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Lets create a welcoming space for anybody struggling with mental health issues, or loneliness here in Amsterdam!!

Mental health issues stop us from interacting with people when we actually crave/need/require it the most, creating complete isolation and loneliness. So let's gently help each other! Let us create a gentle and open space for like minded people to mingle, and feel less alone in this big and sometimes overwhelming city, and hopefully make some new friends! Lets start off small with a mug of tea/coffee, and build up from there :) Nobody should feel alone!

*** All things good start with tea or coffee xx

•Disclaimer: I am not a therapist, just a person wanting to connect other people as I understand so painfully well the detrimental impact of loneliness/mental health issues can have on our lives, moreso living in such a vibrant city as Amsterdam (there are people everywhere yet not enough connections!!) however I can not give people the full attention they may need as I have my own issues/business/job/life/relationship to harvest. Please keep this in mind. I organise the monthly meetups, and the rest has to be down to you :)

• Annoying but super important to know:
Please pay your bill upon ordering, or especially upon leaving. We will lose our reservation at this cafe is we continue to have unpaid bills. thankyou :)

Lots of love, Sian xxx

Geplande evenementen (5+)

'Maggie's Nest' Arts and Crafts Afternoon!

Plan C - Buurthuis Amsterdam Zuid

Hello! I finally welcome you all to 'Maggies Nest'; A creative space that focuses on actively working on our wellbeing and mental health using arts and crafts, and building stronger connections with people to attempt to end the epidemic of loneliness in this city, and create some beautiful art in the process!! I am a true advocate and cheerleader of art/creativity being therapy (it is my daily therapy!!!) and creating this space has been my aim for SO long, and now we are finally doing it! yay! so I welcome you all, and would love all your feedback, and input of ideas. We will work together, and grow this little Nest into something wonderful and enriching. where: Plan C (see map) have happily welcomed us into their community centre to use their space to meet, get creative, share ideas, and also welcome people from their own community into this Nest. (they also have a wonderful open garden open 10-1 every saturday morning!!!) what we will do: Create art!! Please do not be intimidated by this idea- art comes in many forms, shapes and sizes. My art is different to your art, and that's great! There are no rules here, or even any talents expected! just to have an open mind, and open heart, and be willing to get a little messy, and vulnerable with that side of your personality. It works wonders, trust me! possible ideas: Depending on the individual/group, we can be completely self guided, or have a group direction/task. Each month we could have a volunteer who could teach us a new technique (knitting, painting, sewing, sketching, etc etc) some people might appreciate guidance, others may not! We will always be open to ideas and it can be discussed in the week leading up!! materials: We have kindly been provided with some basic materials from PLAN C! ! But please bring anything else you fancy experimenting with/whatever your artistic medium is! Or just bring yourself and a sketch book :) Tea and coffee are provided, and you are welcome to bring some snacks/cakes/lunch with you (it can be hungry work!) To anybody that can afford to do so- there is also a voluntary donations box that enables Plan C to offer us the free materials, and drinks- any small donations are hugely welcome just to say a small thankyou. Lots of love, and welcome to Maggies Nest xxx (Please keep RSVP's up to date due to limited spaces. thankyou! )

Tea and coffee are always the beginning of great things 2019 xx

So our meetups are an absolute success- thankyou!!! Moving forward I hope to bring more wonderful people together for a mingle and natter over tea and coffee (cake is always good too) and just have a wonderful, loving, welcoming afternoon with like minded souls. These meetups are a lovely break in the month to reconnect with people, but I also hope that it doesnt just stop there- keep up the connections, share numbers, create your own meetups during the week. This is hopefully just an easy introduction to meeting people and the rest is up to you :) old and new faces ALWAYS welcome. xxx disclaimer: I am not a therapist, just a person wanting to connect other people as I understand so painfully well the detrimental impact of loneliness/mental health issues can have on our lives, moreso living in such a vibrant city as Amsterdam (there are people everywhere yet not enough connections!!) however I can not give people the full attention they may need as I have my own issues/business/job/life/relationship to harvest. Please keep this in mind. I organise the monthly meetups, and the rest has to be down to you :) • What we'll do: A lovely introduction to lovely people. The first step is always the hardest (even typing this is hard!!!) so lets take it slow and meet up for a couple of hours over a tea/coffee, and get the hardest part over with. A gentle introduction to hopefully making new like minded friends who understand the struggles of living with mental health issues, and/or loneliness xxx • Important to know: Understand that this can be a struggle for people, so be gentle and understanding. If this is a breeze for you, then wonderful! But lets be aware of individuals feelings, and anxieties, thankyou :) • Annoying but super important to know: Please pay your bill upon ordering, or especially upon leaving. We will lose our reservation at this cafe is we continue to have unpaid bills. thankyou :) Lots of love, Sian xxx

