Colchester Life Skills Group and Cobnuts Wildlife Project
Aimed at Deaf people with additional needs, our weekly Colchester Life Skills Group covers topics such as money management, baking and healthy eating.
In 2018, the Group enjoyed working with Cobnuts (a community arts cooperative) on a wildlife project which aimed to engage local adults and young people with their natural environment through art.
The project, funded by the Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Tesco Bags for Help, involved local schools, youth clubs and community organisations.
Artists from Cobnuts attended Colchester Life Skills Group where members made ceramic shelters for wildlife including solitary bee tubes, mini-beast pods and nesting boxes.
The Group later visited the RSPB Wildlife Garden in Flatford where their creations formed part of a nature sculpture; ‘The people’s Wall for Wildlife.’ The wall included a child’s seat by celebrated master thatcher Stephen Letch.
It is hoped that the sculpture will encourage wildlife and be enjoyed by the many visitors to the Garden.
Nikki Rogers, our Deputy Operations Manager said ‘This proved to be an exciting, multi-faceted project enabling people with differing needs to get together, make new friends and find fun, creative ways to help nature.’