MANE 1st Year students have created innovative designs to help facilitate the transition of mental health and disability day care services in Camden into a new building in Kentish Town, called The Greenwood Centre.
The students were invited to contribute to the co-creation of transformative narratives and place-based propositions that respond to local social challenges.
They worked closely with users of the New Shoots Day Centre for people with learning difficulties, the Mayford and Peperfield Day Centres for people with profound and multiple learning difficulties and the Highgate Day Centre to produce thoughtful design outcomes that responded to the Day Centre users anxieties and hopes about the move to Greenwood.
The collaboration with the Day Centre users established a positive working relationship, with daycare members commenting:
“The project brought a fun and creative energy to celebrating our identity”
“The students were excellent at understanding what we are about – creativity”
“The project helped me start to be able to visualise what potential there is in the new centre”
Following a very successful final event during which the MA NE students presented their design outcomes, Councillor Jenny Headlam-Wells, Labour Councillor for Kentish Town Ward & Deputy Mayor of Camden 2017-2018 said:
I was most impressed by the event- it was great to have the opportunity to meet the users of our Day Centres and the MA students who worked with them to produce such interesting designs for the new Greenwood Centre. The centre is in my Kentish Town Ward and I’m looking forward to seeing these designs become a reality within the building. Greenwood Stories will give the users a sense of belonging to their new setting.
See the outcomes of the Greenwood projects here: