Spring into creativity!

For the new season, we are offering new online learning from the Share Shop, and hope to bring you face to face workshops and classes with small numbers as soon as we’re able.

We are still running our popular Stitch Social on alternate Thursday afternoons, and plan to add some weekend sessions soon.

We’ve also got some great Takeaway Box workshops, with everything you need to make a great stitched project, one to keep and one to add to a beautiful Ladywood tapestry.

Our new workshops, Art for Everyone and Family Crafts, will be a series of short video workshops that you can watch whenever you like, shared weekly via our YouTube channel. We’ll also host a monthly Zoom session where we can share our work, chat, get ideas and have craft-in sessions. As soon as we’re able to, we will bring these activities live into the shop.

The fantastic series of Grow Together and Sing Together online workshops, hosted by Sam and Ellie, have now come to an end, but you are still invited to join the WhatsApp group to share inspiration, ideas, projects and plans…

Look out for more Grow and Sing activities coming soon, online, outdoors and in the shop!

Three new online learning groups!

This Winter, we’re launching three fun, sociable online learning groups as part of our Ladywood Share Shop programme of learning and sharing.

You can join in Stitch, Sing and Grow groups, via a WhatsApp forum and weekly online social meet-ups. They are free to join, for all ages and abilities and you don’t need to commit to coming every time, just join when you want to and you’ll always be welcome!

To join Stitch, Grow or Sing groups by email, message us with the form below…

Update – January 2021

Due to the current strict lockdown across the UK, we’ve had to pause our lending service at the shop, and unfortunately can’t open for any activities or work.

We miss all our friends and neighbours and really want to keep in touch, so over the next few weeks we hope to be able to connect with many of you online, in WhatsApp, Zoom and by email or phone.

We are also launching three exciting social learning groups via WhatsApp and Zoom over the next few weeks… There’s one for stitching, singing and growing – details to follow soon!

You can join the Stitch WhatsApp group by clicking here

You can join the Grow group here

Join the Friends of Eat Make Play chat group to keep up to date with activities, share ideas and resources and make friends in your community – just click here to join!

Please get in touch if you need to borrow anything for an emergency – we do have things like heaters and cookers.

Update – November 2020

During the current lockdown in England, we are following Government guidelines and are only open for people to collect or return library items that they have reserved online or by phone.

If you need to borrow something from our library, please get in touch by emailing eatmakeplayb16@gmail.com or going onto the MyTurn library catalogue to reserve.

You can collect or return your reserved item from the shop by arrangement, or on Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 10 and 12.

Update – 20th October 2020

Following advice from our partners, The Active Wellbeing Society, we’re pleased to be able to invite learners back into the shop from this week. We have Covid Secure processes in place to make sure our community stays safe, and we ask anyone coming to the shop to please…

1 Make sure you are well before you come in – if you have a cough, fever or loss of taste or smell please stay home, stay away from others and get a Covid test from http://www.nhs.com

2 Please wear a mask in the shop

3 Clean you hands with the gels pro ided

4 Check in with the NHS Covid 19 ap – you can download it on your mobile phone via your ap store

5 Please keep 2 metres distance between you and other people who don’t live with you

These are the workshops we have every week:

Monday 12- 2.30 sewing

Tuesday 12 – 2.30 repair and remake

Thursday 10 – 12 arts and crafts

We will also be running a range of online social learning activities over the next few weeks, including craft kits that can be collected from the shop – details to follow soon!

August 2020 update – We are open!

Share Shack Ladywood is now open!

From 10th August we are in the shop:

Monday & Tuesday afternoons 12 – 4

Wednesday & Thursday mornings 10-12

Come and say hi, borrow useful things, learn something, share something!

To join the library, please bring some ID and proof of address to the shop – it’s free and easy to join!

Get yourself a free Wellbeing Card online or at the shop, and then join the library to start borrowing things for gardening, cooking, sports, DIY, holidays and more!

You can also join quickly and easily online at shareshack.myturn.com where you can browse the catalogue and see everything we’ve got available to borrow!

Look out for workshops and activities coming soon!


Share Shack Update

Hello friends,

It’s been over two months now since our pilot Share Shack shop at 194 St Vincent St West “launched”… and sadly closed on the same day, due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

We’re not able to re-open just yet, but we’re working away to put plans in place, make everything safe and get the equipment share library open as soon as we safely can.

Meanwhile, our amazing team have been keeping busy with…

The Potato Project; lifting, transporting, rescuing, sorting, washing and dishing out… over ten tonnes of potatoes!

Putting together and giving out craft packs to local families schools and children’s centres, to help keep the lockdown boredom at bay.

Growing Together with our dedicated team, working to bring fresh, locally grown produce to local people, while getting our daily outdoor exercise with a purpose!

Please check back for regular updates, and visit our Facebook page for volunteering opportunites and other news.

Stay Safe!

Ali, Kate, Sam and the EMP Team

Covid 19 update

Dear friends and neighbours,

As many of you know, Share Shack Ladywood was due to open on 14th March 2020. For obvious reasons, we weren’t able to open as planned.

Instead, in the spirit of Share Shack, we will be finding other ways to share with our friends, neighbours and community of Ladywood (and beyond!):

Take a look at the Share Shack pages to find projects, ideas and resources.

You can find lots of ideas on our Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram too!

Keep in touch… if you want to find out more, have a question, or you’re interested in joining our team of volunteers, please get in touch below: