2018 Community Projects
If you’ve had a good look through our website before arriving here, then you’ll know that the restoration of the mausoleum, and the artefacts therein, has been completed. The mausoleum is receiving visitors and the artefacts are proudly displayed in our custom built visitors centre. So what now?
Well, there’s no point lovingly restoring the site if it isn’t also valued by others, eh? There’ll always be people who come to appreciate the history and the stories of Historic Kilmun, but that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. This site has been a social hub for centuries and we’d like to keep it that way! So we’re branching out into community activities for 2018, and what better way to start than with a cup of tea?
It’s time to create a new layer of history for the site, so our first project will be to gather stories from people who have grown up and lived in the area. For 12 weeks from April 13th, we’ll be gathering people together in our tea rooms, every Friday afternoon, to enjoy some home baked cakes, a cup of tea and a blether. If you have a memory or a good story involving life in and around Kilmun, the church, the mausoleum, or the surrounding areas, then please join us. If you can’t make the Friday afternoon sessions, please get in touch anyway! We’ll be recording these personal histories and sharing them with future visitors. We’re also looking for younger volunteers to get involved in the conversation, help record the stories, and keep the refreshments flowing.
Historic Kilmun isn’t just about stories and monuments however; there’s a legacy of hearts and minds here too. We’ll be building on that over the summer, with an Environmental Art Therapy programme aimed at helping people build resilience and take charge of their mental well-being, whilst discovering their creativity. We’re looking for people to attend a series of free workshops, held over 12 weeks on a Thurs afternoon from June 14th to August 30th, which offer the opportunity to learn different artistic skills as part of a creative and therapeutic journey, led by a qualified Art Therapist. We’ll also invite a local artist to join us once every three weeks to teach the basics in a new art medium. It’s been shown that being creative and being out in nature are both restorative experiences, and we think that combining the two will be hugely beneficial. Anyone over 16 is welcome to join, although places are limited, so do get in touch soon!
Finally, from the 19th July, we’re looking at the practical side of our work with a series of free half-day training courses designed to help people gain skills and confidence in the tourism sector. These will be held on a Thurs morning at Historic Kilmun. We’re offering courses on Tour Guiding, Basic Bookkeeping, Customer Service, Storytelling, Mental Health Awareness, and Food Hygiene, along with a chance to practice putting those skills to use in our visitor centre toward the end of the season. So, if you’d like to gain new skills, develop your CV, or boost your job confidence, then we’d love to hear from you! You can be any age and background, from school leavers and onwards. We’re also looking for people to help out with refreshments and transport for these training days.
And of course, we’re always happy to hear from people interested in volunteering at the visitors centre at any point in the season, so if none of these sound like your cup of tea, you can still contact us about other ways you can help out.