Events

The results of the online accessibility survey are in, and we’d like to invite you to join our (beta) experiment over on Microsoft Teams!

Because it is possible to personalise and re-calibrate accessibility features in Teams so much, we have decided to trial the group using this software first. Having an ongoing, always-there, safe chatroom and noticeboard seems a good way to ease us all into regular online communication that suits you personally and exists on your own terms. There is no pressure to download it as it can be used in browser, in your own time.

Wait, what did I miss?

Nice Time is going to attempt to host a safe and regularly available space online, through which we can later organise workshops and video meet-ups, depending on how people feel about these.

We’re still accepting responses to the Online & Accessible Survey 2020, so if you haven’t already, please head over there and tell us your thoughts.

Using Microsoft Teams

You can access and use Teams both through your web browser and/or through the Teams app, which is available for Microsoft, iOs, Apple, Android and even Linux. You do not have to download the app – feel free to ignore the shiny attractive purple button it offers you, and click the calm, grey ‘use on web browser’ button to its right.

I recommend waiting until I’ve emailed you the link to the group before signing up if you haven’t already, because that way it takes you through step by step into our group. If you want to set up beforehand, you can access the website here: https://teams.microsoft.com/

We’ve set up a ‘Group’ or ‘Organisation’ in Teams, called Indoor Explorers which you can join by by filling in the contact form below.

Alternatively you can email ellie@nice-time.co.uk with your email address, name, age and whether or not you’ve been involved with Pen Fight, Nice Time Arts or Still Ill OK before, either online or in person.

Congratulations everyone!

As you may or may not be aware, Nice Time Arts was fortunate enough on Monday to get to the final round of One Manchester’s Community Soup Funding!

Vicky and I went along, I did a rushed and waffly pitch (every community group gets 4 minutes), and then members of the communities of Levvy, Hulme & Gorton are invited to vote, alongside the groups pitching. Four groups won three prizes, and each of the projects that pitched sounded amazing.

So while we didn’t win this time around, we understand that we did super well to get to this stage, especially being such a technically ‘new’ group, and want to say best of luck and congratulations to all the winners! (Especially Men’s Sheds, a project very close to my heart).

It was great to meet everyone, and find out ways we can work together in the future.

Congrats!

Nice Time x

Next week in our fully-booked journalling course, we’ll be doing marbling alongside some organisational and practical CBT-based strategies.

I was just getting the marbling inks ready, and was reminded of one of our first official sessions as Nice Time, during our August soft launch. There was such a wide range of ages making beautiful and unique patterns non-stop, for three hours!

Looks like we’ll need to replenish the stock before next week – who’s up for another marbling session in advance of the festive season? Winter can be a difficult time for many reasons, in particular if you have a disability/long term health condition that is often made worse by the cold weather, being stuck indoors, and health services being a bit sporadic what with it being annual leave season.

Our November Zine Club is themed appropriately as ‘Winter Survival’, and we’re just looking to book in some more creative events and groups over the cold ‘festive’ period. I’m thinking marbling might be a good’un – what do you guys think?

What art medium or activity would you really like to try out?

Let us know in the comments, or get in touch via the social media options below!

F: facebook.com/nicetimearts
T: @nicetimearts
I: @nicetimeart

Email us at info@nice-time.co.uk or pop us a text on 07539371070

Thank you so much to everyone who has joined in and supported us during our soft summer launch over the last few weeks.

We had such a great time, and were so happy to see that so many of you did too!

We might be a bit quiet over the next few weeks as we recuperate, unpack, rebrand a little bit (Vicky will do this, not me you’ll be glad to know!), hopefully snap up some more funding, and then we will be back on it with a ton of fun workshops and activities planned; all of which will be – you guessed it – accessible – and – affordable!

Enjoy your Manchester Pride weekend, wherever it takes you, play safe and most importantly – as one young person put it – take up some space! It’s yours! Own it!

DUE TO ELLIE BEING IN HOSPITAL (AGAIN!) THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

We’re running the first Nice Time community event of many this Thursday, as Pen Fight joins forces with Still Ill OK to develop and create the disability and chronic illness movement’s first ever ZINE.

Please see the following link for information about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/342700419753799/

We have already developed a unique Pen Fight X Still Ill OK mini-zine with prompts unique to the spoonie community.

We have funded this event entirely ourselves, and are super excited for this to be our first ever Nice Time project.

If you would like to contribute to our free programme of workshops, please donate via Just Giving.