Residentials have been one of the most powerful experiences for Solidarity Hull, as they not only bring people together and deepen relationships, but also have played an integral part in the development of organisational capacity. Through these experiences, we are able to share our stories, learn from one another and encourage participation as we set out to work together for positive change. Below are some reflections about the importance of residentials:
‘The trip to wales that was very important to me, to spend time together, to chat and share food. To learn something new, the exercises that we did. I learnt a lot about the history of Solidarity Hull, what solidarity has been through. It is important; it is a learning process’ (Rinas)
‘Learning and hearing peoples stories has been a real eye opener to be able to share stuff about myself, you know hard stuff and get angry, not at each other, but with each other. About the world, about life, about the system, about sexism’ (Maria)
Solidarity Hull spent a wonderful residential weekend at Braich Goch. During the weekend we explored Solidarity Hull as an organisation, how we might grow and develop in the future using creative tools. We started out on Thursday each creating a unique six part story, developing a character to represent Solidarity and the process of setting up as an organisation. We asked ourselves what might help and hinder us in this process and what do we envisage Solidarity Hull to be like in the future. The following day we came together using body mapping to explore Solidarity Hull further as a collective, to discuss the roots of Solidarity, the skills we all bring, both individually and as a collective, our vision for Solidarity Hull, our dreams and our desires, our responsibilities and our emotions. The body map is a work in progress and we would not be complete without the creative contributions of all Solidarity members.
In true Solidarity spirit we also took the time to be together, to play, laugh, walk, dance, cook and eat wonderful food and share with each other whilst exploring our the majestic surroundings, in Corris and Machynlleth.