Wellbeing Projects
We run charity wellbeing projects across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Over the past 18 years our charity work has reached over 45,000 people across the region. Below are some examples of our project work.
About our projects

The Hive’s Wellbeing Projects provide a safe path to personal and community growth. We use inspiring, inclusive, creative experiences to transform lives, engaging professional musicians and artists to help those in our communities who face challenges in their lives.

Our project participants included: care experienced young people, adult carers, young adults in touch with mental health services, siblings of young oncology patients, autistic young adults, young people with special educational needs, young people living in poverty and young adults living in supported housing.

Our projects are also designed to respond to the needs of our local communities and implement targeted work with older people, as well as inter-generational projects.

For more information on any of the projects listed, please email admin@hiveonline.org.uk

All of our Wellbeing Projects work towards four core outcomes
1

Feel positive and more confident

2

Feel comfortable in being who they are

3

Value working with others

4

Build their own resilience

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2000+ workshop spaces made available to the community by The Hive in 2023

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600+ workshop hours delivered by The Hive in 2023

Our projects
MYCollege
Funded by The National Lottery Community Fund – Reaching Communities; Wynn Foundation; Tesco Bags of Help; and The Community Foundation for Staffordshire

MYCollege works creatively to boost confidence, encourage connection and get 16 – 30 year olds living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin believing that “they can”. Specifically designed to support those experiencing transitory challenges in life and help them gain independence. Participants aim to learn new skills, make connections with others, explore ideas, build confidence and have fun. These workshops are led by our team of professional artists. Access by referral, for example from: adult mental health team, care leaver support team, education pastoral care team, young adult carer teams.

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Amplify
Funded by Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants

This exciting new project will work with local young people to nurture talent and provide opportunities within the music industry, providing support from freelancers to develop skills and confidence.  Suitable for those who have broad ambitions and interests including; sound engineering; producing, marketing, and performing. No previous experience needed.

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Flax Collective
Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

We want you to tell us how to make Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings better for young people.

The Flax Collective is a monthly group for 18-25-year-olds who are keen to tell us what they want! We are looking for your fresh, bold and brave ideas to help us get more young visitors through our doors. Design events, get creative with our spaces and gain skills to help you with your education or career. There’s even a chance to help us plan some amazing events for summer 2024.

Come and join our safe and supportive group led by staff and volunteers to see how you could help make others see how exciting heritage can be.

Get in touch to get involved! projects@hiveonline.org.uk

Saturdays: 10am-2pm. Starting February 2024

Cultural Investigators
Funded by Arts Council England: National Lottery Project Grants and Shrewsbury Arts Society

This project is about recognition, celebration, and promotion of local culture amongst young people in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Working with young people aged 5 – 18, we explore the artistic and cultural inspiration that The Hive has provided over the years and use this, alongside a choice of exciting creative opportunities to engage young people in realising the potential for their own cultural futures. The young people become researchers, learners, practitioners, performers, and curators.

Parachutes
Funded by Children in Need

Creative sessions which enable parents, carers and children aged 5 and under to form joint experiences and memories whilst building relationships and developing children’s creativity, sensory and essential social skills. Activities includes pottery, messy play, storytelling, music and gardening. Interactive sessions take place two to three times a month during term time at Harlescott, north Shrewsbury.

Out of the Groove
Funded by Youth Music, in partnership with The Grange Gang

This Project introduces music to a youth group in a positive and engaging way, as a progressive, enjoyable, and beneficial activity for young adults aged 15 – 25 with additional needs who live in Harlescott, Shrewsbury.

Hidden Waterways
Funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and Shropshire Council

An intergenerational community project exploring the heritage and tales behind Shropshire’s hidden canals and waterways. Through creative workshops we engage participants in traditional and modern art forms and how they can be used as a vehicle for storytelling; use creativity as a tool to improve mental and emotional wellbeing; and improve community cohesion and pride in the local area. Workshops so far have included pottery, photography, and poetry. We’re programming even more activity this summer and we’re looking for participants to take part.

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This matters because it provides hope, it provides aspiration, it provides determination. The determination that I have the ability to be great at something and …finally have a future.

I now have purpose

I’m so glad I had Art Club at the end of the day today, as otherwise I think I might have exploded.

I learnt new songs and got to know the group. The tutors encourage us to do new things and use more ideas, and they explain how we write songs as a group

Social anxiety is something I used to struggle with. Since I have been involved with The Hive, I am much more confident in contributing to discussions and speaking to others

The Hive team are really supportive. If you’re unsure about anything, you can contact the staff. You can talk to the tutors, tell them how you’re feeling and why you’re nervous

MYCollege has been a fabulous preparation for him moving into the world of Higher Education as a full-time student

I learnt a lot of new professional and technical skills. The experience gave me insight into how the industry works and increased my ambition

Our Wellbeing Project Partners and Funders

We are proud to partner with some amazing organisations to help strengthen the cultural and creative connections with children, young people and adults living in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. The support we receive from our funders allows us to continue to deliver a diverse range of enriching activities and programs.

Our Funders
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    Our Partners

    SongLab

    Crossroads Together

    Grain Photography

    Shropshire Autism Hub

    Shrewsbury Town Council

    Ignition

    Riversway Elim Church

    Shropshire Council, Shropshire Virtual School

    Shropshire Council, Leaving Care Team

    Shropshire Inclusive Dance

    Shropshire Youth Support Trust (SYST)

    Telford Council Voluntary Service

    Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network

    Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings

    Strawberry Studios

    Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

    Taiko West

    Ubiquitous Arts

    ArtShack

    Virtual Shropshire

    Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust

    Shropshire Archives

    Shrewsbury Library

    Shrewsbury BID

    Arts Alive

    Shropshire Ethnic Minority Association

    Parent and Carer Council Shropshire

    HAF Holiday Activities and Food Programme Shropshire

    Ty Gobaith

    SYA (Shropshire Youth Association)

    Hope House

    The Evolution Centre

    Vision Homes Association

    Bethphage

    Trident Reach

    Positive Steps

    Seeds of Change

    DASH Arts

    How can you support our Wellbeing Projects?

    For more information about any of the projects please contact admin@hiveonline.org.uk

    Sponsorship

    Support letters

    Social media testimonials

    Award recommendations