High Hopes

community projects

Creatively connecting Farnham

High Hopes is a creative programme for Farnham designed to encourage people to connect, take notice, share and create. This spring, a range of artists will be providing workshops, participation opportunities, and surprise packages for those in our community who are most in need of a pick-me-up. The activities have been designed through conversations with the Health Authority, the voluntary and community sector and local people with a particular ambition to engage with the widest possible community possible. Many will be delivered locally, in community spaces, public spaces and in front gardens, others are being delivered in partnerships with our hospitals, the Herald Newspaper and local businesses.

The programme is made up of eight strands of activities including:

High Hopes Gift

Being kind to the people around us feels particularly important right now in a world full of challenge and uncertainty. We have created small gift boxes that we hope will spread a little joy to a friend, neighbour or someone within our local community who may need a pick me up, connecting to others or deserve some recognition. Nominations are now open for you to put forward someone you feel would benefit from some high hopes which we will deliver with a note or anonymously should you choose.

willow weaving with space2breathe

We teamed up with space2breathe to run willow weaving workshops for parents with a creche for children running alongside. Space2breathe has been providing support for families with home schooling and giving parents time and space for themselves. Workshops, taught by Judith Needham, have taken place at Hale Community Centre, and with live willows at space2grow community garden.

High Hopes Arts Packs

We’ve teamed up with our local NHS to gift creative packs which support those leaving hospital. The packs contain activities and prompts to help people through those first days at home and encourage them to reflect and find joy.

High Hopes on Spotify

This playlist was created to lift spirits, put a smile on faces and get people dancing, and features in several of the High Hopes projects.

former projects

The Extraordinary Times

A supplement distributed with the Farnham Herald, carrying messages of hope, creativity, curiosity and renewal. The Extraordinary Times was published on Thu 15 April, read it in full here.

The JukeBox Telephone Line

From Tue 06 to Sat 10 April 2021, we ran a virtual jukebox manned by volunteers, aiming to bring people together over a shared love of songs and stories. Anyone could ring the line between 5pm and 7pm and ask for a song and engage in conversation about the song they’ve requested.

Read more about this activity in this news post.

High Hopes is also running a variety of workshops with specific groups across the town to forge new connections and provide safe and creative ways for people to socialise.

High Hopes has been developed by Farnham Maltings with investment from Arts Council of England.

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For more information on the activities or taking part please contact Erin.

Erin Beesley

Community Organiser