'Maggie's Nest' Arts and Crafts Afternoon!

Plan C - Buurthuis Amsterdam Zuid

Hello! I finally welcome you all to 'Maggies Nest'; A creative space that focuses on actively working on our wellbeing and mental health using arts and crafts, and building stronger connections with people to attempt to end the epidemic of loneliness in this city, and create some beautiful art in the process!! I am a true advocate and cheerleader of art/creativity being therapy (it is my daily therapy!!!) and creating this space has been my aim for SO long, and now we are finally doing it! yay! so I welcome you all, and would love all your feedback, and input of ideas. We will work together, and grow this little Nest into something wonderful and enriching. where: Plan C (see map) have happily welcomed us into their community centre to use their space to meet, get creative, share ideas, and also welcome people from their own community into this Nest. (they also have a wonderful open garden open 10-1 every saturday morning!!!) what we will do: Create art!! Please do not be intimidated by this idea- art comes in many forms, shapes and sizes. My art is different to your art, and that's great! There are no rules here, or even any talents expected! just to have an open mind, and open heart, and be willing to get a little messy, and vulnerable with that side of your personality. It works wonders, trust me! possible ideas: Depending on the individual/group, we can be completely self guided, or have a group direction/task. Each month we could have a volunteer who could teach us a new technique (knitting, painting, sewing, sketching, etc etc) some people might appreciate guidance, others may not! We will always be open to ideas and it can be discussed in the week leading up!! materials: We have kindly been provided with some basic materials from PLAN C! ! But please bring anything else you fancy experimenting with/whatever your artistic medium is! Or just bring yourself and a sketch book :) Tea and coffee are provided, and you are welcome to bring some snacks/cakes/lunch with you (it can be hungry work!) To anybody that can afford to do so- there is also a voluntary donations box that enables Plan C to offer us the free materials, and drinks- any small donations are hugely welcome just to say a small thankyou. Lots of love, and welcome to Maggies Nest xxx (Please keep RSVP's up to date due to limited spaces. thankyou! )

Tea and coffee are always the beginning of great things 2019 xx

So our meetups are an absolute success- thankyou!!! Moving forward I hope to bring more wonderful people together for a mingle and natter over tea and coffee (cake is always good too) and just have a wonderful, loving, welcoming afternoon with like minded souls. These meetups are a lovely break in the month to reconnect with people, but I also hope that it doesnt just stop there- keep up the connections, share numbers, create your own meetups during the week. This is hopefully just an easy introduction to meeting people and the rest is up to you :) old and new faces ALWAYS welcome. xxx disclaimer: I am not a therapist, just a person wanting to connect other people as I understand so painfully well the detrimental impact of loneliness/mental health issues can have on our lives, moreso living in such a vibrant city as Amsterdam (there are people everywhere yet not enough connections!!) however I can not give people the full attention they may need as I have my own issues/business/job/life/relationship to harvest. Please keep this in mind. I organise the monthly meetups, and the rest has to be down to you :) • What we'll do: A lovely introduction to lovely people. The first step is always the hardest (even typing this is hard!!!) so lets take it slow and meet up for a couple of hours over a tea/coffee, and get the hardest part over with. A gentle introduction to hopefully making new like minded friends who understand the struggles of living with mental health issues, and/or loneliness xxx • Important to know: Understand that this can be a struggle for people, so be gentle and understanding. If this is a breeze for you, then wonderful! But lets be aware of individuals feelings, and anxieties, thankyou :) • Annoying but super important to know: Please pay your bill upon ordering, or especially upon leaving. We will lose our reservation at this cafe is we continue to have unpaid bills. thankyou :) Lots of love, Sian xxx

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