Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Soap Making Workshop with Growing Connections.

One of the great things about being a social enterprise is the networking and support that we can both give and receive to other social enterprises.

We were asked a few months ago if we would facilitate a workshop with a community group near Bangor called "Growing Connections".  This community generally meet over allotments but they often meet on the farm for different workshops of community occasions - such as the building of the outside composting toilet, the mud hut, or bee hive.

There are some great shots of this workshop thanks to Suzanne from Growing Connections NI.


  


The purpose of this workshop was to organic and natural ingredients to colour and fragrance soaps.  For this workshop Carla made all the soap samples viewed above with a variety of ingredients ranging from Tumeric, juniper-berries, nutmeg, peppermint, vanilla and many many other variations.  Each sample used an opaque base at the top of the sample with a clear base at its base.  

There was  a fair amount of work and preparation to this workshop but it was worth it.  We had a great time.

Thanks to all at Growing Connections NI and you can find out more about them on this link:

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Summer help.

With Carla out of action we have been pursuing help from a few different sources.

I'm currently looking at offering a STEP into Work Placement with the Dept of Employment and Learning for the next six months.  I'm meeting someone shortly about what this may look like.

However, with the arrival of summer holidays and with a bored little 5 year old running around eager to help we decided it wouldn't be a bad idea to recruit him to help daddy and leave his poor mother alone.

Turns out that Eli did just as good a job as his Father (if not better).  He now admits that he doesn't know how to make soap but he is a good "packager" to sell the soaps.

Here's a few of the highlights:

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