Free Skillshare Project
PLEASE SEE BELOW THE CURRENT LIST OF SKILLSHARE SESSIONS - AND OTHER FREE EVENTS!
Inspired by ethical and sustainable economic models and The Great Reskilling, the SKILLSHARE PROJECT encourages anyone of us to offer guidance on a topic likely to help increase our community's resilience, as a one-off gift (or more!). Contributions of all kinds are welcome! We can pass on valuable skills as well as experiment, stretch ourselves, practice generosity, form connections, inspire each other and have fun!
Sharers offer their time for free, though donations towards costs of materials or venues may be requested. They choose the date, duration and form of the session. A private home is ideal but we'll help find another venue if required, plan the session with you and promote it.
"With the economic crisis in full swing, with climate change and with peak oil looming, we believe that being part of a closely-knit community with a diverse group of skills could be the security of tomorrow. Skillshares provide brilliantly for such a scenario, creating a win-win situation." Mark Boyle, author of The Moneyless Man.
These last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity and I can hardly keep up with the new opportunities for the Skillshare Project that have arisen from just getting out there and making new contacts (a metaphor for all of our lives perhaps?!). The first event was the Totnes Health & Welfare Day which came out of the Totnes ‘A Caring Town’ Conference last October. This event was a wonderful collaboration of different statutory and voluntary health, social care and welfare organisations, all striving to make our community a more caring town, especially in reaction to and preparation for the huge cuts in public spending and changes in welfare. Will the Gift Economy and volunteer organisations be able to ease the transition to a town with significantly less money coming in? I would certainly like to think so. However, it does involve us all getting out there and taking the responsibility that central and local government once held, and putting in some of that caring ourselves. Whether its offering some time as a driver for Bob the Bus, entertaining the elderly with a few songs on guitar for the Totnes Memory Café, volunteering for Totnes Caring or offering (and attending!) a Skillshare. All play an important part in remembering how to survive with less and is part of a movement which is becoming more prevalent as this recent article in Positive News demonstrates.
The TTT AGM was also an astonishing opportunity to meet face to face, representatives from other Groups and Projects and to be re-inspired by the shear amount that has occurred in Transition during the last year. One thing that I came away with was immense gratitude to all those who volunteer their time to keep the “transition” moving, but also those who make charitable gifts to ease the wheels of that movement. Although I would love to see Totnes able to function entirely within the Gift Economy, donations are always appreciated while we get more people on board, but a commitment to regular amounts, however small, are especially helpful.
It was also fantastic to have some new faces at the monthly Skillshare Project Meeting, (including Greg from Buckfastleigh’s The Seed) to natter over tea and cake and get some new ideas and perspectives. We talked about how, on a basic level, skillshares teach skills to make us and our community more resilient in the face of climate change, peak oil and economic uncertainly whilst giving us the opportunity to meet our neighbours and build networks. On a deeper level though, it allows us to consider and value our own abilities and empowers us to take our continued learning into our own hands, encouraging us to see each other as equal members of our community. We don’t need to spend money on expensive courses from professionals. EVERYONE has something, everyone is of value and everyone is welcome. Skillshares give us hope in the generosity and humanity of those we live with and encourages us to “paying it forward” making our locality (and hopefully the world), happier, fairer and more resilient.
We discussed too creating a poster or leaflet to advertise the Project and how we could encapsulate all that Skillshare is, into just a few words or images. Ideas we were playing with included “Free to Live & Learn” and “Fulfilling needs = Gives people purpose”. No final decision was made, and we would certainly welcome input if you are able to help!
Other help that would be particularly helpful at present would be occasional use of a large kitchen, within walking distance of central Totnes, that could be used for cooking skillshares, as mine in Dartington isn’t that accessible and is also a little small! If anyone is able to offer some cooking or food preservation skillshares, using seasonal, local, foraged or surplus food, that would also be most appreciated. The ReSTORE in Dartington has kindly offered their premises for future skillshares as well, so any offers of DIY, carpentry or crafty skillshares (which there have been many requests for), now we have a purposeful space in which to share. So do get in contact with me if you have an idea for a skillshare and please remember, you don’t need to be a professional – professionals (from pro- + fatērī “to confess, acknowledge”) built the Titanic, and amateurs (from amāre “to love”) built the ark!
Diary of Free Events
TTT Skillshares are in BOLD (Events may change so please check the links just prior to attending)
|Please click links for full details|
|Monday 14 April||‘Growing for Gold’ The LambGarden|
|Monday 21 April||Easter Egg-stravaganza The Hillyfield, South Brent|
|Thursday 24 April||Reclaim Our Sovereignty (Free Skillshare)|
|Friday 25 April||Skillshare Project Meeting, REconomy Centre|
|Friday 25 April||Skillshare Stall at Community Pot Luck, Methodist Church Hall|
|Sunday 27 April||Plant Blooms for Bees & Birds, Spindletop Permaculture Project, Nr Cornworthy|
|Wednesday 30 April||Totnes Garden Trail meet at Civic Square|
|Thursday 1 May||Writing Effective Sales Letters (TTT Skillshare) REconomy Centre|
|Friday 2 May||Sewing! Guided Session (TTT Skillshare), REconomy Centre.|
|Saturday 3 May||What Makes EFT Effective (TTT Skillshare)|
|Saturday 3 May||Seedy Sisters Seedling Swap Ashprington|
|Sunday 4 May||Forest Gardening For All (TTT Skillshare) Follaton Arboretum.|
|Sunday 4 May||Spring Garden Open Day Sharpham|
|Tuesday 6 May||Time to Breathe (TTT Skillshare) Forge Yoga Centre|
|Tuesday 6 May||Volunteer Day Landmatters, Allaleigh, Blackawton|
|Wednesday 14 May||Paper Craft - Upcycle Your Old Books (TTT Skillshare)|
|Sunday 18 May||Monthly Play Action, Near Totnes Weir|
|Tuesday 27 May||Upcycling with Cheryl Tipple REconomy Centre|
|Thursday 29 May||English Wine Week Sharpham (link with details to follow)|
|Sunday 1June||Big Lunch|
|Friday 6 June||Sewing! Guided Session (TTT Skillshare), REconomy Centre.|
|Saturday 28th & Sunday 29 June||Summer Open Weekend Sharpham (link with details to follow)|
|Sunday 19 October||Apple Pressing and Autumn Festival Day Sharpham (link with details to follow)|
|Fortnightly on Mondays||Monday Garden Care at The Lamb|
|First and third Tuesday of every month||Volunteer Days Landmatters, Allaleigh, Blackawton|
|First Saturday of every month||Fruit and Nut Tree Project, Totnes|
|Every Wednesday||Garden Volunteers Sharpham|
|Every Wednesday||Totnes Squash Cooperative|
|Every Thursday||Incredible Edible Thursdays 5-6pm, Steamer Quay Planters|
|First Friday of every month||Sewing! Guided Session (TTT Skillshare), REconomy Centre.|
|Second weekend of every month||Hillyfield volunteer days Hillyfield, South Brent|
|Last Friday of every month||Totnes Memory Cafe|
|Last Friday of every month||TTT Skillshare Project meetings in REconomy Centre|
|Last Sunday of every month||ForestGarden, Follaton Arboretum behind Follaton House|
To read about some recent skillshares please see here.
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4. Spread the word
5. Spread freedom
6. Suggest a skillshare
7. Organise a skillshare
8. Share your skills
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