. 

How does this project benefit communities? 

COVID-19 has had a negative impact on community life across the country, communities which are essential for health and wellbeing, social connections, neighbourliness, a sense of belonging and

mutual trust. Building and maintaining community resilience is vital as we recover from the pandemic. This project:

  • Helps people articulate their mental health and therefore feel more empowered to make better lifestyle choices, feel more healthy and ultimately have an improved quality of life

  • Uses arts and creative activity to help people feel connected, more resilient and more able to deal with individual and community challenges

  • Gives communities something to celebrate, makes people feel good and energises and inspires local residents 

  • Connects people to local support services that they might not know about or feel excluded from

The Gathering Project Funders and Supporters:

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