Vulture Club – Creative Writing Project

This project will be delivered to individuals in recovery from addiction and those with a history of mental ill health/psychological/trauma based issues.

The project enables Whitehaven based Vulture Club to broaden their range of therapeutic activities and open their doors for two additional days, allowing the club to offer much needed additional support to their membership from Monday through to Friday.

The creation of two part-time coordinator roles will support Vulture Club’s ongoing plans for future development. Vulture Club hope this project will enable them to welcome new people from the local community to join their confidential, safe and supportive club and benefit from taking part in opportunities for personal development and growth.

The Creative Writing sessions will be led by a highly experienced tutor who will work with an individual or a group’s needs using many methods, for example structured free writing, communication and presentation skills and open reading, to improve self-esteem and confidence in participants.

David Rudd, Vulture Club Coordinator said, “ We are thrilled to have received the support of Copeland Community Fund and are confident the project will enhance our unique menu of services by allowing us to open for our members five days per week instead of three.”

Other funding was provided by Unity and Hadfield Trust.


Outputs

  • £6,920 of match funding
  • 1.5 FTE Jobs Created
  • 60 Local People Assisted in their Skills Development

Outcomes

  • Improving self esteem and confidence in participants along with regular session attendance to build trust within the group
  • To provide a safe and supportive environment for participants to benefit from distracting creative writing techniques
  • Funding Strategy development and implementation